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HTC Sheds Some Light On ICS Updates, Puts The Sensation, Sensation 4G, And Sensation XE At The Front Of The Line For OTAs At The End Of March

HTC just posted on its Facebook page some details regarding the upcoming Android 4.0 update for many devices:

HTC has been working hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades ready, and we’re excited to announce that our first round of ICS upgrades will roll out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL.

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SFR Reveals Existence Of Android 4.0.5, Confirms ICS Update Roadmap For Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy SII And HTC Sensation In March 2012

Just days after hearing about the leaked release of Android 4.0.4 for the Nexus 4G, French mobile phone company SFR has not only announced (Google Translate) which devices will be getting ICS in the coming months, it has also confirmed the existence of Android 4.0.5.

According to its post, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S will be receiving an OTA update to Android 4.0.5 sometime in March, while the HTC Sensation and Galaxy SII will be updated to Android 4.0.

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ClockworkMod Touch Recoveries Now Out For All Flavors Of Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G; Motorola Cliq; LG Optimus Black, 2X, 3D; HTC Rezound, G2, MT4G

The work to bring touch-enabled recoveries to all supported ClockworkMod devices continues, and since the last update a couple of days ago, the following devices now have ClockworkMod Touch available:

  • Non-US Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
  • AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II
  • T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Epic 4G (looks like this one disappeared shortly after due to some bugs)
  • Motorola Cliq
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 2X
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC G2
  • HTC MyTouch 4G
This article deals with a couple of advanced topics.
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HTC EVO Shift 4G Next In Line For Carrier IQ Removal, OTA Rolling Out Now

In Sprint's ever expanding quest to rid its handsets of Carrier IQ, the OTAs just keep on comin'. Today's the day for the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and the update just started rolling out. The changelog looks all too familiar:

  • Security Update (read: CIQ removal)
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

To manually pull the update, hit Settings > About phone > System updates > HTC software update.

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White HTC Sensation To Launch March 1 In Europe With Ice Cream Sandwich In Tow

The Sensation is one of HTC's most popular handsets overseas, and despite being launched nearly a year ago (May 19,2011), the company just announced a new "Ice White" version. While there are no differences in hardware, the outside will obviously be white (à la Amaze 4G). More importantly, though: it will launch on March 1, and run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) out of the gate.

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That's a pretty big deal for two reasons: first, because as we discussed yesterday, Sense 4.0 (which HTC will slap over top of ICS) pretty much sucks.

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[Public Disclosure] Vulnerability In HTC Android Devices Exposed Wi-Fi Credentials To Apps Which Knew How To Ask (But, Thankfully, Didn't)

A serious vulnerability that affected the way some popular HTC Android phones handle 802.1x usernames, passwords, and SSIDs was disclosed publicly today by engineers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan. The bug allowed applications with only an ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission to read your Wi-Fi SSIDs, usernames, and, most importantly, passwords on at least the following devices:

  • Desire HD  (both "ace" and "spade" board revisions) - Versions FRG83D, GRI40
  • Glacier - Version FRG83
  • Droid Incredible - Version FRF91
  • Thunderbolt 4G - Version FRG83D
  • Sensation Z710e - Version GRI40
  • Sensation 4G - Version GRI40
  • Desire S - Version GRI40
  • EVO 3D - Version GRI40
  • EVO 4G - Version GRI40

Of course, if a malicious application also happens to have access to the Internet, SMS, or other means of sending out information, credentials could leak out from a vulnerable device to a remote location.

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[Editorial] Sense 4 On Ice Cream Sandwich: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For Android

Yesterday, we saw the first glimpse of Sense 4 on Android 4.0 on the HTC Ville. While watching the video, I assumed that the handset was running Gingerbread since it looked just like previous versions of Sense (save for the updated launcher). The only thing that even slightly resembled ICS is the Roboto font in the clock.

Then it showed the version information, which made me feel physically ill. This is Sense 4 on ICS?

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[Updated] Koush Adds ClockworkMod Touch Recovery Support To HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Desire, Desire HD, Sensation, Thunderbolt; Motorola Atrix 4G

Koushik Dutta, the mastermind behind ClockworkMod recoveries and other goodies, has been hard at work today after releasing the initial beta versions of the new Touch iteration of CWM for the Nexuses. "What was he doing?" you may ask. Adding support for more devices, one by one. They are, as of this moment:

  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D (CDMA/GSM)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Sensation
  • Update #1: HTC Thunderbolt added
  • Motorola Atrix 4G
  • and, of course, Galaxy Nexus (CDMA/GSM) and Nexus S/S4G that we already knew about
This article deals with a couple of advanced topics.
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Leaked Video Of The Upcoming HTC Ville Shows Up, Will Sense 4 Ruin ICS?

We've been hearing about the HTC Ville, which should be set for an announcement at Mobile World Congress next month, since November of last year. The guys at HTC Hub recently spent some hands-on time with this upcoming mid-ranger and shot some video showing what it's all about. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

The original video (found at HTC Hub) has been made private, so we found an alternative.

Considering the low video quality, it's hard to say exactly what has been changed in Sense 4 compared to previous versions, aside from the pretty animations.

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HTC Confirms Earlier Rumor That It Will Narrow Its Smartphone Lineup For 2012, Focus On Quality, Not Quantity

Verifying a rumor put out by BGR over a month ago, HTC has announced after a dismal end to 2011 (net profits fell 26% last quarter) that the company will be changing its handset strategy to focus on fewer, "hero" devices in the coming year. The problem of excessive handset iteration is one I've opined on before. It is a problem, and while it's unlikely that HTC's balance sheet woes were even in majority caused by the large number of handsets they released, making fewer models is certainly a way to cut costs and increase the amount of attention that goes into each product.

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