HTC confirms no Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Desire HD

When HTC put out a schedule for the release of Ice Cream Sandwich to its lineup of phones back in May, I saw a fair bit of excitement from readers about the upgrade coming to the HTC Desire HD. There has been some back and forth in the last week or two with various sources saying the update had been called off and then other sources saying it was still going ahead. HTC has finally come out with this statement which ends the upgrade dream for all Desire HD owners :

“After extensive testing, HTC has 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 apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.”

It’s a sad day for all Desire HD owners, but a poor user experience is really something that HTC would probably rather avoid so it’s probably for the best. With the scaled back nature of Sense 4.0 I hope that this sort of thing will not be such an issue with their new One series phone but that is of no comfort to current owners who will be stuck on the Gingerbread/Sense 3.0 hybrid they currently have. It would be nice to actually have HTC release the ROM for the phone so users could make that determination for themselves but I doubt that will happen.

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  • Rob1003

    This statement is infuriating. This is from the same company that said that the D HD didn’t have enough grunt to run Sense 3.5 because it required a dual-core processor. Yet it ran perfectly happily on my D HD.
    They have released a Desire C running full Sense 4.0 and ICS 4 on a phone with a 600mhz CPU.
    Some honesty would have been nice and they just come out and say they’ve released sooo many phones they can’t be bothered and are focusing their efforts on getting Jellybean onto a few handsets.

  • Dermah

    Why would HTC submit the ICS update to Vodafone then yank it?

    • David Anderton

      yeh makes little sense besides htc wanting desire hd owners to buy a new phone