Android 4 on 7 HTC phones early 2012

HTC, which rose to smartphone prominence with Google's Android operating system, will begin offering the new Ice Cream Sandwich version in "early 2012", the company said.


The new HTC Rezound is among the phones that will get Google's Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android in early 2012.
(Credit: HTC)

Expect Android 4.0 on some, but not all devices. HTC offered this preliminary list on its Facebook page:

HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we're thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: we can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners.

There likely will be more, but HTC isn't committing yet. "We're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich," HTC said.

Android updates are a contentious matter. Google's new operating systems must filter through phone makers and mobile network operators before arriving in customers' hands, and that can be a long process even in the cases where it happens. Older Android phones can't handle new Android versions, and carriers that have customised the OS with their own features have to re-customise it for updates.

In a study of 18 Android phones, Michael Degusta found the Android phones lagged iPhone models in support for new versions of the operating system. Owners of even newer Android models aren't wrong to wonder if they'll see Ice Cream Sandwich on their phones.


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Crowz posted a comment   

What benefits will you get from a quad core phone over a duel core? Seems kind of silly to me...


Will1505 posted a reply   

i would say 80% of people truly don't use the capabilities of a quad core in a computer but still want i5 and i7 processors in their computer. Same goes for a phone. Ice cream sandwich has been more designed for muli-core phones so their should be performance improvements plus hopefully less power use


DominicC posted a reply   

For games I presume
and multitasking.


Will1505 posted a comment   

it will still take a while after that to come here.

PS - HTC Edge, due first quarter, first quad core phone.

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