Wanna find out who's been naughty and nice? HTC's come to town via their Facebook page to announce which of their phones will be getting the Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Here's what they say:
"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 HTC Sensation XE 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."
Hmm... why is it that, when Apple has a minor gaffe like "Location services has a small bug," the press turns it into ridiculous untrue headlines saying things like "Apple's Tracking Everyone in the World!" - but HTC can say things like, "We're abandoning 78% of our installed user base!" and try to spin it as GOOD news? (Fanboy rant mode)
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It's not a completely fair comparison. Apple has it much easier when it comes to testing, deploying and backwards-compability engineering OS updates.
1) They make 1 phone model a year, while I'd estimate that HTC makes 50 models per year or more.
2) Apple makes both make the OS as well as the hardware, and thus have control over the operating system' design and code, which makes for easier compatibility control. Apple and RIM are the only major manufacturers to have the advantage of controlling both their hardware and software ecosystem.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview