Google may have released Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) already, but HTC Flyer owners are only now getting Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). Android Central, and other sources, are reporting that users of the Wi-Fi version of the Flyer have begun receiving the update to Honeycomb. Those who own the Sprint version, known as the Evo View 4G, should have gotten the update in December.
For a little history, the HTC Flyer went on sale in May 2011, but because it’s 7-inch form-factor was not yet supported by Google’s tablet-specific Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), it came loaded with a modified version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which was intended for phones only. When Google finally began supporting smaller screen sizes with its Android 3.2 update in late summer, HTC presumably began working to migrate the Flyer to the new OS. Unfortunately, like many HTC devices running the HTC Sense user interface layered on top of Android, it has taken months and months for the update to arrive.
Currently, HTC has not listed the Flyer as one of the devices that will receive an Android 4.0 update in the near future. Due to its lack of any standout sales success, we presume that it will never get the update, as it may be more trouble to HTC than it’s worth. But hey, Flyer owners at least you are getting Honeycomb. It’s better than nothing…maybe. We will try out the update when it’s available for our Flyer.