HTC Sensation and Sensation XE Getting The Ice Cream Sandwich Update!

The Ice Cream Sandwich code went public sometime in December, and HTC and Samsung promised that they will be updating their 2011 flagship Android handsets to the latest version of Android before Q1 of 2012 ends. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II will be released on 15th March. Everyone thought that Samsung might be able to beat HTC in becoming the first Android handset manufacturer to update its flagship Android handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, if reports are to be believed, HTC has already started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation and Sensation XE owners in Germany and other Nordic countries. The OTA update brings Android 4.0.3 along with Sense 3.6 to the Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sadly, Sensation owners won’t be able to enjoy any of the visual goodness brought about by Ice Cream Sandwich, because of Sense 3.6.

It is also quite surprising to see that HTC has not announced anything about the ICS update rolling out for Sensation and Sensation XE handsets. Sensation owners can find more info about the update here. Alternatively, if you have root access and S-FF’d your Sensation, you can download and manually install the update by following these instructions.

HTC To Release ICS Update For Sensation Series Of Handsets At The End Of March

Back in December, HTC had issued an official statement that it will be releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its handsets. Today, the company has once again confirmed that it will be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation series of handsets – the Sensation 4G, Sensation, Sensation XE, soon followed by the Sensation XL.

Below is the official statement from HTC -:

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.

In addition, we can confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

The ICS update for Sensation series will be followed by updates for the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design, Incredible S, Desire S and the Desire HD.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating their single-core handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, especially the Desire HD. The Desire HD was launched way back in Q3 of 2010, and packs a 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and 768MB of RAM.

When HTC had launched the Rezound, the company had promised that the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update in early-2012. Now, the company will be updating the Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich after updating the Sensation series of handsets, which will definitely not go down well with Rezound owners.

Also, don’t expect the ICS update from HTC to look anywhere near stock Ice Cream Sandwich. The Sense skin from the company will make sure that users don’t get to see the Holo theme that Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC Sensation XE With Beats Audio and a Faster 1.5Ghz Processor Announced

HTC has just announced a mildly updated version of their sensational handset (Sensation), the HTC Sensation XE. Compared to the Sensation, the Sensation XE boasts a powerful 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm. The Sensation XE is the first phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer stable to sport the Beats Audio’ tag.

Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.

The whole phone has a red and black color co-ordination, giving it   a very sexy look. Other specs of the Sensation XE remain similar to the original Sensation, which includes 768MB of RAM, and oodles of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of sensors are also present.

The back of the Sensation XE sports an 8MP camera, with a 1.3MP camera in the front accompanying it. The other major difference compared to the original Sensation, the Sensation XE sports a bigger battery. The handset will also come with an 8GB or a 16GB microSD card pre-loaded.

The Sensation XE will also come pre-loaded with an exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones, which also has an inbuilt microphone and a remote control to play/pause and to skip tracks. The handset will be available in Europe and Asia sometime in late-September.

Hopefully, the Sensation XE has a better inbuilt audio chip compared to the original Sensation. I am also pretty sure the Sensation XE announcement must have pissed off a lot of original Sensation owners.