HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update officially canceled

July 22, 2012
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We conclude today the HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich drama, as it looks like HTC has decided to completely scrape Android 4.0 upgrade plans  for the device – see the screenshot above taken from the company’s official blog where its ICS plans were posted back in March.

Initially, we heard that Canadian carrier Telus decided to cancel the ICS upgrade for the smartphone, and then we found out it was HTC that decided to temporarily stop upgrade plans. At the time, HTC lead us to believe that the Desire HD will receive its Android 4.0 build in the near future, but now it looks like that won’t happen, at least not officially.

While developers will certainly find a way to bring various ICS versions to Desire HD owners, if that’s not happening already, HTC has explained in a one-paragraph update on that March blog post why it decided not to rollout the ICS update for the once-flagship smartphone:

After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.

Interesting way of formulating this response – “the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD.” Well, what about customers that really want to try out ICS on the handset? Maybe without any Sense on top of it? Oh wait, that’s where custom ROMs come in!

Let’s hear it from HTC Desire HD owners, are you disappointed?

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