For shame, HTC! Once promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC Desire HD received an update from HTC alright—just not the one everyone was expecting. On their blog, HTC has announced that they believe Desire HD users are better off without ICS. They state:
After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.
After a collective sigh, the DHD community has taken to action to get the update released despite HTC’s “extensive testing.” XDA Senior Member max63094 has started a petition. The goal is actually not to get an official ICS with Sense update, but rather something similar to what was done with the HTC Desire. Reportedly, the HTC Desire couldn’t handle Gingerbread with Sense on top of it, so HTC released a pure Gingerbread RUU, complete with source code release for the Desire. Desire HD users are looking for, at minimum, the same deal, as ROMs developed by the community have shown that the Desire HD can actually handle ICS quite well. As such, the petition is worded:
Now anyone over at XDA knows this is not true, ICS runs great on our phone plus it is also a better experience. Now this petition is to get HTC to release ICS for us, if they do not want to give us Sense, then they could do at least what they did for the HTC Desire, and release a pure Android on the HTCDev.com With the HTC Desire, they released a RUU because the phone could not handle sense with gingerbread, so they released a pure Android, and now they need to AT
LEAST do that for the Desire HD with ICS.
Nothing unreasonable, right? At the start of the petition, the goal was around 2000 signatures. The petition, at the time of this writing, has 4000+ signatures, so Desire HD users are really coming out and letting HTC know what they think. Of course, you don’t need to own a Desire HD to sign it. The satisfaction of knowing you’re helping correct an injustice is enough. One would think HTC would have learned by now. Maybe they just love receiving angry feedback from customers.
For more information on the petition, you can head over to the petition thread. Alternatively, you can head straight to the petition and sign it.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member Ditti4 for the original tip and the 25 other XDA and Twitter users for the encouragement!]