HTC hasn’t exactly been the fastest Android manufacturer to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its devices, but at least it has been communicative enough to frequently inform us on when to expect the software “leaps”.
The most recent HTC ICS updating schedule came out last month and had several handhelds slated for “June-July” upgrades. The EVO 3D was one of these and, fortunately, HTC is already making good on that promise, rolling out Android 4.0 for the Gingerbread-running 4.3-incher.
Even though it hasn’t been the most popular HTC handheld to be released in the past year, mostly due to the 3D capabilities that are not very functional, the EVO 3D is still a fantastic phone with a lot of oomph and an elegant design. That being said, we’re delighted to greet the 4.3-incher in the (official) ICS-running “club” and we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of people reading us out there that feel the same way.
The first EVO 3D users to receive the update are HTC customers in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), while tech enthusiasts Stateside are still on the waiting list. Sprint is currently the only US carrier to be selling this mid-range HTC device and, if you’re one of the network’s clients, you’ll probably need to be patient for a couple more weeks.
As far as EVO 3D users in Europe, Middle East and Africa go, these should have been already served with the much-awaited tasty scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich OTA. If, for some reason, you haven’t received any prompt message to update, make sure your network connection is strong, perform a manual check for updates and then reboot your phone once or twice.
The new software package weighs in at a hefty 300 MB and will bring the a full-fledged set of ICS improvements and tweaks to your EVO 3D, but will also up your Sense UI from version 3.0 to 3.6.
Have you already upgraded to Android 4.0.3? Does the EVO 3D now perform as smoothly as you expected? Are there any bugs or glitches to report? And finally, are you willing to forgive HTC for providing you with the update almost a year after the phone's release on the grounds that “all’s well that ends well”?