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
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!

Related phones

Sensation 4G
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Battery 1520 mAh(6.66h 3G talk time)



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

In b4 people dont read the article and start slating htc

2. dacs3266

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 23, 2011

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

3. savien808

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

I wonder what the official update will look like?

4. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

5. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

6. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

7. Jon.916

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

8. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 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

9. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 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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