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Last Updated: May 21st, 2012

Update: The ICS update should be rolling out to the Amaze 4G now. Head to the Settings -> About menu to check for it.

Sensation 4G

Earlier this month, T-Mobile updated the support documents for the Sensation 4G to let users know that the ICS update would be available "very soon." Now, we have an exact date for that very soon: May 16th.

Beginning May 16, an optional update will be available for the Sensation 4G to update to the latest operating system, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can choose to download the update to Android 4.0.3 by following the software update steps.

The update will bring Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6 to the handset, along with a handful of other fixes and enhancements:

New Features

  • 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
  • Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update.

Improvements

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

Prerequisites

  • Manual update
  • Device is running Android version 2.3.3 / Software version 1.50.531.1, 1.29.531.2, or 1.45.531.1
  • Device software is not rooted
  • More than 50% battery life
  • Data or Wi-Fi connection

2012-05-16 03.35.29 2012-05-16 03.35.34

Thanks for the screenshots, Sagnik

Amaze 4G

Not only that, but the ICS update appears to be almost ready for the Amaze 4G, as T-Mo also published an update to its support docs stating that the update will be rolling out "in the coming weeks" along with and identical changelog. According to the version number, it actually looks like this update should be the same build that leaked last month, so you can give that a flash if you want the update before T-Mo wants to give it to you.

Update 5/16/12: T-Mobile just announced May 21st as the date the Amaze gets its ICS OTA.

It looks like it's shaping up to be HTC's year - not only did it produce two of the hottest phones on the planet right now (One X/One S), but it's also the first manufacturer to start pushing ICS updates to devices on U.S. carriers (starting with the Vivid back in March). Good job, HTC!

[T-Mobile: Sensation, Amaze; Thanks, Ian!]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/An-Vo/713904632 An Vo

    Wait..."Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update." what does that mean?

    • Simon Belmont

      It means you'd need to add the mobile hotspot service to use it. It's not mandatory.

      It's basically just saying you have to pay to use your handset as a mobile hotspot. That's it.

    • Virped13

      That means T mobile found another way to get $5 for something we had for free on our device!

      • Guest

        More like $14.99....

        • Hoodderek

          I'm with tmobile and have never paid for my hotspot witch was stock on the sensation and stayed in the update to 2.3.4. Never paid extra for teather. but I have been with them for 7 years and have ulmd everything for 84 after tax. love tmo and will stay now that at+t paid them enough to get the rest of the 42 network up fully.

  • Simon Belmont

    Congratulations to the Sensation owners. Your wait is nearly over.

    EVO 3D will get its update next month. I hope it's early in the month.

    • GazaIan

      Meh. I just want the radio. Tired of getting Edge speeds in places where I normally get '4G' with my other device. Other than that, I've been running Cyanogenmod 9 on my HTC Sensation since day 1.

  • Abe Lincoln: woot master

    HTC Amaze 4G Final already posted.
    [ROM]RUBY_ICS_35_S_TMOUS_2.14.531.3_Radio_1.14.550L.17D C_30.78.550L.15_release
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1637314
     

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      How do you know it's the final one that's going to be released OTA?

      • Abe Lincoln: woot master

        The build number matches t-mobiles final build.

  • http://www.twitter.com/darrylcobb maxrobes2000

    I'm not to broken up about the hot spot thing. Honestly, I've only used it maybe 3 or 4 times since I've had the phone. Sucks too much battery. 

  • Ultraboy34

    SWEET! I have been waiting for this for a long time. Pheeeewwwww! finally.

  • Biggeno313

    I've had the leak on my Amaze for a couple weeks now and its pretty sweet. Using it with Nova Launcher..and its fantastic. Plenty a cool features. My favs being the Home screen folders and the recent apps. interface.  

  • Wyngo Masala

    Again regretting having switched to Verizon. If only my wife wasn't adamant about getting an iPhone.

    • Jared

      T-Mobile is going to add iPhones into their 4G mountain, even if their not selling it. This year. Probably in fall.

  • Skhorrocks

    Got it. New features are cool, ui and navigation is very snappy. Very very pleased

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Cuca64 Nino_64

    Tooo little toooo late I just got me the GNexus and I'm so in love with stock android 4.0.4 and definitely never going back to stupid manufacturers skins and delayed updates anyway enjoy ICS folks :)

  • Nchima

    Okay im pissed off now. I just got a tmobile sensation 4g last week. I’ve been trying to update it get the OTA ICS update but i cant find that option on my phone. i wen to settings->about phone but there is no check for update option.
    What could the problem be? Could it be the fact that it is rooted, or that im not in usa, or some other stupid reson?

  • Rajesh pujara.

    I have a htc sensation 4G & its version is 2.3.4. when I try to update option then reply to There are no update available for your phone.please help.

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