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HTC "Desire HD upgraded to Android ICS for allocation of memory"


HTC officially exposes the reasons which led it to decide not to update the Desire HD Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although to be explained in some detail the way also because of this decision, it is still a big question mark on what HTC could and (perhaps) did not "want" to do. Before making any consideration, read the official press release from HTC about:

For further clarification, because of how the memory and partitioned the HTC Desire HD – and a greater weight of Android 4.0 – would have required a breakdown of the device's memory that would have overwritten user data as soon as you would install this update . While some users more technically skilled could find this acceptable solution, the majority of consumers would not have done. We also considered to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this had no impact on functionality and features that consumers currently use. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations that have negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe that an update should continue to improve the user experience and we rely on these criteria when we evaluate carefully each update. Although we understand the disappointment this decision, we believe that the negative impact on the user experience would be too great. We recognize the change from our previous statements about the update and for this we are truly sorry.

In essence, HTC Desire HD could not get the update to Android 4.0 ICS because his memory had to be repartitioned due to the excessive size of the update. In fact, the Desire HD has 1.5 GB of internal memory, which is seen as a memory for installing applications, but it also has 512 MB of ROM memory and in which the only operating system installed.

So HTC speaks precisely of that statement, which would be too small to Android 4.0 ICS and the new Sense, so as to bring the company's engineers to consider a repartitioning with the internal memory of 1.5 GB. Basically, HTC would extend the memory of 512 MB precisely thanks to the internal memory of 1.5 GB. In this way you would have gotten enough space to install the update.

The drawback of this procedure, as recalled by HTC, and the loss of user data (applications, application data, text, dictionary etc …). The Taiwanese company has also tried to reduce the size of the update but this has a negative impact on the user experience with Android ICS which was lower than that with Android Gingerbread.

Unfortunately, these are the facts. The only drawback yet to be clarified is this: how does the factory image for Galaxy Nexus Android ICS to weigh around 150 MB that they would be perfectly in a ROM memory of 512 MB, while the update for Desire HD exceed at least 3 or 4 times this size? Blame the customization of HTC, of course, but users of the Desire HD will now be forced to flash ROM with Android ICS unofficial order to update your device.


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