Android Ice Cream Sandwich heads to Evo 3D

Posted by Mark Raby

The first autostereoscopic 3D phone to be released in the US is getting its long-awaited Android update.

The newest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is being rolled out to the HTC Evo 3D.

Specifically, it's Android version 4.0.3 that is being pushed to the phone, which is the most recent version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

This only applies to unlocked versions of the device, meaning those who have an Evo 3D tied to Sprint are not eligible for this upgrade, but hopefully this is a sign that the update is coming to those users soon.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering a decent amount of active Android devices, despite having a slow initial rollout in the early part of the year.

Google sees Android 4.0 as a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.