HTC has issued a statement on its Facebook page (opens in new tab) to say that it has been looking closely at the features and functionality of Google's Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, as it plans ahead for upgrades to its devices.
The fact that they are now assessing their product portfolio and claim they will upgrade as many HTC devices as possible, means that HTC users will potentially need to wait longer than Samsung or Motorola users. HTC is now third in Google's pecking order after Korean manufacturer Samsung and Google's own Motorola Mobility.
It is likely that only the most recent HTC devices, like the Sensation series (XL, XE and normal), will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich. Many have been imploring HTC to bring ICS to the older Desire HD or the Desire S but it will be highly unlikely given that the requirements of Ice Cream Sandwich are possibly higher than for Gingerbread, and that's before HTC's own Sense User Interface is accounted for.
We remember the ruckus caused by HTC when it said that it would not update the HTC Desire to Android 2.3 Gingerbread a few months ago, only to issue a statement days later to say its developers had managed to do it after all.