Back in late November last year, HTC and Verizon announced the Rezound which was the first handset from HTC to sport the Beats Audio logo in the United States. It was also the first handset from HTC to use a 720p resolution screen. However, the biggest problem with the Rezound was that it was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “compatible” and did not ship with the latest version of Android right out of the box.
HTC did promise to release the ICS update for the Rezound sometime in early Q1, but the company has failed pretty miserably. With Q1 already over and no ICS update for the handset in sight, the few Rezound owners are pretty much pissed. The only silver lining here is that a few Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware for the Rezound has leaked in the last couple of months, thus filling the ICS thirst for all advanced Rezound owners.
Yesterday, the folks over at Android Police managed to get their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich leak for the Rezound. This new leak is not the final version, but is pretty darn close to the final version. Below is the change-log of the new build compared to the previous leaks -:
- Facebook force close when you tap a video album
- Roaming charges when in Canada & Mexico
- “Android updating” message on power up
- Camera not launching
- Hotspot turning off after 10 minutes
- Exchange mail account removed after FOTA
- Car dock limiting charging current
- “Set Current Date” popping up frequently
- BUA+ (multiple issues)
- Flash player removed
- OTA over incorrect APN
- OTA SW update time
- Camera dark when using Facelock
- Text field difficult to read
With the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound still nowhere in sight, these unofficial leaks are probably the best bet for Rezound owners to taste ICS. Head over to Android Police
for the download link and the flashing instructions for the leak.
The ICS released schedule from HTC states that the Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL and the Rezound should get the update by Q1 of 2012. While the company did not announce anything officially, it started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation a few days ago.
Now, the folks over at Android Police have got their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leak for the HTC Rezound. According to them, this is not the final leak but more of a RC firmware. Sadly, the update includes Sense 3.6 and not Sense 4.0, which might disappoint a lot of Rezound owners.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
1. Android OS 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
2. CMAS support added
3. IPv6 over eHRPD supported
4. UI updated to Sense 3.6
5. Caller Name ID app added
6. VMM/BUA plus updated
7. New storage UI (under settings menu)
1. Changing pin causes EULA to be displayed
2. Wrong time displayed in and around Phoenix, AZ
3. EAS message – “Client/Server Conversion Error”.
4. EAS message – “Exchange policies have changed”
5. EAS message – “Certificate Error”
6. Home screen partially blocked with black bar
7. Hotspot data stalls
8. Removed power mode settings (which forced device into CDMA only)
9. Group message not displaying originating MDN
10. Call button not disabled when using voice commands
11. People widget displaying two different birthdays
12. Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life
13. SSO authentication fails for VCAST Tones
14. “To” field text deleted if device is rotated (in Compose or Forward Voicemail)
15. Google Talk app formatting
HTC Rezound owners can also install the update on their handset, if they have a locked bootloader. A step-by-step installation guide along with the download link can be found here.