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HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board

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HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
The guys at the XDA Developers forum are at it again! This time, the army of code-crunching experts has come up with an Android Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the HTC Sensation. The ROM is built using Android 4.0.1 and comes with the HTC Sense 3.5 custom interface installed on top.

Judging by what the guys are posting in the forum thread, the ROM still needs some work, but it is in a usable state. The most prominent issue appears to be the lengthy boot time once you fire up the device for the first time, but a battery pull can fix that for good. Those who have done a little more tinkering with the software and enabled hardware GPU acceleration are saying that the ROM is silky smooth.

What we need to point out, however, is that while the custom ROM packs HTC Sense 3.5, the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation most likely won't. Instead, we bet that the smartphone will get Sense 4.0, and what that will look like is still a mystery. An official ICS ROM for the Sensation is expected to roll out in early 2012.

If you want to give the ROM a try, feel free to visit the forum thread at XDA Developers for more information. Also, it would be a great idea to back-up your data in advance, as flashing custom ROMs always carries the risk of ending up with a bricked smartphone.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board

HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board
HTC Sensation gets an unofficial Android Ice Cream Sandwich port with Sense 3.5 on board

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posted on 22 Dec 2011, 03:47

1. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


In b4 people dont read the article and start slating htc

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 03:51

2. dacs3266 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Jan 2011)


tried one with my htc sensation XE.. still have some issues but it looks great especially with sense 3.5 on top..

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 04:29

3. savien808 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I wonder what the official update will look like?

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 08:10

4. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i read elsewhere that this was a leak of a ''official'' early htc build just like how we recently saw a leaked version if the s2 with touchwiz and ics.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 08:36

5. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


2 Degrees! I'm suprised that phone works at all!

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 09:40 3

6. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Take that HTC sense 3.5 off, I hate it. Ice cream sandwich is better without it. Then ill download it and install it. It's just me.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 11:55

7. Jon.916 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


It's pretty good. I have been waiting for ICS for my Sensation, and it's finally here. The multi-tasking is my favorite addition, with larger windows that display the app, not just the icon. The movie studio is also killer. Browsing speed is fantastic, and the UI is user friendly. Still a little laggy with some app launches, and the touch screen has some issues, but for an early build, I'm impressed.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 14:00

8. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I can't wait to have an ICS rom for my 3D, hopefully soon. And if you have this on your Sensation, would you throw up a quick video on Youtube with an overview of the differences between vanilla ICS and this Sense 3.5 ICS

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 22:22

9. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 300; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


idk... sense just lost it for me once i found about LauncherPro and Go Launcher ex.. even more when i started playing with Cyanogenmod and MIUI... that is a very sexy lockscreen though..

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