While many Samsung Android-based smartphones and tablets are still (un)fashionably late to the Ice Cream Sandwich party, HTC is doing its best to keep its customers happy and updated. Less than a week after the Sensation 4G has received an Android 4.0 official OTA upgrade, the Amaze 4G is currently enjoying the same refreshing treatment.

T-Mobile’s exclusive device is getting the ICS update right on schedule, as it has been announced for a while, which is yet another reason for HTC and T-Mo customers to be happy with their manufacturer and carrier of choice.

If you haven’t yet received a prompt message to download a tasty software package, you can manually check for the update by accessing the “Settings” menu of your phone, and the subsequent “About Phone”, “HTC Software Updates” and “Check” options. If this doesn’t work either, you might want to reboot your device for a couple of times or check for a better Internet connection.

Before downloading and installing the Android 4.0 update, you should make sure that your handset’s battery life is at a 50 percent mark or higher, because the software package is quite hefty and could run your battery down before being fully installed on your device.

While I’m almost positive that you know what to expect from the update in terms of new features and improvements, I’m going to once again publish the shortlist of things to wait for from your “refreshed” phone. You will therefore receive all the following and many more:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked
  • Data usage controls
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure
As for the HTC Amaze 4G, a phone released way back in October 2011 and that disappeared from the spotlight in the last few months, it might now become a more popular device than ever. I mean, it runs Android ICS, it comes with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and it also features a pretty great 8 MP camera. Unfortunately, if you haven’t yet got your grubby hands on the Amaze, you can only buy it unlocked right now, for around $500. The carrier-branded model, going for $149.99 with a two-year contract, is currently out of stock.

Have you received the over-the-air update? Was the installation as smooth as HTC and T-Mobile was expecting it to be? Drop us a line in the comments section and let us know!

  • KINGOF602


    • guest

      did you see an android with warning sign when it was installing?

  • Sim_1

    Did you receive a big green X while it was updating? :S

  • KINGOF602

    yes it was refreshing and optimizing the application , then it did a series of reboots

    • guest

      so the triangular warning sign is normal. how long did it take for the whole process?

      • Kingof602

        i started at exactly 12:01 and i was done by 12:59 .

  • Pipftr1

    Performed the upgrade in about 20 minutes. So far so good.

  • Letty6409

    I been checking the servers from my phone for the update since midnight an nothing :/ I have 2 amazes one got the update instantly an the other isn’t…. Can someone help me

  • Kiladubz

    Big green X here as well…….wtf? Anyone know what this means?

  • Stephen D Allen

    Excellent, hopefully it comes to Mobilicity soon!

  • Swiftcomplex

    Question is there an issue with the update if your phone is rooted and running a custom rom

  • Kiladubz

    if you have a green X, just flash stock recovery no need to re-lock bootloader.

    • Larry

      How do I flash stock recovery?

  • ghostn

    still havent recieved my update ! what should i do?

  • skrpn

    how do i flash it to stock??? mine is rooted

  • Nyappeli

    I can’t seem to upgrade mine either, a green X just shows up on a black screen and stays like that

  • Han

    I got HTC Amaze 4G and the phone works like a charm.But my only concern is to root the ICS ROM so that i can have access to the system as an admin.Please help me on topics such as rooting and s-off.I am familiar with the so called wire trick.But am a little afraid to test it on my new phone.So anyone with any alternative methods do let me know.HTC amaze is a very good phone.The two things that are not good on the phone are its camera and battery life.

  • Fdotstyles

    Downloaded update…took 3.5 hrs and will not install…any help out there?

  • Kimberlysmith44

    Did upgrade…. Battery life is still the same ( which sucks). Phone conversation lasting 20 mins, another 12 mins and last one 26 mins phone was ded with yellow bar. Please do upgrade on battery life..

  • GCook

    Since I downloaded ICS my text/message notification does not work anymore. My screen lights up, however no sounds at all. I’ve checked my settings and everything is set correctly.

  • Abc

    Its working absolutely fine… better battery life… less memory consumption on internal ongoing processes.

  • kmarie

    I updated and now my messages won’t work…just keeps saying please wait…

    • ds

      how long did it take to fix that?