The official release date of the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE is expected before the end of March, but today HTC announced that a preview of the Ice Cream Sandwich update with be made available to the public within the next few days. But don’t get too excited. HTC has a very limited scope with the Android 4.0 update preview and will only be releasing it to a few hundred users in Europe.
HTC is doing something new and pretty cool in the coming days: we’ll be releasing an “early access preview” of our ICS upgrade for the Sensation and Sensation XE. This will be limited in scope (just a few hundred users and only in Europe) because we’re still scaling up back-end resources for general availability worldwide, and our hope is people will play with it and enjoy getting used to the ICS experience with Sense. We’ll be doing similar previews for other devices in the future, too.HTC
While we doubt any US HTC Sensation 4G users will be getting the update to play around with, we’re excited to see HTC planning to use this approach going forward with other devices as well. Many of us have experienced how Android updates can go horribly wrong, so this final phase in the software testing process should help them identify any issues which were not identified in HTC’s labs.
If you live and Europe and own the HTC Sensation or Sensation XE, keep an eye on your notification bar for the Android 4.0 update. How many of you will be lurking on XDA-Developers or your favorite development forum to get a first look at the official Ice cream Sandwich update for the two devices?