When it came to releasing details about its plans of upgrading its handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC was a bit late in announcing its ICS update schedule. While other manufacturers such as Samsung has already released its ICS update schedule as early as late last year, it was only last May that HTC managed to release the list of its smartphones that will get the upgrade to the latest iteration of the Google mobile operating system – a list that included the HTC EVO 3D.
Back then, HTC confirmed that the HTC EVO 3D will get the much-awaited ICS update either in June or July. As such, the manufacturer was able to keep its word of giving the handset its tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich because the ICS update for the HTC EVO 3D has finally hit the airwaves. Though this might come as great news to users of the handset, only those in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region will actually get to take advantage of this.
Again, the ICS update for the HTC EVO 3D in the EMEA region is being rolled out via the usual OTA manner so users in the area are bound to get a notification letting them know about the update’s availability in their handsets. If you happen to live in the EMEA region and can’t wait for the notification to come up, you always have the option of manually checking for the update. The whole update is said to weigh in at approximately 300 MB and will also bring to the handset HTC Sense 3.6, HTC’s streamlined version of Sense 4.0 which can only be found in its One series of smartphones.
Meanwhile, users of the Sprint version of the HTC EVO 3D are already asking as to when they can expect the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their version of their handset. Unfortunately and as is always the case for carrier-branded versions of any smartphone, there is still no definite date as to when the Sprint HTC EVO 3D will get its Android 4.0 refresh. This is due to the fact that although the Sprint version of the handset is aesthetically similar to the international version of the HTC EVO 3D, its internals is altogether different. In addition to that, Sprint has as much say as HTC in terms of the ICS release schedule so Sprint subscribers have to wait a little longer.
As for the HTC EVO 3D, the handset packs a QualComm MSM8660 SnapDragon chipset under the hood and this SoC gives the smartphone a dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor and 1GB of RAM. It only has 1GB of internal memory but since the handset has a microSD card slot for memory expansion, its meager onboard storage shouldn’t be an issue at all. The standout feature of the HTC EVO 3D though is its glasses-free 3D-capable 4.3-inch LCD display with its qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Its camera department on the other hand is composed of a 5MP rear shooter capable of coming up with stereoscopic images at 2MP and recording 3D videos of 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Its front-facing camera on the other hand has a sensor resolution of 1.3MP and enables a user to enjoy video calls and snap self-portraits.