When HTC provided firm details on which phones would be getting an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Desire HD was included in the list. This was back at the end of May, and the Desire HD was scheduled to see the (then) latest version of Android between now and the end of August.
According to Canadian network Telus, though, this could all have changed. A file showing its own software updates contains a note against the Desire HD, saying “HTC has cancelled the Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing.”
HTC hasn’t confirmed the news yet, but the situation is highly reminiscent of HTC’s problems with the Desire and its 2.3 Gingerbread update. This was a saga which continued for several weeks and began in the same way, with HTC cancelling the update due to performance problems caused by the Sense UI.
Should we be surprised that the Desire HD may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich? Probably not. It’s one of the oldest on HTC update list – it was announced way back in 2010 – but it does have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB RAM, which should be sufficient to run Android 4.0.
HTC and Google also abandoned the similarly specced Nexus One, which stays put on 2.3 Gingerbread.
For now, Desire HD owners should wait to hear official confirmation from HTC before getting too upset, as this news comes from an international network. But if HTC has cancelled ICS for the phone in Canada, it’s likely to do so everywhere else too.