No, pigs aren’t flying. HTC and Verizon have actually, finally released the ICS update for the Thunderbolt. Sure, it took longer than it should have, but if you’re still using a Thunderbolt, your wait is over. The 380 MB update packs Sense 3.6 on top of Android 4.0.4, and comes with the standard Ice Cream Sandwich awesomeness we’ve all grown to love, as well as some slight device improvements. Verizon even removed a few bloatware apps with this update. If you’re a Thunderbolt owner, keep checking your notifications to get your hands on this OTA update. Just… don’t ask about Jelly Bean.
Looks like another HTC phone is getting some love from the Android development community. We previously saw a leaked ICS build for the HTC Thunderbolt, and now you can get your hands on a Sense-filled version of ICS for the Droid Incredible 2. This comes thanks to XDA user nitsuj17 for posting a ROM that is allegedly based on another leaked RUU (a stock software package HTC uses on their phones) from HTC. The timing of this leak shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because the Droid Incredible 2 is officially slated to get ICS “by the end of August”.
As I mentioned, the ROM features HTC Sense 3.6 built over Android 4.0 ICS and is mostly stock except for a few tweaks. You can see a full list of the tweaks and alterations after the break.
After many months and countless leaks, the HTC Rezound smartphone is finally getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update with a heavy dose of Sense 3.6. Of course HTC promised the update would be here by the end of July, but hey— better late than never, right? Early reports from XDA indicate the first wave of Rezound owners have gotten the coveted update notification and has since updated their devices. The OTA 3.14.605.12 update comes in at a hefty 299MB in size and will bring the software version. The update will bring all the ICS goodies along with a revamped UI.
If you’re a Rezound owner, feel free to check for the update now. But if you’re not— just sit back and relax as the update will come to you at any point from today.
With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D reportedly receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the EVO Design 4G wasn’t too far behind. Reports from users are flowing in that an OTA (over-the-air) notification is now showing up for EVO Design 4G handsets for an upgrade to ICS. Much like the EVO 3D’s update, you can expect Sense 3.6 and several updates and bug fixes:
- A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
- Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
- Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
- Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
- People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
- Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
- Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
- Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
If you haven’t gotten the notification for the update, you can head on over to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether your update to ICS is ready. Any Design 4G users out there receiving their update to ICS?
source: Android Central
Here we go again with the HTC Desire HD/Desire S ICS update saga. After Telus announced the devices would not get the update, HTC came out with some damage control and said hold your horses— those phones are “still on schedule” to get the update. After some minor deliberation, HTC then revised its stance and wants to do further research in determining the Desire HD/Desire S’s ability to run Android 4.0. Here’s exactly what it had to say on the matter:
“HTC is committed to providing the best customer experience on our devices and are currently determining the ability to support Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD. We’ll provide more information when we’ve completed our analysis.”
To sum everything up: it’s not quite certain as of now that the Desire HD/Desire S will get the ICS update after all. HTC will have to wait and do further research and investigation to see if those devices can indeed handle the current software. The best case scenario— we’re looking at a serious delay of the update, but at least it will be pushed out eventually to owners of the devices. Worst case scenario— HTC determines after its further investigation that the Desire HD/Desire S will not get the update because it deems they are not capable of handling the software.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed HTC will push out the software to owners of those devices.
source: Android Central
Today is a joyous day for owners of the UK version of the HTC Sensation smartphone. We know HTC pledged to unleash the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device, but it was uncertain of when each device would actually receive the update. HTC Sensation smartphones operating under Vodafone UK’s mobile network has gradually begun receiving the Android 4.0 update. Here’s Vodafone’s comments on the exciting update:
“Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow, 29th March.
The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.”
Those of you on the device will now have an added lease on life, thanks to ICS and of course Diet Sense-4.0. Guess that means you guys can stick it to your Samsung Galaxy S II bretheren, right?
HTC Vivid owners on Ma Bell’s network have had a great March haven’t they? HTC started off by highlighting the device would not only be getting Android 4.0, but also Beats Audio. Then owners were able their mitts on the unofficially official update thanks to a crafty Vivid owner. And of course, some AT&T subscribers took matters into their own hands and manually pulled the official update to their devices, even though AT&T stayed mum on whether the update was actually available or not. Well gang, AT&T and HTC have finally let the cat out of the bag and announced the official ICS update is available for the Vivid smartphone.
Users will find a nice listing of features in the update too. In addition to Android 4.0 and
Diet Sense 4.0 Sense 3.6, users will get Beats Audio software built-in (even though AT&T/HTC states it will only work when headphones or external speakers are connected), Facial Unlock, the ability to use Bluetooth mice and keyboards and improved email.
The update should be pushing out to all users now. That means when you get it you will be able to enjoy all of the delicious ICS goodness. If you don’t get it, sit tight folks— it will arrive soon enough.
The HTC One Series of phones is a classic case of good, better, best, with the “best” being the HTC One X, the “good” being the HTC One V, and the HTC One S falling right in the middle. Canadian carrier TELUS is slated to carry the One V, and MobileSyrup scored a hands-on video showcasing the One V and Sense 4.0.
It was thought that since the One V has a slower processor than its brothers, it might get the lighter Sense 3.6, but it’s good to see it will indeed get the full 4.0, and it seems to run pretty smoothly. The video shows that HTC’s ImageSense technology is still in full swing here, with the camera being very responsive and having the ability to take stills while recording 720p video.
No word on a launch date yet, but stay tuned. Check out the video after the break.
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
The HTC Vivid is about to get a little bit better. How much better you ask? Well Vivid owners— you’re looking at a heaping scoop of the newest Android dessert with a side of an enhanced audio experience. That’s right folks— Ice Cream Sandwich and “diet” Sense 4.0 is finally here. But you know of course we’ve been paying close attention and already knew the update was on its way:
“In the coming weeks, HTC Vivid™ customers will be able to enjoy the optimized audio experience through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense™ experience and Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.”
Ehhh, “in the coming weeks” is too vague for some of us and it can sometimes be code for “coming months”. That’s why a crafty Vivid owner was able to grab the actual OTA update and share it with the rest of the Android community. The OTA update has been converted to a flashable file and is now ready for use by other ambitious Vivid owners. A heed of warning though: the file requires a different hboot and there is no known way of getting it back at this time. There has also been a few reports of some bricked and disabled devices as a result of a failed attempt. However– there has been an overwhelming number of success stories. You can find full details at the source link below. If you’re a Vivid owner and are ambitious enough to update your phone. Let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section or in our Forums.
source: XDA Forums
via: Android Central