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Published on March 12th, 2012 | by Haseeb Ahmed


Ice Cream Sandwich Update for HTC Sensation Hands-on

There is a race going on between the Android phone manufacturers to update most of there old devices to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC announced a few devices one of which is the HTC Sensation, which is the world’s first Android smartphone to receive the Android 4.0 update which was scheduled by the end of March, 2012. For some reason HTC started rolling-out the Android 4.0 update with HTC Sense 3.6 for the HTC Sensation in the start of March but it is only available in the Nordic (European) Areas. We have been able to get our hands-on to the Android 4.0.3 ICS with HTC Sense 3.6 update for the HTC Sensation.

We have experienced that the new Android 4.0 update from HTC makes the device a lot more smoother and the new HTC Sense 3.6 eats up lesser memory. Although this update, updates the old HTC Sense 3.5 to HTC Sense 3.6 but the disappointing thing is that: One of the leaked test ROMs had HTC Sense 4.0 on them which means that for some unknown reasons Sense 4.0 couldn’t make it to the final ICS update for the HTC Sensation. Many new applications, minor and major features have been introduced in this update that take the User Experience to a whole new level, best of which are listed below. Also a short hands-on video of Android 4.0 ICS running on the HTC Sensation is just after the break.

  • Animations:┬áNewer & Smoother
  • Camera Application: New & Improved, New Scenes (e.g. Backlight HDR, Panoram and etc), New Effects (e.g. Distortion, Vignette, Dots and etc)
  • Homescreen rebuilt to match the ICS launcher
  • Music Player: Newer Interface to match the ICS style
  • Notifications Bar/Menu rebuilt to ICS style
  • Phone Application: Now includes tabs for Call History, Groups and People
  • Typeface: Newer & more eye-catching

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngKqBFUULYI?rel=0&w=480&h=360]

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is a technology enthusiast who has been writing IT Blogs for over 3 years now. He comes from a Computer Sciences background & has been developing websites, web applications, PC and smartphone apps from a long time. He mainly writes at Engismo, and is a lead developer as well. You can be reach him at haseebahmed (at) rabbit-white. com

12 Responses to Ice Cream Sandwich Update for HTC Sensation Hands-on

  1. Jahanzeb says:

    Assalam Alaikum brothers. i wanna know is it easy to upgrade ics on sensation? please let me know. here is my contact number 03222299133

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  3. Prof. Nabeel Raza says:

    Salam, How are you Haseeb dear. would you like to shar with me that how dd you get the ICS update? I am searching all around and no luck. Which Rom do you have? is it for Europe? mine is Asia India Rom. Please help me in this regard.
    Prof. Nabeel Raza
    GC Okara

  4. Muhammad Ehsan says:

    Waiting anxiously, can sumbuddy tell exact date???

  5. Mansoor says:

    Care to share where and how you got the update? There are a lot of us sensation owners who would appreciate it.

  6. Haseeb Ahmed says:

    @Bill I think Sense UI eats lesser than it did on Ginderbread

    @Mostafa yes you’ll get it by the end of march :-)

  7. Mostafa Kamal says:

    thanks for the research
    plz i need to know when i will be able to update my HTC Sensation with Ice Cream sandwich
    plz note that i am in Egypt
    is it by the end of march

  8. Bill says:

    Does Sense UI eat as much RAM as it did on Gingerbread?


  9. Arsalan Uddin says:

    Features productivity increases with GLOBE rotation.
    Wonderful ….

  10. Ammar Faheem says:

    Very well summarized, Haseeb. It is heartening to see such reviews coming up on Pakistani blogs as well as smartphone up-take gradually increases.

    As for Ice-Cream Sandwich, it is a pretty decent upgrade indeed :)

    Ammar Faheem

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