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HTC on Ice Cream Sandwich: "our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible"

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Folks over at HTC shocked customers last week when they replied to a question that they still have to “figure out what they had to do about Android 4.0.” 

The uncertainty alone was on the verge to become the first chapter of the next Android update, but luckily for the company and HTC owners, HTC changed its stance pretty quickly. 

Here’s how the company reassured everyone about Android 4.0 on its handsets:

Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.

Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!

The root of all hesitation seems to lie in the HTC Sense skin that the company is known for and the way it will be integrated into ICS. But there is also the issue of hardware, so some older models might not have the silicon guts to support the new version of Android, redefined with new visuals and flashy transitions. Some speculations mention a 6-month time frame for the update, but we’d take this with a grain of salt. In the meantime, let us know what you think about skinning Android Ice Cream Sandwich - is HTC Sense on it a good idea or would you rather have a vanilla version?

source: @HTC via Android Authority

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posted on 24 Oct 2011, 04:12 4

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


ICS looks so cool on its own that for once I'd actually like to try the unadorned version of Android before I would jump to see custom versions of it. It also adds many functions that custom skins had added in the past, rendering large chunks of them redundant.

Add to that the fact that HTC is very proud of Sense, and it's won them design awards. I'm not surprised that they're hesitant to let it all go out the window. However, if all it does is take away from the impact and usability of ICS AND delay updates to their devices, it might be a sacrifice they have to make.

It's just like Blur-shut up all of you haters. Blur is good, and adds some things that Gingerbread just doesn't have on its own. However, I'd rather see Motorola drop it entirely than try to force it onto an OS that doesn't need it.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 04:19 4

2. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


They should work on HTC sense UI for ICS while in the meantime, just release an update to vanilla android on ICS. That would keep people from complaining about the wait, and still keep their great sense UI and release it in a later update!

Same for other manufacturers.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 04:38 3

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Ah, you mean kind of how Samsung only released Touchwiz for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after it was updated to 3.1/3.2?

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 18:05

24. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Idk, don't know about the galaxy tab, you understand me though, right?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 04:44 7

4. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


every manufacturer should just remove its add on: touchwhiz, sense, and blur and make it an add on option through the market

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 05:34 4

6. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Or you can do the sensible thing and not just buy the phones?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 08:30 1

13. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


@belovedson...In other words, you're saying that Android should copy the Windows Phone model, where the skin is a standalone app that can be uninstalled or reinstalled?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 05:18 3

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


They should leave ICS just the way it is and make Sense into an app that can downloaded for those who want it. I think all companies should make their UIs an optional download. I know ICS is supposed to make for quicker upgrades, but it there is no UI to tinker with, that makes the upgrade process even faster. I'm sure it won't happen that way because all the OEMs want their phones to "stand out", but its just a thought.

EDIT: Ooops! I should have read the comments first. I agree with you belovedson.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 05:37 3

7. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


"Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different."

I'm sorry but this made me lmao. Fast and consistent upgrades to their devices? This is bullsh*t. The HTC Thunderbolt STILL has not gotten Gingerbread if I am not mistaken. It took them six months to release GB for the Evo and Evo Shift, to which the former saw numerous bug issues and problems. Plus the Droid Incredible will not get anymore updates after Froyo if my sources are correct.

I'm sorry, but anyone who believes any of the puffery coming out of HTC's mouths should just choose another device because as you can see above, this contradicts their statement based on what I just said above.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 05:42 1

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


They haven't been nearly as good at updates as Motorola has been, but they've been okay, if inconsistent.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 06:46 2

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Just couldn't resist mentioning motorola, couldn't you?

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:47 1

17. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Uh huh, quite expected. If you can't counter what I said above, turn to using insults. Maybe you should ask Siri when HTC will start making better devices and actually staying to true to their word.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:12

18. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


"I'm not familiar with HTC. Perhaps you should continue using the best phone in the world, which you are currently holding."

Probably not far off...

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 06:53

10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I though the Thunderbolt got gingerbread, it should of because the Desire HD did and they are the same phone. I'm not sure about this new strategy of releasing 10 phones a month though. In the last 2 months there has been the

Sensation XL
Sensation XE
Explorer
Design 4G
Vigor/Rezound 4G
Hero S
Radar
Titan

It would be better to work on updating the ones they have already released.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 19:01

23. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Radar and Titan are different OS's then the rest. They're WP7 phones. The number of remaining phones is because they're released on different carriers and/or targeting a varying range of devices (think high, mid, and low end).

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:43 1

14. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I would definitely give pause before buying a new HTC. They may as well not even call their phones Android-based, because Sense adds so many features, tweaks and visuals that it's like a different OS. The upgrade from Sense 2.0 to 3.0 is bigger and more impressive than I imagine the long-delayed Sense 2.0/Froyo to 2.0/Gingerbread would be on the TBolt.

Once I saw everything ICS offered, I about gave up on HTC.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 06:54 2

11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


we'll see what happens..

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 09:55

15. speed4evr (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Ive had the Hero, Evo 4G, Evo 3D and still have the 3D. I agree they somewhat good with updates, but when it comes changes like 2.2 to 2.3 or 2.3 to 4.0 it takes alot more time due to sense having to be integrated and playing well with the new update. I prefer android in its AOSP form (except MIUI) and being able customize what I want. I think Sense takes up too much resources, they should provide pure ICS to HTC devices via their website and allow people to make the decision.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 10:13

16. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yes, but Sense differentiates their devices. It's integral to the HTC "feel". Which was great for 2.x but 4.0 changes the game.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 11:13

19. terabyteRouser (Posts: 407; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'm not buying it.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:31

20. parth195 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


is hTC desire hd going to upgrade its android version nd also its sense ?????

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 14:54 1

21. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I happen to like Sense compared to vanilla Android (Froyo and Gingerbread). I'm looking forward to seeing what HTC can provide to make Sense a good alternative to vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 17:01 2

22. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 68; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


I don't know what Miz is talking about. I have a Thunderbolt and I have been running Gingerbread since it was officially released OTA. My Thunderbolt is unrooted.

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