Will your HTC phone be updated to Android 4.0? Here’s what we think
UPDATE: 08/15/12: Check out our predictions for HTC’s Android 4.1 update strategy
UPDATE 02/09/12: The official HTC Android 4.0 update list now includes three more phones with the first updates being scheduled for delivery in March.
UPDATE 11/7/11: HTC has announced the first wave of phones that will receive the Android 4.0 update. Did you phone make the cut?
At HTC Source we like to write about all the new phones that HTC is working on. There’s nothing more exciting than hearing about a rumored device for the very first time or watching those first hands-on videos of HTC’s devices right after they’re unveiled. The problem for us and most of our readers is that we already own HTC handsets or tablets and can’t afford to upgrade to the latest and greatest device every few months.
While it may not be as sexy or exciting, the news that really affects current handset owners typically revolves around system updates which can add new functionality to our devices. There’s no doubt that most of you have already seen all the amazing things that Google has packed into its latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. We wish HTC could bring the latest update to all of its Android powered phones, but there are a lot of phones which will not make the cut.
HTC announced last week that they want to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to as many handsets as possible, but we know that quite a few devices will be left behind due to hardware limitations or low sales numbers. So what phones will be updated to Android 4.0? HTC isn’t quite ready to release that information, but we’ve done a little research of our own and have come up with a few different categories that we think could best describe each handset’s upgrade possibilities. Keep in mind, this categorization is pure speculation on our part, based on our knowledge of HTC’s system updates in the past and the hardware specifications of each device. Don’t come crying to us if HTC decides that your phone will not be updated to Android 4.0.
HTC phones that should get the Android 4.0 update
If you’ve purchased a new HTC phone within the past twelve months, chances are that your phone will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Our intuition tells us that the first phone’s in HTC’s lineup to get updated to Android 4.0 will be their dual-core equipped devices like the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D, and the HTC Amaze 4G. These phones have enough memory and processing power to run Android 4.0 with ease.
The second batch of HTC phone that should be updated to Android 4.0 are those powered by Qualcomm’s second generation 1GHz Snapdragon processor. This category includes the original T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC Desire HD, HTC Thunderbolt and the recently launched HTC Rhyme. The specs on these phones may seem a little outdated compared to those of the upcoming Sensation XL and other devices currently on the market, but they are all comparable in performance to the Google Nexus S which will be getting its Android 4.0 update in the near future.
Other phones we believe are powerful enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich are the different variants of the HTC Desire Z. This list includes the T-Mobile G2, HTC EVO Shift 4G and the HTC Merge. The Desire Z and the Desire HD made their debut at the same time last year, but since the Z’s processor runs at a slower 800 MHz they may be less likely to get the Android 4.0 update.
HTC phone that will not get the Android 4.0 update
If you own a phone that’s already been mentioned above, you’re probably feeling good about your handset’s Android 4.0 update prospect. But what about all the other Android powered phones made by HTC? Surely HTC wouldn’t abandon phones like the HTC EVO 4G or the DROID Incredible. Unfortunately, those who own a phone with a first generation 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor may want to start looking around for a new phone.
Even though the EVO 4G and the DROID Incredible were trend setting devices, they are powered by the same chip found in the Nexus One – the same phone which Google has deemed “tool old” for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC may try to prove Google wrong and show how their older phones can in fact run Android 4.0, but HTC always chooses stability and overall usability over having the latest version of Android.
Things look even bleaker for HTC’s mid to low-end phones like the HTC Salsa, ChaCha and even the brand new Explorer. These phones have only been on the market for a few months, but their slow processors and limited internal memory will most likely force HTC to keep the phones running Gingerbread until the phones are killed off.
Check our list below to see if your phone will make the cut and be updated to Android 4.0. Again, we’d like to remind you that this information is based purely off of our knowledge of HTC phones and how HTC has updated their handsets in the past. HTC is expected to announce the first wave of Android 4.0 upgrades within the next week or two. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any new details that come our way.
What are your predictions? Will your phone be getting Android 4.0?
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