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First Batch Of Sense-ICS Builds Released For The HTC Rezound

Thanks to the unlocking of the HTC Rezound’s bootloader, we have seen so much developer love for this device. It’s funny how just a little bootloader can make a device so desirable. If you have been looking to have Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense on your device then be sure to check out these to builds that are said to be almost 100%. As far as we can tell, this is built off of the leaked ICS-Sense ROM that leaked last week.

To check out the downloads and read up on how to flash, just follow these links and learn everything you need to know.

RezROM ICS | CleanROM 

Cheers Shooter_454!

  • http://twitter.com/gregraslan Greg Raslan

    (Somewhat)Off-topic question: If I disable Sense on my stock(locked, Android 2.3.4) Rezound and put a different launcher on there, can I still use the Sense widgets i.e. Weather, Contact Grid, etc?

  • Tbwritersblock

    “these to builds? ” Doesn’t anybody hire proofreaders any more?

  • JB

    You nexus trolls are the f@kin worst. You really must not be happy with your purchase if you have to hijack allllllllll the rezound blog posts and forum threads. Ughhhh can’t you dickheads just stfu you are worse than iPhone users. And I’m not talking about all g nex users just these trolling clowns. People should be able to read posts about whatever phone the bought and enjoy without shitheads like you making dumb comments left and right. And if your not down with that, I got two words for ya suck it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503332367 Adam Cox

    the senseless “almost” completely AOSP version is on xda too, it is a REALLY good first attempt at ICS for the rezound AOSP style. There are a few bugs, but recently coming from the dx with firstencounter’s ICS it is as good if not better than that ROM. I’m
    thoroughly impressed.

  • Anonymous

    Yuck!!  Sense is so bad anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Skins over ice cream sandwich are not only unacceptable, they’re insulting.

    • TC Infantino

      In your opinion.  I happen to like the way Sense works, at least the Sense that is on the Rezound.  I have no experience with Sense on other phones.

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    Yo this is unrelated but we need an answer for iTunes U and iBooks 2 with etextbooks. Lets go Google 

    • GNEX(MOTOX)

      itunes u?

      • Anonymous

        it lets educators design and distribute complete courses and lets students access these courses through a free app via their idevices…

        • GNEX(MOTOX)

          ahh. yea… id like to see if my textbooks are on there… 5 bucks says they aren’t.. but anyways…what so maybe a couple months before google has something like this. I want Majel out..

        • GNEX(MOTOX)

          wait so is it in itunes? i don’t see it…

          • Anonymous

            just search itunes u in the app store

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    G Nex ALL DAY!!! 

  • Charlie Bronson

    So tell us Nexus owners. How do you guys REALLY feel now?

    • shdowman

      No need for that.

      While I do not own my Nexus anymore, I positively loved it. (sans the camera). Since I am back on a budget and it looks like I can have a pretty stock ICS experience on a phone that is half the price, I might be tempted to jump…

    • Anonymous

      I feel pretty good actually!

    • mons

      I love the phone.  I wish the camera was better.  Believe it or not, it’s possible to hold these two points of view at the same time.

      • mons

        Also, I don’t like the looks of their ICS.  I like the G nexus more – I prefer the on screen buttons to physical/capacitive buttons, I like the bigger screen and the lighter weight, and the updates from google, and the lack of Sense or other manufacturer skins. 

      • TC Infantino

        Yes, this is exactly what I mean.  It is all personal preference, some people love the look and feel of the Razr, some love the G-Nex, and some love the Rezound.  Just because I chose the Rezound over the others doesn’t mean that I think those who chose the Razr or the G-Nex were wrong.  I just knew that I liked the Rezound much better.  And things like these new ROMs are a great thing because it helps bring more of the Android community to the next level OS.

    • Anonymous

      If I wanted Sense, I would have stuck with HTC.

      But I don’t…so I didn’t :P

    • GNEX(MOTOX)

      Ugh feel pretty good…most update software every day, all day. Great battery life, stock android and everythings pretty awesome over here… oh yea, also got my “wallet” with me without it.. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

      really good those screenshots dont even look like ics

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Since Google has said that you have to have the Helio theme inorder to access the market… do you think OEM’s will start using Amazon as their default market places?

    • mons

      Holo, not Helio.  You’re missing a key point: ”
      We have no desire to restrict manufacturers from building their own themed experience across their devices. In fact we’ve gone further to make this even easier. In Android 4.0’s API (level 14) we’ve added a new public theme family to complement the Holo family introduced in Android 3.0: DeviceDefault. DeviceDefault themes are aliases for the device’s native look and feel. The DeviceDefault theme family and widget style family offer ways for developers to target the device’s native theme with all customizations intact. ……….. Android apps running on 4.0 and forward can use the Holo themes and be assured that their look and feel will not change when running on a device with a custom skin. Apps that wish to use the device’s default styling can do so using the DeviceDefault themes that are now in the public API.”

      http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2012/01/holo-everywhere.html 

      So I’m going to say no, OEM’s won’t start using Amazon as the default.

  • John Jablonski

    Question: What with all this unlocked-bootloader love we’re seeing now, is the Nexus program really so important anymore? Part of the Nexus appeal is (was?) that it is unlocked and will be supported, either via Google or the dev community, for a long time.

    Now that other phones are unlockable, what’s the real advantage of the Nexus? (Aside from ICS; I’m talking about in 3 months when there are more ICS phones on the market.)

    I am now debating between getting a Galaxy Nexus or waiting a bit longer for a (nicer?) unlockable HTC 4G phone.

    • Josh Groff

      Edge maybe?

    • Rich

       Don’t waste time on the HTC phones… The skins take away so much from the non-skin OS like the nexus…

      And to be correct, HTC phones do not come unlocked… they just give you a tool to do it over the web… the phone still ships locked…

      • John Jablonski

        While true that you need the tool to unlock, it is still easily unlockable. And once you install CM9 (or a vanilla Android), Sense goes away. So, what’s the Nexus advantage?

        And my wife likes her OG(?) DInc.

        I agree about Sense tho…yuck.

      • Dirk Diggler

        That’s why they make Sense-less rom’s…. New to the mod community I pressume?

      • TC Infantino

        Ahh, but the G-Nex also doesn’t come unlocked, the process to unlock it is just a little easier.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

      One of the biggest reasons I chose the Nexus was it had a bigger more gorgeous screen and the lack of a single logo on the face. verizon doesn’t make phones. They sell service. And Samsung’s logo doesn’t belong on the face… logos should only go on the back.

  • Dirk Diggler

    For those complaining about Sense. There are two AOSP Rom’s, one is a Vanilla the other is a clone Vanilla. You get all the Nexus features (save for NFC) and more than a Nexus. Pick your poison, IMO the Rezound is looking like the better phone over the Nexus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

      how because its processor is .3 faster or because the camera is better? or maybe because it has beats!!!

      • TC Infantino

        Well….all that plus it has a more solid build, the car dock has a built in charger, I personally think the screen is better, and don’t forget the free headphones that can’t be Beat at that price.

  • http://twitter.com/shehippie CrazyOldBroad

    ahhh perfect!! I just put my Galaxy Nexus in the box to ship it back will have the Rezound back tomorrow!!! 

    • Anonymous

      Crazy old broad…

  • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

    My God.. what have they done to ICS?! :(  It doesnt even look like ICS. 

    • Josh Groff

      Oh God, it’s Sense, what else did you expect, just throw on go launcher or adw. There are also senseless ICS ROMs coming out for it, some dude posted an XDA link on here somewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/michaelaburnham Michael Burnham
    • http://twitter.com/Pucuck Nicholas Ringhiser

      I’m running this at the moment. Grabbed it when he first posted it this morning. Runs like a champ and looks pretty much exactly like an AOSP ICS rom. There are few little things here and there that are left over from Sense, but it is pretty minimal. I’m definitely not a fan of Sense, so this works out great.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

      thanks for posting this. link should be added to the article IMO. 
      this rom makes me wanna go to VZ right now and go get a rezound. tired of locked bootloader on my bionic. 

      • http://twitter.com/michaelaburnham Michael Burnham

         I agree, I was hoping he would edit it in.

  • Jb

    I’m running the clean Rom ics 2.0 its awesome. Those pics make it look like the same as gingerbread version but its far from it. You can use most of the main aosp apps if you want like launcher, settings,browser, contacts, etc. Somebody over at xda created something to install them if you want to ditch the sense look. The only problem I had was g plus messenger kept quitting on me so I used root explorer and went to system apps because its embedded in ics and changed the plusone.apk to plusone.apk.bak and then installed it from the Market and I haven’t had the issue since.

  • Steve McD

    Honestly if i had to pick any UI from a manufacter and it was between a GS2, Rezound, and Droid razr. I would pick the GS2 touchwiz is a little cartoony but the way i keep my phone it works perfects,

  • Anonymous

    I can’t see how anyone would want that dreck over the beautiful stock ICS.

    Of course, people buy volkswagens and volvos so I guess its still legal to have poor taste.

    • Dirk Diggler

      There are some feautures that Sense still has over ICS. I agree ICS looks days better and full of bloatware but Scott did a fantastic job and removed the bloat (most?). Only two devices outbenching is the Galaxy Note and Asus Prime, Nexus is behind the Rezound with ICS Sense.

    • Monty Waggoner

      I love my Volvo, and my Rezound. 

      Miss my old VW Bug too. You’re right, I DO have horrible taste :-)

  • Steve McD

    Not true. CM9 will probly take a while….is the thunderbolt even fully functional yet? The 4g was broke or barely working in that forever. HTCs radio codes are horrendous. CM9 Wont have Beats built in and other things will take a lot longer to work out. So nice try :)

    • Josh Groff

      HTC has plenty of radios to replace and throw in a firmware flash, it’s golden, have had no issues with sensation development so far and would think the Rezound would have even better feel to it.

  • Beelow319

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

  • Steve McD

    ICS has better management of things under the hood but it seems to be basically the speed of gingerbread. ICS is a visual upgrade with new features (some already were out there but now their aosp). The jump from froyo to gingerbread was noticeable as hell in speed department.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      You can only optimize code so much.  Without a skin on top and the right hardware, there is no lag with ICS.  

  • Steve McD

    the beats they give you arent as good quality as the ibeats which are $100. 

  • Jordan Webb

    At the new $200 price point (with what…$100 headphones? I don’t really pay attention to these.), an awesome camera, awesome screen, and solid build quality, this is an HTC phone I actually would recommend over a Motorola phone, locked or unlocked.

    It’s fairly competitive with the Nexus, but the additional dev support for the Nexus, curved glass screen (so sexy!), and AOSP drove me to the Nexus as a phone nerd. For my family/friends who ask though, the Rezound is right up there with it.

  • Steve McD

    he is probly ganna say the normal sense one thats above and AOSP that will take a while to be 100% functional even with the bootloader unlocked especially because on the 4g radio and it being htc.

  • Steve McD

    he is probly ganna say the normal sense one thats above and AOSP that will take a while to be 100% functional even with the bootloader unlocked especially because on the 4g radio and it being htc.

  • Booboolala2000

    Wheres ICS? All i see is sense.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure you would have to get the phone in hand and go through all the options. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/pilotsleep Adrian Contreras

      That’s what i dislike about HTC, change up the signal/battery icons at least. Never feels like an upgrade.

  • Christopher Tubbs

    Are you referring to  sense 3.5 and 3.6

  • Christopher Tubbs

    Are you referring to  sense 3.5 and 3.6

  • Steve McD

    Gurantee a nexus will always run better than the rezound. Reason being…….sense.

    • Josh Groff

      Reason that is false, cm9. Good day.

      • Andrew Akker

        Well, good luck getting a good LTE ril without having source.

        • Josh Groff

          And again we get into stuff I barely know, fairly new to the dev community. :/
          What is a ril?

    • Anonymous

      Nexus doesn’t run well now.  Yes, ICS is nice.  But poor radios, outdated camera and design killed the GNEX.  The camera on my nearly two year-old Fascinate is better.  I loved the screen, but I’m done with Samsung for now.  It killed me to return my Nexus after four weeks, but I couldn’t live with the old hardware of the Nexus.  All depends upon what you’re looking for, but I have to rely on my device as a PHONE first!  Everything else comes second.  
      Not sure where to turn from here, but HTC has made some nice phones.

      • http://twitter.com/MistaWolfe TLW

        You’re an idiot.  Troll comment complete :)

        Outdated hardware?  Doesn’t run well?  What are you smoking pal?

        • Dirk Diggler

          GPU is outdated, other than that the rest is inferior save for the CPU and NFC. Now with ICS rom’s on the Rezound, how is the Nexus the better phone? CPU is *slightly* faster but with the Rezound higher clocks, it ALMOST bridges the gap. AMOLED screen vs REAL 342 PPI, a toss up. Nexus lightspot is quickly turning dark….

          • LionStone

            Hey man, done any new movies lately? hah! ;)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

            I put my Rezound next to my Thunderbolt the week I had it, and I don’t know why, but during that week, the Rezound’s screen felt tiny. Even next to the Thunderbolt it looked smaller… Too tall and too narrow. Pretty awkward if you ask me.

        • Bjork

          I too returned my GNex and got the Rezound.  The Gnex just wasn’t right.  I’ve had the Rezound for about 5 days now and I love every bit of it.  The GNex never felt right, and I really wanted to love the GNex because of all the hype.

        • Rolo72

          I returned my gnex as well, I guess I’m high too. That thing dropped more calls and lagged more in one week than my rom’ed out Droid X did in a year. My wife has the Resound and after playing with it rooted and rommed, I wi

          • Rolo72

            …will be getting it.

      • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

        Yo who is this guy lol. Killed the g nex. The only thing that could kill the gnex would have to be chuck norris or one of those old school nokia phones.

      • Anonymous

        Watch out…the nexus fanboys don’t like people saying ANYTHING bad about their end all be all phone on this site…liking any other phone is unacceptable!!

      • Anonymous

        Old hardware?  It has the best CPU/Screen currently available, only the GPU is older and it’s overclocked.  The camera is great when you know how to use it, check any Nexus picture forums and you’ll see it’s very capable.  Any radio issues will be resolved by updates, it’s happened with every 4G device.  Design killed the Nexus? lol, you don’t deserve the Nexus, glad you returned it.

  • Christopher Tubbs

    More stable hardware and now at least some developer support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1465651056 Robert Lacy

    So it looks like Gingerbread with an ICS style dock.

  • Stephen

    Las time I checked that looks nothing like ics. No more Android skins for me.

    • Anonymous

      ?   You can’t see ICS by simply looking at a screen or two… lol  

      I bet anyone who has this phone and loads it they will like it.

      • Josh Groff

        Been running sense 3.5 ICS on my sensation since it leaked with Beats audio, good stuff.

    • Anonymous

      For the exception of a brief hiatus with the Galaxy Nexus, I’ve had this phone since day 1 and I love it! Not even rooted… Yet!

    • Spanki

      To be honest this is exactly what I was expecting and I think it’s a good thing. You can still clearly see Vanilla ICS underneath it just has a light skin over it.

  • Steve McD

    sense is terrible. I wonder if htc will ever make an AOSP device or somewhat close to one ever again unless they get another nexus deal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1465651056 Robert Lacy

      No, they aren’t making an AOSP device. HTC is too in love with Sense to abandon it.

    • Anonymous

      i don’t mind sense, at least from a manufacturer UI standpoint.  it feels better and more intuitive than “don’t call it motoblur” or motoswitch or mototurd or whatever they’re calling it these days

      • Jordan Webb

        Really? That was really the biggest thing Moto had going for them in my book. Blur (IMO) is much, much nicer than Sense.

        Then again, the majority of my Sense experience has been on the Fiance’s Eris, so I may be somewhat biased.

        • Anonymous

          ouch eris.  all i’m making that judgement on is the htc view 4g i bought on when it went to fire sale status last month on the daily deal sites.  it just feels more welcoming, more useful, and more complete than blur.  but, ya know, pure opinion.  i may be biased because of my dislike of motorola :P

          • Jordan Webb

            It might be more welcoming, but Blur is more graphically pleasing to my eye. The paginated app drawer (Like ICS), blue color scheme, and general snappiness just felt more powerful than Sense’s rounded, slightly in-your-face graphics and slightly laggier responses. 

            This is all post-Bionic/D3 Blur, not the early crappy version.

            Of course, this argument is why they’re even putting the skins on in the first place…creates a brand preference. Funny how, while we may have opinions on this…lots of people choose AOSP given the opportunity.

          • Anonymous

            i’ll agree with you in the graphics department.. motorola looks more serious.  but in the “pick up and use” department, sense feels better.  i think i’m talking in the way that the iphone is just easy to pick up and use.

            but yeah, AOSP all the way.

    • Anonymous

      As far as skins go I liked Sense.

  • ddevito

    This is what I was afraid of. That looks nothing like ICS. At all.

    • Bewara2009

      they are two kinds of Sense ICS built…Just to let you know… 

      • ddevito

        And they are ?.. they look nearly identical to me. And why are they only based on 4.0.1?

        • Bewara2009

          RezROM ICS | CleanROM ..

          • ddevito

            Yes, I see – I looked at screenshots of both but both look like Gingerbread

          • ddevito

            looks like they’re not even using the Roboto font

            EDIT: looks like CleanROM is but RezROM isn’t entirely. Not a huge deal but at first glance I couldn’t tell it was ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that amatuers (no offense to the developers) can pump out updates way quicker than the manufacturers?  Seriously.

    • Anonymous

      Where do you think this came from?  HTC is the one who leaks this stuff to the developers.

      The developers don’t make this stuff you know… they just play with it.

      You can thank HTC for all the leaks. They get it out there so that the enthusiasts can get it and play with it.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I get that, but the official ICS won’t end up on the Rezound or Thunderbolt (my phone) until April at best.  The ROMs always come a couple months early.

    • Josh Groff

      Aliens. Or carriers and the legal system, your choice.

    • Anonymous

      Testing, carriers, guidelines, etc……
      Devs answer to no man!!!! OEMs do

  • http://twitter.com/JONvsLEE Jonathan Lee

    I just got my Rezound and I’m loving it! I do plan to try some of this stuff out though.

  • Anonymous

    I just noticed the clock says Fargo (North Dakota). I used to live in Minot North Dakota and I loved that place!  North Dakota Rocks!

    • EC8CH

      I’m holding it down in 58102

      • Anonymous

        :)   I miss 58701, Of course this last year it was almost completely under water.

        I also LOVED the movie Fargo…. LOLOL

        I was driving through the Fargo area when it was under heavy flooding. As I was going down the highway all you could see on either side was water.  Amazing stuff… The night before I was stranded in Devils Lake in a snowstorm. 

        I worked a few years in oil exploration and my Mom and stepfather owned a shot hole company filling the holes drilled for setting of charges for seismic readings…

        The snowmobiling up at Lake Metigoshe was awesome and the trails into Canada were amazing.

  • Anonymous

    damn you motorola

  • Christopher Tubbs

    That’s why I went with this phone instead of the NEX

    • Anonymous

      Why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

      so you could get ICS? really?

  • Magnus

    Is it really ICS Based or did they just change the debugging icon to be the ICS one?

  • Anonymous

    If I had the Rezound I would be very excited about this!

    I would be real curious to see what the Sense version of ICS is like.

    Having a phone that allows you to unlock the bootloader is a wonderful thing! I hope all you that have it enjoy this!

    • Anonymous

      the best version of Sense is no Sense….make sense?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    So close to pulling the trigger at $179 on Amazon. im not paying close to $400 with taxes and all that at the Verizon store for the nexus

    • df2rools

      it was $150 on amazon on release day.

      I got it for $189 (because I had to add a line to a family plan) on wirefly

    • Dave

      $169 at Costco…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

        is that with accessory pack?

  • matthew hilliard

    what about the thunderbolt!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      They will leak one for the Thunderbolt at some point.  But it is no longer their newest phone… but it will come.

      • Josh Groff

        Sensation has it. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/cpuangel cpuangel

    I can’t wait for someone to get RIL working for the Thunderbolt..  

    • Anonymous

      All they need is for an ICS build to leak for the Thunderbolt just like it did with Gingerbread. It will happen… HTC is pretty good in letting out leaks. We all ran Gingerbread on the Bolt many months before it became official.

  • Nexussss

    Poor Razr, if only your bootloader didn’t hold you back

    I blame Moto!!!

    • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

      I blame Verizon. But that’s an argument for another day.

      • Nexussss

        I never believed Verizon is making them lock the bootloader otherwise HTC, Sammy, and LG would be locking theirs down.

        • Josh Groff

          ^ This

        • TC Infantino

          Actually I do believe that Verizon tells the manufacturers that they want the bootloaders locked.  But I also believe that the manufacturers are staging a little rebellion by providing a way to unlock the bootloaders.  They are after all selling the phones with a locked bootloader, and they are warning us that unlocking it will void the warranty.  I believe that they are adhereing to the specifics of Verizons requirements, while allowing the consumers to choose what they want to do.  Motorola just isn’t following their lead, sadly, even though they were the ones who seemed to promise that they would unlock their bootloaders even before we heard from the other manufacturers.

      • Anonymous

        then why did they carry a nexus or why could htc unlock the bootloaders??

  • Anonymous

    “It’s funny how just a little bootloader can make a device so desirable.”

    Why can’t Motorola get this through their thick skulls?

  • Bewara2009

    Keep it coming Kellex :D

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      Why? I get the pre-release builds. I enjoy them, but what has HTC done to this besides change the pull down to a black BG with white text? Oh and that new launcher that looks tacky. I’ve ran Sense for close to a year, and can’t stand the sight of it after getting my GNEX. I just don’t see the appeal.