Bad news for HTC Desire HD owners. Looks like HTC have done it again.
HTC IS LYING!HTC Desire HD might never receive an update to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, it seems.
The handset, made official almost two years ago, was initially said to be en-route to provide its users with the benefits of ICS, but it appears that HTC might have cancelled such plans.
The smartphone was expected to get a taste of the newer platform release in the July-August timeframe, but Canadian wireless carrier TELUS is now listing (PDF file) the update as cancelled.
“HTC has cancelled the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing,” the operator explained.
No info on whether this is only an isolated incident or not has emerged so far, but chances are that it is, in fact, something that would affect all Desire HD units out there.
The HTC One V has the same processor, same GPU, less RAM yet has ICS.
See a ROM ported from the One V working on the HD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIYlhmZwglc
Every issue but the camera has been fixed in the port. The camera issue is due to the lack of apropriate drivers as the One V most likely has a different camera module. If HTC is not lying through their teeth on this one, and they did produce an ICS kernel, all the port needs is that kernel to have a rocking ICS experience for the HD. Somehow I don't think HTC will do the right thing.
This is not the first time that HTC has promised an upgrade and then lied about it. HTC said much the same thing when it cancelled the HTC Desire GSM (bravo) Gingerbread upgrade (on a ~1 year old model) yet I am running CyanogenMod 7.2 on my bravo and it runs much better than stock 2.2.
I will never buy another HTC phone again and anyone that does after reading this is doing so knowing that HTC has no intention of supporting older phones (older being pretty relative for this crowd). I've also had many problems with HTC hardware.
On the other hand, my Galaxy Nexus just upgraded OTA to Jelly Bean; no worries, no fuss, no excuses. Google experience only from now on.