According to users on Whirlpool, Telstra has finally started rolling out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to the HTC Velocity 4G. The highly anticipated ICS rollout comes about two months after the phone's launch back in January, just making it within their self-imposed update deadline.
Telstra's website still lists the status as currently in testing, but the 210MB download appears to have been made available yesterday afternoon, with a number of users reporting successful installation of the OTA update. The ICS update also bumps up HTC's custom UI skin to Sense 3.6.
We're pleased to see that Telstra has kept its promise with regards to firmware release schedules — a positive sign that carriers are hearing our pleas to prioritise these critical updates. If you've already gone ahead and installed the update, let us know of your experience in the comments below.
Video: Whirlpool user Demoman
Update (4.30pm): See below for Telstra's official word on the release.
HTC announced today an ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) software update available for the HTC Velocity 4G – Australia's first 4G smartphone. This software update will be delivered via FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) commencing today.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the latest version of the Android platform that builds on the things people love most about the HTC Velocity 4G - easy multitasking, rich notifications, customisable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep, fast interactivity. Together with HTC Sense 3.6 which introduces the ICS browser and HTC Sense improvements such as auto text reflow and performance optimisation, additional integration to weather and Facebook in the HTC calendar app, and more screen styles, HTC Velocity 4G delivers an even faster and richer mobile experience.