These days, there’s a race going on between manufacturers to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to their older smartphones, most of which are still running on Android 2.3 or, gasp, Android 2.2. Among the first device makers to be rolling out ICS is HTC, which is reported to be pushing the long awaited update to the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE. For now, the 283.27MB update is only available for HTC customers in Germany and the Nordic countries, but as always, expect other locales to follow soon.
Along with the ICS update, users can expect to see that HTC ‘s equally loved and hated Sense overlay moved up several notches, to version 3.6. If you were hoping to try out the revamped Sense 4.0, which newer models, such as the HTC One series will sport, you’re in for a disappointment. In the company’s own words, the decision to bar the HTC Sense 4.0 overlay on the older phones was due to hardware requirements. We’re pretty sure that the devs at XDA will beg to differ.
But let’s focus on the glass half full — your HTC Sensation and Sensation XE will finally get to see Roboto (Android’s new trademark fontface launched with ICS), just one of the 200 new improvements that Google touts for Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you’re wondering when is your turn, there’s a long list of HTC phones still waiting for the elusive upgrade to ICS. Back in early January, HTC released information about the first wave of phones that will receive ICS, including the HTC Vivid, HTC Rezound, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo Design 3D, HTC Amaze 4G, and HTC Sensation series. Last February, the company updated the list to include the HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC DROID Incredible 2, and the HTC Raider. An unconfirmed report also mentioned the possibility of HTC Flyer getting ICS.
If you happen to live in one of the countries where HTC is pushing Android 4.0 and Sense 3.6, give us a shout.