HTC ThunderBolt owners and users of the other select smartphones that were promised to get a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this summer can breathe easy, as the manufacturer has re-affirmed its pledge to bring the update to some of its older models by the end of the month.
Addressing a flood of inquiries from customers regarding specific handset upgrades on its Facebook page, HTC announced that the ThunderBolt is still set to receive Android 4.0 and the company is still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. The ThunderBolt and Desire S were initially scheduled to get Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in July or August, so as long as HTC delivers these devices a cool down with Android 4.0 by the end of the month, it will have stayed within its original time frame.
With an end of August roll out date guaranteed for all of the devices that have been announced to receive the update, HTC Rhyme and Droid Incredible 2 owners should also get a look at the new operating system before September.
However, the company did warn that while it’s planning to update the Desire S by the August deadline, it may not be able to do so. If that is the case, HTC promises to keep owners of the device informed about any kind of delay. The smartphone was originally pegged to receive the Android 4.0 update back in June or July, though after HTC cancelled the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Desire HD, some Desire S customers were uncertain if their devices would still make the cut.
How About Android 4.1?
Somewhat complicating this process is the fact that Google has already begun distributing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). This has left many people wondering how long it will be before theiir phone will be upgraded to this even newer veraion.
Upgrades to Android 4.0 took an unusually long time to get onto users’ devices because it was such a major change. The change to version 4.1 should be quicker — for models that HTC decides to upgrade. So far, the company has been fairly quiet on this issue, other than promising its new One series will be upgraded.
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