HTC explains why the HTC Desire HD Android 4.0 update was abandoned - HTC Source
HTC has posted another official statement regarding its decision to abandon the Android 4.o update for the HTC Desire HD. While previous statements from HTC made reference to the current Android 2.3 build for the HTC Desire HD as being the “best experience” for consumers, many interpreted HTC’s comments to claims that there were performance issues with the Android 4.0 update on the HTC Desire HD.
It turns out that the “best experience” comment was actually referring to how HTC would need to install the Android 4.0 update on the HTC Desire HD. Based on the handset’s current storage setup, HTC would need to re-partition and completely wipe all user data in order to make room for the larger Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Now that we have a little more details behind HTC’s reasoning, many may be a little more inclined to accept the fact that the HTC Desire HD will not be updated to Android 4.0. That being said, HTC’s explanation may fuel the flame for those demanding a stock Android update for the HTC Desire HD.[quote]We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.[/quote]
Source: HTC Blog