One of the biggest issues that still plagues Android is related to updates and the amount of time it takes from when Google actually launches a new OS version on the Nexus devices until it reaches the other gadgets out there. This is simply because of the sheer number of manufacturers pushing out devices almost on a monthly basis, while at the same time having these devices spread out across a huge array of networks/carriers. The HTC Desire HD seems to be one of those victims that will not taste Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Officially!
HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4 ICS)
Thanks to the fine folks over at XDA Developers, we now have a ROM that was built from the ICS update for the HTC Incredible S. They took the Android 4.0.4 update and after some alterations it’s now ready to run on your HTC Desire HD as well. To give it an extra sound of bad-ass, the ROM is called Blackout ICS Incredible and will bring your HTC Desire HD up to date.
We first heard about the Desire HD receiving Android 4 ICS back in February, but since then its situation went from bad to worse. The HTC Desire HD seemed to be experiencing some problems with the update, HTC announcing delays, initially. After a few days we had the official word and the Android 4 ICS update for the HTC Desire HD got dumped altogether.
This update (actually it’s a ROM but you get the point) however, will not succumb to any such issues. If you are somewhat knowledgeable with your device, then the Android 4 ICS update for the Desire HD can quickly be flashed using the steps described in the official BlackOut ICS Incredible thread on XDA Developers. There are always risks, but officially, the Desire HD will not get Android 4.0.
The update will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to your device along with HTC’s Sense UI 3.6. Not only that, but thanks to some modifications brought to the kernel, you can even overclock your Desire HD, just to squeeze that extra bit of power. Let us know if you flashed it and how it worked out for you!
Thanks XDA for letting us know about the unofficial HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.