HTC announces Ice Cream Sandwich updates for phones

Owners of a number of HTC Android-based phones have some reasons to celebrate today. The company announced on its Facebook page that it will offer upgrades from Android 2.3 to the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS sometime in the near future.

HTC stated in its Facebook note:

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.

So far, very few devices have received an Android 4.0 upgrade. Currently, the only smartphone that has Android 4.0 out of the box is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Motorola has updated its WiFi only Xoom tablets to Android 4.0 and has promised a number of its current Android-based smartphones and tablets will receive the upgrade to the 4.0 version sometime later in 2012.

While the Transformer Prime tablet from Asus was also supposed to get an Android 4.0 upgrade in January, the company recently announced that it would now be released sometime in February.

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