After Google and Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Nexus (previously the Nexus Prime) and Ice Cream Sandwich, the Korean stole a march on its smartphone-making rivals, HTC has commented on its plans to launch and upgrade its device to the latest firmware, issuing a cloudy response that states it is “reviewing its features and functionality to determine [its] upgrade plans”. Weird.
As with all the top Android smartphone vendors, HTC loads its custom UI HTC Sense onto the default Android software, providing users with additional widgets, apps and services that build out the functionality of its Android smartphones. With Ice Cream Sandwich delivering a more polished interface and improved feature-set, HTC needs to be sure it can push the update with its custom skin fully featured and without affecting performance across its range of smartphones and tablets.
Engadget shares HTC’s statement:
We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.