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HTC Announces First Batch of Devices to Receive Ice Cream Sandwich

Over on the HTC Facebook page, they have announced which devices in their line will be the first to receive Ice Cream Sandwich. For Verizon customers it looks like we are only seeing the newly announced Rezound on this list. Doesn’t mean we won’t ever see it on the Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt, but the chances are pretty slim.

  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Amaze 4G

HTC is not the first company to start discussing which handsets would receive Google’s newest offering. Just a bit back, Samsung started naming names too, but they didn’t even mention the DROID Charge. Instead of announcing these devices in “waves”, don’t you just wish they would spill the beans and be straight forward with which devices were receiving ICS or not? Would make speculating a whole lot easier. Of course, this will all become more clear once Google releases Android 4.0 to the public and these companies can fully assess the situation.

Via: Facebook

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  • Alex M Keech

    cmon show some love for the inc

  • Bigdon76bomber

    Back to moto.HTC is horrible.I will take locked bootloaders over a HTC device that’s been out 4 about 6 or 7 months and still ain’t got gb.what a piece of crap

  • Bigdon76bomber

    If I was HTC I would make the thunderbolt obsolete.HTC can’t even get gb update on the bolt let alone ics.thunderbolt is a joke of a device

    • Foedawg

      All phones have problems including the one your talking so good about I can’t wait for this phone I can’t wait for that phone it’s going to have just as many problems. owner of OG an THUNDERBOLT oh yea my tb works fine for your info

  • Anonymous

    Sigh…I guess I’m not surprised the bolt isn’t on the list. Thanks for not a whole hell of a lot HTC. Last phone I’ll ever buy that isn’t a nexus.

  • BroRob

    IMO HTC should have tried to make amends to all the
    Thunderbolt owners for the launch SNAFU, the multiple “fix” updates
    that broke more than it fixed and the half assed Gingerbread launch/re-launch
    not to mention the lack of communication throughout this cluster F and put it
    on the list. From day 1 I have felt a complete lack of support from HTC on the
    Thunderbolt. I’m running CM7 now and wished I hadn’t wasted the last 6 months
    waiting for HTC to do the right thing. Where is that crystal ball so I can look
    in to the future and see what phones the manufacturers intent to support and
    which ones they drop like a bad habit!

  • Billy Jenkins

    No thunderbolt support? I should’ve known. Ty HTC for reminding me once again why i rooted my phone. I wouldn’t be surprised if i have an ICS rom on my thunderbolt before most of the supported devices even have an official release date.

  • http://twitter.com/74md Steve

    I will have ICS on my Thunderbolt, whether or not HTC feels like giving it to me :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Wilson/1491637008 Scott Wilson

    I totally expect the Dinc 2 to get ICS. It was one of the first HTC phones to get GB and run it without any problems.

  • J Dub

    Hence why you should pass on the RAZR and go with the Galaxy Nexus. Here are phones that were released this year and are already being left in the dark. At least with the Nexus you know you are going to get solid updates for the majority of your contract length, if not the whole thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ridoz419 Jerrod Schultz

    Wow… Verizon Flagship device FAIL!! Soooo glad I’m rooted. Only time until CM9!!

  • Anonymous

    What? No ICS on the Eris? How dare they not update that.

  • steve w

    buncha jackwagons. one of the reasons i got the tbolt was to get newer OSes like ICS, but o well. ill just sell it and get a newer phone. every year there will be something better.

  • Aj

    No Eris update for ICS? Unforgivable

  • Anonymous

    Just another reason to stay away from HTC phones.

  • Anonymous

    What ever happened to all android phones getting two years of support via OTA updates? Didn’t they say that at CES or something earlier this year?
    Because that’s what I really want.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      It was actually 18 months as long as the hardware can support it. Pretty sad because the Thunderbolt, Inc2, etc can definitely handle ICS and fall into that time frame.

      • Anonymous

        Dang, I just looked up an article about it. They only started encouraging it, not requiring it. 

        Lame. 

      • Anonymous

        It simply comes down to the fact that Google can’t make HTC or any other manufacturer do anything, nor should they.  Don’t like it, stop bitching and moaning and show HTC your feelings by not buying any of their products until they change; it’s the only thing they’ll listen to.

  • Anonymous

    The Sense makes no sense. I guess I will learn how to root phones if my TB doesn’t rate the official ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Just like we did with Gingerbread I bet we will see ICS come for the Thunderbolt not long after they start making versions for the Rezound. HTC had been leaking Gingerbread for months before the official release for the Bolt.  I do think the Bolt will eventually have it.

    But for those that love their Bolt I think an upgrade to the Rezound would be a good idea anyway. I am going to get the Nexus but at the same time I wish I could also have a Razr and Rezound… lol

    • LionStone

      Yep, I agree…I think the TB will get ICS too because it has the power and it is popular despite the whiners here n there. I’m leaning heavily on the GN like you, but the Razr sure looks good! Im gettin my pop one, then at least I can set it up for him and check it all out.

  • Pmaroke

    To be honest, this is why I traded my inc 2 for an iPhone 4s. I knew I wasn’t going to recieve the update. Android is just so ridiculous with all this an I wasn’t going to put up with it. And to all the people who are going I tell me to get off this sight, please dont. I still love android and have my OG and will get the G-Nex when it comes out.

    • Ben Murphy

      *site

    • Anonymous

      So you got rid of features because of the chance you weren’t going to get the minute updates you will with your iphone.  I don’t know, that sounds pretty dumb to me.

      • Pmaroke

        Android copied just the same amount as apple copied android.

        • Anonymous

          Way to miss the point entirely….and no.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Ridiculus with what? Its not android its HTC…..

  • Cheezer88

    SO glad i just traded my thunderbolt for a Bionic.

  • Mwalker267

    Fragmentation at its finest. I would expect more from HTC. they should future proof their products a little better then 6 months. We sign 2 yr contacts, so at least commit to a device for half that time. 

    • Anonymous

      People that say fragmentation isn’t an issues are wrong. I am beginning to dislike Android for this. I wish there were better alternatives though, cuz the i*hone and windows phones suck worse.

      • Anonymous

        Nexus all the way! Fragmentation sucks FTW!

        • Anonymous

          I am gonna get hated on for this but..Apple ftw. Too bad their software is seriously limited and the screens on their phones are miniscule….at least their year old phones get updates though.

          • Anonymous

            Touché. That is a very good point. I personally prefer the the bigger screen and customization. But this site is typically not for the mainstream. Your talking to rooters, booters, and ROM wizards here, so naturally you will get blow back.

          • Anonymous

            Yes I have had 4 rooted Android devices. It’s nice that the developers will give us update before the manufacturers. But it would be nice if we had official stock releases for specific phones instead of me having the to run a port from the Sensation on my Inc2.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            Motorola has updated my of droid and my droid x at a good rate and I’m happy….I understand that some times hardware is needed to have advances but that us why new dual core phones will be good because they will be able to handle updates for a longer period….iPhone has fragmentation too with games running on the iPhone 4s but not the ip4 its and sir I its just apart of what android is….fragmemtation to me coincides with choice…it happens I think Ics and future os updates you will start to see less frag because the hardware will be a lot better and make at least a minimum requirement hardware wise

          • Anonymous

            The thing is though that ICS can run on the Nexus S. Which has a very slow hummingbird processor and low 512mb of ram. A version of ICS should be able the run on any phone with those specs or greater. Its all a marketing ploy. Once dual cores become old news they will figure out a way not to update them so we have to buy new ones, even though most anything can run on a dual core…i.e most computers don’t need anything above a dual core.

          • Silly Chicken

            You can’t be serious. The hummingbird processor is the best single core processor in the Market. Granted is not the fastest, but it’s got a GPU that runs laps around the Snapdragons and any other single core device. Why else do you think that Google chose it over the competition?  Whats more stock Android is not a very big Rom, but when you have to add in Sense, Blur, TouchWiz, or other then it becomes over 300MB in size. You can’t fit that on most phones because it’ll just slow them down.  I went from a rooted Fascinate to a Thunderbolt and I couldn’t believe how shitty the GPU was, even if I overclocked it to 1.8ghz. So yes, while the Thunderbolt or your Incredible 2 could probably run ICS, it wouldn’t run it nearly as smooth as the Nexus S.

          • J Dub

            Yeah because the iPhone 4 can run all the features in iOS5. Android fragmentation is something people have blow out of proportion. Look at the Apple line of phones. You really think the iPhone 3GS is going to run iOS5 reliably? No. The iPhone 4 can’t run some of the features found in iOS5 either.

            That’s why you have to buy a phone that you know will receive timely updates and support. Like the Galaxy Nexus or a phone that has dev friendly hardware. Look at the OG Droid. It is still receiving support from the dev community.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Actually it runs the features just fine (Siri), Apple has kept it out for the iPhone 4 until a later update. 

          • Anonymous

            I know how it works with buying a phone that is developer friendly. My Inc2 is has tons of roms. Official updates would be nice though and it makes it that much easier for developers.

            I don’t like Samsung because the GPS and radios didin’t work on all of their Galaxy S1 phones. I know, I owned one and my friends and family all owned Samsungs GS1s. I wish the Nex was not a Samsung.

            Also my friend has the i*hone 4 with iOS5. There are only a couple features missing from the 4s version. His phone is over a year old.

          • J Dub

            Then my advise is like to everyone I tell. Go to a store and try out both side by side. See which one you really like the best. Don’t give into salesman’s pressure and get what suits you the best. I personally hate the way the Apple ecosystem works. Using iTunes is a horrible experience for me. Others love it. I like the openess of Android and the fact that there are a lot of free apps out there. I like Google’s approach to services like Docs, Music, and Gmail better. So that’s why I stick with Android.

          • Anonymous

            No.  Just…..no.  See my response Pmaroke.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, even without the programing problems, seeing that a new version of the OS announced less than a year after your phone is released might not make it to your phone, leaving it out of date for the more than a year left on your contract is one way to discourage people from buying Android again.  (super run on sentence)

    • Mctypething

      u disappointed in HTC bro?

    • Silly Chicken

      How is this fragmentation? I though this was Legacy…. 
      You wouldn’t expect your old windows xp to run Windows 7 or 8 would you?
      Smartphones are getting better and better, so naturally legacy is created.
      And for those of you that like the iOS updates, then get an iPhone. The OS on the iPhone is so simplistic, that even the OG could probably run iOS6.
      ICS needs better hardware for all the new features and eye candy that it brings. Would you rather Google had made ICS a shitty update to Gingerbread w/ nothing really new, just so that you’re phone w/ older hardware could run it?

  • Anonymous

    First batch means only batch to me. I don’t think we will see ICS on the TB or Inc2 even though we know it can run on them since the crummy Nexus S has ICS. Thankfully there is root.

    • Anonymous

      I really feel bad for the Inc 2, Charge and TB owners out there.  Especially the Inc2.  A fine device that was released later than it should have been and as a result has fallen behind the curve (much like the Droid X2).  Funny how the original Incredible went from 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3, whereas the Inc2 just got bumped to Froyo to Gingerbread (and some will argue that it should have launched with GB). 

      With 768MB RAM and 16GB internal storage, the Inc 2 would be more than capable of handling ICS.  I know a LOT of people that bought the TB & Inc2 simply because of the extra RAM and thinking it would be the clincher to seeing future Android OS updated (official ones, I mean). Whoops!

      • Anonymous

        Yes one reason I got the Inc2 was because of 768 ram. Coming from a Fascinate I wanted a phone that didn’t have memory issues. I got it over the TB because it had way better battery. Also HTC already has a lot of features that ICS is offering, but it would be nice to get updates. It seems like manufacturers care less and less about updates. Every time an Android manufacturer withholds updates it make one like apple that much more.

        • Anonymous

          The grass is always greener on the other side of the field.

        • LionStone

          Really? I never get the urge to like apple…ever.

          Why can’t an ip send a video clip in an email thats viewable on my TB? Oh they can send a video thru mms finally but its so dang compressed its not even worth watching. My buddy figured sending thru Flickr as an alternative which is fine since Flickr is integrated in the TB. But he says he can’t send from the Flickr mobile site. Fragmentation?

          • Jarred Sutherland

            LionStone, have you ever actually owned an Apple product? I don’t mean “used” one of their products, but lived with it as you do your Android devices? 

          • LionStone

            Jarred, why do you think I asked my question? Do you know?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      They couldn’t manage to put out a good release of GB in a timely fashion, I know they won’t be releasing it for the TB. When/if I return to Android devices it’s going to be hard to pick a device, HTC and samsung have ruled themselves out for me.

      • Anonymous

        I am starting the feel the same way you do, but I don’t see any other alternatives at the moment to Android. Windows phones and iOS are limited IMO. Too bad webOS tanked.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          I know everyone says iOS is way too limited, but I have been back on an iPhone for a couple weeks now and love it. However, we all use our phones differently so I apparently didn’t use it the way most people on this site do.

          I like tech, but I guess fixing everything else has ruined me on screwing around with my phone much. :) 

          • Anonymous

            I actually like the iphone, but it’s just hard to go from a 4″screen on my Inc2 to a 3.5″. Also I like having desktop widgets and an app drawer, but today apple looks mighty good to me.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            The screen was a big concern for me (I had the TB, so it was an even bigger drop), however I honestly can’t say I miss having the bigger screen. Again, this is just me, other people will probably find they hate having to use a smaller screen.

  • Anonymous

    YES!!!!! the Evo 3D gets its :D

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope DINC2 gets ICS. It’s too solid of a phone to be left behind.

    • Anonymous

      I have the Thunderbolt and my daughter has the Dinc 2, and her Dinc2 is a very nice phone.  I don’t think she would even care if it ever got ICS because her phone keeps her plenty happy doing what it does now. I root and rom and all that stuff with my Bolt but she won’t even let me touch her phone… lol

      • Anonymous

        Sad day. I just rooted my wifes continuum and its gained a new life. Not that she notices. Battery life is better with underclocking but other than that, it’s still her phone and way to play angry birds. A little sad that its lost on her but she doen’t complain as much. Gotta keep her happy somehow. ;D 

  • Guestuser

    Anybody else get the feeling that after the Galaxy Nexus comes out, droid-life viewers will plummet?

    • Anonymous

      No, as I’m sure that droid-life will follow G-Nex dev news, as they do with the other Verizon Android devices.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know why you would think that. But I never wandered to other sites much until this newest change in the way the site looks and functions. I thought the site was much easier and simple before, but I think everyone else likes it….

      Here is a nice article I found elsewhere this morning on the Nexus…http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-and-Samsung-continue-to-bungle-the-Galaxy-Nexus-launch_id23534

      • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

        I keep seeing you dislike the site and you say it’s cluttered and messy? What site are you referring too? Not this one, right? lol Let me know!

        • RonsterWVU

          Maybe he is talking about The Verge?

          • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

            I was really looking forward to that site till I found out that I couldn’t decipher it :P jk

          • RonsterWVU

            I can’t argue with you there… The site is extremely confusing, at first glance at least. 

          • Anonymous

            Worst website in the universe.

          • Anonymous

            The Verge is ten katrillion bazillion times better than anything Droid life will ever be.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not even a huge fan of this site with its overzealous nextrolls everywhere but why are you even here then? Go back to the clusterf*cking verge and enjoy that messy, slow joke of a website with its former Engadget Apple zealot outcasts. That pos doesn’t even render correctly in either Opera or Firefox, probably because it was designed for Safari. Chris Zeagler is the biggest pseudo journalism writing fanboy this side of the Mississippi.

        • Anonymous

          It’s just my opinion. I think this place went way backwards from where it was. But just like everyone has their personal tastes in phones I guess some may also like this. But as a reader from almost the beginning I think things have just “jumped the shark”.  To me it’s sad cause it happens almost everywhere as time goes on. What used to be grass roots fun and informative is now just another android site.But hey, I will not continue to say it cause it’s not mine. You guys can do what you like and I hope it works out for you. 

      • Anonymous

        Droid Life is still my favorite and I like the new design, but I just find that other sites end up sometimes having new info more quickly. I dont mean to be a jerk, but most notably, I find that Android Police and often Phandroid are quicker… DroidLife is always my first stop though.

    • Anonymous

      Depends on the reviews….

    • Anonymous

      If only.

  • Zebra

    “Coming in early 2012″

    In other words, we can probably expect to see it near the beginning of summer, have it pulled, and then maybe get it by fall 2012….

  • Guttatae22

    Droid RAZR or the Rezound decisions decisions

  • Anonymous

    Bring on the ice cream sandwiches, I’m hungry for a tasty treat.

  • Anonymous

    I’m “shocked” the Thunderbolt isn’t on the list!!! ***Sarcastic Tone**** 

    • Mctypething

      u sarcastic bro?

    • Anonymous

      What about the Nexus One?! It’s a Nexus and it’s now getting left behind for the first time ever…so sad…

      Cyanogen here I come!

    • Droidzzz

      I’m not even sure I’d want ICS on my T-Bolt.  With a single core processor, less than a gb of ram, bloatware, permanent buttons, AND Sense, I’m guessing it would run terribly.  Anyone else have 2 cents to add other than, “someone will have a well running build of it soon enough for you if you’d just root”?

      • Steve Warren

        They will figure somethin out for the ICS rom or official ICS version for thunderbolt. Like by disabling the virtual buttons that pop up at the bottom and just using the permanent buttons. I see nothing wrong with ICS for the thunderbolt. it will only add most of the most wanted features of every homescreen launcher all into one. and even add a few more features

      • Anonymous

        the sensation XL and Evo Design are all running the same amount of ram. They’re running faster clock speeds but It shouldn’t make a world of difference, especially with the Evo Design only at 200mhz more.

  • http://cad.cx Colin Dean

    Not the HTC Sensation 4G? or is that just a Tmo name for one of the listed?

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

    They can’t even get gingerbread out well. It was supposed to be released what, 2 months ago for the incredible before they pulled it because of bugs? 

  • Anonymous

    They have to get busy rewriting Sense to make ICS look like 2.3 with Sense. Oh, with blue icons.