HTC was one of the first manufacturers to talk Ice Cream Sandwich updates after Google officially detailed the OS last month, but its statement wasn't much more than a "we're reviewing our options and will announce more information later on" type of thing. The Taiwanese firm today issued an update on ICS updates, and this time it actually named a few devices that'll be bumped up to Android 4.0 in "early 2012." So which devices will get a taste of Google's latest dessert? Here's the current list (the full statement is below):
If you don't see your device on that list, don't fret just yet, as HTC added that it's still reviewing its ICS update options. The company promised that more information on ICS updates and timing are coming. It's also worth mentioning that Sprint reiterated the fact that the EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G will be bumped up to Android 4.0, but it added that "other key products" on its roster will be updated to ICS. No other details were given.
In addition to ICS update news, HTC also teased its plans for a new tablet device. Speaking during a media briefing earlier today, CEO Peter Chou said that the tablet market is one that the company is interested in testing to see if it can make itself "stand out" and create something that's not a "me-too product." Exactly what HTC has up its sleeve is unknown, but HTC has created some unique products in the past (like the Flyer), so it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with when it's trying to make itself stand out. What kind of tablet would do you think HTC might be planning to whip up?
"HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we're thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich."