HTC has broken cover on the reason for its decision to scrap plans to update the Desire HD to Android 4.0, leaving the phone stranded on the increasingly creaky Gingerbread version of the platform.
The phone-maker announced it has abandoned the upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android last week, having pledged to bring it to the 20-month-old phone last year.
The announcement prompted howls of outrage from users who not unreasonably discerned that, on paper at least, the Desire HD has more than enough processing brawn and memory to handle the new iteration of Google’s OS.
Addressing the matter today, HTC acknowledged the ire it had caused but claimed that it had taken the decision not to roll out an update because it would negatively impact on the experience the handset offers and would result in the loss of Desire HD owners’ data.
HTC states: "We've heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
"For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update.
"While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not."
HTC still plans to roll out ICS to the Incredible S, the Evo 3D and the Sensation in its XE and Xl variants later this year.