Google Ice Cream Sandwich Update for HTC Handsets Might Not Arrive Soon

October 19, 2011, By Leo Xavier

As you already know by now, Google’s latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, has arrived. It was unveiled along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong late Tuesday evening. Now, HTC has come out with an official statement as a response to the launch of the new OS.

But it appears like HTC has come out with a reply that won’t be appreciated by all the HTC handset users. The company hasn’t talked much about its plans to release ICS update for HTC handsets.

HTC phone owners can be a bit aggressive on the matter as it has been confirmed that the Samsung Nexus S will see an ICS update in the near future.


One of the biggest issues for HTC when it comes to upgrading to a new OS is their own custom UI, HTC Sense. As you might know, the company layers the UI over the top of their Android handsets.

The UI gives a more intuitive experience, but the company has to work on it before updating to the latest versions of Android.

This will definitely take more development time. But HTC has to make sure that they don’t take too long, otherwise customers will switch to other manufacturers who provide them with an up-to-date OS.

HTC had this to say :

We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans“.

From the statement it is clear that when ICS finally arrives on HTC devices, it’ll be running as smoothly as possible. But we can’t say at the moment about what all things will be added to the interface or what stuff will be removed.

We will let you know as soon as there is more info available on the matter. So stay tuned.

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