HTC Announces Initial Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout Plansby Brian Klug on February 9, 2012 4:17 PM EST
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- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.0
A while back, HTC announced the first suite of devices that it would be rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates to. The devce lineup included the entire HTC Sensation line (XE, XL, and 4G), followed by the Rezound, Amaze 4G, and new EVOs (Design 4G and 3D). Today, HTC has announced (also on its Facebook page) some further timing on just when devices will get those updates, and a few more devices making the cut.
First to the fray will be the HTC Sensation series (XE, XL, 4G, and sans moniker), which will get their ICS update before the end of March. Other devices getting an ICS update will see their update by a slightly more ambiguous and underwhelming "later this year." It's nice to see HTC committing to a date here, even though it's only for the Sensation line of devices. Hopefully as updates for the rest of the lineup draw closer those respective phones will see update timelines as well.
HTC also added a few more devices to its official list, which brings the tally to the following:
- HTC Sensation (XE, XL, 4G, and sans moniker)
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Vivid
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Incredible S
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Desire HD
Source: HTC (Facebook)
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Impulses - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkCould be slower though (i.e. Samsung)... Let's see how Sense evolves on ICS, I've always been a fan but I'm ready to move to stock right now unless the next version adds something really worthwhile (a-la-lockscreen shortcuts)... Hopefully CM9 is not too far off for Qualcomm devices.
mwarner1 - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkI am not sure what you mean by Samsung being slow with ICS - I am currently running ICS on my Galaxy S II via Samsung's latest Beta firmware (it is actually very good - I have not had a single issue so far with the LPD firmware).
It seems that a lot of American customers seem to have been put off Samsung by their carrier's lack of support for firmware updates. In Europe especially (but also the rest of the world), Samsung's firmware release schedule is second to none.
Impulses - Sunday, February 12, 2012 - linkIt's not just the carriers tho. I'll grant you Samsung has done a much better job with updates in Europe, sure... But why are the two other major Android manufacturers not having as massive an issue in pushing updates past US carriers? HTC & Moto have even more US-specific models than Samsung does, and AFAIK HTC has as much a presence in Europe as Samsung does...
It seems to me that it's clear someone dropped the ball when it comes to the relationship between Samsung and US carriers, and blame cannot lie exclusively at the carrier's feet when other manufacturers are pushing out updates in half the time thru the very same carriers.
I do envy the diminished role Euro carriers play in all this tho, as do a lot of US customers, they seem a lot more analogous to the "dumb pipes" we wish our carriers were... Then again, what's the status of LTE deployment over there? Grass is always greener and all that. ;)
Belard - Monday, February 13, 2012 - linkWe do a lot of things in the USA to screw each other over... its the American way. :(
webmastir - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkCan't wait to see how HTC ruins ICS!
Zoomer - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - linkI've been using ICS for a while, and I'm missing sense. Will probably go back to sense once I get sick of not having sense.
sprockkets - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - linkIt works very well, even better than AOSP, dumbass troll.
vectorm12 - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkConsidering Google not even finishing updating the Nexus S I'd consider this pretty quick.
The fact that I bought the Nexus believing I would be first in line to get 4.0.x I'm feeling rather foolish at the moment.
dagamer34 - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkThis is a perfect example of how HTC has way too many smartphones in their lineup. If you didn't know any better, you'd have no idea which one was the flagship...
bhassel - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkNo kidding, I liked sensible model numbers schemes. What happened to that idea?