Mar 14 AT 1:18 PM Nick Gray 32 Comments

Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list – March


HTC’s Android 4.0 update is finally here! Recently, HTC has started pushing out Ice Cream Sandwich to several 2011 devices and we’re expecting the update to hit quite a few more handsets in the weeks to come. So far, HTC has the most extensive list of devices which are expected to be updated to Android 4.0 and we do expect that list to grow a little more.

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 majority of HTC’s phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining stragglers to be added shortly.

HTC has also 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. HTC phones powered by Qualcomm S1 chips should not expect Android 4.0. 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 remaining 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 do 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 Velocity
  • 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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  • txbluesman

    It’s nice to see all the devices starting to get updates scheduled to roll out. Even if I am one of the ones that is still waiting on my Nexus S 4g UPDATE!!!!! Ok, I feel better. LOL!

  • Mark

    MyTouch 4G Slide please!

  • spazby

    yea, great news, now roll out ICS on all devices that were announced to be eligible as soon as possible, ideally before jelly bean

  • clay

    Isn’t this old news? We got this update list a while ago. I’m dying for a ICS update for my Evo 3D. More specific dates would be great.

  • Frettfreak

    While on one hand, i think HTC is headed the right direction and its AWESOME to see that they are giving this to so many phones…. I have to wonder if whatever is after Jelleybean will be released before most of these phones see an official ICS update.

  • lou2cool88

    Glad to see the Thunderbolt on the list. Hopefully it’s not too long between now and the update.

  • E

    really the G2 but not the OG EVO aint that some BS.

  • McLovin

    TMO G2 YEAH!

  • M3rc Nate

    I really hope the “expected” part is right and my G2 gets ICS, but if not i wont be as upset as i have been in the past, just cause i plan on getting a T-Prime 700T tablet, which will have ICS so my phone will then be really used only as a phone/to text.

    Im surprised they havent started doing the model of “pay for the update”. If updates are so expensive to do and all the things the companies complain about, and if the consumers are so in want of a update, have them pay $1.99 or something to get it and in the end if 100,000 people do it, they made $200,000.
    Its not that i want it to be that way, cause we all know they would start to get greedy and it would end up being $15 for a update….but its better than no update at all.

    If theres one thing that sucks about Android its that its in the hands of the phone companies (Verizon, tmobile, AT&T etc). They arent google. They cant help but slap on UI’s when we all want Vanilla, they whine about its so hard to update a phones OS so they dont, they are the ones that put out new phones TODAY that still have Gingerbread….Google for the sake of their product (Android) should force all the companies to have all their new phones have the newest OS on them when they ship. So for example if they release ICS on 3/1/2012 (and the companies have had access for months to the SDK) no phone will be released with GB after 3/1/2012.

    • Nick Gray

      There’s still a lot of misconception floating around regarding custom skins. No manufacturer has ever claimed that delays in rolling out Android updates have anything to do with custom skins. Sony put out a developer preview of their ICS build for the XPERIA Arc which shows their new skin in place, but it lacked support for camera and radio drivers. The main issue OEMs have with Android updates is purely hardware related since new drivers have to be created for every update. Skins may take a little time to tweak and incorporate all the new OS features, but that’s something that can be done with the Android SDK in a development environment and is hardware independent.

      • M3rc Nate

        Well even if thats true (which im not doubting that it is), custom skins (at least on GB and Froyo) sucked the majority of the time. Vanilla was just a better looking and better laid out experience. So even if they only took a hour of time to put on a new update, Vanilla Android still is better so they are pushing a UI on you. Like MANY have said, they need to make a option in the settings so you can turn the UI off / on.
        However with ICS and how its setup, i dont think we know yet how unique skins will look and be. Again, they shouldnt do them at all though because ICS looks pretty damn perfect. And i think it would help Android to have the same OS experience across the board.

  • Nathan D.

    I just want the end of this month to come already so the sensation can get the upgrade already.

  • Carter P.

    My HTC Vivid on AT&T officially has been updated with ICS, with Sense 3.6 overlay. Very smooth, love the update. it was a very welcome update, the vivid use to be sluggish with Sense 3.0.

    • FtKnoxTMO

      Glad to hear that your Vivid works great with ICS. The Vivid is pretty much like my Amaze with a .2″ bigger screen and slightly slower processor. My Amaze 4G is anything but sluggish on GB 2.3.4 w/sense 3.0, but will be glad to get rid of it.

  • Hall Lo

    HTC is sooo awesome to handle updates for their phones :)
    just becoz of this i m 99% sure i m sticking with HTC for my next fone! (the rest 1% is only if other manufacturers have phones with way too much better specs lol)

  • Pasha

    Give me Sensation XL exact update date!

  • Kevin Johnson

    Maybe I’m missing something here, but the Droid Incredible S, Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt all have the same processor as the original Droid Incredible, the only difference is that the processor was built with the 45nm process over the 65nm. The processors are smaller, but not faster. So it doesn’t really make sense to say that the Droid Incredible can’t handle Gingerbread if these other phones can.

    • Nick Gray

      Actually, all those phones use a 1GHz Qualcomm S2 chip which is about 50% faster that the 1 GHz S1 chip in the original DROID Incredible, HTC Desire and Nexus One.

  • Homncruse

    What, no update for the G1? :P

  • Somebody

    will htc salsa get an android 4.0 update??

  • devvon vienna

    can i update my sensation? i am from the Philippines

    here is my fone info:

    Phone Identity

    Model Number
    HTC Sensation Z710e

    Software Information

    Android version

    HTC Sense version

    Software number

    Kernel version
    [email protected]#1
    SMP PREEMPT Wed May 18 14:36:24 ST 2011

    Baseband Version

    Build Number
    1.28.707.2 CL69397 release-keys

    Browser version
    thanks in advance….

  • Arun

    Any Idea about HTC Sensation ICS update for india?

  • Rehan

    send me information about software update

  • thomas

    The list is wrong
    Flyer is not confirmed

  • satin

    what about the evo 4g??????????

  • questioner

    When is the ICS coming out for the HTC Desire Z? My sister with a Sensation already has the update but my phone hasn’t.

  • veerabhadra

    when is going to update to android 4 ics for htc desire in india.

  • asad

    I see in the list it says HTC desire HD, but will the ATT inspire 4g get 4.0 update please please plead let me know

  • vipin

    please release update of htc salsa 4.0 or tell me who I can run game like subway surfer. plz…………………..

  • olaniran

    Hw can I upgrade my HTC sensation Z710E with android 2.3.3

  • david