T-Mobile’s HTC Amaze 4G getting OTA Android 4.0 update right now

May 21, 2012
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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!

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