Saturday, July 28, 2012

The HTC Desire HD got beaned by Jelly Bean



We wrote about the official cancellation of by HTC of its Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwhich (ICS), update for its 2010 flagship  phone, the HTC Desire HD. The HTC Desire HD was released on October 2010. The official reason given for the cancellation was:

*After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers. (Source: HTC Blog)

Four month can make a world of difference. HTC was rather vague on why it decided not to update the HTC Desire HD. Looking at the HTC Desire HD this is some of the basic details of the phone:

  • 1GHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8225 chipset
  • Adreno 205 graphics
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 1.5 GB ROM
  • Released October 2010

After announcing the cancellation of the ICS update for the HTC Desire HD, HTC started rolling out ICS for the HTC Incredible S.

  • 1GHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8225 chipset
  • Adreno 205 graphics
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 1.5 GB ROM
  • Released February  2011

It would seem the main reason for cancelling the HTC Desire HD's update is that it was released four month earlier than the HTC Incredible S.

Beaned by Jelly Bean. HTC started updating its phones to ICS in March 2012, four month after the released of the new operating system. It planned to roll out ICS to several phones between March to August 2012. HTC probably expected the next version of Android to come out on October or November 2012 with the launch of a new Nexus phone.

Than something surprising happened. In the end of June 2012, Google announced its Nexus 7 tablet which shipped with Android 4.1. HTC would need to get Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on its current phones as soon as possible to help their sales, especially considering HTC sales are down considerably from 2011 figures. HTC announced that the HTC One X, XL and S would be getting updated to Jelly Bean. 

The OTA update for the HTC Incredible S is being rolled out as I write this, and the HTC will probably start rolling out the update for the Desire S in August 2012. It looks like the real reason for the cancellation of the HTC Desire HD update is because HTC has to move on to working on Jelly Bean updates for the HTC One X, XL and S. HTC cannot say that publicly, hence the rather vague and odd reason for the cancellation of the HTC Desire HD ICS update.

5 comments:

  1. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1778202

    desire hd runs jellybean - the problem is htc needs to hire more devs and not be cheap

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  2. as anyone who has spoken to HTC will know, they may not understand updates, BUT they do understand PREVARICATION.

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