But beyond the "Pure Google" phones, it's hard to forecast which handsets will see Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC, for its part, is already looking into the new release and is working to come up with a plan for updates.
Shortly after Android 4.0 was announced, HTC issued a formal statement on the new build, advising it would provide details in time.
"We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans," the statement said. "Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first."Of all the major smartphone manufacturers, HTC possesses one of the bigger challenges for issuing timely updates. While the Sense UI provides a number of unique features for Android users, it's nonetheless a manufacturer skin. And generally speaking, the more a handset maker influence a company puts into the interface, the longer it takes for development and update cycles.