Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, and anyone else who may happen to be using an Android-powered HTC smartphone, good times are coming, well, for some of you that is, as HTC have begun rolling out their Ice Cream Sandwich update to a very select few devices, with a larger device set to be included in the near future. The latest major release of the mobile operating system, Android 4.0, has been knocking around the smartphone scene since October 2011, but has so far only managed to make its way onto a very select number of devices due to various and unnecessarily complicated reasons.

We had been hearing some chatter around the mobile scene that Samsung were about to push out their own update to Android 4.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S II device, which was confirmed yesterday as the Korean company flipped the switch, bringing Ice Cream Sandwich initially to S II owners in Korea, Sweden, Poland and Hungary. The update process will be made available to additional countries as time progresses, which is a similar situation to what we are seeing with this HTC announcement.

In an official statement on their blog, HTC Global Community Manager Darren Krape has let users know that the company is currently only in the early stages of this Android 4.0 process, meaning that only a few users with select handsets will initially begin to see the update appearing on their device:

We’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.

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As you can see, the lucky Sensation and Sensation XE owners will be the first to benefit from all of the upgraded goodness that Ice Cream Sandwich brings, with Sensation 4G and Sensation XL users likely to be next in line. If you are the proud owner of an HTC handset that isn’t mentioned above, worry not, as the chances are you haven’t been forgotten at all. HTC are looking to push updates to further fourteen smartphones, all of which are confirmed to be getting the ICS treatment:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

Most Android owners have been waiting patiently since quarter 4 of 2011 to get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich, so a few more weeks shouldn’t make a great deal of difference if your device is listed above. Users should be aware that the HTC schedule isn’t the only thing that is important as some networks will also need to approve the update and put it through testing to ensure that it doesn’t conflict with their own in-house software, so be prepared to wait a little longer.

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