Former Android darling HTC has finally issued a statement confirming what we expected would happen all along – that it will look to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to as many of its handsets as possible.
No news there, then, but the fact that the announcement comes nearly a full week after ICS' launch tells a story all on its own about how its bond with Google has steadily weakened in the past year or so.
It wasn't too long ago, of course, that HTC's star was very much on the rise as it road the tidal wave of Android's popularity surge through a succession of much loved handsets like the Hero and the Desire. It was the hardware manufacturer trusted with the very first Android phone that went on sale to the public, the T-Mobile G1, as well as the debut Nexus-branded Google phone, the Nexus One.
But there's no question that these days Korean rival Samsung is Google's favourite. It's made the last two Nexus handsets, and its Galaxy range of phones and tablets is going great guns.
So it's certainly telling that HTC has taken this long to commit to Android 4.0 – even though there was very little real danger of it not doing so.
“Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible,” HTC has revealed on its Facebook page, “and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!”
So there you have it.