The just-unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android (aka Android 4.0) may not be coming to some of HTC’s best-selling smarties, a statement from the phone-maker suggests.
Google lifted the lid on the new iteration of its platform yesterday. Melding the choicest features of the Honeycomb tablet-optimised version with the Gingerbread edition for smartphones, Ice Cream Sandwich brings a smart new multi-tasking interface with slicker notifications and widgets to Android phones, as well as revamped takes on native apps.
But if you’re an HTC Android phone owner, you’d best not get too excited just yet.
A statement from the HTC issued today very firmly avoids committing to bringing Android 4.0 to its devices, stating only that it is “currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans”.
More ominously, HTC also says that it won’t bring Ice Cream Sandwich to smartphones, such as the Desire HD and Desire S, if it feels that an update could compromise their usability.
HTC states: “Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel.
“While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first.”
News of HTC’s Ice Cream Sandwich strategy comes after the company encountered huge problems updating the HTC Desire to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) earlier this year.
The issue is believed to have been caused partly by the resource-hungry Sense Android custom skin that features on HTC phones, as well as the handset’s comparitively underpowered processor when stacked against newer kits.