HTC Lays Out Its Android OS 4.0 Upgrade Plans: There Are Winners and Losers

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HTC has just announced that it is going to starting introducing Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for a few smartphones by the end of next month. Other models are going to have to wait until later in the year.

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There’s good news for those who have T-Mobile’s HTC Sensation: it’s going to be in the first round of upgrades. Other models in this series will be getting one next month too, including the Sensation XE and Sensation XL.

Many other phones from this company that were released in 2011 will also be getting a helping of Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon’s HTC Rezound, AT&T’s HTC Vivid, Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO Design 4G, and T-Mobile’s HTC Amaze 4G will all be getting upgrades in Q2 or later, as will the HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S, and HTC Desire HD.

Not all the smartphones introduced by this company last year will be receiving official upgrades — the HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon is notably absent from the list. And no models that launched in 2010 will be upgraded.

Google Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ReviewMore about Android OS 4.0 ICS
This version debuted late last year on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but has yet to be made available for any other device. Its user interface brings in elements from the previous Android versions for smartphones and tablets. Devices designed to run it won’t need physical buttons on their front, as these have been made part of the software’s user interface.

Many of the bundled applications — such as the web browser and email app — have been improved in Android ICS as well, and new features have been added, such as Face Lock, which can unlock a device using a front-facing camera. 

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