HTC Announces Initial Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout Plansby Brian Klug on February 9, 2012 4:17 PM EST
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- 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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scook9 - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkThe radio software needed for ICS will likely prove a large challenge and roadblock to CM9 on the thunderbolt :( Our best bet is the fact that the rezound uses the exact same radio design.
It pisses me off because the Incredible S is an older phone using the exact same CPU (well, MSM8255 vs MSM8655 - CDMA is the ONLY difference)
Omega215D - Monday, February 13, 2012 - linkReally? The Rezound can do simultaneous voice and data on EVDO like the Thunderbolt? That's actually pretty interesting if that's the case... but I won't be picking that phone up as the battery life seems to be middling.
Omega215D - Monday, February 13, 2012 - linkI kinda feel the same way about the Thunderbolt and would make a switch to the Razr MAXX for the outstanding battery but stock gingerbread with the updated radios are doing just fine for me. It would be nice to see ICS on their supposed flagship LTE phone but not holding my breath.
The thunderbolt does have some interesting quirks that may slow down progress: it has a special chip that allows for SVDO (Simultaneous voice and data while on EVDO) that also requires special network capabilities on VZW's end. So in a way I am understanding.
ncage - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - linkI've been out of contract for over 6 months. I have an HTC incredible since it was first released. I'm kind of fed up with android right now. I've been thinking about this for awhile and will most likely switch to iphone when the iphone 5 is released (unless WP7 releases something that WOWS me in that time). I definitely will miss some of the things with android like:
1. Google Navigation.
2. Google Voice
3. Free Tethering (PDANet & also i'm rooted).
4. Gmail integration
..and some other things.
Why i'm fed up with android.
1. Updates -- unless they start releasing guarantees that you will get updates for 2 years after you buy your phone (ones carries can't block).
--i don't think this will ever happen because its one of the reasons carriers love android.
2. Some hesitation even with the fastest android phones.
3. Carriers can put all the crap they want on the phone and you can't remove it unless you root. (CarrierIQ is a prime example).
I have rooted my incredible so i can always make sure i get the latest updates which kind of sucks that you have to do this to get the lasted updated. I'm running MIUI.
I just hope they have LTE in the new iphone.
drbrock - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkI agree with your statements. If iphone 5 has a 4 inch screen, gorilla glass, and great battery life, I will probably make the switch. It is annoying how the updates take so long. I have an evo 4g running cm7. It is good but I want ICS now. Android apps are not as nice as apple's either. Depending on how my transformer update with ics goes I might make the switch to a jailbroken ipad 3 as well. The transformer is supposed to be a beast but it performs worse than a ipad 1.
I hope ICS changes the game for Android. It will be google's last chance for me.
steven75 - Sunday, February 12, 2012 - linkAll iPhones have had gorilla glass, so I don't think you'll need to worry about that.
sprockkets - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link1. Get a Nexus line phone.
2. Fixed with ICS.
3. Fixed with ICS.
It's actually been speculated that the carriers are to blame for the lack of updates to android phones. So get this:A. Work with carriers and sell lots of phones, or B. be like WP7 and suffer from the lack of carrier support. Or C, be apple and have the privilege of everyone else being your bitch.
ncage - Monday, February 13, 2012 - linkI agree. There is no perfect solution but i prefer C over A. Its not only getting the latest version you have to be concerned with but also security updates and also the crap the carriers add that tracks you like CarrierIQ. I would maybe consider WP7 if the nokia 900 comes out on verizon but i'm probably not going to wait much longer than mid summer.
Its like getting a windows computer and, because of the carriers, you can't get updates because they want you just to get a new one. I think someday the carriers are going to loose and going to end up just being data pipes.
Coltch - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkRoll on March - at least I wont have to wait for Vodafone to butcher the update as I bought an unlocked european version of the Sensation
yankeeDDL - Friday, February 10, 2012 - linkWhile the number of HTC phones (especially on the high-end) is quite high, I have to say that I, for one, wish there was more variety.
Most models have 4" or 4.3" screens.
The "only" solution with a smaller screen is the Wildfire S which, aside for non-impressive specs, has a huge limitation in terms of internal memory.
I would love to see a phone from HTC with 3.5-3.6" high-res screen (800x480, or a bit less than that) with a decent single core CPU and an amount of internal memory that doesn't require obsessive management every time you think about downloading an app.
As far as I know, infact, there are no such phones around from any of the "big" names like Samsung, Moto and LG either.
The only thing that comes close is the iPhone wit its preposterous price tag.
In short, I don't particularly wish HTC to have less phones, but a bit more variety. From my perspective, the Desire HD, the EVO, the incredible/S, the Desire S the Sensation and the Rezound are all extremely similar in terms of spec and performance (and price). It is difficult to choose between them and I don't understand why a company would put out so many products in the same range, ultimately competing with itself.