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HTC confirms Ice Cream Sandwich update for ‘as many devices as possible’

HTC confirms Ice Cream Sandwich update for ‘as many devices as possible’

HTC has announced that an upgrade to the latest, tastiest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release of Android will be made available to ‘as many devices as possible’.

The Taiwanese giant reiterated its intention to bring most of its product line up-to-scratch with the hotly awaited OS revamp, after it revealed last week it would only upgrade devices that do not require a compromise on the ‘user experience’ of its Sense bespoke interface.

HTC posted on its official Facebook page: “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.

“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!”

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Without being too specific, it again hinted that the update would most likely not be compatible with older generation handsets, such as the original Desire which proved problematic to even upgrade to Gingerbread, in order to ensure performance and usability are not adversely affected.

“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,” HTC added.

On the flip side, it’s now almost guaranteed the majority of HTC smartphones and tablets that launched with Android 2.3 on board, and at least those that made the leap without concessions made to the Sense UI, will definitely be in line for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unfortunately, we won’t find out the timeframe as to when this might happen until another few weeks. However, Android main-man Andy Rubin has revealed that ICS will be released within weeks of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which hits store shelves next month, meaning the update could be ready as early as mid-December.

Keep ‘em peeled for more Ice Cream Sandwich announcements in the coming weeks.

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