Google announced Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) a few days ago, and many people are eagerly awaiting a system software upgrade for their smartphone or tablet. HTC says it intends to upgrade as many of its devices as it can.
A statement from the company says:
Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.
Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!
Google’s Andy Rubin said recently that the first upgrades to this new version should be available before the end of the year. Brighthand will, of course, report on any specific announcements from HTC and other handset makers about the timing for Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades.
More about Android OS 4.0 ICS
The goal of the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system is to unite the two previous versions: one was designed for smartphones and the other for tablets. The new version brings in elements from both.
Devices designed to run Android ICS won’t have physical buttons on their front, as these have been made part of the software’s user interface. Current device getting upgrades will have both physical and on-screen Home, Back, an Menu buttons.
Many of the bundled apps 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.