Good news this morning for anyone rocking T-Mobile's HTC Sensation 4G -- as we reported a couple of days ago, the Sensation's update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich begins rolling out today. So head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your update is ready yet.
In addition, T-Mobile has today revealed that its HTC Amaze 4G will be joining the Sensation on ICS from next Monday, May 21. Just like the Sensation's ICS upgrade, the Amaze OTA will bring it up to Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6. That's the same intermediary version of Sense that we've seen on other updated phones, adding many of the features we've seen on newer Sense 4.0 phones, but sticks with the visual style of the older Sense 3.x.
If you're updating your Sensation to ICS today, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know how it went!
T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G owners will have been watching with envy as their phone's international cousin was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months ago. But now it seems the wait may finally be at an end, with T-Mobile announcing in its official support documentation that the Sensation's ICS update will be arriving this Wednesday, May 16.
The update promises the same mix of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6 that we've seen on a number of updated HTC devices over the past few months, with highlights including a re-vamped launcher, face unlock, data usage controls and home screen folders. Sure, it's not quite as pretty as the new-fangled Sense 4 that's bundled on HTC One phones, but it's a significant step up from earlier Sensation ROMs.
This Wednesday, Sensation 4G owners will want to head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to grab the update to the latest version of Android.
And hopefully Amaze 4G owners won't have too long to wait either, with the latest info out of T-Mobile indicating an ICS release "in the coming weeks."
Source: Android Central forums
TmoNews got their hands on a leaked enterprise calendar from T-Mobile corporate, and tucked in the rest of the news was the proposed dates for the Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Sensation 4G, and the HTC Amaze 4G. I won't tease:
- The Galaxy S II is slated to be updated May 14
- The Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G are expected to be updated June 16
Of course things like this are subject to change, but the time frame sounds about right. Be on the lookout for ROMs to leak, we sure will be.
Cincinnati Bell has announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation starts rolling out today. Sensation owners will get updated to Android 4.0.3, but there's no word on what version of HTC Sense to expect. We're fairly certain it will be 3.6, just like the other Sensations received. The OTA starting today is expected to be completed by April 30. Cinci Bell also stresses that users will not have to visit a store, nor will they lose any data during the update. Interestingly, they also state that customers don't have to update their phones, which is in contrast to most carriers who require the latest official version for any technical support. Holler out if you see this one!
SteveDisco asks in the Android Central Forums,
I would like to know if it is possible to access 3G on my UK HTC Sensation when I go to New York next month on a U.S. SIM card? My limited understanding is that the frequencies used for U.S. phones are different to those in the UK but am unclear if the Sensation will still be able to access. If it is not possible could I just use a US SIM for voice calls and rely on WiFi access?
Great question, with several good answers. Basically, yes, you can use your UK model HTC Sensation for 3G data in New York. The European Sensation uses a quad-band GSM radio that supports the frequencies used by AT&T here in the states. You'll need to make sure your Sensation is fully SIM unlocked (talk to your current carrier if you're unsure), and then you'll be ready to do a little research and make a decision.
In the U.S., there are only two GSM operators -- T-Mobile and AT&T. But there are many MVNO networks (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) who rent and resell network space from either one, or even both. You'll not be interested in T-Mobile or any MVNOs using the T-Mobile frequencies, as your Sensation doesn't support them. But that's OK, as your choices are still pretty broad.
Here's a small list of a few different operators that will sell you a no-contract SIM card to use while you're visiting:
Don't be fooled by the words unlimited, as this refers to voice calls. Data rates will cost anywhere between $5 USD for 5MB to $20 USD for 2GB. Of course, this is just a few of the many out there, and you'll have to scour the web to see all the options. In the end, they all use the same network, so the deciding factor is price and how easy it is to get your SIM card and activation.
Have fun in New York!
If you picked up a shiny new HTC One X or One S this Easter weekend -- or you already own an earlier Sense device -- then you'll find a special offer waiting for you in the HTC Watch app. Until the end of Easter Monday, the rental price of many movies in HTC Watch has been cut down to almost nothing -- in the UK, the cost is just £0.05.
The HTC Watch catalog has been growing slowly but steadily since the service launched on the Sensation last spring, and it's bundle on Sense 3.0+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Flyer and Jetstream.
A few highlights in this weekend's Easter Special offer include --
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- The Hangover 2
- Final Destination 5
- The Matrix
To view the full list, fire up HTC Watch and select the "Easter Weekend Special" option from the main menu.
Considering Vodafone UK carried the HTC Sensation exclusively for the first month of its availability, there should be more than a few Vodafone Sensation owners eagerly awaiting the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That waiting ends today, though, as Voda has announced the availability of the new software upgrade, which also bumps the phone up to version 3.6 of HTC Sense.
Here's what the carrier had to say --
Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update [today], 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.
Vodafone remains quite about the release date of the ICS update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. That update is already available on O2 and Three-branded handsets, though bizarrely not on unbranded ones. An earlier statement given by the network says it aims to release ICS for the Galaxy S II "as quickly as possible."