Fragmentation. The word most commonly used by Android naysayers when they’re looking for some ammunition with which to open fire on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The problem is that the issue is very real, it’s certainly a large part of the reason why I personally only use Nexus devices these days. Whilst much of the vitriol is aimed at Google, it’s actually the manufacturers and their UI skins that we’re at the mercy of. The latest big player to cause a hullabaloo in the tech world this week is none other than HTC. The Taiwanese giant upset a large group of its customers by announcing that the, barely 18 months old, Desire HD will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The announcement sparked a huge influx of complaints from disappointed Desire HD owners and in turn prompted the following response from HTC:
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
It’s encouraging that HTC care enough to take the time to explain its actions however I’m fairly sure that the words will do little to soften the blow. Once again it will be down to the developer community to pick up the slack and offer Desire HD owners some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness (Just don’t mention Jelly Bean!)
After all the confusion on whether the HTC Desire HD will be getting an update to Android 4.0 or not, we finally have a solid answer from HTC. It’s now official that the HTC Desire HD will not be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The manufacturer has said that the HTC Desire has the best software experience possible for it’s current hardware on Android 2.3. Here’s the companies full statement:
“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.”
If you’re wanting to try and get Ice Cream Sandwich for the Desire HD, owners will need to rely on the custom ROM community. If you’re willing to root your device, the community has already put together several unofficial 4.0 ROMs.
source: Android Central
Here we go again with the HTC Desire HD/Desire S ICS update saga. After Telus announced the devices would not get the update, HTC came out with some damage control and said hold your horses— those phones are “still on schedule” to get the update. After some minor deliberation, HTC then revised its stance and wants to do further research in determining the Desire HD/Desire S’s ability to run Android 4.0. Here’s exactly what it had to say on the matter:
“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”
To sum everything up: it’s not quite certain as of now that the Desire HD/Desire S will get the ICS update after all. HTC will have to wait and do further research and investigation to see if those devices can indeed handle the current software. The best case scenario— we’re looking at a serious delay of the update, but at least it will be pushed out eventually to owners of the devices. Worst case scenario— HTC determines after its further investigation that the Desire HD/Desire S will not get the update because it deems they are not capable of handling the software.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed HTC will push out the software to owners of those devices.
source: Android Central
Canadian carrier TELUS had mentioned last week that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the HTC Desire HD had been canceled, citing “poor device performance in testing.” Since Ice Cream Sandwich has been known to run fine on many devices with lower specs, this raised a few eyebrows. The fine folks over at Android Central felt the same way and decided to reach out to HTC to get the skinny.
Here’s what HTC told them:
“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.“
So TELUS apparently didn’t get that memo. Looks like the Desire HD and Desire S both have a little more life left in them. That’s good news.
source: android central
Many of you felt let down when Google’s Mobile Product Manager, Hugo Barra, announced that the big G had no plans to update the Nexus One to ICS because the device was cited as being “too old”. This news didn’t sit well with XDA members either, and because the released ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One was entirely too slow for any real use, members decided it was time to get crafty.
It was only last week when news broke about the release of the ICS Source Code and we knew it would only be a short time until AOSP builds would arrive on the scene. Here we are 5 days later and we are pleased to see that XDA member, dr1337, has created a functional AOSP build for the Nexus One and is ready to share with the world. What’s even better is the fact that this is just one of the devices to receive ICS AOSP builds, and even more XDA members have been busy as well.
Thanks to the hard work from, dizgustipated, MongooseHelix, stritfajt, jaybob413, onecosmic, Chaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now get to feast on a little Ice Cream Sandwich treat. I know this has got to be great news for many of you and you are just dying to get to work on your own device. We have included the following XDA links to help you in your task:
Most of these are going to have a few hiccups here and there but that can be expected with any early AOSP build. Please read all the directions carefully and pay attention to the XDA comments for your respective device, you may find out that there are certain bugs that you may not be able to deal with. Reported user feedback has been overwhelmingly good but, TalkAndroid is not responsible for anything you do to your device and this is purely for your reference. If you are a Nexus S owner and want to see what is in store for you, jump past the cut to check out a Youtube video of the phone in action. Lets all be sure to give thanks where it is due, these guys must have been working really hard to bring these builds to the public. Thanks guys!!
Lucky owners of HTC Desire HD can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5!
Recognized XDA Developer capychimp, who was responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, comes through again with the latest installment of HTC’s Sense UI. This ROM is based on Bliss WWE RUU 1.10.401.0 Android 2.3.4.
Bugs are to be expected with this being the first release. This is to be expected so please give it time to become fully functional. Make sure to leave feedback for the developer about your experiences with the ROM.
As originally posted by capychimp:
This rom is based on Bliss WWE ruu
no chinese leak
1.10.401.0 android 2.3.4
Added advance power menu
user apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
3D homescreen option added
camera acting up
bluetooth wont turn on
you tell me
Hit the break for additional pics!
The latest Android device to get some Gingerbread lovin’ is the HTC Desire HD, via a ROM that leaked previously but it now being updated by the folks over at XDA Developers. The screenshot above is showing the base leaked version, however.
If you have an HTC Desire HD and want to try Gingerbread out and HTC Sense 2.1 interface, be sure to click the source link at the end of the article. But keep in mind that these are test builds and as such, they will be buggy. But if you do try out this ROM, please leave a comment and let us know how you’re liking it!
Also, hit the break to see a couple screenshots!
[via XDA Developers]
A few images have been leaked out over the possible new look of HTC Android handsets. They all look very slick, and no doubt will have great specs for mid-range to top of the line smartphones. These are of cource renders, and not “official” images. We’ll likely see many more official announcements with specs and images at the MWC conference in barcelona taking place on February 14-17 2011. But you can have a look at the images below and tell us what you think.
The HTC Desire HD, a beast of an Android phone that has yet to make it to the North American continent, has been approved by the FCC. The FCC approval documented a device with model number PD98120 that supports WCDMA Bands II and V, which means it can be used on AT&T, Bell, Telus, and Rogers.
Since it has already been rumored that Telus would receive the HTC Desire HD, this recent FCC approval only supports that theory even more.
HTC is pushing its update out for the Desire HD, bringing it up to Android 2.2.1. Even though this isn’t the Gingerbread update that many were hoping for, it does bring with it a few decent improvements regardless which users should get excited about.
Among the improvements is a faster response from the camera, making the video recording much smoother. Also, users who have already updated have stated that the Desire HD runs better after the update across many applications, and general performance.
Yes, improvements are good!