With figures suggesting that only 1% of Android users are currently enjoying the latest OS by Google, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the first thing that comes to mind is that there is probably nothing special about this latest OS. However, that is not the case. Android 4.0 is way better an OS than the old Gingerbread in every respect; new features and better performance making it so. The biggest reason for the failure of adaption of the latest OS is the slow release of ICS updates from the manufacturer to the users.
Released back in November alongside the mammoth, Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.0 is officially available for a handful of devices only. Galaxy Nexus being a Google device has been getting its fair share of the updates and catching up with it, a week back HTC Sensation and Sensation XE models got an over-the-air update in some of the European countries. Just yesterday, Samsung Galaxy S2 got its official Android 4.0 share with once again Europe being the region to receive the updates.
HTC has launched quite a few devices over the past year or so including the HTC Sensation XL, HTC Evo 3D and many others, none of which received ICS updates except for HTC Sensation. The good news is that HTC users will be getting Android 4.0 ICS updates over the next few weeks and about time that they did. From the official HTC blog:
Here’s the scoop. The following HTC devices are confirmed to get a tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich:
- DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
- HTC Amaze 4G
- 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 Raider
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Thunderbolt
- HTC Vivid
“As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.”
Although sixteen devices have officially been listed by HTC, there is no word on when exactly these devices will be upgraded. HTC remains vague, and hints at how it will take time for the update to be pushed out to everyone, as quoted above. The good part is that at least device owners now know for sure whether their device will be getting an update or otherwise. The HTC Flyer Tablet and the HTC Desire Z are notable absentees from the list of devices soon to get ICS.
Plenty of phones listed are, interestingly enough, exclusive to certain carriers. That means that even after HTC rolls out the update, the carriers may choose not to send it out.
For now, those who can’t wait can flash custom ROMs but you must root your device before you can do so. But a heads up, to flash the official updates that will be released in the weeks to come, you must be completely stock so for those who want to remain on stock settings, we suggest not to root your device.