HTC Sensation XL Hands On

Every Android user on the planet is keen to get their hands on the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system following its unveiling in Hong Kong yesterday, but if you're the owner of a HTC handset, you may be a little frustrated with the company's latest statement.

TechRadar spoke to the Taiwanese smartphone giant about Google's latest mobile OS, but according to the report, the company is "strangely non-committal about the new software." HTC said:

"We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans," said a spokesperson.

"Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel.

"While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans."

As TechRadar concludes, HTC's statement doesn't sound too promising to its customers who are already itching to get their hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich update. While the company does claim that it is its "goal" to update its devices, it does seem that those which cannot handle the new OS and HTC Sense UI overlay will not get it.

It's possible, however, that HTC is simply holding onto its promises until it is confident that its existing Android handsets can handle the new OS. You may remember that performance issues plagued the HTC Desire and meant that the device never got the Android Gingerbread update.

[via TechRadar]