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HTC backtracks and decides not to release ICS for Desire HD. New petition arises to combat that decision.

HTC backtracks and decides not to release ICS for Desire HD.  New petition arises to combat that decision.

UPDATE 7/25: After only a few days, the petition asking HTC to release a stock Android 4.0 build for the HTC Desire HD has already recevied over 10,000 signatures. If you have not already A while back signed your name to the petition, click on the link and help support those who still own and use the HTC Desire HD.

HTC stated that they would be updating the Desire HD device to Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, it looks like that is no longer the case.  HTC has changed it’s mind and will not be bringing Android 4.0 over the Desire HD stating:

After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.

Fortunately, all hope is not lost.  XDA Senior Member max63094 has taken it upon himself to start a petition to bring ICS to the Desire HD.  The goal is to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the device even if ported without HTC’s proprietary Sense software.  The original HTC Desire received a similar build when a Gingerbread RUU without Sense was made available for the device.  The recent ICS ROMs created by developers demonstrate that the Desire HD can run ICS without issue and have worded the petition to reflect this knowledge:

Now anyone over at XDA knows this is not true, ICS runs great on our phone plus it is also a better experience. Now this petition is to get HTC to release ICS for us, if they do not want to give us Sense, then they could do at least what they did for the HTC Desire, and release a pure Android on the With the HTC Desire, they released a RUU because the phone could not handle sense with gingerbread, so they released a pure Android, and now they need to AT
LEAST do that for the Desire HD with ICS.

The community support for the Ice Cream Sandwich is amazing as the petition has received almost 4 times the goal of 2000 signatures.  You can find more information on the petition on the XDA Forum thread here. When you are ready to sign the petition indicating your support you can visit the site here.

Keep in mind you don’t have to own an HTC Desire HD to sign the petition.  Head over now to show your support!

Source: XDA Developers

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  1. Ashraf HTC

    I hope that HTC desire hd will receive an ice Cream very very soon

  2. RAS

    If only HTC would backtrack on the decision for the Flyer, a brilliant piece of kit that is going to remain in the dark ages, a petition should be raised to them on this issue too.

  3. Elizabeth

    As I thought I’m seeing info on other blows that the Tbolt is in trouble as well. It’s almost the end of July and there is one month left to get this supposed update. Very disappointing if Tbolt owners don’t get ICS. I will no longer be an HTC owner if the update doesn’t come through. Sad for being loyal to them since they first came out.

  4. Gaurav

    When we got update for desire s, htc said it will available between june to July ,
    May be at 11:59:59 of 31 July
    Or may be announce that “we are unable to provide ics update for htc desire s,
    I hate HTC, and never recommend to anyone to buy htc phone in life.
    Good bye HTC .
    May Good bless you…..

  5. I don’t see why HTC can’t upgrade the Desire HD to ICS firmware, seeing that the company has announced that the Incredible S will get an ICS update soon.

    Technically both models share the same 1GHz Scorpion processor (which can be comfortably overclocked to 1.2GHz with the right custom ROM), the same Adreno 205 GPU and both have 1GB of internal storage and 768MB of RAM; except that the Desire HD lacks a front facing camera.

    I don’t think the lack of a secondary camera is the issue here as although the Android 4.0.x has a new face recognition phone unlocking feature, which requires the front camera for this feature to work. This is because HTC’s newest Desire C, V and VC models also don’t have forward facing secondary cameras; yet they’re shipped with Android 4.0 with Sense 4.

    My last custom ROM which I flashed before I sold my Incredible S was a Virtuous Vivo 4.0.4 with Sense 3.6 with a stock HTC kernel. Therefore I know that the Incredible S can run ICS with ease.

    Although there were some minor lock screen bug issues with the ROM, everything else worked properly as it should; WiFi, BT, camera, etc bearing in mind that the ICS ROM was a test build from HTC and not an official update.

    As the kernel was from HTC, the phone ran at its standard 1GHz pace and thus could not be overclocked. I did notice that ICS ran a bit slowly compared to Gingerbread based ROMs, but not to the point that the phone became unresponsive or unusable.

    The only reason I can think of is HTC’s lame marketing strategy. HTC considers the Desire HD as “too old”; (a model from 2010) and by cancelling the ICS update the company is probably hoping that existing Desire HD owners will upgrade to their latest Desire C, V, or VC models; if not their higher specc’ed, One series smartphones.

    I can understand the hardware limitations of lower end models like the Wildfire S and ChaCha (since their internal ROM space is only 512MB and cannot run ICS), but the Desire HD has no such hardware restrictions.

    While custom ICS ROMs for the Desire HD are already out there, not every owner is into rooting their phones, let alone flash a modified ROM at their own risk. They’d rather wait for HTC’s official OTA ICS updates instead of tinkering with their phones.

    I’m also unhappy with HTC’s lack of commitment towards supporting the Flyer tablets (which I own one) and without an official ICS release from HTC, third party ROM chefs are unable to brew stable running custom ICS ROMs for the Flyer.

    As such I’m stuck with Honeycomb 3.2 for my Flyer. This is quite annoying, seeing that Sony’s Tablet S come shipped with ICS instead of Honeycomb. HTC promised an official ICS update for the Flyer “in Q1 of 2012” but it’s already nearing the end of July, with no announcement in sight.

    The way things are looking, it seems like HTC is more concerned about sales of their devices rather than their customer support.

    • Ricardo

      Very good

    • Oh! That’s sure…..Great!

  6. pete

    HTC is nt serious company for me anymore…

  7. ME

    Release the update we can flash it n’ help to flash!