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Android 4.0 to reach 16 existing HTC smartphones. The Sensation family is first in line!

March 14, 2012
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:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

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 ?