Following on from the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, HTC has now chipped in with what its plans are moving forwards. Of course, Samsung managed to score the lead by getting the Galaxy Nexus deal but this doesn’t mean that ICS will only appear on Samsung devices.
The statement from HTC isn’t as clear as it should be but to summarise it they are saying that they are looking at the best way forwards although they don’t commit to actually saying they will move to Android 4.0 and they also don’t say how Sense will be involved given the fact that 4.0 has a lot of Sense functions built in to the UI now.
We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.
HTC of course wants to change the way Android functions by adding the Sense overlay to the UI, but if that is becoming less of a need then will they switch to just a plain Android experience? They might have to which means they also might not move to Android 4.0. Hopefully they will and some of the top HTC smartphones will get the much needed update.