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HTC Says It Will Bring Ice Cream Sandwich

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.