Will the HTC Desire HD get Ice Cream Sandwich?

Thiknking about getting a HTC Desire HD, but will it get left on Gingerbread do you think? MAybe I'd be better getting a HTC Sensation?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Feb. 7, 2012 at 15:39

Back to the original question:

So far, HTC confirmed on its Facebook Page only the following:

"HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we're thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich."

That post is from Nov 7, 2011. They emphasise that the list of phones is the F I R S T W A V E to get ICS - clearly implying a 2nd wave of updates for other devices.

As we know from past experience, HTC may decide to release a gutted update with reduced feature sets to satisfy owners of older devices.
A B O V E are plenty of useful tips to help you get unofficial ICS ROMs for your HTC Desire HD. Please Note: Those are unofficial releases. They may work brilliantly. But you experiment at your own risk.

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CTPAHHIK  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:19

There is a very high chance that neither of current phones will be getting "ice cream". There is no date/specs/features available for "ice cream" and it might not work on current hardware.

blizzard7  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:47

You could say the Sensation is more future proof. While they both have Gingerbread, the Sensation has Sense 3.0 so software wise the Sensation has the Desire HD beat already even before Ice Cream Sandwich.

arzbhatia  Jun. 26, 2011 at 09:26

Okay so what about HTC Sensation? I just got one. Probably it'll get the update right? specially with the unlocked bootloader.

blizzard7  Jun. 26, 2011 at 11:37

Unlocked bootloader wouldn't matter (unless we're talking about an unofficial update which is almost certain to happen), I would hazard a guess at saying yes the Sensation will, unless ICS comes with an unexpected system requirement.

9El9Nino9  Jul. 7, 2011 at 17:16

both will get it. OFFICIALLY.
however the sensation will get it way before the desire hd if there is a trend to follow with htc releases

matt678  Jul. 7, 2011 at 17:32

It's likely only the very high end, dual-core, currently released phones (SGS2, Sensation, Atrix etc...) will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. The Desire HD will be pretty old, around one year, and underpowered, only 1ghz single core, by the time ICS is released. I wouldn't hold your breath for an ICS update for the Desire HD, sorry. Though that's all just my opinion :P

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 8, 2011 at 07:51

Mine will, before Sensation. I have Desire HD and unless it breaks before ICS hits XDA Dev I'll post instructions on how to update it.

9El9Nino9  Jul. 9, 2011 at 11:03

@ CTPAHHIK- rooted users can easily obtain it there's no question about that.
i am on the other hand on about users who would not void their warranty ;)

@ Matt678
i'd like to know why would a single core 2nd gen 1 ghz processor be underpowered to obtain ICS?
its ICS would not be a resource hog. from what i've read around even a 600mhz phone should be able to run it.

i mean take a look at windows operating systems on PC's for example. they have a recommended requirement spec sheet but a different minimum requirement.. and im sure you can go below that too if you really want. mind you the user experience might not be good. but i assure you the desire HD will get an official ICS update. probably a year after its launch but nevertheless it will get an update

blizzard7  Jul. 9, 2011 at 16:15

Yes the idea of ICS is that it's scalable do even budget phones can run it. I think it's less of a question of whether it can run it and more can HTC be bothered.

matt679  Jul. 9, 2011 at 20:19

HTC aren't exactly known for their willingness to update their phones, isn't the Desire still waiting for it's official 2.3 update? There will undoubtedly be an XDA ICS for the DHD but whether HTC will bother with an official release is another matter. Even if they do, the carriers take ages to release updates usually anyway.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 11, 2011 at 08:01

El Nino, by the way things are looking right now Desire HD will be out of warranty by the time ICS will be available. HTC is very quick with updating their phones, but original Desire hit a brick wall. There is not enough space on device. You can have same problem with Desire HD and Sensation - both have same amount of space.
Look at windows on PC - you can run XP and 7 on old computer, but you need 20GB+ just to install 7.
Would you be interested in ICS with all cool features stripped out?

Sensation is more likely to get updated than Desire HD. However, considering how HTC pumps out new phones both can be lost somewhere on update line up.

koalauk  Jul. 11, 2011 at 18:52

Not bothered as I am just happy with 2.2.1 on it :)

9El9Nino9  Jul. 26, 2011 at 12:28

doesn't matter if the phone is out of warranty, it will still get an update... i don't understand how the two are linked. the desire has issues with memory but an asia test rom has been leaked so that goes to show you they are working on it :P but the problem lies with people thinking new is always better... back in the days who used to update their firmware on their phones? its only been a sharp interest now...
i seriously don't understand what ctpahhik is trying to point. the two comparisons of computer running xp and win 7 with a phone running ICS... the phones hardware will handle it. how can you say that a 1ghz 2nd gen snap dragon wont be able to handle it?HTC will release it but with sense 2.1 that is all.... it'll have a few UI tweaks etc etc...most updates are only known to people running AOSP anyways such as nexus devices.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 26, 2011 at 16:12

The simple fact is that Ice Cream Sandwich may require 1GB of ROM or 1GB or RAM, which neither phone has.
Working on it and having it are two different things.

9El9Nino9  Aug. 5, 2011 at 15:31

Sorry but that is not a fact. so stop trying to state that as a fact.
google have never release requirements before an has always been speculation. so stop trying to turn these rubbish rumours to facts.

svennovdp  Sep. 22, 2011 at 22:20

The htc bliss will get ics AND htc sense 3.5 and the htc bliss is a low end phone. So i think that the dhd gets the update

saititraglamuie  Oct. 23, 2011 at 03:11

:(This is wrong...hmmm..too wrong.They are makeing to many devices,you dont have to enjoy them,Easy mannnnn,easy(HTC,SAMSUNG,SONY,NOKIA..the rest doesen't matter)don t let us behind,we ve payed lot s of money on your products like 7,8,9 months ago and now you make us fell like we are useing like 2,3 years ago products.Keep us on date atleast 1 year,let us enjoy your products.

steviewonder680  Nov. 24, 2011 at 17:10

I really think you underestimate the HD. Mine is running Android 2.3.5 with sense 3.0 and its never performed better. Granted, I use ROM's from XDA, but the phone is alot more capable than you think, when you see what some of these ROM's do. So far my experience of the Sensation has been an extremely terrible battery life, so I wont be upgrading my HD for quite some time.

blizzard7  Nov. 25, 2011 at 10:59

Wow, a Desire HD owner insulting another phone's battery life. Never thought I'd see the day :p

mrspana  Nov. 29, 2011 at 10:21

It's all marketing guys... it doesn't matter if the phone has the specs to run an OS. To put it another way, what phone can run what is a marketing department decision, and not a tech guys decision.

cyphill  Dec. 7, 2011 at 23:58

magnusbl95  Dec. 20, 2011 at 13:03

I really think you underestimate the HD. Mine is running Android 2.3.5 with sense 3.0 and its never performed better. Granted, I use ROM's from XDA, but the phone is alot more capable than you think, when you see what some of these ROM's do. So far my experience of the Sensation has been an extremely terrible battery life, so I wont be upgrading my HD for quite some time.
How did you root your phone?

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 20, 2011 at 16:20

Desire HD instructions are here - recommend to use ROM in this link.

what1  Dec. 22, 2011 at 07:17

I wouldn`t recomend Android Revolution, its laggy, bathog and has ... S... S... S... Sense (man, that was hard to pronounce). Go with BlackICE (

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:05

BlackICE is on more advanced level compared with Revolution.
For anyone trying custom ROM for first time or generally not very experienced with Android, Revolution provided everything in one package that is very similar to original ROM in look and feel.

BlackICE is clean and fast due to lack of necessary applications and widgets. For advanced users it gives lots of choice in customizations, but for casual user it's too much hassle setting up.

For a lot of people flashing Google apps separately is already not an easy thing to do.


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