HTC firms Ice Cream Sandwich devices

HTC has just published a blog post that, aside from making a cheesy reference to ice cream sandwiches, confirms a list of devices that are guaranteed to eventually be pushed to Android 4.0. The latest version of Google's mobile operating system has a bad track record when it comes to legacy device upgrades, but manufacturers are nevertheless steaming ahead.

HTC said that it is in the "early stages of rolling out Android 4.0" for the HTC Sensation and the HTC Sensation XE. It promised that "upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks." The company stressed that upgrades are also reliant on carriers, and a lot of the update scheduling has to go through them, so nailing down timelines is difficult.

The hope is that HTC's update process will go much more smoothly than the manufacturers before it. The Nexus S phone and the Transformer Prime tablet both had horrendous experiences that caused early upgraders to see their devices freeze and crash, with the updates quickly pulled thereafter. The complete list of HTC devices confirmed for upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich are:

* HTC Amaze 4G

* HTC Desire S

* HTC Desire HD


* HTC EVO Design 4G

* HTC Incredible S

* HTC Sensation

* HTC Sensation XL

* HTC Sensation 4G

* HTC Sensation XE

* HTC Raider

* HTC Rezound

* HTC Rhyme

* HTC Thunderbolt

* HTC Vivid