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Today on Facebook, HTC took to answering some user comments about ICS timelines for a few of its flagship devices. In particular, the manufacturer confirmed that both the Desire S and the Thunderbolt would be receiving updates to Android 4.0 before the end of this month. The latter in particular is good news, as rumors have been circulating that the Thunderbolt would not receive the upgrade after its similarly-specced sibling, the Desire HD had its frozen dessert plans cancelled.

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Furthermore, HTC pointed out that all the devices the company has announced an Ice Cream Sandwich update for (read: these) will receive said upgrade by the end August. This is good news for phones like the HTC Rhyme which was scheduled to be bumped to 4.0 by "June-July." That hasn't happened yet, but hold on to that little glimmer of hope, Rhyme-owners!

It's nice to see HTC giving some indication of when users can expect updates. Still, these former flagships are only making it to last year's version of Android nearly ten months after its release. Hopefully Google's new Platform Development Kit will help speed things along. Not to mention the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich was reportedly a huge difference from previous versions. Perhaps future rollouts won't take quite so long.

Source: HTC on Facebook (1), (2), (3)

Thanks, Josh!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Guest

    Now stop violating the GPL and release source in a timely manner!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JonJJon

    All I want now is HTC to release the source code for kernel 3 for the desire s so CM9 will work properly.

    • Mathematicaster

      There is a solution for that: Samsung i535...

  • Pinj

    Actually.... They Said 'update issues' Not 'update issueD'.... a clever safety net maybe?

  • damnyouhtc

    Not for all their phones announced, because they have anounced HTC Desire HD and later said it won't get it. Fuck you HTC. Seriously.
    Regards,
    Buyers of your FLAGSHIP PHONE from 1,5 year ago.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    While seeing the Thunderbolt get this upgrade gives me some hope, I am still fairly convinced that LG will never upgrade my Revolution..

    • Tyler Chappell

      They won't. The Samsung Charge and Stratosphere have similar fates. Back when the Rhyme came out, that would have been the perfect phone for my mom, except it lacked LTE. As a result, I had her wait many more months, and she went with the LG Lucid, which was worked great for her so far, except on battery life sometimes (because she still uses it as a phone more than anything else), and at least that has also been promised ICS and has much nicer specs than the Rhyme. I really wanted her to get a Rezound, but she wanted a 4" device and Verizon failed to release the Dinc4G in a reasonable time. (she also didn't want to pay the $30 upgrade fee). Overall not bad though, she got 4GB of data for $30/month. She uses less than 500mb, so I need to have her learn her phone more.

  • Sadman

    Yeah probably just about when the Thunderbolt is to be pulled from the shelves of selling or buying. Verizon and HTC your idea of a flagship phone sucks big time.

  • Kelly

    HTC have sold less phones the lastest 12 months than they hoped. To be very late with Android updates can be one reason to skip future buys of HTC.

  • Guido

    As an owner of an HTC Desire HD I can safely say: no more HTC's for me, ever. Even if they were the only producer of Android-phones. How can it be that there are already functioning ICS-ROMs for the DHD on Xdev, yet you can't make one? Yeah, I know of your excuse, but you might want to throw away 90% of Sense, as ICS is pretty damn complete as it is. It might work on the memory department...

  • buttie

    Yeah, the same was with DHD, and the same social media monkey was selling exactly the same bulls**t: "end of the month", "it's being tested", "early August"...
    However there's still possibility that all of those devices will get ICS by htcdev (even DHD), it may be stripped off Sense though.
    Anyway, screw them, we only need kernel, xda devs will do the rest, although me and many other current HTC users will never buy their products again.

  • JR

    Good to hear, but I doubt it'll ever happen. HTC has dragged their feet with every software release for the Thunderbolt, and ICS will be no different.

    I mean, I really hope it happens. All someone needs is the source code for the RIL and the radios for the Thunderbolt, and they can port CM9 over.

  • wont-be-buying-htc-again

    My HTC Inspire 4G has 768MB ROM but will not get an ICS upgrade. Another abandoned handset model. Never again, HTC.

  • Dave B

    Since I get regular updates offered for the app's on my samsung galaxy s, half of the reviews talk about not getting the same function on ICS. Since I'm not 1 of those that constantly fiddles with, alters, formats my smartphone, is there really any point to upgrading to another version like IDS? Especially since samsung says I might have to do an entire reset of my phone and then search down and reinstall everything I have on it now? Email skype, browser and phone; is it really going to improve everything or just take a lot of my time to fix? This is a sincere question.

    • Mathematicaster

      The gross functionality is not really changed, but with a rooted phone (and a newer OS you can get with one) you can teach your phone lots of nifty tricks. For instance, there are places I go for business where I simply CANNOT permit my phone to make noise. With a rooted device and Tasker, when I pull into the parking lot, my phone mutes itself; when I leave, it turns the sound back on. Better control of what sounds come out of speak er or headset. Better flash control using it as a flashlight. And once you are rooted, there are apps which will back up everything on your phone so when you wipe it and install something it is a simply 5 minute process to restore the functionality fromk the user's point of view.
      If you want 100% of the hardware available to you, root. If you do not like playing with phones, find on e you like and keep it until it breaks.

      • Dave B

        Thanks for the suggestions, but starting off with "root" tells me that we are talking about 2 different things. Since I can't repair it myself, I'm not willing to void my warranty. I know there's a huge variety of apps out there, which I just don't need. My question is whether you're all of the reinstalling and researching and the backing up and the loss of possible functions is worth it to upgrade is something that is apparently already outdated. I understand that a whole bunch of people immediately learn how to make their property do all of the available tricks. I'm just trying to find out if an upgrade, a temporary upgrade, is worth the the effort for somebody who doesn't do that.

  • Mathematicaster

    Well, HTC's refusal to unlock their bootloader, coupled with SLOW updates made me dump my "snazzy" POS Rezound for a Galaxy S iii. I'm good with that. So far, there is noting in the Sammy experiene which will make me look at HTC again. WTG, HTC. Brillig.

  • Zanzibar

    fuck you htc and your liars articles!

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