Phone maker HTC has announced some good news for folks who have been hoping to upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich): updates will be coming soon to 16 of the company’s popular recent handsets. Devices scheduled for Android 4.0 ICS upgrades include the Sensation 4G, EVO 3D, Sensation 4G, and Incredible 2. The Rezound and Rhyme will also get the update, along with members of HTC’s Desire series.

HTC hasn’t laid out a definitive timelines for when updates will be available, but says updates are already being distributed to carriers for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE, with the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL expected to follow in the next few weeks. Once HTC gets updates to carriers, though, it’s out of their hands: carriers will have to make their own decisions about when and how to best upgrade customers’ phones.

“We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon,” HTC’s Darren Krape noted in a blog post.

The official word on Android 4.0 ICS upgrades for HTC phones comes some five months after Google formally released Android 4.0 in October, 2011. The word of broad support for ICS may come as a relief to many phone owners: HTC disappointed many last year with a botched upgrade to Android Gingerbread, first promising Desire phones would be upgradeable, then backtracking and releasing a limited edition upgrade as new ROM to limited markets.

That said, the industry as a whole has been slow to roll out ICS upgrades to devices, particularly in the U.S. market. Motorola has indicated ICS upgrades will be available for some of its handsets in overseas markets by June, and rival Samsung just started rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II smartphone. For many Android fans, the best way to get their hands on ICS has been to buy a new device.

Here’s the full list of HTC handsets confirmed to be getting Android 4.0 upgrades:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid