HTC Ice Cream Sandwich

Back when Ice Cream Sandwich was officially announced we all took some joy in predicting what devices would and would not have upgrades heading their way and at the time -- there was alot of love given to the HTC Sensation and EVO line of devices as well as the Amaze 4G. As it turns out, HTC agreed and have now put up a list of "first wave" devices that will be upgraded:

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, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

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.

*US handsets

So is that the be all, end all? Not really. As we've seen in the past HTC likes to go back and forth and do some testing on their devices before laying down any commitments, so if your device isn't on the list -- don't get all huffy about it just yet. At least wait until they definitively say no.

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My poor Thunderbolt. Time for a nexus.

Pimp Lucious says:

"so if your device isn't on the list -- don't get all huffy about it just yet. At least wait until they definitively say no."

That's asking for a lot isn't it Chris? Fully expect this thread to be full of but what about my _______. Personally I would rather have the vanilla ICS experience so I will wait for the dev community or just pick up a Galaxy Nexus to replace my Thunderbolt.

projektorboy says:

The implications of press releases like this from HTC are frustrating. It pretty much amounts to "Hey, you saw all those whiz-bang features in that ICS press conference, right? Well we're going to take all of that and chuck it right out the window so we can cram Sense on top of it instead! Isn't that great?!"

Then again, HTC keeps raking in cash so they're essentially allowed to do that.

droid83 says:

Just knew the Tbolt wouldn't make the cut.

Same, I'm dumping this phone this month. The question is, Rezound or the Galaxy.

Gekko says:

Galaxy! Rezound sucks!

yankeesusa says:

What do you base this on? Have you used the rezound yourself already? Last time I checked this phone was running a dual core 1.5 with a 720 screen. Just those 2 specs beat the galaxys2. The gs2 is a great phone, don't get me wrong but you can't compare it to a phone that's not even out yet.

mhans311 says:

I think he's talking about the Galaxy Nexus, not the GS2.

No question: Galaxy Nexus. Besides the HTC Sense Weather Widget and big Flip Clock I wonder how many people even know what Sense does?

briankurtz79 says:

HTC phones are bricks. I haven't seen one yet that's thinner or lighter than my evo 4g. My next device will be Samsung. Epic touch or gn if it comes to sprint.

ybcthanerd says:

Evo 4g is htc

briankurtz79 says:

No shit Sherlock. Thats my point. Its 18 months old and the rezound looks the exact same. They all look the same. Does htc make a device under 11 mill? This same old same old form factor they have going just isnt nearly as cool as it was a year and a half ago.

meccariello says:

My poor dinc2

Yea, the DINC2 deserved a better fate than this.

romma says:

The Dinc2 will get it. The phone is barely 6 months old. Be patient! Mine is rooted, so it will have it no matter what. I do believe that not rooted Dinc 2 phones will get it.

Gekko says:

i know the EVO 4G is older but doesn't it have comparable specs to the Nexus S? the Nexus S is getting ICS and yet EVO 4G gets left behind. probably because of the bloat of SENSE.

i want the G-Nex for my next phone. i don't want a manufacturer or carrier dictating to me what's on my phone.

yankeesusa says:

Even if the evo 4g isn't officially on this list it will probably be added and if it isn't those who are rooted will be able to get a custom rom with ics. That's the beauty of Android and htc unlocked bootloaders. All I know is I've been using my 3d since it came out, still not rooted and then I tried my friends evo 4g and that phone is still awesome. I'll probably buy it again in white as a backup.

Gekko says:

don't get me wrong i still love my EVO 4G and i still like it better than the 3D. however the G-Nex and pure ICS is a quantum leap for me. i will stick with Sprint regardless - their value proposition is second to none.

s14tat says:

Don't let the specs fool you, the Nexus S is a more powerful phone, period. You can't blame it all on sense either because the Nexus one ( which is basically a evo 4g but with a different screen ) is not officially getting ICS either because of hardware limitations, however you guys will probably get some type of unofficial port since the evo 4g have such a large development community.

Gekko says:

>Nexus S is a more powerful phone, period.

how so? how exactly is the hardware more powerful than the EVO 4G?

SlimJ87D says:

Hummingbird Processor > 1st generation Snapdragon.

The GPU in the Nexus S is about 3 times more powerful than the Evo 4G also...

Oh well guess the granddaddy of all android 4g devices didn't make the cut. But at least my beloved Evo 3d will get the update soon. Meanwhile I will get my very first pure google android device on Verizon the Galaxy Nexus and will add that to my stable of devices. Having the best of both worlds my Evo 3d on sprint and the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon what more can any tech guy ask for..

Gekko says:

isn't it confusing, inefficient, cumbersome, and a waste of money to have redundant cell service with two phones and two carriers?

ajonesma says:

yesssss my Sensation will be getting ICS!!

Rob White says:

Those poor early adopters that jumped on the Tbolt bandwagon. I feel your pain as I once was left in limbo with the Fascinate. Oh wait... the Fascinate still is in limbo! Oh well I warranty swapped it some time ago. But still for you Tbolt folks this has to sting.

bkj216 says:

Thank god for CyanogenMod

HTC Thunderbolt or Moto Bionic,Which is the most cursed device?

mhans311 says:

Motorola already said the Bionic will get ICS.

kinster02 says:

I'm just curious to see how htc will go about tweaking ICS with sense. I'm glad to see them confirm the Evo 3D will be getting ICS, although they said it would before the phone launched.

K_Daddy says:

What's ICS have to offer that GB and Sense doesn't? Froyo was a big upgrade because of flash, GB because of support for the front camera, I don't see too much from ICS. I'm keeping my Thunderbolt. It's working fine and does everything I need for now.

ICS has a ton to offer over froyo and gingerbread! Do some research.

Shaides says:

somebody didn't watch google i/o 2011

Nirvana328 says:

ICS merges the tablet (Honeycomb) and phone (Gingerbread) branches of the OS into one super awesome version of Android. I don't think anyone can do justice to how awesome ICS is going to be by typing in this comment box. You just have to see it for yourself:

(jump to 23:28 if you want to skip past the flowery design philosophy stuff and go straight to a live hands on of ICS)

tcmeiss says:

While I fully expected that my original Incredible wouldn't make the cut, how about a Gingerbread update that actually freaking works? That too much to ask HTC?


Simple, if the HTC EVO Design 4G can get it the Evo 4G and Tbolt Can Easily Run It As Well, time for the unrooted to get rooted! ill just wait for cm9 then when my upgrade comes get the HTC evo3 (i hope the next htc sprint phone is a bad as mother WATCH YO MOUTH)

Wreckus says:

Looks like I made a good decision switching from my old rogers samsung captivate to the HTC EVO 3D. At least i have confidence & peace of mind that my phone is getting upgraded now.

Mind you, even though I knew the Captivate wouldn't get ICS, it was frustrating waiting to see if it would even get Gingerbread.

ybcthanerd says:

I want a stock ics phone from htc

acstewart82 says:

I absolutely love my HTC EVO 3D as loved my EVO 4G before it. I just really wish didn't have to wait so long to get ics. And before you say it, no thank you I'm just fine without root. I did the whole rooting thing with my og evo and while it is fun I admit i simply just don't wish to root my 3vo. It performs well enough just the way it is. Oh well here's to waiting for ics.

jarobusa says:

January 2012 is not that far off. Still no phone has ICS on it.

frmorrison says:

This news encouraged me go ahead and root my 10-month old HTC Inspire. I look forward to flashing CM with ICS once it is released in a few months.

BrianTufo says:

Boy did they just give it to Thunderbolt owners. We should of had GB on the device from launch and then they take 8 months to put out a GB update that works properly. Wow am I glad I wasted my time buying this device. It hasn't been a bad device overall but the support for it from HTC flat out sucks!

I was a big HTC supporter and now no thanks goodbye HTC and hello Samsung! VzW needs to announce the date for the G-Nex soon!

hmackenz says:

Yup. ThunderBolt = my first and last time dealing with HTC. Even though it's not terrible now that it has Gingerbread, it's definitely too little too late.

Synycalwon says:

Sounds like sour grapes to me. My Thunderbolt has been awesome since day one, even better now with Gingerbread. I have no regrets nor wishes for ICS on it. I'll worry about that down the road on some future phone, one that also includes a kickstand!!!! :P

EricWiz says:

This is my first and last from HTC as well. It is not sour grapes. We were promised the world and we got... well... an average phone with reboot and battery issues.

Remember this not being your dream phone it was supposed to be the one after that? Yeah... how's that working out.

I'm done with HTC and going to G-Nex