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HTC Posts Ice Cream Sandwich Update List Again, Reminds Motorola that 3G Devices Need Love Too

Not that this list is new, since HTC reported it via Facebook a while back, but we like reminders on important things like Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Included with this list of phones is another type of reminder though, one that should make DROID X2 and DROID 3 owners a tad frustrated. That’s right, HTC is basically upgrading their entire 2011 lineup to Android 4.0, including their 3G offerings. You will see the Incredible 2 and Rhyme on this list, as well as on Verizon’s list, but no where will you find a Moto 3G phone. Shrug some shoulders, roll some eyes and shake your heads. 

Oh and here is the list again.

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

Still no word on rollout to these devices other than the Sensation line. HTC wants to assure you that they are working closely with carriers to make it happen as soon as possible though.

Via:  HTC Blog

  • Ryan Williamson

    is the incredible s the original incredible or thunderbolt?…

  • JT22knight

    I want it on my Evo 3D!!!!

  • I will be 200 yrs old before I see ICS on my Thunderbolt ,quit stalling and release the damn thing already !!!

  • MicroNix

    Further evidence that Motorola doesn’t want my business when I purchase my next phones.  Its all them…not the carriers.

  • Guest

    Dear Motorola,

    My family has been loyal to you since the time when Verizon Wireless was known as AirTouch, Bell Atlantic, and GTE. We will now be leaving you for a competing manufacturer.


    Pissed Off Customer

  • master94

    Why HTC is better then MOTO

    • TC Infantino

      Why, yes they are!

  • Matt

    ICS is awesome on the Rezound. Why wait when you can root.

    • I agree, running ICS on my Htc Evo 4G..

    • I know most of the visitors of DL say this and I would, too, but there are some users you don’t want root, don’t care for root and just want the software upgrade to make their phone experience better. Most importantly, be able to enjoy their phone for a minimum of 18 months before they’re eligible for another upgrade.

  • Jhjr24

    I think i just lost all respect for Motorola.. How could they such good phones out of the updates.  Good Job to HTC, they are showing everyone that they have great customer service. 

  • thebluegod

    Too bad all these will have Sense 3.6 rather than the Sense 4.0 from the One X. But it’s still ICS so it’s something.

  • ATBvsBFZ

    How about a poll for current Moto owners: will your next phone be another Moto product?

    • KleenDroid

      I think the Motorola customers that are left no longer care about what matters to the rest of us. Things like locked bootloaders and no software upgrades are things that they are perfectly fine with. Those that care about that stuff have moved on a long time ago until something changes if it ever does. And as long as those that are left are happy that’s all that matters… I am happy if they are happy. Personally I will never own another Motorola phone until the bootloaders are unlockable. Maybe that time will come, maybe it will not… I don’t care.

  • comPghsteelertime08

    The funny thing is that I could care less because our developer community is awesome so I don’t care what these companies do. Root and be free! It’s there an ics ROM for the d3?

  • Wsiembida

    Don’t get to excited just because its said to get it does not mean anytime soon . Look how the tbolt took sooo long to get gingerbread .and one reason I get rid of it .

  • Xcution26

    I hope the Inspire was left out because it’s just the desire hd

  • I’m not completely familiar with all of the devices mentioned, but it looks like they all have 768mb of RAM or higher. The Droid X2 and Droid 3 only have 512mb, which might be the limiting factor.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Desire HD has 512, and I think the Inc2 does as well. HTC has three versions of Sense for Android 4 to help scale across the RAM on the phones – 3.6 for single core 512MB ones, 4.0a for ones with more RAM, and 4.0 full for the latest models.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      As a point of interest, the first HTC One V based ROMs are showing up now (with Sense 4.0a) and they are showing about 360MB of free memory on boot on the Desire HD/Inspire 4G. So with any kind of skin, even a skinny one like Sense 4.0a, 512MB would be bad.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        OK, so now it turns out that the HTC One V has 512MB of RAM with ICS and Sense 4.0A. So no more excuses for Moto, if HTC can do it on a new mid-range, they should be able to upgrade a top-of-the-line for 6 months ago.

        • Been saying this all along. The dev community has ICS working just fine, actually quite well, on the D3, minus a few small features like cam video and front facing camera, due mostly to lack of a driver and not a hardware limitation. Motorola literally has *no* excuse short of laziness or the desire to make you upgrade to a new device to get ICS.

        • KleenDroid

          Motorola no longer needs excuses to suck.

  • YourMother

    Good guy HTC

  • QQ

    nice post ilike

  • Calvin Singh

    as much as i want the razr the droid 3 is going to b my last motorola phone. they truely know how to let customers down. I thought making the droid 4, 5 months after the 3rd was released was the worse they could do.

  • EC8CH

    with 2 years being the norm for wireless contracts, it would be nice if we could expect software support for these devices for at least that amount of time.

    … just sayin’

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Contract length isn’t really the device manufacturer’s fault, nor their problem TBH. Blame your  carrier for eliminating 1-year contracts if you want to point a finger.

      On the other hand, Apple manages to do it – the iPhone 3GS still runs the latest version of iOS. That being said, iOS has changed a lot less than Android has in the last two years, probably because of the 3GS support, so take your pick – cutting edge hardware/software development with one year of support, or slower paced development with 2 years.

      On a related note, this is also why it’s completely stupid to argue about benchmarks on high-end phones. It doesn’t really matter if your phone is 2% slower than the one coming 3 months from now, when both will be just as obsolete in 2 years. It’s better to get a phone with the features you will use today, and hope you can root it and get a decent ROM to keep it up to date after your first year.

      • EC8CH

        or in fewer words… get a Nexus ;-P

        • Bewara2009

          Why are you still telling people to get the nexus? The nexus is old news. Just saying…

          • EC8CH

            your right… 


          • Bewara2009

            that’s more like it :d

          • comPghsteelertime08

            Hey everyone, there’s a new nexus coming out and it’s white!

          • evltwn

            And has only 16GB of storage.

          • EC8CH

            what a coincidence… so does the new RAZR

          • evltwn

            At least you can throw in a 32GB sd card in to expand the RAZR’s storage.

          • EC8CH

            and then I say at least you can take the G-Nex’s battery out.

            and then you say who cares when you can get a RAZR MAX.

            and then I say have fun with all those locked down Moto phones while I unlocked the bootloader.

            G-Nex vs RAZR rants are so much fun!

          • EC8CH

            hardly the same…

            GO GO POWER RAZRS!

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • pacnwsoundstream


            Hit the nail right on the head.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Tell that to the 19-month Nexus One owners who didn’t get ICS 😉

          • PSU_DI

            Or anyone with a Nexus S for that matter, it’s been over 3 months since ICS was made available but yet they still don’t have the update.  I’m loosing faith in Google’s update practices.  I’m just glad I bought the galaxy Nexus, but I’m afraid that if this stuff keeps up Jelly Bean will be delayed for it too.

          • EC8CH

            that is concerning

  • Cstricklandllc

    Might actually be a good thing… I love HTC and sell phones. Saw a ton of broken droid Xs coming in around the time the gingerbread update came out. Same goes for the droid 2/global. I like to think this is an act of compassion on moto’s part

  • EJ

    How about the HTC Flyer tablet? Will that get ICS too?

    • beerme828

      I second this. That would be awfully nice.

  • Keith Sumner

    In this day and age with all these hackers taking down government websites, playstation network, and more, I wish hackers would hack into motorola, steal all the files for their development tools, phone software, bootloader utilities and anything else that would help us open up our moto devices.

    Seriously, we should do a kickstarter with a bounty for someone to hack motorola and get this stuff for us..

    • LiterofCola

      Way to incite criminal activity there yoohoo.

      • TheOiulkj

         It’s only criminal if they get caught. Otherwise it’s called progress.

  • motorola sucks and that’s the fact, Jack!

    HTC is where I’m going when my upgrade comes around. Goodbye Motorola.

    • nwd1911

      While I feel bad for your situation, I always like it when someone takes on a noble cause like boycotting Motorola for being ridiculous.  I support you Ivan…to the tweet mobile!  Oh, and when you get there…welcome to the HTC family.

      • Noyfb

        i watched what Motorola has done for the past 2 years when I got the D1 when it came out. Seeing the not up to standard phones, lack of support and updates, pushing out phones too fast without quality control on software. Those are the reasons i went with a Gnex. I hope Motorola will get their house in order in the near future. Google needs to clean house at moto. If that happens, I’ll gladly buy a Motorola again for my next phone. Hopefully a Moto Nexus

  • Jacob121791

  • Jacob121791


  • Already running ICS on my DInc but glad to see this long list of phones getting updates, well done HTC!

    • Paul Weller

      What build are you using?  I installed AOKP 27 on my old DInc and it was so slow

  • Jacob121791

    Viva la HTC (w/o Sense)

  • Killer!! Can’t wait to see some ICS love on my Dinc2

  • MFG

    So pissed about the Droid 3.

    • enigmaco

      I want to smash my droid 3 over the head of whoever is deciding the updates for my phone.  Verizon and Motorola seem to be doing a tag team screw job.

      • Flip74k

        Some BS on the Droid x2!!! This is ridiculous! Moto! U suck big donkey balls!!

      • Don’t forget to add Google to the top of that list. Say all you want, Google owns Moto mobility now and ultimately can have the final say about which phones get upgrades. Google’s Laissez Faire approach to Moto mobility is just a cop-out excuse so they won’t get blamed for anything Moto does or keeps doing in this case. :]

        • It’s been stated that Google is keeping their team completely separate from Moto’s team for the foreseeable future. It was mostly a purchase for patents and such. Don’t expect the Google purchase to have any impact on Moto’s business practices.

          • salguod

            That’s all well and good, but they can keep the teams divided and still have someone higher up tell them they need to step up the ports. It’s in Google’s best interest to get ICS on as many phones as possible as soon as possible. 

          • “It’s been stated that Google is keeping their team completely separate from Moto’s team for the foreseeable future.”

            Which is what I said. “Google’s Laissez Faire approach to Moto mobility” Laissez Faire means hands off. If Google really wanted more uniformityand phones running the current Android OS(where the phone’s hardware allowed), they’d make a command decision to update their newly acquired line of hardware. That simple. 

        • enigmaco

          They are all ticking me off, they won’t give anyone any answers.  Just recently they started to give estimates on their estimates.  I think I might just  drop the smartphones altogether tired of the games.  It like I’m in a bad relationship and my psycho girlfriend keeps getting crazier.

    • Thor

      I agree I am never buying another motorola phone again… They upgraded the Original Droid well but have failed since… If we don’t see ICS on Droid 3 I am done with them

    • MicroNix

      Beyond pissed about the D3.  Moto can just suck it.  HTC or Sammy next time.  I refuse to support those who do not support me.  It works both ways Moto!!!!!!!! 

  • tjpeco

    The only way to make moto feel the burn on this is to drop them come time to renew.  Make them know that they are losing business because of the failure of their update process.

  • My Thunderbolt continues to live!

    • As does mine. Running Thundershed, nothing better at the moment!

      • Gggc

        Agreed. Hands down the best rom available for the tbolt.

        • ostensibly

          I have skyraider on my wife’s TBolt, but she wants stock again. Oh well, at least she’ll get ICS someday.

      • Hmmmmm, gotta try this ROM. Is it stable? Any issues? Battery life good?

    • Michael Forte

      That was the biggest surprise to me to see it updated to ICS. Good for HTC. Samsung won’t even update the Charge to ICS, so I feel bad for the owners of that phone.

      • This is why I’m selling my Samsung Charge on eBay.  I upgraded to the Razr Maxx … ICS is coming.  ;^)

        • r0lct

          But you’ll never see JB and any Nexus or 
          HTC purchased this year will if this trend continues.   Just saying.

  • Jeff Tycz

    At least one company is sticking to the 18 month upgrade promise

    • hkklife

      No, not really. HTC are screwing all of their tablet users royally. The Jetstream, Flyer and EVO View are all going to be left behind on Honeycomb. Ugh. Fool me once with nice hardware, HTC, but you just Samsung’d your tablet users. Asus is looking increasingly like the only tablet game in town…

      • Guest

         lawl. those tablets are basically unheard of amigo.

        • hkklife

          The wi-fi Flyer sold quite well once it was lowered in price to $299. And it has done quite well in overseas markets too. I would certainly think that it has overall sold in larger numbers than, say, the Rhyme. Also, abandoning all of their first-gen 2011 tablet users would not foster any goodwill towards any future HTC tablets in 2012.

      • Azndan4

        Uh don’t you mean they got motorola’d?