For the past couple weeks, there’s been a small saga unfolding regarding the fate of HTC’s official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD. In case you haven’t been keeping up, at first HTC gave us a Q3 ETA for the update, but then carrier Telus told its subscribers that HTC had pulled the plug on the release. HTC responded that everything was still a go for the phone, but then changed its mind a few days later and backed-down to a position that it was still evaluating the update. It looks like the story is nearly wrapped-up at this point, as HTC has released a statement explaining just why it’s ultimately decided not to go forward with ICS for the Desire HD.
First off, HTC identifies a storage issue. While the phone has room for ICS, in order to fit both Android 4.0 and Sense together, the phone’s storage would need to be re-partitioned. While HTC admits that it would be possible for users to back-up their data and go forward with the change, it believes only advanced Android users would be comfortable with the process, and in the absence of a simpler solution, would rather just not open up that can of worms at all.
The company additionally cites unnamed “technical limitations” that, even following a successful Android 4.0 update, detracted from the Desire HD’s ICS experience. Again, HTC would rather not do something at all than risk doing it incorrectly, and combined with the storage issue, these problems have spelled the end of plans for the update’s release.
To its credit, HTC apologizes for changing its tune so often, leaving users wondering just what to believe.
According to HTC, despite the similarities between the Desire HD and the Thunderbolt, ICS is still coming to the latter.