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HTC Rezound ICS update joy, Jelly Bean unlikely

We have a much needed update for those of you still rocking a HTC Rezound. If you have been waiting patiently and haven’t been tempted by a custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, you’ll be pleased to hear that HTC has recently been quoted as saying that the long awaited official update to ICS will be happening by the end of the month.

Unfortunately, the HTC Rezound appears to be another of Verizon’s newish smartphones that have fallen under the misleading practice of the ‘promised ICS update’. Many consumers who purchased the Rezound at launch back in November last year were under the impression that ICS was already being prepared and would be available during the early stages of 2012.

Skip forward nine months and there’s still no official update in sight. Whether this is down to HTC or solely due to Verizon remains up for debate, but we do have some pleasing information to give you at last. HTC recently replied to a customer email, specifically informing him that the official update to Ice Cream Sandwich will be happening towards the end of this month.

The email also said that final rollouts will take place in August and to be aware of localization barriers that may stop the update from reaching everyone at the same time. Hopefully, we will now start to see evidence of soak tests beginning and official rollouts taking place, as we’re now heading towards mid July – not long to go at all.

While it is obviously pleasing that the update is still coming, do you think it is unacceptable that the device is still on Gingerbread, nine months after release? How many of you would have still picked up the Rezound, knowing you would have to wait this long for the first major update – not many we suspect.

Given the long delay for Android 4.0 to release for the Rezound, it’s probably safe to say that the chances of the device getting an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is slim to none. We would like to see a stop to these ‘promised updates’ to future updates during launch, as it must be very frustrating for those who purchased their smartphone with only that incentive of a swift update in mind.

If you have a Rezound right now, let us know your thoughts on the nine month wait for Ice Cream Sandwich. Do you place the blame at Verizon or HTC?

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