After much dilly-dallying, HTC has officially confirmed it will not be upgrading the Desire HD to Android 4.0 - aka - Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
Having kept owners waiting for almost six months to find out if they would taste the then-latest iteration of Android, the phone-maker has finally released a statement to acknowledge there’ll be no update.
It said: “After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD.
“When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologise for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.
Last week, Canadian network Telus axed the update from its release roadmap, prompting concerns it had been canned altogether. However, HTC responded by saying it was still investigating a way to make it available on the two-year-old kit, delaying the inevitable just a bit longer.
Frankly, we can’t see why ICS wouldn’t be conducive to a good customer experience on the Desire HD, even it’s a bit antiquated. Handsets with lower specs run the OS quite well, which makes us wonder why it took this long for HTC if it had no real intention to release the update.
Your best option right now, if you haven’t already done so, is to grab a custom ICS ROM, which you’ll probably find floating around at the XDA-developers forum. As always with such things, proceed at your own risk.