Over the past two months, HTC has been rolling out Android 3.2 updates to the various HTC Flyer models across the globe. The Honeycomb update gives the Flyer a new UI and access to tablet specific apps on the Android Market. Most Android enthusiasts have been ecstatic about the update, but there has been some public outcry from the general public since the update completely changes the UI, removes all home screen customizations that have been made by the users and forces them to live the an HTC Sense which does not really work that well within Honeycomb.
Advanced users who are not pleased with the changes made in the new update can always downgrade to Gingerbread, but what are the options for run-of-the-mill consumers who want to use their devices as the manufacturer intended? According to an HTC customer service rep, those not satisfied with Android 3.2 on the HTC Flyer can send their device in to have HTC revert it back to its out of the box experience or they can simply wait for the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich) which should be avaialble within the next few months.
HTC: or wait for the update to ice cream sandwich.
Bruno: When is the update expected?
HTC: the first quarter of this year.
Since we’re already nearly a full month into Q1, HTC Flyer users should expect to see an Android 4.0 update in less than nine weeks. But I wouldn’t get too excited. A passing reference from an HTC customer service rep is nice, but we’re still waiting for an official annoucnement from HTC. Let’s also not forget that HTC promised a quick update to Honeycomb when the Flyer was originally announced and we all know how that played out.
Based on the tablet’s hardware, we’re expecting to see an official Android 4.0 software upgrade for the HTC Flyer in the first half of the year. Will it come in Q1? You tell us.