HTC Desire HD will update to Ice Cream Sandwich, but when?

HTC has confirmed the HTC Desire HD will update to Ice Cream Sandwich, but still hasn't named a date.

It looks like the HTC Desire HD will get Ice Cream Sandwich after all. After a Canadian network revealed the update had been cancelled, HTC has confirmed the upgrade will still take place as scheduled.

Canadian phone network Telus Canada claimed "HTC has cancelled the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing", an assertion the Canuck network contacted us to confirm. But HTC has now reassured owners of the Desire HD and Desire S that they're still due for an update to the newer version of Android.

HTC says: "We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S."

It's good news for Desire owners, but feels like a hollow victory to me. Hey guys, you're definitely going to be able to update your phone to software that's a year old and has itself been superceded by another version, but we don't know when. Whoop-de-doo! Pop the champagne and light the fireworks!

The Android update situation just seems to get more chaotic. I love Android and (most) Android phones, and I'd really like it if the whole update circus surrounding every phone would end so we can go back to focusing on the many things that are cool about Android.

Why is Ice Cream Sandwich such a headache? It's not just HTC struggling to update to Ice Cream Sandwich -- the majority of phone manufacturers are still languishing on the previous version, Gingerbread. Even app builders can't seem to get their heads round the software: Sky launched its Now TV Android app today but failed to make it work on ICS phones including the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S2 , and HTC One X.

Sure, once they've got your money there may not be much incentive for phone builders to update your phone, but updates are a reality of the phone market now, so all we ask is to be kept informed. When you've forked out for a new gadget, you don't want to hear that it's been left behind after such a short time.

Do you have a Desire? Are you frustrated by the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich, or is it enough to know it will be updated some day? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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