Is it me, or did google just obsolete my 1-year-old HTC Desire?
Google let us know today that they're finally releasing Chrome for the Android platform, albeit only for Android 4.0:
Today, we're introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you’ve come to love about Chrome to your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet.
Infamous Google fanboy Thom Holwerda claims that Chrome will replace the default Android browser, Browser.
All well and good, considering the utter crappiness of the current default browser. But
Good news, HTC Sensation owners – you're first on the list for an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. But HTC also added more phones to its ICS upgrade roadmap. Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD," the company added. "Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks."
Notice that the HTC Desire is not on that list. In the year that I've been using this Android phone, I've been able to upgrade from Android 2.2 to 2.3 by means of a Jailbreak. I've never updated it otherwise, nor been prompted to do so by the operating system. In that time, Android has moved to 3.0 and then to 4.0 now with Ice Cream Sandwich.
In contrast, my 4 year old iPod Touch has been updated all the way to iOS 5.something. Most of the really good features aren't available, sadly. Apple decided not to enable multitasking on hardware that old. Also, over-the-wire syncing is not available. Nevertheless, I've got the most recent browser and (I assume) all relevant security updates.
The HTC Desire will never move forward, I guess. It will always be stuck in 2010. So much for "open".blog comments powered by Disqus