HTC Shortlists Devices for Ice Cream Sandwich Including Sensation, Rezound, EVO 3D


Since the announcement of the next Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich, those stuck in their current two-year contracts are more than a bit curious about which devices will receive and upgrade. HTC has tried to make the process as transparent as possible for owners of their handsets and has kept a line of communications open with costumers as the manufacturer works out the specifics of getting Android 4.0 to their hardware. There is no telling when it will happen, but HTC has shortlised a number of devices for the upgrade, a list including every high-end handset released since early summer. The HTC Sensation (and Sensations XL and XE), HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Amaze 4G, and HTC Rezound all get a nod. Here is HTC’s full statment via their Facebook page.

“HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.”

[via Engadget]

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  1. Desire Z better be on that list…

    1. Desire Z/ T-Mobile G2 will probably NOT be seeing an ICS update, which is why I’ll be slapping CM9 on mine the moment it gets released.

      That said, T-Mobile did push out Android 2.3.4 to my phone via an OTA update last night, so you never know… But past experience says it’s doubtful.

      1. One can always hope. :)

        I’m rooted anyway, but still, it’s nice to know that HTC cares… :)

  2. I’ll be going with CyanogenMod 8 on my HTC EVO (Supersonic) since their version of ICS will arrive waaaay sooner than the official one from HTC.

    1. you mean cm9, 8 was for honeycomb which never saw the light of open source.

    2. The supersonic is the evo 4 g which was not mentioned so I think cm9 will be ur only option

  3. Desire Z is shit, why update it?

  4. Of course no Thunderbolt love…

  5. Why no Thunderbolt love>

    1. Why would they?

  6. The phones listed are all of the latest releases and HTC needs to make this statement cause most that want the latest Android OS will pickup the Galaxy Nexus when it is released to all carriers.

  7. You mean my Eris won’t get ICS? Damn, I really thought it would.

  8. I’m pretty sure DHD/DZ/Thunderbolt/Desire S/Incredible S will be updated. They are too new not to be

    1. Thunderbolt? This is a joke right?

      1. OEM’s are the joke.

    2. New or not, that don’t mean anything. Do your self a favor and get the Nexus next time. I have been seeing this for 3 years from the OEM’s with their promises, that is the reason I have always stuck with the Google phones since the G1 days.

    3. My Thunderbolt getting Gingerbread just a couple weeks ago begs to differ.

  9. wtf yet again all verizon phones out of the loop except for the rezound 

    the inc 2 has been long abandon …such a shame and i actually love htc products at this point ill take  sense 3.0 if that 

    1. This is an OEM Android thing not just a Verizon one so don’t feel to bad.

      1. i mean i love android but wtf ….i thought they where supposed to remain sportive for 18 months or some bs like that

        1. Google does for 24 months but the manufacturers and carriers promised 18 months but ever since then they haven’t talked about it. Google would have never made the Nexus phones if they thought that they(OEM & carriers) were going to keep their word. The main problem with updates is that the OEM’s skinned them so much and release so many phones that they just can’t keep up with Google’s constant new releases. All Android phones used to run on below average hardware and still sell for the same price but when Google made the Nexus One and sold it for the same price then everyone else started to follow. My answer to this problem would be for the OEMs to make their skins into custom launchers like LauncherPro(which is the best) and put them on the Market just for their devices, then all of their phones could easily be updated within a month.

          1. I think that’s one of the main points of ICS. OEM customizations won’t be so intertwined with the main part of the rom. It would be more like LauncherPro, Go Launcher etc. At least, I hope so.

  10. How will it run on the Sensation? Because I’m tired of the general unresponsiveness of Sense.

    Also, what will Sense look like on ICS? They’ll have to change the whole look of it because Sense as it is right now does not coordinate with the design language of ICS.

    1. Sense the first European HTC Android phone the Hero, sense has always looked the same. Ever since the Nexus One I stopped messing with it because they took away features instead of adding more to stock Android.

      1. I disagree in certain respects, Sense gave me the ability to link contacts across platforms in my Contacts, and the Quick Settings in my notification bar.
        It gave me a more attractive interface (despite some overdone animations) and a better built-in keyboard with their own version of Swype (it’s better than Swype) as well as the ability to download new themes for my phone.
        What I need now though is for Sense to be cleaned up and a much smaller strain on the system and for the wild animations to be reduced or sped up.
        Also, even though Sense has never changed there’s never been such a big UI overhaul like the one coming in ICS before in mobile so it’ll be interesting (or potentially disappointing) to see what HTC does with it.

  11. last night i got an update on my g2 i thought support for it was done after the initial gingerbread update so im hoping fingers crossed for ics. i would love to see a g3 they are the closest thing to a nexus with a physical keyboard. the only thing that turns me off to nexus is i hate touchscreen keyboards.

  12. Ice Cream Sandwich probably won’t be officially coming to the Evo 4G, but this is why I love Cyanogen!

  13. This is why Samsung is embracing the Cyanogen Team.  Samsung can keep their  “older” (apparently that means 5-6 months to HTC and others) phones up-to-date with out having to do any heavy lifting themselves.  All manufactures should be embracing Cyanogen by giving them code, support, etc – if they want to keep users like our selves happy.  Unfortunately, I think users like “us” are farther out of the “mainstream” than we think.

    1. One of the reasons I bought a GS2.

  14. I don’t understand why they mentioned the non-Sensation phones separately as “through close integration with our carrier partners?”

    What do you think that means?

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