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Official: HTC Desire HD won’t be seeing Android 4.0

HTC Desire HD is a good phone. Launched back in 2010, it was sold in good numbers. The smartphone has an aluminum unibody design. It comes loaded with a big 4.3-inch gorilla glass WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera (can record 720p video) and support for HSPA/W-CDMA and quad-bandGSM/GPRS/EDGE. A 1 GHz Qualcomm 8255Snapdragon processor runs the show. The only downside is that the device is still running Android 2.3.5 (ginger bread) with HTC Sense. With that kind of hardware, it should be capable of running ICS, but it seems like end of the road for this device.

Last week, there was a major confusion between customers and Telus when the Canadian carrier reportedly claimed that HTC had cancelled the update for HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. On contacting HTC regarding the issue, all they said was that the updates for the Desire HD, and similarly spec’d Desire S, were still on the table.

“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”

Telus on the other hand maintained the point that they were informed by HTC stating that they won’t be updating Desire HD with Android 4.0. Now, HTC has finally come forward and has declared officially that they won’t be upgrading Desire HD with Ice Cream Sandwich as the current Android 2.3 along with Sense 3 overlay gives the best possible experience on the particular hardware set. Here’s what HTC had to say:

“After extensive testing, HTC has 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.”

This news could be a bad news for owners of the Desire S and Thunderbolt, which carry almost same internals, and are also expecting ICS upgrade in the near future. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that the device’s fate is sealed. There are a lot of unofficial ICS ROMs available for the device, in fact there are few Jelly Bean ROMs tailored by the community of developers for Desire HD, so those who would like to get their hands dirty by flashing won’t be out of options.