The wait to see whether any members of the HTC EVO family will ever officially get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich is now, at least partially, over. In an announcement made early this morning on its official Facebook page, HTC let the world know that the EVO 3D and the newly released EVO Design 4G will both be getting the latest version of Android in early 2012.
Nothing has been announced about the EVO 4G or the EVO View 4G, but my guess is that neither will be seeing Android 4.0 – at least officially. As much as I hate to say this, it simply doesn't make good business sense for HTC to upgrade a device as old as the EVO 4G. And as far as the View… well, we are still waiting for that promised Honeycomb upgrade. (I stopped holding my breath a long time ago.)
In any case, this is great news for those who have picked up the latest EVO phones, and all it really means for those who refuse to give up the EVO 4G is that you'll just have to wait for a custom ROM to be made. And chances are this will probably happen before HTC's official upgrade.
You can find the full text of HTC's Facebook announcement below.
HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we're thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.[Facebook] Thanks, Chaco, Paul, and Stephen!