The HTC Rezound gets an Ice Cream Sandwich release candidate

The HTC Rezound gets an Ice Cream Sandwich release candidate
As of now, the only Verizon smartphone to run Google's most recent version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Though quite a few other Verizon devices are looking to get an update (eventually). The question is, which one will be first?

It appears that it may be the HTC Rezound. We've already seen one leaked ICS update for the device earlier this year, but it was still a beta version. Now comes a release candidate, which hopefully means the final version isn't too far off.

For those of you feeling adventurous, and comfortable with flashing your phone, you can install it on your Rezound, though there are a few things to keep in mind:
This may not be the final ICS version - as there still may be issues/bugs with it. The phone needs to be stock with the factory locked boot loader, not rooted, and running software version 2.01.605.11. You may have to reinstall your apps and settings after the update. Once the release candidate is installed, you may have to re-flash the phone back to stock to get the final over-the-air ICS update.

With that said, you can download it from here (610MB), which is Android 4.0.3, Sense 3.6, Software Version 3.11.605.22.

Once the download is complete, rename the file to PH98IMG.zip and place it in the main (root) directory on the phone's memory card. Turn the phone off, then start your phone by holding the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time. This will automatically start the flashing process.

The HTC Rezound gets an Ice Cream Sandwich release candidate


Features/Enhancements
1. Android OS 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
2.  CMAS support added
3. IPv6 over eHRPD supported
4. UI updated to Sense 3.6
5. Caller Name ID app added
6. VMM/BUA plus updated
7. New storage UI (under settings menu)


Issues Resolved
1. Changing pin causes EULA to be displayed
2. Wrong time displayed in and around Phoenix, AZ
3. EAS message - "Client/Server Conversion Error".
4. EAS message – “Exchange policies have changed”
5. EAS message – “Certificate Error”
6. Home screen partially blocked with black bar
7. Hotspot data stalls
8. Removed power mode settings (which forced device into CDMA only)
9. Group message not displaying originating MDN
10. Call button not disabled when using voice commands
11. People widget displaying two different birthdays
12. Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life
13. SSO athentication fails for VCAST Tones
14. "To" field text deleted if device is rotated (in Compose or Forward Voicemail)
15. Google Talk app formatting


If you install it on your HTC Rezound, please let us know in the Comments section below.

source: androidpolice

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Rezound
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(6.73h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol that's a lot to do for a software reset. Reminds me of the old days when I rooted my PSP.

3. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

What? Download a file to the SD card, rename it, and then reboot the phone in recovery mode?

4. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Have you never flashed before? It's no different than flashing radios on the TB. And it's a few steps shorter than flashing custom roms.

2. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Nice!

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, a little simpler than doing a root Rom. Popped my root cherry last night. My Atrix now has Jokersax's ICS ROM. :)

6. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

Um, my phone qualifies but not sure if I want to do this... seems complicated.

7. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

Is there a step-by-step walkthrough somewhere? Will this void the warrenty? Who issued this?

9. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

If you're uncomfortable about doing it, then don't. If something goes wrong, then you might brick your phone. The official ICS will come to the Rezound via an over-the-air update when it has been signed-off on. Only people who are experienced should do this release candidate update, since the phone would have to be flashed back to stock to apply the final OTA.

14. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Do you have a resource or link with the steps to re-flash back to stock? I would like to install the release candidate but don't want to run into trouble when the final release comes out. Thanks

15. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

I don't have a link for the re-flashing back to stock, but there are a lot of ROM flashing discussions at these two sites: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1392 http://rootzwiki.com/forum/267-rezound-development/

16. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Thanks!

18. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

To unlock / relock you need to get a .bin code by registering on HTCDev.com and following the steps To unlock: fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin To lock: fastboot oem lock

8. btbotimtim

Posts: 271; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

It is pretty simple but if you unlocked the bootloader, you need to re-lock it to flash it. And need to go through htc.dev again to unlock the bootloader. It is simple but more complicated than just flashing a custom rom.

19. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

You don't need to go through HTCDev a second time. Just keep the original Unlock_code.bin file and reuse it every time you unlock the phone.

10. jsd0108

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

I installed this last Sunday (phonearena is a little behind with the news) and my phone is running like a dream. I also downloaded the play store APK that phonearena mentioned last week and it made it MUCH easier to re-download my apps after the ics update.

11. willsully1221

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Does anybody know how to fix the battery issue on this new update (dies very quickly) or even what the problem is? It's really annoying, but everything else is amazing

12. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

Looks like it may be an issue on this. forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1557735

13. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

Step by Step: (IMPORTANT: My process REQUIRES a Unlocked Boot Loader that you can get for free by registering at HTC's website and would be a full root, thus voiding your warranty) 1) Download rom (go to scotts roms and find a rom of choice for your rezound, great website!). You will want to do a factory reset (full wipe) and then go to step 2 for the "flashing step" 2) Rename the folder to PH98IMG.zip dropping it into your root folder of your sd card (this means it's not in a folder, but simply dropped on the card) 3) Power up the phone by holding the Power + Vol Up. The phone will display some green text and ask if you want to "update" (or something similiar). Say yes (volume up??) and wait for it to finish. Once finished remove the battery from your phone. 4) Remove the PH98IMG.zip folder from your SD card and put your Rom (it will be a .zip file). If you forget to remove the PH98IMG.zip folder it will just continue to try and update over and over when powering up) 5) Power on (Power + Vol Up) Navigate thru the menu.... Install and enjoy! Important takeaways: 1) if this seems confusing then dont do it as you can brick your phone! The rooted (mine) or non-rooted way (FAUguy). 2) You MUST delete you battery stats information (Power + Vol up and go thru the "wipe" menu to find battery stats and wipe them completely!), kill the battery in full and then charge it uninterrupted completely. This should prevent battery issues that you may be having with your Rezound. If you are rooted there are apps on google play that allow you to recalibrate your battery. Hope this helps!

20. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

You don't need to delete batterystats.bin. In fact, according to someone employed or affiliated with Google, batterystats.bin is cleared every time you unplug the phone from the charger.

21. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

then it doesnt do it properly, because if you dont delete it the batterystats.bin it gets stuck at 90% to 99% (even tho i know that it's charging in full) this just makes it so you'll get a green light and a full charge screen. however for me personally it fixed my battery life so im gonna call BS on not having to delete it :)

17. jtmarich1985

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

To everyone curious about this RUU: I installed this update yesterday and as of now I have not experienced ANY bugs what so ever. It seems to.run very smooth and UI is fluid. A cool feature included is the ability to disable included apps in the software. The mobile network, WiFi, Bluetooth, and all the connectivity works flawlessly. The play store is cool too. It now shows all of your past downloads instead of going to online website to browse them. Audio and call quality all seem just as good as the current official build. If I experience any issues I'll be sure to letyou all know asap. The browser is nice too as it has the same features as a tablet but I wish they would of implemented tabbed browsing rather than sticking to the current windows that are a pain to switch to. So, if you are skeptical whether or not this will brick your phone lol, I feel safe to say that you will be ok to load this ruu. Yes, it will wipe you but it was worth it to me to give it a whirl. Good luck and hopefully you will enjoy a little Ice Cream!!

22. crackdeed

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Eh finally got this thing up and running, It's total crap! At least until I disabled 'fastboot' now its perfect ;) Besides all of the problems thats fixed, I only have 1 minor issue. It appears I can no longer have different wallpapers on the home and lock screen. Another thing is my battery meter isn't displaying correctly (or my phone isn't charging at all?). So far all I've done to fix it... 1. DISABLE fastboot 2. reset phone 3. drain battery life until phone dies and cannot turn on 4. charge phone while it's off until it reaches 100% (green dot) It's been on charge for 3.5 hours so i'll report back if this works ICS is awesome btw!

23. crackdeed

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Well that worked out; phone charged to 99% after 5 hours and appears to drain normally. I haven't done too much usage yet but this build seems smoother than the stock GB I used and my phones standby time has more than doubled! Yes I installed all the same apps I'd used before (all work fine so far) though they may not all have the same settings right now. Not that significant but menus and apps seem to load faster as well. So glad I made the switch ! Oh and incase anyone was wondering; some of the problems I had before disabling fastboot included.. - Major lag, maybe not unusable but very noticeable lag - Apps crashing, Market app wouldn't start at all. - Home button caused the phone to reset most of the time. - Some phone settings appear to change on there own or not actually switch at all. I think that was all but it's fine now.

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