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Yet more confusion over Android upgrade

In what appears to be a will they, won’t they sort of story, it now appears that certain HTC handsets are not getting upgraded to Android 4, commonly called Ice Cream Sandwich.

These HTC smartphones include the Salsa, ChaCha, Wildfire S and Explorer.

The Asian manufacturer did release a full upgrade schedule giving an approximate time scale for updates to Android 4, but it appears that the above-mentioned phones are not listed.

A spokesperson for HTC said: “In general, devices with 512MB ROM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.0.”

The spokesperson added: “[This includes] HTC ChaCha, HTC Salsa, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Explorer, and others.”

Further, HTC also remarked that a number of tablets will not be upgraded, but will remain on Android Honeycomb. These include the HTC Flyer.

Commenting on the general situation, the HTC spokesperson commented: “Upgrades are not the same thing as ongoing support. Devices not being upgraded to Android 4.0 will still get software improvements, security fixes, and technical support as needed.”

So it is not all bad news, as they say.

In other news, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 arriving in the UK shortly, the Acer Iconia A510 Olympic Tab is also on its way. If you like tablet devices then this may interest you.

The specifications are similar to the original tablet and include Android 4.0 running a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen, an Nvidia 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and a 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video.

Other features are Dolby Mobile 3+ audio with premium 5.1-channel HD output and microSD storage support up to 32GB.

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