HTC has scrapped software updates to the latest version of Android for its lower-end smartphones, leaving owners of some of its best-selling blowers out in the cold.
A notice on the phone maker’s dedicated web page for keeping HTC phone users in the loop about updates to Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) now reveals that “devices with 512MB ROM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.0”.
That rules out a taste of ICS for the social networking-focussed Salsa and ChaCha. Also not invited to the party are the Wildfire S and the HTC Explorer due to their lack of processing brawn.
Owners of HTC’s tablet challengers the Flyer, the Jetstream and the US-only Evo View 4G are also being omitted from the update rollout plan, so will remain stuck on the slate-optimised Honeycomb version of Android.
Features that ICS brings to the Android platform include the Face Unlock security feature and Android Beam. This allows users of Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled phones to share content by pressing their smartphones together.
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