As you’d expect, there’s been a fair bit of backlash following the announcement, and HTC has come clean with a “further explanation”.
There were claims that HTC was simply being lazy. After all, the low-end HTC Desire C and the remarkably similar Thunderbolt (the latter essentially being the US Desire HD) are capable of handling Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, HTC says it’s all to do with user data. See, in order to upgrade the HTC Desire HD to Ice Cream Sandwich, device storage would have to be partitioned, and resultantly some user data would be overwritten.
HTC says: “While technically advanced [HTC Desire HD] users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not.”
Furthermore, some features and functionality “that customers are currently using” would be lost.
Still not satisfied? How about, er, “other technical limitations”?
In any case, no Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Desire HD. Having said that, this is starting to sound awfully like the HTC Desire Gingerbread (Android 2.3) fiasco, wherein users could manually upgrade at their own risk. Might we see a repeat here?
via: HTC blog