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HTC to bring Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Sensation, Rezound, EVO 3D and more

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HTC to bring Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Sensation, Rezound, EVO 3D and more
Since the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, most of the big boys on the Android scene have already shared their plans regarding which of their devices are to be treated to a tasty update in the near future. We have even compiled a full list of smartphones and tablets that will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, and the list is growing at a steady pace. However, one major company, namely HTC, is keeping its fans on pins and needles as it has been pretty silent on the matter, and the highly-acclaimed HTC Sense user interface, or more specifically the way it would fit on top of the platform's new look, is known to be the reason for the delay.


Well, the wait is now finally over and the first batch of HTC smartphones that will be upgraded to ICS is already known. Here is what the manufacturer announced on its official Facebook page:

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. 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.

*US handsets


So, there you go – pretty much all of HTC's current high-ends are getting Ice Cream Sandwich, albeit not by the end of 2011. Are we going to see a new major version of the HTC Sense UI running on top of them? That is a question the answer to which is not known yet, but it will surely be interesting to see how HTC will blend its custom overlay with Android 4.0 and all the new goodies that it brings to the table. 

source: HTC (Facebook) via SlashGear

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 04:31 5

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Please keep it mostly stock 4.0 include your widgets but keep it stock!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:02 1

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


And don't make it affect the performance. But please add eye candy.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:13 3

5. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Pay me to use it please, too

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:06 2

6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


theres no way they wont include Sense on it.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 04:33 2

2. DigitalBath (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I am guessing we will have to see a new version of sense running on ICS.... Im looking forward to it!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:06 1

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5368; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


How fast does early 2012 sound? Hopefully really fast

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:31 1

11. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Same rough timeline as Motorola... although I maintain Moto should run stock ICS and HTC will undoubtedly use Sense.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:53 1

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5368; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think they should scale down their skins to be mainly apps and widgets

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:16

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Considering that it's the 7th of November, that is fairly fast. Also depends on what they consider "early 2012". "Early 2012" could be within the first like 3 months of 2012.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:13 3

7. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Sense 4.0 FTW !
Stock ICS is not ugly, but...we need the Sense "WOW" effect..

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:03 2

8. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


Does this mean htc phones won't lag? I'm thinking of the rezound and I, afraid of the choppiness

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:29

10. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Hopefully ICS' native multicore support will help. It would be nice to see a performance boost with ICS similar to (or better than!) what phones saw with the Froyo upgrade.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:55

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5368; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


ICS has both hardware acceleration and multiple core support so I expect it will be as smooth as WP ot IOS (or at least close)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:26

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5528; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


HTC - thanks for acknowledging you will be providing an upgrade to ICS. How about another just as important piece of information... WHEN?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:46

14. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


I hope its both cdma and gsm EVO 3D

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:20

16. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I think that HTC should update all their 2011 devices to ICS, and hopefully they'll update the Evo Shift to ICS; but with my luck it'll stay on Gingerbread.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:51 1

17. JasonLegend00 (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


What about my Thunderbolt!?!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:51

18. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


The TBolt will not get it because it's not a dual core device. ICS is optimized for Dual Core phones. It would just make the Bolt lag especially since it doesnt even have 1GB of ram. I'm thrilled that we got GB on it to be honest!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:35

19. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


But, Nexus S gettting ICS although it has a single core. That can't be a excuse.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 19:13

20. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


They said that the sensation is getting ICS but did they mean Europes's Sensation only, America's Sensation 4G only, or both? I hope the my sensation 4G gets ICS...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 03:07

21. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


I look forward to the update on my beloved Evo 3d great no doubt. But that won't happen till at least March 2012 I won't wait that long for ice cream sandwich. I will purchase the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon which will be my first pure android device. I look forward to this ice cream sandwich experience ice cream sandwich has made htc sense no longer needed WHY because stock android is no longer UGLY like it was in June 2010 when I purchased my first smartphone the evo 4g. Galaxy Nexus here I come I will have the best of both worlds

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 18:56

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


Omg i cant wait!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 23:05

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


I just got off the phone with HTC because i had some questions about my Sensation 4G and the guy on the phone told me that the Sesation 4G will get the new ICS update sometime around mid January to early Febuary. He couldnt give me an exact date. But it will be updated to Android 2.4 !!!
So theres something to be exited about!

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