HTC’s 2010 droid, the Desire HD will be stuck with Gingerbread forever, apparently. This is a major setback for the owners of the smartphone, who were keen on the update ever since HTC made the roll out schedule public. However, this doesn’t come as a surprise given that the device is almost 2 years old now and we’ve seen newer devices stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or even lower. According to Telus, the Canadian carrier, HTC has cancelled the update for the Desire HD due to performance related issues. “HTC has [canceled] the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing” – the carrier said.
While this doesn’t speak for all the carriers around the world, I don’t think the issues will be any better with others. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it’s pretty much end of the road for the Desire HD. The smartphone was a beast for its time with the 4.3-inch display and 1 GHz CPU along with 768 MB of RAM as well. Considering the kind of hardware that’s under the hood, it seems rather odd that the device would have performance issues. Regardless, HTC has made the call and users will have to settle with what they have right now. The Desire HD was provided with a new version of the Sense UI late last year, so it’s not that HTC has failed to support the device. The only disappointment for the users is that HTC has taken a U turn on its upgrade roll out promise. It’s however good that HTC has taken performance reports into consideration, as making the update available without it being functional wouldn’t be something that the users would like.
Smartphones like the HTC Incredible S have already received ICS, which runs more or less the same hardware. Both the devices came out with Android 2.2 Froyo and received the Gingerbread update in mid-2011. So the whole performance testing thing hardly makes any sense. Telus has made a PDF file available online which shows the company’s roll out plans for devices like Optimus LTE, Galaxy Tab series, Galaxy Note, Lumia 800 etc. So make sure to check it out if you come under Telus’ umbrella.