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HTC in the past, hasn't made any bones about telling us all which of their devices will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Granted, they've made some changes here and there to the list as testing has gone on but overall, they've been doing good at keeping folks in the loop for better or worse, depending on which device you may own. Now, they've gone ahead and take it all one step further by adding some official timelines to the newly minted Android 4.0 Update FAQ page:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC - To be determined (by the end of August)
  • HTC Amaze 4G - May-June
  • HTC Desire S - June-July
  • HTC Desire HD - July-August
  • HTC EVO 3D - June-July
  • HTC EVO 4G+ - May-June
  • HTC EVO Design 4G - June-July
  • HTC Incredible S - June-July
  • HTC Sensation - March-June
  • HTC Sensation 4G - March-June
  • HTC Sensation XE - March-June
  • HTC Sensation XL - April-Jun
  • HTC Rezound - June-July
  • HTC Rhyme - June-July
  • HTC Thunderbolt - July-August
  • HTC Velocity 4G  - March-June
  • HTC Vivid  - March-June

Looking at the list, you can easily spot the devices that have already had ICS rolled out to them over the past little while. Nothing overly surprising, and HTC does note things are always subject to change but it's nice to see some official timelines placed beside all those devices.

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HTC adds some timelines to its ICS device update list

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At least Moto's not abandoning any of their tablet users. HTC just took a big dump all over Flyer, Evo View, and Jetstream users.

I would be beyond FURIOUS if I had plunked down $700 and a 2yr contract for the HTC Jetstream tablet on AT&T last fall. In fact, they're still selling that device for $400 on contract now! Heck, I got my Evo View new off contract and use it on wi-fi only and I'm still annoyed it's not getting ICS!

I'll wager Moto sold far fewer Xoom Family Editions yet it's getting ICS and the Flyer/View sold relatively well and have nearly identical hardware to the Evo Design yet they're being abandoned and left on a buggy Honeycomb.

I know what you feel. Buying a not very-old device and it will never get updated. It's also my case :D. I bought HTC aria when it was just released with a price you can buy the high-end phone nowadays. And I'm hopless to see it get gingerbread :D

thankfully, there's Cyanogenmod :D

No, I looked it up and it's like an Evo 3D without the 3D cameras. No luck for us original Evo 4G users I guess. :(

I have contacted HTC directly to ask about the original EVO 4G being updated to ICS. I will post here, the forums, or tip Android Central when they get back to me.

Slim and None. No chance. The hardware is too outdated. The Dinc and Evo original are NOT getting ICS.....without root and rom. Those phones were great, but have reached the end. As much as I love HTC, Android would be a lot better if it WERE NOT up to manufacturers/carriers to supply updates. EVERY android phone should have the option of running ASOP. That way every user (at their own risk) can be upgraded by google if they so choose.

Besides, it is not cost effective for HTC to make updates for phones they have not sold in a long time. I believe it has been 6 months at least. I know there are some people who bought them at the end, but they probably got them for free. Good to take an older phone for a discount or even free, but you should know at that point an update will be highly unlikely.

Quote: "Nothing overly surprising, and HTC does not things are always subject to change"

Ouch. I stubbed my brain on that one.

I have mad respect for the way HTC is going about things as a company. I still don't like sense but at least they are pushing the updates out. If they limited their devices a little bit more this would be a little easier for them.

That's a good question, though I'm not sure why the Incredible S has a date but the Incredible 2 doesn't since they are pretty much the same phone.

My guess would be that they are waiting for the incredible 4g to drop before they push an update or at least till they have a release date

Motorola, this is how you update phones.

LOL at the Flyer not getting updated, I remember calling that one on G+ before ICS even hit. Sad but not at all surprising.

The article with FAQ states it will come with Sense 3.6

Why does the Android 4.0 update not include Sense 4?

Some aspects of Sense 4 require dedicated hardware, which is not available on all devices.

Also, for you EVO 3D users.. has the data speeds been horrific of late? I can barely load mobile pages within 5 minutes.

It's not HTC's fault, It The Sprint network. For some reason has been really slow lately!. Well, at least in New York, that is The case.

The problem, whatever it is, seems to be area-specific. The NYC/NJ area may just be cursed by the technology gods right now.

I spent this past weekend in New Jersey, and I was quite dismayed at how slow Sprint's Internet service was in the area. I had been expecting it would be considerably faster than where I live, but it was at least an order of magnitude slower. This pain was doubled by the fact that the WiFi in my hotel was down. My laptop rendered all but useless, I had no choice but to use my phone for everything.

As soon as I returned home, my phone went back to its usual good speed.

lol me too! i still have that awesome phone sitting in my drawer collecting dust now.... :( the Gnex is an awesome phone, but I miss the build quality/feel of HTC. love the OG EVO

"Some aspects of Sense 4 require dedicated hardware, which is not available on all devices."

Ahh.. yes. I guess I should "upgrade" my EVO 3D to the HTC One V, since it apparently has better hardware..

BS, people have 4.0 ROMs running on the 3D. What a lie.

Sense 4 is designed for the 3 button setup.

If your device has a capacitive menu button, HTC will not put Sense 4 on it. (Sense 4 has the menu button in the software)

May 31st is launch day for Evo V 4G (aka Evo 3D).

June for Sprint version.

When it gets here I'm just gonna put ADW launcher on top of it for a close to stock experience. (Plus, I'll be using a home manager to Autokill Sense, so Sense won't bogg down my phone's RAM)

All I have to say is the ICS update better not screw up my Thunderbolt. It's been working like a champ on Gingerbread. If it ain't broke...

FINAL STRAW!

I'm just tired of getting hosed over by manufacturers. Up until refer HTC was one of the last (if not the only) good ones left. This is the 2nd story that I can remember with actual dates that some how always seem to get pushed back, but the new phones that they've launched (or will be launching) will have ICS on board. This is why I'm about to jump ship as soon as Apple launches their next iPhone. Say what you will about them, but at least they stand by their products. I'm beyond frustrated because I've been with Android/Google since G1. I know I'm not the only one on this post that feels under appreciated by the HTC's, Samsung's of the world.

I'm with you DTV: After the G1 (stuck at 1.6), myTouch 3G Slide (stuck at 2.1) (we all make mistakes)and now the perfectly functional G2 (stuck at 2.3.4) gets the stiff one and no ICS.

T-Mobile you are now also going to suffer for HTC moronic business practices because I will not be re-upping my contracts.

HTC, I'm done with as a company. If you make a Nexus product, great but your updates are motivated 100% by trying to get Americans to buy into Korean/Japanese upgrade cycles.

We don't want to spend $500/600 a year on whatever phone is new and cool.

If I wanted this crap, I would buy an iPhone (not going to unless HTC/Samsung starts making rocks)

Rather I will buy a Galaxy Nexus for $400 without worry about upgrades for a least a year or two.

I could have sworn the VIVID got ICS officially already..... Although i may have been on the leak and other roms so long I missed something

So this isn't a lie this time? When I bought my phone in January HTC announced it should be updated within a month. I rooted. I'm staying rooted, and I will never buy another HTC.

Do you think there will be a stock ICS ROM soon after the thunderbolt source code is leaked/released? I really liked ICS on the Nexus. Basically what I'm asking is: is it easy to just get rid of Sense and have vanilla ICS, or is it something "integrated" into ICS that you can't just get rid of?