HTC is doing its best to make owners of its smartphones happy, so it’s provided an updated list of devices that will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. In addition to previously announced devices such as the Rezound, Vivid and EVO 3D getting Android 4.0 and an updated version of the Sense UI, HTC took some time on its blog to add some new devices (some of which will make you jump for joy):
- DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Incredible S
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation 4G
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Raider
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Thunderbolt
- HTC Vivid
Devices such as the Incredible 2, Raider and especially the Thunderbolt are especially pleasant surprises. In addition to the new additions to the upgrade list, HTC has also announced it is in the early stages for releasing the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. It also added the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL updates will follow shortly after. Please keep in mind as with most global updates, it will take time for it to reach your country and carrier, so if you don’t receive it right away, just be patient and know it’s on its way. If you do get the update, please let us know how it works out for you.
source: HTC Blog
HTC Sensation owners in Nordic Countries and Sensation XE owners in Germany are reporting the receipt of an OTA update that isn’t just some bug fixer. That’s right, it appears Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived. The 297mb update brings you to build number 3.32.401.5 and includes Sense 3.6. Since there’s no changelog, the question is whether this is an accidental push or not.
We’ve already heard plans for a white HTC Sensation to launch in parts of Europe next mont, but now it appears that the larger version, the white Sensation XE, will be heading to the UK as well. UK retailer Clove will begin selling the SIM-free, alabaster XE from February 20, for £408 ($640) .
In case you had forgotten, the HTC Sensation XE comes equipped with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor (compared to the Sensations 1.2), a larger 1730mAh battery, a 4.3 qHD display, and an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. Beats Audio has been integrated into the device and it comes with a pair of in-ear Beats Audio headphones. HTC has also mentioned that the XE will be getting the Android 4.0 update sometime in the coming months as well. Currently the device is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
If you are in the UK and are looking to purchase a new dual-core Android phone, I must say this device isn’t a bad choice. One thing to keep in mind though, if you’re the type of person who always wants the latest and greatest I suggest waiting to see what HTC has up their sleeves for Mobile World Congress at the end of this month. Stay tuned as we will be giving a full report as the event unfolds.
HTC made a statement yesterday via Facebook on their intentions for the Ice Cream Sandwich update. A lot of us were wondering what HTC was going to do since Sense will pose a big challenge. If HTC can delivery ICS to these eight devices by early 2012, that would be remarkable. HTC is a dedicated company so I wouldn’t be surprised, and from the title of the post, they are leading us to believe this is just the beginning.
Our first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) updates for HTC handsets
HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.
Earlier this month we heard about the HTC Sensation XE, and now it’s official. The Sensation XE will be the first phone to feature Beats Audio technology, which will give studio quality audio. It is not all about Beats as the Sensation XE gets a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an extended battery.
“Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. “The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.”
The Beats Audio experience is a combination of software and hardware that allows you to hear music the way the artist intended. The handset automatically switches to the bespoke Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile when you use the exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones.
HTC announced availability across EMEA and Asia Pacific from late September, but we have already know that Clove will begin to ship the Sensation XE on October 7th for £492 ($777) inc.VAT. Pre-orders will be accepted later today.
Full press release after the break: