August 11, 2012

HTC One X Receives Android ICS Upgrade; Other Devices To Follow

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

HTC One X smartphones began receiving updates upgrading their operating system to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.04 (ICS) on Friday, while the Taiwanese telecom company promised that upgrades to other devices and more recent software were still in the works.

According to Ben Woods of ZDNet, an HTC spokesman confirmed that the ICS upgrade would begin Friday in the UK, and that the release in other regions would vary. The company also told Mat Smith of Engadget that the international version of the OS was releasing on Friday, and that AT&T phones had been receiving it as of Friday morning.

"The primary update will include an upgrade to Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), in addition to an improved Sense experience which will enable the ability to map menu functions to the 'recent app' key -- improving visual presentation in non-ICS apps like Facebook -- and improve tab management in the browser with a dedicated tab-switching button," HTC said in a statement, according to Woods.

They also added that other enhancements included in the update would include continuous auto-focus mode for the camera, improved white balance, and unidentified tweaks to the phone's Beats Audio software. Furthermore, HTC representatives confirmed to Woods that there will still plans to upgrade the HTC One X, the HTC One XL, and the HTC One S to the Jelly Bean 4.1 update.

The HTC One X isn't the only device the company plans to upgrade to ICS, though, according to Android Police's Eric Ravenscraft and PC Mag's Stephanie Mlot, who report that the company confirmed plans to roll out the upgrade to other phones in a response to a user question posted via their Facebook page.

Their social networking account revealed that devices still waiting for Android 4.0 upgrades, including the Droid Incredible 2, HTC Desire S, EVO 4G+, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Velocity handsets, would receive them by the end of the month, Mlot and Ravenscraft report. The news contradicts rumors that plans to upgrade the Thunderbolt to ICS had been cancelled, Android Police added.

"It's nice to see HTC giving some indication of when users can expect updates," Ravenscraft said. "Still, these former flagships are only making it to last year's version of Android nearly ten months after its release. Hopefully Google's new Platform Development Kit will help speed things along. Not to mention the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich was reportedly a huge difference from previous versions. Perhaps future rollouts won't take quite so long."