Feb 10 AT 1:15 PM Nick Gray 73 Comments

Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list


Since Google’s unveiling of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is: “When will my phone be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich?” We know HTC is working hard to update as many phones as they can, but there are hardware limitations to take into consideration, not to mention the dreaded fact that service providers must specifically “order” an update for each individual phone.

Jump to the bottom of this page to see if your phone is on the official HTC Android 4.0 update list.

Will my HTC phone be updated to Android 4.0?

Since we don't work for HTC, we can't give you an exact answer, but we can make educated assumptions based on the announcements HTC has made. HTC's first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The overwhelming majoroty of HTC's phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining stragglers to be added shortly.

For a while, we also assumed HTC would be delivering the Android 4.0 update to its phones powered by single-core Qualcomm S2 processors. This assumption was partially confirmed when HTC announced that the Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD would also be receiving  the update. Since most of the other HTC phones powered by S2 chips feature most of the same components, we expect other US-specific devices to be added to the update list, as well.

While we would like to see Android 4.0 running on all HTC's devices, those who own phones powered by Qualcomm S1 chips should not expect an Android 4.0 release. HTC has not given us any details about these phones yet, but the fact that Google has chosen to let the Nexus One live out its remain days on Gingerbread should be all the evidence we need. The HTC EVO 4G, Desire and DROID Incredible all share the same basic configuration and would most likely not have enough memory or processing power to run Android 4.0 as smoothly as HTC would like them to.

Latest Android 4.0 update news from HTC

Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list

  • HTC Sensation - March
  • HTC Sensation 4G - March
  • HTC Sensation XE - March
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Explorer

HTC handsets expected to receive the Android 4.0 update

  • HTC Desire Z
  • T-Mobile G2
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • myTouch 4G
  • myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G


Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    Ok sensation in march…unlocked euro sensation i would imagine. By the time Tmo is done with it..July.

    • Jeff Pan

      I thought when they meant HTC Sensation 4G it was TMobile version? Isnt it?

    • BiGMERF

      i will believe it when i see it.. If you ask me , HTC will submit it to Tmo in March. Then Tmo will work there delay game on it.We have to customize our bloat. Also We want you to buy whatever handset we have now that has ICS at 600, instead of getting a Sensation at half the cost.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Keep the faith. T-Mobile USA launched the HTC Sensation before most of the major players in Europe and their version of the handset received bug fix updates before the Euro versions as well.

        HTC has emphasized multiple times that they are working closely with service providers in rolling out the ICS update to their phones, so I doubt they would post the March date unless the were certain the release timeframe.

        • clocinnorcal

          Gonna have to agree with MERF. In my 6 years with Tmobile one thing has always seemed to stand out. LACK OF FIRMWARE SUPPORT. Vibrant is the perfect example. Still love Tmobile though!

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          @clocinnorcal I get what he’s staying. I’ve been a T-Mobile before they even changed the name. But lets not put HTC in the same category as Samsung with the Vibrant. Samsung has missed nearly all the updates with the original galaxy S phone on all the carriers in the US while HTC has a proven track record.

          The fact that HTC is announcing dates means that they are confident about the release. HTC knows that it’s better not to give a time frame than announce one that can’t be met. I know a lot of people say there’s no such thing as bad press, but a missed release date is almost as bad as posting a loss for the quarter.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    You know, I’m glad to see the list of “Definitely going to get it” being longer than the list of “We expect it to get it”. I have grown to expect the opposite. Nice that they’re committing to so many so soon.

  • spazby

    Yea, by the time my phone gets upgraded, I am eligible for a new one….

  • coolthecat

    OMG no Evo 4G.???? Not a problem XDA has got me covered

    • honourbound68

      I’m hoping xda can cover me (and others) on the HTC Evo View.

    • Brian

      Cyanogenmod just gave an update saying that Evo 4g will not get CM9 any time soon, possibly ever, because they don’t have access to drivers that would allow the camera to work. It’s a shame HTC won’t update for Evo because we know ICS runs just fine. Planned obsolescence.

      • Earl

        It is sad that the contract with the carrier that was opened the day the HTC Evo 4G was released lasts longer than the life given the phone by HTC support.

  • thekaz

    What? No Droid Eris? ;)

    • BiGMERF

      LMFAO !

    • sap 26

      Ha, good one! I’m finally retiring mine next week. The Eris really got me into rooting and flashing roms. Thank goodness for CyanogenMod :)

  • AsakuraZero

    and what moto have to say about this? they were blaming the OS instead of their workforce, o well htc its pushing the updates at a good pace go HTC

  • Max.Steel

    YES! The G2 is on there.

    • serivolk

      If this actually happens that would be FTW moment indeed.

  • Peder

    Come on guys….if only negative comments…why bother at all??

  • dopee

    Already rocking ICS on my Desire HD. It’s like I have a whole new phone! I love it. Kudos to HTC for still supporting this great phone, but I think it will be at least the end of 2nd quarter before we can expect the update to roll out.

  • Hall Lo

    Yay for G2!! A fully functional camera in ICS will be great!!!

  • lxgeorge

    I installed cyanogenmod on my G2 a while ago, but I’m glad to see that it’s no longer obsolete :D

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    No G1 again?… I don’t think I’m ever getting past 1.6! ;)

    Glad for some official updates! Good for all the people with those devices. This will also make it more attractive to future purchasers…. like me :)

  • Wouter

    TMobile G2 (HTC Hero GSM/CDMA) really? I dont expect that device to receive an update to ICS. The hardware simply cant handle it.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The T-Mobile G2 is the stock Android version of the HTC Desire Z. I think you’re referring to the T-Mobile G2 Touch.

      • Wouter

        My bad. Stupid model names.

  • Marcofromda510

    Glad my mytouch made the list of expected devices. hopefully it will get it soon, but ill probably get the HTC Ville whenever it does come out.

  • Nathan D.

    Lets go HTC, they are mostly the right company to get update going at a reasonable time.

  • Jozef I Del Mundo

    YAY MYTOUCH 4G!!!!!!! =D now the waiting… xD

  • Richard Cabrera

    Alright! Inspire 4G I’m. Glad my. Phone is only half worthless now jk I enjoy the phone.

    • nopeace21

      This is the first time i see the Inspire as possibly (maybe) getting ICS. I hope it’s true!

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        The reason it’s on the maybe list is because the handset is identical in every way to the Desire HD. Since AT&T like to sit on their update and test them for roughly 90 days before they are released, it’s probably be June before the ICS update is actually available.

  • finndogg

    WTH no EVO 4G, oh well I gottz my upgrade right around the corner. Sprint just needs to hurry up and drop that LTE ASAP.

  • dj

    Soooo. They can Update the T-Bolt and Mytouch 4g but not the Evo 4G

    • dj

      Yet they are all the same phone essential based off the Desire HD

      • Bart

        The evo 4g has a snapdragon s1 soc, same as my desire. Both phones are nearly 2 years old. Did you really expect an update for a nearly 2 year old device?:P

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        The EVO 4G is actually based of of the HTC HD2 which was released nearly 30 months ago. The hardware the phone is running on is older that the original Motorola DROID and even the Nexus One.

        The EVO 4G has already received two major updates (Froyo and Gingerbread) and countless bug fixes since the device first launched 20 months ago.

  • evobb10

    Where is the ALPHA 4G phone. You know that phone. HTC what’s wrong with this phone EVO 4G !!!!!

  • jamal adam

    Hopefully, those expected to receive the ICS update will be part of the official group.

  • K2theIzzo

    What’s more likely to happen first: Evo 3D getting updated to Ice Cream or the Galaxy Nexus getting released for Sprint?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Good question. My bet is that the EVO 3D will get the update by mid-April. Since we have not heard anything from Sprint about the release of the G Nexus in a while, I’d say the ICS update for the EVO 3D will beat it by at least 2 weeks.

      Your move Sprint.

      • K2theIzzo

        Just in time for Google to release Jelly Bean. SMH.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Jelly Bean (or whatever they choose to call it) is coming this year, but it’ll be early November before it’s released to the public.

          • jimmyB

            It’s coming in Q2!

  • goldenboyrb

    mytouch 4g and mytouch 4g slide please

  • jimmyB

    I need ICS for my myTouch 4G Slide ! Why is it not on the official list yet. Hurry up HTC!

  • james

    so im really new to this. I have a htc evo 4g I got in august 2011. I dont understand most update stuff. I never uodated it. from when I furst got it. im not sure if gingerbread or whatever other thing was is even better phine seems to wirk same as when I got it

  • FunkyMag

    All quite amusing, since I’ve been running a reasonably solid ics on my lowly old HTC desire for a month or so now!

  • Rajko
  • Nicole

    So my mytouch 4g still hasn’t gone to 3, how is it going to go to 4?

    • Erik

      Android 3 was for tablet’s, only.

  • richard

    Glad my htc explorer is there thought because it is only a 600mhz processor that it wouldn’t get the update but happy it will ;)

  • idhbar

    Htc explorer has 600 MHz processor. I have a doubt whether ics update for it officially declared.

  • Emma

    Any word on the HTC View??

  • Ryan816

    HTC Sensation (Asia/ROW unit), just got the update notification today, 3/27! Finally!

  • Dmitry

    Where and when HTC promised ICS for Explorer? Official HTC Blog doesn’t say a word about it

  • Chris

    Are you sure that HTC explorer would get ics update? I am glad to hear that!

  • Carlos Torres

    Im wating for the Desire HD update :3

  • Akshay

    Are you sure that htc Explorer will get ics update coz if yes then im really glad to hear that!!!

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  • Tim Wong

    Finally have the upgrade for Sensation but the phone keep on restarting after few minutes for past 2 days and some recent pictures taken the past week were all lost. The problem likely associated with the sd card. After removal of the SD card, the phone stablize without restarting again. Yet, I cannot access my app and all the music and pictures in sd card. Would be great to have suggestion to resolve this

  • Kingzay

    I have HTC Desire Z ….. When can i upgrade my phone to ICS 4???

    Can any one plz let me know when i will get the updates as when am trying in settings>software update it says your phone is up to date…

  • ahsan khar

    I have htc explorer how can I upgrade to ice cream sandwich 4 please tell me

  • amit

    is there any way in which we can update my explorer software even if it is up 2 date

  • nagaraj

    how to get android varsion 4 HTC explorer till date not update phone please send the version 4

  • Илья

    Подскажите пожалуйста ! Тут написано , что htc explorer тоже обновят до 4.0 , насколько можно верить этой информации???

  • francis

    is the htc hd2 not ever gonna get an android upgrade

  • nihar batham

    so nice

  • yasser

    hi i need to update my phoone htc s hero