HTC will complete Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades by August

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HTC said it will upgrade more than a dozen Android devices to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, with the process slated to wrap up in August 2012.

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HTC expects to upgrade the majority of devices, including the Amaze 4G, Evo 3D, Sensation 4G, Rezound and Rhyme, during the months of June and July. A handful of devices like the Droid Incredible 2, Desire HD and Thunderbolt will not transition to Ice Cream Sandwich until August. "Due to localization, testing and partner approvals, updates do not roll out to all devices at the same time," HTC cautions. "For devices on a wide variety of carriers and in many countries, rollouts can take up to 45 days from the initial update to reach everyone."

HTC said it does not plan to migrate all of its Android devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, stating that phones with 512MB of ROM or less will not make the switch. Devices that will not upgrade include the HTC ChaCha, Salsa, Wildfire S and Explorer. In addition, tablets like the HTC Flyer, Evo View 4G and Jetstream will continue to run Android 3.0, a.k.a. Honeycomb.

"Upgrades are not the same thing as ongoing support," HTC said. "Devices not being upgraded to Android 4.0 will still get software improvements, security fixes and technical support as needed."

HTC added that devices that upgrade to Android 4.0 will include version 3.6 of its Sense graphical user interface, an extra layer of software built on top of Android that the manufacturer uses to differentiate its products from other Android devices. HTC explained Android Ice Cream Sandwich will not include the latest Sense 4 UI because some aspects of the UI require dedicated hardware, which is not available on all devices.

Android 4.0 delivers the tablet-optimized innovations introduced in Honeycomb update to all devices in an effort to reduce platform fragmentation. Google first announced Ice Cream Sandwich in May 2011, and promised that moving forward, the same version of Android will run across all devices, regardless of screen size.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that only 4.9 percent of all Android devices are currently running a version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Android devices make up 51 percent of the U.S. smartphone market according to comScore data issued earlier this month.

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