Official: No Android 4.0 ICS for HTC Desire HD

HTC's decision seems to be final, but anything can happen

By on July 21st, 2012 05:01 GMT

HTC Desire HD is one of the oldest Android smartphones that it's still selling well in some regions of the world. The device is currently powered by Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread platform integrated with HTC Sense 3.0 UI.

However, the Taiwanese company promised the HTC Desire HD will receive an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-July.

Unfortunately, a few days before deadline, Canadian carrier TELUS silently canceled the ICS update for Desire HD. The operator said a few days later that HTC decided to suspend the update due to some performance issue.

HTC took it further and denied that it canceled the update and confirmed once again that Desire HD and Desire S are still scheduled to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.

The bad news is that HTC has just updated its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule and the Desire HD has been left out.

Apparently TELUS was right and the update was canceled due to some performance issues, which we cannot explain. HTC Desire HD's hardware is perfectly capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though there may be other reasons that made the handset maker cancel this update.

Here is what HTC had to say about Desire HD's canceled ICS update:

After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.”

Even though HTC's word seems to be final, we hope that the Taiwanese handset maker will try to offer at least some kind of a ”value pack,” just like Samsung did with Galaxy S owner. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

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