HTC reveals more about Android 4.0 updates

A few weeks ago, HTC announced some of its plans to update its older Android 2.3 smartphones to the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). At the time HTC said the Android 4.0 upgrade would be offered for the HTC Rhyme, the HTC Thunderbolt, the DROID Incredible 2 and the HTC Rezound in the US, along with the HTC Raider in Canada.

Now HTC's blog site has added some additional smartphones that will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update at some point. They include the HTC Amaze, the HTC Desire S, the HTC Desire HD, the HTC EVO 3D, the HTC EVO Design 4G, the HTC Incredible S, the HTC Sensation, the HTC Sensation XL, the HTC Sensation 4G, the HTC Sensation XE and the HTC Vivid.

In addition, the blog site states that Android 4.0 updates are now being rolled out for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and will be more widely available for those devices over the next few weeks. The HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL smartphones will be the next to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. As usual, the timing for these upgrades is dependent on both the country and the wireless carriers.

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Cell phones evolved too quickly. People treat them differently than computers even though many smartphones are running operating systems that are far more complex than BREW and other feature phone OS's. Does your home laptop/desktop get a new version of Windows/Mac OS automatically?

My only gripe with Android is the same as the poster's above. Android releases a complex operating system to a generally luddite public and then wash its hands of it. Even worse, you have manufacturers like Samsung who will slap the outdated version of the Android on a phone that can barely make phone calls. HTC will release a million devices and keep them updated, but always releases the worst quality hardware. Any phones from their first production run work flawlessly, and then later production runs of their Android phones have high failure rates.

I feel for you I remember owning a B300 and if wasn't for the hacker community I would have been stuck or same with a HP i915 with Windows mobile (not Windows Phone) which had like 3 updates one was a radio update which dropped by bars by 2 I spent hours on the phone with them looking for the original driver, I finally tracked down one of the developers cell phone ( he was at an airport terminal but promised to email me the driver which he did) my next let down was a corporate decision to sell the same phone rebranded with Windows Mobile 6.5 and left mine gather dust after spending $500+ on the phone. Its a great thing Microsoft took updates away from OEM's at least we always have the latest version.

Mean Mr Mustard said,

Nice!

Nice? I consider it stupid.

One thing is incorrecting writing things wrong, fanboy articles, etc etc, but filling up with repeating stories gives what?

htcz said,

Nice? I consider it stupid.

One thing is incorrecting writing things wrong, fanboy articles, etc etc, but filling up with repeating stories gives what?

So you are saying your comment was stupid?, because that is what I was commenting on. :confused:

All great they are pushing these updates but I only brought my HTC wildfire s last year and seeing that they are not updating it to 4.0 I mean my phone is not old yet they are leaving these devices behind and just concentrating on new stuff Not nice

IMO they should've included the original HTC Desire / Nexus One on this list...?

Unless N1 gets 4.0 anyway? I don't own one any more so am out of touch all things android.

I guess there will always be CM9 anyway.

The Desire has very low internal storage space. And HTC will want to provide ICS with their Sense UI, which will not fit. Even if it does, there will be hardly any space for apps.

Regarding the Nexus One, it is up to Google whether they will release ICS for it, not HTC.

But yes, CM9 is already at RC stage; I am currently using it with a Data++ partitioning scheme and Mount2SD on my Desire which gives me more than enough storage space for my app installations!

Anyone know when the update is available for the Sensation in the UK? My GF's hasn't been updated yet.

Axel said,
Anyone know when the update is available for the Sensation in the UK? My GF's hasn't been updated yet.
Has she got a branded mobile? If so, contact your mobile operator - it's purely up to them if they can be bothered to customise and approve the latest update.

Why couldn't the writer leave out the millions of 'HTC's in the article, and give us something readable? It's not like HTC is going to release updates for Samsung phones now, is it?

Ambroos said,
Why couldn't the writer leave out the millions of 'HTC's in the article, and give us something readable? It's not like HTC is going to release updates for Samsung phones now, is it?

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HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt, DROID Incredible 2, HTC Rezound, HTC Raider, HTC Amaze, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Vivid.

holy sh*t, how do they even come up with so many names!?!?!?

FalseAgent said,
HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt, DROID Incredible 2, HTC Rezound, HTC Raider, HTC Amaze, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Vivid.

holy sh*t, how do they even come up with so many names!?!?!?

Someone with a degree gets paid a lot of money to take inspiration from the outside world.

what said,

Someone with a degree gets paid a lot of money to take inspiration from the outside world.

Probably an art/media studies degree graduate (these degrees are ever so useful in this day & age!!! )

lol

what said,

Someone with a degree gets paid a lot of money to take inspiration from the outside world.

Keep in mind these are not all HTC naming. The carriers played a part. For example the HTC Thunderbolt is really the HTC Mecha. The HTC Rezound is really HTC Vigor. So there is actually more names to go around.

FalseAgent said,
HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt, DROID Incredible 2, HTC Rezound, HTC Raider, HTC Amaze, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Vivid.

holy sh*t, how do they even come up with so many names!?!?!?

Global markets and they have always been a 'creative' company. The HTC Windows Mobile custom UI set a stage for them.

I'll say it, custom ROMs FTW running Sense 3.5 on my Desire HD and planning on running Sense 4 using a custom ROM based on the One V

I dont want to do anything that involves rooting, or custom ROMs, etc. I want the OTA, legit update! How is it that I have a Google phone (which is promised to receive updates first and foremost over others) and this update is not out for it yet? Astounding.

stezo2k said,
I'll say it, custom ROMs FTW running Sense 3.5 on my Desire HD and planning on running Sense 4 using a custom ROM based on the One V

Yeah, custom is the only option for some including the Desire-Z (possibly because of it's slower CPU), so I'll definitely be going that route!

este said,
I get so annoyed everytime I see one of these rollout listings for phones other then mine!

There is a fix for this...

Buy a WP7 phone. Or even an iPhone as it gets more updates and 'between' version updates.


Here is the deal on Android, updates are hard and expensive, as the OEM is doing all the work. (Just like PCs in the 1980s, and why it was expensive for OEMs.)

Android has no way to roll out 'small' updates or fixes, as they have no central source that can work with the modified code that the OEMs are using to make it work on their devices.

This is why Android is the easiest platform to hack, and malware is more prevalent than users realize. (As a example, our security techs have found malware on their phones when doing a more comprehensive check than running tools like LookOut that 99.9% of the users would never find, including very proficient Android/Linux users.)

So while you wait for a new version, whether you get it or not is less important than this simple concept....

"All the security holes that have been discovered in the version you are running are available to exploit, since you have not gotten 'security' updates for the OS."

Additionally, since Android is OSS software, these exploits are visbile to everyone, including smart malicious people. (And by visible, I don't mean they have to look for them, because many are talked about openly in the Android Development forums around the web that outline them.

Here is another fix...
You would be better off taking the risk of running a custom Mod/ROM like Cyanogen that has back ported a lot of security fixes.


In a few years when Android becomes relegated to history as other popular Phone OSes have, remember that Google could have done something about it, but either don't care or don't get it.

As a 'leading' OS provider, Google should step up and ACT like one, instead of hiding under the guise of OSS and letting everyone else do the heavy lifting and users fend for themselves.

Again, maybe Google don't get the responsibility of being an OS provider, as they a responsibility to consumers, even if they don't want to help the OEMs/Carriers.

Google gets to use all your data for free and make money off of you and the 'trending' of all the Android phone users, they could at least care about protecting you as an asset.

Maybe it is time for a project like Cyanogen to get OEM support and take over Android, with a new OS model that can run the Dalvik JVM for compatibility, and be an 'OS company' that does what Microsoft does for OEMs and consumers, handle the OS issues with a bit of respectability that Google doesn't offer OEMs, Developers, or Users...

If not, WP8/WP9 will replace Android as the 'custom hardware' OS far too easily, especially when WP8 can already run Android Apps well, and has been seen running them on the desktop version of Windows 8 ARM on a WP7 device. (Ouch.)

If you like Android, go support the custom Mod/ROM community and take the risk of using one of their builds. It is not easy and you might need a geek friend, but at least you will have a 'newer' version of Android. And even if you stick with your current version, will at least have more security and optional functionality.

PS... As an OS Theorist/Engineer, I do not like the Android OS Model, the way they use the Linux kernel, and am not a big fan of the Linux kernel for technical reasons anyway. However, Google has created a market with Android, and now their inept handling of Android is harming people like you, which is painful to watch and POs me even more, as they have the money to make it right and get things right for people like you.

Also, don't blame HTC, they are already jumping through hoops upon hoops trying to support Android and doing a better job that Motorola, which was a flagship maker of 'Droid' and becoming a part of Google directly.


Take care, and I feel for you...

thenetavenger said,

There is a fix for this...

Buy a WP7 phone. Or even an iPhone as it gets more updates and 'between' version updates

Apple...… yes but the price is high: you are in a high security jail unable to do too many things; WP7? Get back to reality: WP is at the mercy of OEM and Carriers. Furthermore the OS presence is so limited that even if MS wanted could not pressure them (OEM and carriers) to deliver updates at all.

thenetavenger -
I definitely agree with what you're saying. I'm just upset because I have a "pure Google phone" (Nexus S) and it STILL has not received one of the most important updates yet? How can this be? Part of my original consideration when buying this phone is that it was able to recieve all of the updates "first." Yeah right.
Anyway I may consider switching to a WP7 now, but I'd need to first check out some of the options that my carrier (Sprint) has.