HTC’s latest Android 4.0 device update list is Google’s signal to retake control of the OS in time for Jelly Bean

Google Android BikesHTC has published a complete list of all its phones that will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with approximate timings, and a projected completion date of late August.

If this had been published six months ago, with an end of January finish date, it would have been acceptable; but instead some devices will still be waiting for Android 4.0 when Android 5.0 has been announced.

According to the list, owners of the Amaze 4G, Evo 4G+, Velocity, Vivid, Sensation, Sensation 4G, Sensation XL and Sensation XE all should be running Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of June, if they’re not already.

Then, before the end of July, the Desire S, the Evo 3D, Evo Design 4G, Incredible S, Rezound and Rhyme will join them. Bringing up the rear is the Thunderbolt, Desire HD and the Droid Incredible 2, all of which should have the update by the end of August.

All of these approximate dates should then have 45 days added to them, as according to HTC, that’s how long it’ll take the networks to test and approve the new software.

A long time coming

Here are some dates for you, as it has been a while so the exact amount of time this has taken may have slipped your mind. Android 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus were announced on October 19, and HTC first started talking about updates just a few weeks later.

We can call that seven months ago, and the worst case scenario is that phones such as the Thunderbolt may still be waiting for Android 4.0 in September 2012, nearly a year afterwards.

HTC’s not the only one, as Motorola released a similar list a few days ago, and the majority of eligible devices can expect an update between July and September. Sony and Samsung haven’t done much better, but at least the Galaxy S2 saga is almost at an end.

Jelly Bean and the new Google Store

In just over a month’s time the doors to the annual Google I/O conference will open, so we’ll probably get our first look at Jelly Bean, the codename for the next version of Android, and the cycle will start all over again.

But if the rumors of a Google store with a collection of Nexus devices for sale pan out, the misery of waiting for software updates may be about to end, and the company could be preparing to start afresh.

The prospect of a new Google store with, for example, three phones at different price points and two tablets with different screen sizes, all running Jelly Bean and all with guaranteed updates for the foreseeable future, is a tempting possibility.

It could be Google’s chance to retake control of Android, embrace its fans, and leave those who don’t care about software updates to happily enjoy their manufacturer user interfaces.

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