By Johnny Wills | Jul 16, 2012 06:50 PM EDT
The HTC Desire HD owner has awaited an Android 4.0 update for a while now. The update may just be akin to waiting for Godot and the Desire HD will have to do without its share of the Ice Cream Sandwich as recent reports indicate that HTC has axed the Android 4.0 ICS update.
According to Telus Canada, HTC has canceled the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Desire HD. The carrier released an update schedule document [PDF file] last week, reporting that the Desire HD will not receive the ICS update anymore.
Earlier this year, HTC added the Desire HD to its Android 4.0 update list committing that it will receive the update along with HTC Rhyme and Desire S series smartphones in July. The present scenario indicates that the Desire HD will not receive the much-awaited update and seems doomed to remain on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, custom ROM makers like CyanogenMod are providing Android 4.0 ROMs for the device.
The canceled software update has come as a shocker to most, especially since HTC had committed to an update.
The Desire HD was once HTC's flagship smartphone. The device came out in 2010 running Android 2.2 Froyo on board, while it received the Gingerbread update in mid-2011. The device packs a decent 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, which sounds like a suitable hardware to run Android 4.0 operating system. Even the Desire C, which has a significantly slower 600 MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, runs on Android 4.0.
To quell the surrounding brouhaha, the carrier Telus stated that "HTC has canceled the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing".
Additionaly, the Canadian carrier notes that Android 4.0 will reach LG Optimus LTE, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy Tab 8.9 next month.
Telus is the only carrier to claim that the smartphone manufacturer is not upgrading the Desire HD to the latest iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it is believed that HTC might have canceled the update worldwide. HTC is yet to comment on the report.
Grappling with disappointment seems to be the only solution for HTC Desire owners. Hopefully, in the future, the carriers will stick to promises and commitments if they desire to keep their prized market share intact.
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