A while back we announced that HTC had decided to do the right thing and bring Android 4.0 to almost all of its major handsets from the last two years. It’s great news, but HTC remained a bit vague as to when the update would drop. Now, though, the mobile giant has updated its website to reveal the relevant due dates. Question is: when will you get yours?
According to HTC, the flavour of Ice Cream Sandwich you’ll be getting will be skinned with HTC’s Sense 3.6, rather than the 4.0 version that appears on the new HTC One phones. But still, you can’t complain when some manufacturers (we’re looking at you, LG) have largely left their old handsets to fester.
So, what’s the what? The schedule looks like this: HTC Desire S: June-July, HTC Desire HD: July-August, HTC EVO 3D: June-July, HTC Incredible S: June-July, HTC Sensation: March-June, HTC Sensation XE: March-June, HTC Sensation XL: April-June, HTC Rhyme: June-July.
Not too long, then: the most you’ll have to wait is two months. Any delay thus far has been “due to localization, testing, and partner approvals,” says HTC, adding that for the same reason, “updates do not roll out to all devices at the same time.”
“Our goal is to make sure that an upgrade provides an equal or improved customer experience and that means a high standard of quality for hardware compatibility, adapting device or carrier specific customizations, testing by HTC and partners, addressing device hardware constraints, and many other factors,” reads the site.
Worth noting is that the HTC Flyer, the company’s 7-inch tablet, won’t be making the jump up to Android 4.0, even though no reason’s given as to why. Either way, we’ve got to hand it to HTC – it seems to be doing a better, more committed job of porting Ice Cream Sandwich to its handsets than Samsung.
Of course, if you can’t bear to wait, you could always try installing Android 4.0 from a ROM. Don’t know how? Our guide will walk you through it.