Feb 15 AT 3:52 PM Nick Gray 23 Comments

HTC to release an Android 4.0 ‘early access preview’ for the Sensation and Sensation XE


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?

Source: Android Community

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Deeds

    Well for me, I just have to wait until CM9 comes out, so hopefully soon


    I think keridel is in the UK with a sensation, hope he gets it

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

      I am in the UK. I have a sensation. I WILL BE GETTING IT!.

      I hope….

      It turns out members of HTC elevate will be able to do it.

      I am a member so will pursue it.

      • Jeff Pan

        Do tell us how it is!

        • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

          If I can I will write a review of it for here and let you know.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Man i really wanted the sensation XL to come to the US sadly the person i know that has a sensatoin wont let me play with his phone lol no preview for me

  • xsynth

    Damn, the article title got me excited! I was all ready to update my partners XE haha

  • Tangent

    Aww man! I was all excited for this right up to the “few hundred users and only in Europe” part…

  • Mr. Green

    HTC Sensation XL is one amazing device!

    Can’t wait to see how ICS with Sense 4.0 will look like “officially”.

  • R.S

    Hmmm, so if European Sensation owners should have it before the end of March that probably means that US Sensation owners (on T-Mobile) shouldn’t expect it until Summer time. I don’t have a Sensation but prolonged releases still bother me.

    • DROID Sam

      Check the link in the article. Htc sensation for t mobile usa is expected it update in march as well.

  • T1392

    Glad to see HTC moving along as fast as they can to get android 4.0 out there other then The Galaxy Nexus by samsung on 4.0.2

  • Hall Lo

    This is great news! Its good to see HTC is almost ready for pushing our delicious ICS!

  • Nathan D.

    Well at least it well help make the update process better

  • spazby

    really good news…

  • aeronoors

    when in south asia?

  • bellken

    awesome news for some lucky users?

  • danielmkim

    Um, how about the HTC Thunderbolt?

  • CTown

    Are they going to “Samsung” their customers and make them use an old version of Sense on Android 4.0?

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      I don’t think so. I hope they realize that by doing this they will lose a lot of their fanbase. Let’s just see what they have prepared. There are other HTC devices launched last year that are waiting for ICS as well :D (like mine :D)

  • MoSDeeb

    The sensation my brother owns was not stock for very long. Although he is a fan of MIUI which I think is still on android 2.3.X, not sure

    • nick

      there is a miui based on 4.0 out for the sensation