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HTC Says They Will Upgrade As Many Phones As Possible To Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has a way of connecting with their fanbase through Facebook that other handset makers do not have. Recently, the company has detailed their upgrade plan on their phones to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s new operating system that was announced officially last week.

The skinny is, they are going to “upgrade as many HTC devices as possible.” We all know that carrier specific user interface complicates Android upgrade processes, but as far as those go, HTC’s Sense interface is one of the better ones in the game. Nothing will officially happen on the ICS front until the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is released so we can expect to see these upgrades rolling out at the earliest, beginning of next year.

Via: Facebook

  • Anonymous

    hahahaha this is funny…… yeah right. them and verizon have done such a great job getting the thunderbolt gingerbread that’s been out for who knows how long now!

  • Timothy Cregan

    I got the Thunderbolt for my wife 3 weeks before the updates for that device.  It was having the “issues” everyone was complaining about, but since then, it has performed flawlessly.  No lock ups, not one.  No issues with 3g and 4g at all.  Extended 3500 (or 3600 battery, forget…) she gets 1 1/2 days of use.  Texting, internet, 4g… It may not be MY cup of tea, but she loves it, and thats all that matters.  I wanted the Razr, but as a Realtor (please dont throw anything at me lol) I need MUCHO BATTERY….. Razr just wont cut it.  Guess I am going with the Nexus when it is released.  Just hate waiting!!!!

  • Anonymous

    they’re a “recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades”?!?

    i’m confused, bro.

  • Ben Smith

    How about gingerbread for my droid incredible.  I will never buy another HTC phone again.  As far as that is concerned not of the phone makers really support your phones once they got your cash in their hands.  The phone market is one big scam.

    • pj

      I got mine two months ago. I’m not trying to troll you, but have you tried pulling it down? Settings, about phone, software updates.? Try it, reboot your phone, and try it again. I’m really surprised you haven’t gotten it yet actually!

  • Anonymous

    Considering I decided to get the Rezound/Vigor to replace my OG Droid next month, this is defiantly great news.

  • dddsed

    Why haven’t i gotten 2.3 on my Droid Incredible yet?!?!?! gosh please someone tell me something atleast that it has been delayed? but i remember saying it was rolling out AWHILE ago

    • pj

      I got mine two months ago. I’m not trying to troll you, but have you tried pulling it down? Settings, about phone, software updates.? Try it, reboot your phone, and try it again. I’m really surprised you haven’t gotten it yet actually!

  • Xcution

    ICS to my Inspire? I won’t even have to upgrade  sweet!

  • Rjtoudouze

    Fast and consistant?  Hopefully more of the former and less of the later.  HTC makes many great devices, but the way they have treated Thunderbolt buyers will keep me from buying from them again.  Didn’t this phone launch in January?  What month is it now?  Still now GB?

    No thanks HTC.  You next product is judged by how well you support your “old” ones.

    • LionStone

      It launched on St. Patrick’s Day this year. Its a little over 7 mos. old.

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    Fast and consistent… that’s like fair and balance.  I don’t how many times you say that it does not become magically true.  GMFB

  • Wongjo

    htc tried to be funny

  • Anonymous

    Hey Htc how about this: Release Ice Cream Sandwich to all as soon as the Galaxy Nexus is released,so that we won’t have to wait until Q2 of 2012 for you to put the stupid skin on it!!!

  • geequeue

    HTC (ANY mfr) would have to be CRAZY to try some sort of interface on top of ICS. The downside if they all decide to drop the interfaces will likely be more pre-installed crapware.

  • Nrojashbc

    Will I know the thunderbolt won’t get it they can’t even get gingerbread right

    • Anonymous

      yup pretty much

  • jimbob

    CM9 will be out long before we see official ICS updates.

  • Dominick DeVito

    HTC needs Peter Alfonso

    • Tgfree

      Bugless Beast would be great on TBolt…maybe I have to root…was hoping I could just use this one stock…but my Original Droid LOVED BB! 

      • Dominick DeVito

        I might be wrong, but I think he only works with unlocked bootloaders.

        OG Droid
        Nexus S
        Nexus One

        Although – he does now support the HTC Incredible (1) – was that locked??

  • Madcow1048

    As far as the Tbolt getting GB, it could be Verizon holding things up to get more crapware installed/approved.

  • Guest

    I don’t understand how any manufacture can’t get upgrades out and independent devs get them out faster and better. Seems like to me the manufacture should sub-contract the independent devs.

    • Jason

      The devs don’t have to get approval from the carrier! Big companies do.

      • Anonymous

        Devs also borrow each other’s information and work as a team on many projects. You will never see Motorola working with HTC and Samsung to put together a ROM.

        At least Samsung had the mind to pick up Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, which might be the best move ever. Where do you think the Galaxy Nexus is getting a lot of it’s features and styling from =)?

        • Mjs1124

          Google develops the software for the Nexus not Samsung. I would imagine he will be more involved with the software side of Samsung , like Touchwiz.

  • babadush

    What they failed to mention was “in 4-8 months”

  • Dominick DeVito

    Ironically, HTC making a custom skin for Ice Cream Sandwich is Sense-less.

  • Dominick DeVito

    HTC needs to pick up some slack in 2012, they’re starting to fade. This is a good start

  • Guest

    LoL, “leader in fast and consistent upgrades” TBolt still hasn’t officially gotten Gingerbread…Guess they are going to skip Gingerbread and go straight to ICS…

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t be mad at that at all =)…although…how long did it take to get an update on the Incredible…It seems like HTC’s biggest phones have the worst upgrade time. Not holding my breath at all here.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        It’s because HTC doesn’t actually care about ongoing support for devices, they just care about selling the next new thing a few months after their last product release.

        • Anonymous

          I wish their customer focus was aligned with the quality of their devices. I’m really considering just going all Nexus phones from now on.

          • Anonymous

            Can’t go wrong with that idea.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I know I will be flamed for this, but I really don’t care. I switched to the iPhone 4S for the time being. I’m a fan of Android, but not the fragmentation and the manufacturers lack of care for quality products. I completely understand the Nexus is a pure Google device and all of the stuff that comes along with that, but I am not a fan at all of Samsung’s device quality, I have owned a Fascinate and won’t be going that route again.

          • Anonymous

            Really?…Gonna sidestep the greatest device known to man because of a 2 year old Fascinate and a Donut?

            I guess…

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Greatest device known to man? Nope, not even close. Used any “new” Samsung devices lately? Still just as bad. Cheap plastic parts, been there, done that, not going back to it.

          • Anonymous

            Cheap huh…yeah, go ahead and drop that iPune one good time and see if you don’t get 7years bad luck…

            You can down Sammy all you want, but your new buddy doesn’t stack up against either the SGS2 or the Nexus. And since Sammy picked up Steve Kondik from CyanogenMod, things are sure to look nothing less than up for a while.

            So, I hope you have fun living in the past for the next 2 years.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            iPune, good one! I have no idea what that is even supposed to mean, I guess it’s an insult? 

            Samsung picking up Steve Kondik means nothing for the Galaxy Nexus, not to mention one man doesn’t change much about how Samsung decides to run a development team. I’ve seen plenty of great dev teams release poor product because of stupid deadlines and other pressures imposed upon them by the company they work for. 

            Still, plastic parts vs aluminum and beautiful glass – still extremely happy with the choice I made. Not to mention the polish Apple throws on these software wise. Sorry you won’t get to experience that.

          • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

            Just be careful with it, that beautiful glass is getting scratched very easily. Not to mention it shutters too. Not a Gorilla glass, unfortunately….

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Already done. :) 

          • GotSka81

            I have to defend Samsung on this one…there’s a YouTube video of a drop test between the iPhone 4s and the GS2…the GS2 survives several drops and doesn’t break…the 4s broke on the first drop. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and if your iPhone makes you happy, good on ya…but keep in mind that feeling sturdy and being sturdy are two very different things. That aluminum and glass doesn’t have much give…

          • Anonymous

            …I am with you. The iPune is obviously not a bad phone; darn good one. But, certainly not the best. I saw that drop test and was not surprised. SGS2 is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass; the same people who make the windshields for the US Space Shuttles. It takes a sledge hammer to crack that stuff. Glass by itself (iPune) unfortunately does no exactly equal high quality.

            Cool, yes. Quality, not really.

          • Anonymous

            And solid insurance while you’re at it =)…

  • Tgfree

    It would be nice if they would just get to an update for Thunderbolt!

    • Anonymous

      And release the effin kernel source! They haven’t even done so for MR2!!! Unless they can turn this thing around, I’m going to Sammy for my next device! I don’t really like sense anyway!

  • Missthetrain

    That’s funny.
    More like sad actually, but I get a chuckle out of it.

  • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

    what ever happened to the DROID INCREDIBLE update.. LOL

    • LionStone

      Hah…yea I think hTc forgot about that little Droid too when they made that statement :-)

  • http://twitter.com/alarson83 Alex Larson

    “As possible” or “as many as we feel like”.

    Somehow i doubt the Incredible will be seeing an official update. Hell they couldnt even push an update to it for gingerbread that wasnt completely full of bugs.

  • Anonymous

    Im sure the CM team will get this running on my TBolt lightyears before HTC will. Not holding my breath.

  • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

    Yeah right.. LOL.. DOUBT that.. or maybe they will but it will take 2 years..

  • Anonymous

    In other words don’t expect your phone to be upgraded if it is older than 1year old! SMH

  • Anonymous

    #Fail

  • John

    hah Eric. can’t believe you just used “the skinny”

  • Anonymous

    Knowing HTC, by the time devices start getting ICS, the next version of Android will be out already.  With their Gingerbread delays right now on certain devices, I doubt their update process will improve by then.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    How are those ThunderBolt updates working out for them…

  • Vinlew57

    ICS? I am just really amazed that the TBolt hasn’t even had a wiff of Gingerbread yet. Verizon’s first LTE phone has been neglected. 

    • Anonymous

      Thats because it is junk and rushed out even with all the delays.

    • Anonymous

      What do you mean not even a whiff? Where have you been? Many are on it officially and the new release was just released.

      Plus many of us have been on HTC Gingerbread leaks for 4 months.

      • LionStone

        Yea they’re mad because they missed the update…well if you frequent this site there’s no excuse. My stock TB has GB because of DL!! :-)

  • Anonymous

    How about GB on my Thunderbolt?

    • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

      yeah…. great, TB GB starts rollin out a week before ICS was announced. Stupid. 

      • LionStone

        Granted when I bought my TB I felt like it should’ve launched w/ GB. It had quite a buildup being the first LTE phone on VZW. Mine is still stock, survived the wonky updates, managed to grab GB OTA. The VM bug doesn’t affect me, I use Google Voice. Even before the GB update, this phone ran solid, GB gave a few enhancements…wasn’t earth shattering. So it took 7 mos for the next version…maybe it’ll only take 3 mos for ICS? Who knows? Personally I will not be waiting for ICS on my TB. I will be looking at a fresh copy on the GN. :-)

    • Black00stanggt

      Um idk bout everyone else but Ive had gb on the bolt for months might wanna try rooting buddy lmfao

      • Jarred Sutherland

        You forget that not everyone wants or needs to root. HTC has been pathetic with updates for the Thunderbolt. A 6 month old device should not require third party developers to actually make a working device. 

      • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

        I am rooted, and i hate sense and didn’t want to put up with an unstable CM7. Get ur shit together

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Scardino/641491765 Andrew Scardino

          Why would you buy an htc devices if you hate sense? Also you rooting has nothing to do with HTC updating phones or providing GB for the Thunderbolt and I wish people would STOP being so sarcastic about like those who don;t have no right to complain or have a say because us peons should know when we buy a phone we HAVE to hack it to function!

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I think you missed Phil’s point by a mile. He was arguing with Blak00stanggt’s ignorant comment. From how I see it, Phil is on the same side of the fence you are.

          • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

            Jarred – You are right. I do not support companies that force people to root in order to have a functioning device. How is a brand to survive if the average person can’t use it because they don’t know how to hack? 

            Andrew – I didn’t know that I would HTC sense so much, figured “it couldn’t be too much different” from my OG droid (Which had stable GB before I bought my TB).

            **REDUCE FRAGMENTATION** 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Scardino/641491765 Andrew Scardino

            Yeah I actually had edited it to be @ @1e544f260b152a96971b7cc8474f4a78:disqus lol but it did not go through so yeah i know he is with me

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          If you hate Sense then how HTC can help you? Release a stock Android update? They will never do this.
          If you just want a very solid GB build on your phone I would recommend BAMF Forever, it’s a lot better than any update from HTC anyway.
          I agree though that HTC dropped a ball on Thunderbolt support though. They should have released this phone with 2.3 at the first place.

          • Dan

            They did it with the nexus one

          • Dan

            ohhhhhh “stock android update.” thought you ment phone. My bad

          • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

            Nexus One never had Sense.

        • ddarkknight94

          There are so many Roms that are sense free and perfectly stable. Mines sense free and more stable then before it even was rooted.

        • Anonymous

          LOL WHAT?   

          Shhhh go back to sleep.   

    • Anonymous

      Speaking of my wonderful TB. I just checked how much gazelle.com would give me for my mint condition thunderbolt.
      …$20

      Wow

      • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

        Sell it to me for $30, I’ll resell in on ebay for $200.

      • Tyler

        Verizon’s own trade-in program will give you $130. That’s my path to the Nexus!

        • Anonymous

          @Tyler..   Yeah but what if I got mine from a Costco kiosk?

          • Tyler

            If it is a working Thunderbolt running on Verizon with no screen cracks, you will get $130.

          • Anonymous

            You sir, just made my day.

          • Tyler

            Great! I gotta pay full retail- so $130 is a big deal lol.

            Of course, I will pay full retail then once I have moved over to the Nexus I will send it in then for my $130…that way I am not phoneless. 

    • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

      Took seemingly forever, but Gingerbread OTA update finally happened SIX MONTHS after the TB first came out.  I got it, because I looked for it, but my wife’s TB still has Froyo and I cannot pull it down via OTA search.  I think they paused due to security concerns over the all the HTC loggers embedded, so the GB updates are on hold again while they fix that fiasco.   C’mon HTC, get it together!

  • Anonymous

    Of course “as possible” is the keywords. Just like how many phones couldnt run sense 3.0

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      “possible” in HTC-speak is not the same as “technically possible”. Upgrading phone to a newer OS version doesn’t generate any money for the OEM directly, it may only build up the customer loyalty and generate money that way. So “possible” actually means “possible to offset the money spent on upgrading phone with a future money generated for a happy loyal customers”. 

      • Anonymous

        Good luck getting any repeat customers if you don’t update your phones.

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          That’s an equilibrium every Android OEM is facing: are the money spent in upgrading phones worth the customer loyalty? For the readers of this blog the answer is obvious “yes”, but I’m not so sure about the whole customer base. 

          • Jason

            Yea I would agree with that. Most people don’t even know about software upgrades or even half the things we talk about here on this site. I was just thinkin about how many people they have working on the software upgrades and how many different phones come out that they have to make sure it works with. The companies don’t make any money off of this either. With us being the small percantage of the market we don’t have that much influence on the descisions these companies make to put more effort into pushing these updates out. At least for the most part we can root and take matters into our own hands.

  • Bionic

    LOL, HTC sucks.  They can say all they want but their upgrade history SUCKS.  

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

  • Anonymous

    The question isn’t if, it’s when. HTC gets the updates but they take 6 centuries to push them.