We should emphasize right from the get-go that just because HTC says updates will be finalized before the end of August, that doesn’t mean that’s when the carriers will start pushing them out. HTC’s comment came in response to an inquiry regarding a possible Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt update on their Facebook page:
Yes, The Thunderbolt is still set to receive ICS. We’re still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. Thanks for remaining so patient!
So, while that’s great news, the notion that the carriers can still take days, weeks, or months to sign-off and actually begin the roll-out of these updates has us containing our enthusiasm. Still, we’re happy to hear that HTC is making progress and not leaving every handset behind.