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HTC sends word via its official Facebook page that in addition to the handful of phones already announced, Verizon's Rhyme, Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt will be getting the latest version of Android later in the year. And on the Canadian side, the manufacturer has confirmed that the HTC Raider on Rogers and Bell will also see ICS in the months ahead.

We have more good news related to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and can confirm that upgrades are planned for Verizon Wireless customers with the HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt, and DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, as well as the already announced HTC Rezound.
In addition, the HTC Raider is on the list to receive ICS for customers of Rogers and Bell in Canada. Stay tuned for more news on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

So great news for owners of those phones, especially the long-suffering Thunderbolt, which took long enough to get bumped from Froyo to Gingerbread. HTC expects to begin updating international handsets to ICS in the next month, starting with the Sensation and Sensation XE.

Source: HTC USA Facebook


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HTC adds more North American phones to Ice Cream Sandwich update list


Tired of hearing about the units that WILL be updated (by any manufacturer); start updating them.

What version of sense will Thunderbolt users get with the update? 3.5? Either way, I'm happy they at have the update planned for us. HTC just gained brownie points from me.

Hot damn! As a Thunderbolt owner that makes me someone familiar with how long it takes for updates to roll out, I'm depressed again

Everytime I see this I hope the EVO 4G will be on it. Looks like it won't get ICS. Anybody try any good custom ICS roms for the EVO? Just trying to make it until June when I get my upgrade. Hopefully there will be some better Sprint phones out by then. Nothing looks that great right now. Beside the upcoming Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Any word on if the Samsung Note is coming to Sprint?

The Epic Touch is a fantastic device, really the only thing I dislike about it going into the future is that it's a wimax device but if LTE is not going to be in your area anytime soon it's a non issue.

What do you mean by "Just trying to make it until June...", AFAIK, the Evo 4G should continue working as it normally does even when other phones get official ICS updates

I know the EVO will keep working. I just want a new phone and my upgrade isn't until June. I've been with Sprint for 8 years and got a new phone every year until they ended the Premier program. This is the first time I had a phone over a year and I'm ready for a new one. I've tried all the Gingerbread ROMS and I want some slick new ICS. Plus, my girlfriend wants my phone when I upgrade.

As much as I want to believe them, I will believe it when I see it. By and large; Most manufacturers say one thing, promise another, deliver a third, and support a fourth. Often none of those things overlap.

It is good to see them commit to it, but I still won't believe them until I see it running.

The Rhyme???? Wow my wife has this...I would not have expected this mid-level device to get it. Good Job HTC.

Now Get it done!!!!

I just hope a leak comes out soon for thunderbolt, so developers can get their hands on the ril.

The Evo is 3 months away from being 2 years old (even if yours isn't, the model is), what exactly is the cutoff for HTC to not update a phone to ICS??

It's a little surprising that the Inspire 4G isn't on that list. Then again, why should I care? The Inspire is practically a replica of the Desire HD, so we'll have an unofficial release anyway.

Agreed. And I wouldn't count on Samsung to ever update anything. You might get an update, or you might not. I was burned by them more than once. Never again.

Congrats to the people with those devices now hopefully they hold up their end of the bargain. They should HTC has a halfway decent track record.

Woohoo!!! Can't wait to get some of that ICS on ma 'Bolt. Of course the devs will probably beat HTC to it the way things are progressing.

HTC is still the best company when it comes to software updates! Samsung is a great company but they are not even updating the SGS! I was sure i was going for the SGS 3 but seeing how many phones HTC is updating and the HTC ONE X, i'm not very sure now!

Remember the EVO is basically end of life because the network it runs on is being phased out. As to the Thunderbolt it will be a tricky build because Sense over a certain version needs dual core.

There is no reason the EVO 4G can't make the cut if the Droid Incredible 2 is on there. True, it is hitting EOL, but the specs are there as well as the sheer amount of people still using that phone (I'm sure a lot more than the Droid Incredible 2) to compel HTC to give this phone ICS. I feel like I should contact them directly and/or start a petition for it.

The evo 4g is a great example how - in the age of two year contracts - it's vitally important to get a phone in the first few months of release. I bought mine June 2010, a week after release. I'm up for renewal in April. Anyone who bought the evo Dec 2010 and later is basically stuck with the status quo with no hope of things getting better.

***HAPPY DANCE!!!*** I didn't think there was a snow balls chance in the hot south that my Dinc2 would get ICS. Kudos HTC. Well, as long as it's not like, January 2013.

This is a nice surprise. I had no hope or expectation for my DInc2 to make the list for ICS, even when I saw the IncredibleS get listed I didn't think the 2 would make it. I needed some unexpected good news.

Great! Just in time for Jelly Bean... grrrr Google needs to start controlling the OS update process like it's competitors. Now I didn't say get rid of ROMs or rooting or anything of that nature. I just still don't care for how the carrier's or vendors have the control over what update is pushed or not.

Awesome news. HTC listened to their customers and responded accordingly. HTC has really stepped up their game and as a result is now the leading Android OEM in regards to support. Keep it up HTC!

The EVO 4G is the Battlestar Gallactica of the HTC Lineup. Not the most formidable craft, but will be the last man standing. Can still take a punishing amount of data and perform every time. Give us some love HTC!

The Droid Razr Maxx that I just purchased for my wife last week hasn't been announced for an ICS update by MOTO and it's only a week old. Perhaps MY next phone will be HTC.

Ever think that maybe the powers that be dont want the evo 4g to be updated? The sheer number of people that are going to be eligible for upgrades in the coming months is probably reason enough for htc-sprint to be seeing big dollars in phone sales and contract extensions. While i love my evo I cant help but notice more and more things that have been bothering me that only seem to be getting worse with each update, sense resets/battery life/ etc. I know i have caught myself checking out upcoming phones more and more closely the more frustrated i get. Simply put the evo 4g has made all the money that they think they can squeeze out of it and they are ready to dip back in our pockets, rather than continue to offer adequate support to keep customers satisfied with their equipment.Or maybe im just paranoid

I cant imagine the uprising if my DInc2 ends up with ICS before the bionic or razr. HTC hasnt given a timeline but motorola has kind of eluded to 3rd quarter I think. Motorola used to be excellent with their upgrades, so I'm rather stunned by the release the other day from them.

I'll have to withhold judgement on ICS for the Thunderbolt. Hopefully, it doesn't introduce new bugs or cause the random reboots again. You know there will be bugs though and probably another update after ICS to fix em. As it stands now, the Thunderbolt on Gingerbread is quite stable, so I'm more of the mindset: "Leave my Thunderbolt alone!" LOL

I was told the hardware and memory were not adequate for ICS. I had the EVO 4G and I constantly ran into memory issues.