A turbulent as the mobile industry can be, it’s the HTC Desire HD owners who have recently been taken for somewhat of a roller coaster. With ICS expected to grace a variety of HTC’s 2011 handsets, some already having made the jump, the Desire HD was a particular point of contention, some saying it wouldn’t, then HTC saying it would and now they’ve finally landed on what we can only assume is a final decision, the Desire HD won’t be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Initial dispute over ICS making it to the Desire HD arose from information spotted on Canadian carrier, Telus’ database, stating the Desire HD would not be receiving the update due to issues of instability and poor performance, so far so good, at least with regards to knowing where we stood. In the aftermath of this new, HTC themselves then released a statement countering Telus’ claims by saying, “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. ” Great news for the HD owners who had now believed that they’d been cast out of the update family.
Just over the weekend, HTC then altered their decision, reinforcing a statement Telus had pushed out prior to HTC’s official change of heart, stating that the Desire HD update withdrawal was as a result of decisions made by HTC and not Telus. In an update which then appeared on HTC’s ICS update list blog post, the HTC Desire HD’s name was struck out, the reasoning this time; “After extensive testing, we’ve 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. ”
So assuming HTC don’t reaffirm our growing suspicions of schizophrenia, the HTC Desire HTC is unable to receive Android ICS with Sense in tact. No doubt the CyanogenMod team and XDA Developers will now be HD user’s next port of call, for an unofficial solution to this now official problem.