Following some initial uncertainty surrounding the Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC’s existing range of Android smartphones, the Taiwanese company has now confirmed that it will indeed be providing a selection of its flagship smartphones with the latest Android OS.
That’s terrific news for HTC customers who have been eagerly awaiting HTC’s response on Android 4.0, but those with supported devices will have to wait a few months before they can get their hands on the latest software. The company said in its statement that the “first wave” of Ice Cream Sandwich updates will begin in “early 2012,” with 8 devices supported initially:
HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.
It looks like nearly all of HTC’s high-end devices will get the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but if your device isn’t in the list and you think it’s capable of handling the update, then there may still be good news yet. The company states that it hasn’t finished assessing its product portfolio, and that more news is coming on device updates.
HTC devices will join those from both Motorola and Samsung, which will also be enjoying the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon. I’ll be interested to see how HTC integrates its awesome Sense UI overlay into the latest Android release.
Are you pleased that HTC devices will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich? Is your device on the list?