Although Google launched the Ice Cream Sandwich flavor of its mobile OS back in November 2011, recent reports show that the adoption rate for Android 4.0 is still hovering at less than 2%. That’s quite a low figure if you take into account that five months have passed since the official release of the new, unified Android version. Fortunately, things are about to change very soon, as an increasing number of tablet and smartphone manufacturers have begun announcing the ICS update for their existing devices.
Yesterday, Samsung has started pushing out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its insanely popular Samsung Galaxy S2, and now it’s HTC’s turn to share some ICS love with their customers.
According to a HTC blog post published yesterday, the Android 4.0 upgrade will (eventually) reach 16 of their existing smartphones, although an exact timing was not specified. The official reason is that carriers tend to have their own schedules when it comes to Android updates (especially if you live in the US). Here’s the list:
The first wave of HTC smartphones to receive the Android 4.0 update will consist of the Sensation family. The update for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE has already started rolling out a few days ago, to users in Germany and the Scandinavian region. As reported here, HTC is also pushing out the HTC Sense 3.6 UI, along with the OS update. Now we have word that we’ll see the update becoming more widely available over the next few weeks. According to HTC’s blog post, the T-Mobile Sensation 4G and the Sensation XL are next in line to receive their ICS updates.
The remaining 12 smartphones on the list ( the Rezound, Amaze 4G, Incredible S, Droid Incredible 2, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Raider, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid) will get their Android 4.0 updates over the next few months. We only hope that HTC and the carriers won’t delay them until after the HTC One X and the HTC One S get released!
Are you disappointed that the Android 4.0 update takes this long to reach your HTC smartphone? Drop us a line and tell us what you think about the list! Is it comprehensive enough for your liking ?
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My Evo 4G should be included also as the spec are strong enough to run ICS. It still has a 1ghz processor. Apple includes all elligible devices in OS upgrades, Google needs some work in this regard.
Apple make their own devices. Google don’t (even the Nexus devices are made by third party manufacturers) !
I think Google should include the upgrade for the EVO 4g also! It furiates me that Sprint sells EOL phones w/o telling you!! The phone wasn’t cheap and neither is the service! A little more customer appreciation PLEASE!
why cant the rezound just get android 4.0 and sense 4.0 insted of android 4.0 and sense 3.6 it should be able to handle the newest sense version i think
Tmobile Sensation 4G in US – I was notify that there is a software update on my phone today. I updated but do not see anything different on my phone. Does anyone know about this update from tmobile? I am sure it is not ICS.
It was an update for the “watch”. App.
I have been a loyal iphone user for years, and just got the Raider 4G. It would have been nice to come across news of ICS coming to the raider sooner. Oh well I guess I’ll have to start learning about rooting and flashing ROMs :P
Will wildfire s get the new ICS update….
I have sensation XE and I did the update for ICS now its really really slow.(if you changing app to app phone get freeze)
I’ve had this problem too makes it practically unusable
Stupid update ruined my phone HTC sensation
How about sense 4 on old device, like Sensation XE?? We don’t want to be left out from sense 4!!