Google Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 For HTC Phones Releasing in 2012

Android Ice Cream SandwichHTC Android phone owners will have to wait until early 2012 for the OS upgrade to Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. The purpose of this upgrade is to close the gap between a smartphone and a tablet. As of now, the two of them run on different versions of operating systems (OS).

On HTC’s facebook page they noted:

“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.”

HTC also reported:

“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.”

The Google Android update will be available to the HTC current top of the line smartphones, but that’s bad news for older HTC smart phone owners as those phones can’t handle the upgrade.

The first phone to run on Android 4.0 will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which will be on sale later in the month of November and will debut on Verizon network. The Samsung Galaxy will have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a huge 4.65-inch curved glass display, and NFC capabilities.

The Android 4.0 OS system will offer Android Beam which is one of the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich. It uses NFC (Near-Field Communications) technology to share Web pages, YouTube videos, maps, directions and apps all by tapping two phones together to share. Ice Cream Sandwich by Google also created a new font optimized for HD displays and eliminated all hardware buttons in favor of adaptable software buttons. They improved the keyboard and made notifications more interactive, also created re-sizable widgets.

Sprint confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich will be available in early 2012 for their devices. While Motorola confirmed that their smartphones will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update from Google six weeks after Google’s official release. Still no updates from LG or Sony as of yet.

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