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HTC Details Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Schedule, Rezound Not in the First Batch

HTC has taken to Facebook to let consumers know which devices in their lineup will be first to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich updates. According to HTC, we can expect to see the updates begin to roll out by the end of March for the original Sensation, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, followed shortly there after by the Sensation XL. The following batch of devices will include the Rezound and Incredible S, but there is no time frame listed for that device other than, “later this year.”

We can be thankful that HTC is keeping us in the loop at least, but we know that Rezound owners would rather have ICS sooner, rather than later. The Thunderbolt was not mentioned.

Via: Facebook

Cheers George!

  • Tomofpittsburgh

    I just bought a Rezound last month, and I feel ripped off too. I’m going to remember this next time I buy a phone, HTC an Google.

  • Amen, brother. I had a Thunderbolt and really really liked it, once I was able to get a stable CM7 on it. The updates for reboot took forever, so I was glad the bootloader was able to be unlocked. That said, I also picked up a Nexus because I NEVER want to be reliant upon the manufacturer for support ever again. HTC and Verizon pushed the Thunderbolt ad nauseum as the killer phone. Verizon has even offered it recently on television now as a great 4G discounted phone. But HTC has treated it like the red headed stepchild and I don’t think I’ll be buying any more HTC phones after this. It’s Google-only phones for me going forward.

  • Tony21ny

    couldnt agree more!!! had incredible on release day then thunderbolt on release day. loved htc til i realized updates never happen.  only reason i loved my thunderbolt is all the diff roms i flashed.  Gave up on htc got my nexus on release day and love it!!! rooted and flashed cause i was addicted after my t-bolt. relized this phone is great right out of the box.  went back to stock android and samsung hit it right on. hopefully samsung can lock down googles trust and have future nexus’. doubt it though with the whole moto thing

  • Android fan

    Curious about something.  What does ICS do so different from latest gingerbread version that people are so anxious to have it on their phone.  I tried the Galaxy Nexus and I just don’t see anything that fascinate me.  All in all, both version does the same thing.  It is just the interface.  For me what is really important is call quality and connectivity.  I am a first time Sense user and  so far I really enjoy HTC sense.  Their icons and interface are colorful and visually appealing.  Web browsing is great with no problem.  I honestly don’t know if I should install the update once the update comes in.  I hope there is an option for it.  Sometimes updates and new version is not always a good thing.  Like using Office 2007 over Office 2003.  I rather use the old office version.  It is easier and gets the same job done

  • Facebook, shmacebook.
    Check Google+: https://plus.google.com/105983594520322058171/posts/1Pwtu8E4ZA4

  • terry_nolting06

    Incredible S but not Droid Incredible 2? WTF?!

    • As you can see, this list doesn’t have a single Verizon device.
      Looks like HTC have a problem with Verizon.

      • With the S getting it, wouldn’t that mean rom makers could then just port over the builds to the INC2?  I’m not sure how any of that works, but with the S at least getting it, it seems a lot more hopeful for a working ICS build than if the S wasn’t getting anything.  I mean we already have working ICS on it, but buggy stuff like the camera could get ironed out.  Hopefully 😀

    • As you can see, this list doesn’t have a single Verizon device.
      Looks like HTC have a problem with Verizon.

  • deepblue5

    Sorry about the bad spelling. I was a little mad at the time.

  • deepblue5

    HTC, I bought the Rezound over Nexus because the implication was that it would ICS soon.  Now your delaying ICS on the Rezound?  This is my first HTC device, shall it be my last?  I while bite the bullet fling this thing out the window, take out another contract and buy the Nexxus and watch HTC go over the cliff.  You will alienate customers if you jerk us around like this.

  • Woo i tipped this. Now i wish a timeline for the Rezound would move up compared to later in the year. 

  • “The Thunderbolt was not mentioned.”  GRRRRRR!!!!

  • Jason

    I can’t take it anymore.  This site used to be great, but now all these jackasses with the Nexus can’t shut the hell up.  There are folks who would like to have a phone work as it should out of the box. You shouldn’t have to dick with your phone all the time for it to work right.

    So long droid life!

    • I’m another jackass with the Nexus I guess. Actually although most of us bought the Nexus specifically to “dick around” with it, the real forgotten thing in this whole deal is that the Nexus is probably the FIRST Android phone that you really don’t have to dick around with in order to get it to work right. It’s the closest thing to an Android phone for iPhone users you can find right now. ICS is totally killer.

  • Aebrahim619

    is the dinc2 going to be updated.

    • terry_nolting06

      Let’s hope so, but they list the Incredible s and not the Incredible 2 when they’re basically the same phone. I don’t get their reasoning.

  • Anonymous

    We already have ICS, unoffically though via Sense 3.6 & 4 leaks. A few guys have stripped off Sense to get a AOSP-like ROM that’s pretty damn good. I just want them to release it so we can get truly customized (built from source) ICS ROMs.


    It makes sense that the international versions get updated first along with T-Mo because they don’t require crap from VZW to do anything.  I would rather wait for the Sensation XL (US Rezound) later after the bugs have been vetted.

  • Anonymous

    I was all excited when I saw this and then was quickly disappointed when I saw the Rezound was slated for “later this year”. I already have an amazing ICS ROM on my Rezound that’s pretty damn close to AOSP and it’s absolutely amazing. Check it out at: http://themikmik.com/showthread.php?11238-Senseless-4-0-3-ICS-v1-0-0-2-4-2012&p=178493#post178493  make sure you’re using a Android 4.0.3 kernel though or you’ll get Android.Process.Acore crashes after you add your google account.

    After using this rom, I can’t even imagine how nice CM9 is going to be.

  • Mike McCrary

    “You idiot Nexus owners! Buying a sub-standard phone just because it has ICS! The ReZound is a much better phone and we’ll have ICS in a couple of months.” – ReZound owners in November.

    • Mike McCrary

      And yeah, I admit I’m being a bit of a troll here. But that pales in comparison to the amount of ReZound trolls in every Nexus post since early November. 

      • Jim Ortmeier

        No different than the reverse in every Rezound post in October. Personally I don’t get it. NO phone is the be all end all. If they had made the Nexus using a SGS2, it would’ve been closer, but there will always be something held back by these OEMs, otherwise you wouldn’t need to buy the next phone.

  • Trafisedwordz

    What about the Droid incredible 2?Wasn’t it released after the incredible s? Arent they essentially the same phone?

    • If the IncS gets it and the DInc2 doesn’t, there’s gonna be some serious hell to pay from HTC. They ARE the same phone… one just doesn’t support CDMA. AFAIK, that’s the only hardware difference, everything else is just software.

      Edit: ESPECIALLY since VZW just re-released the DInc2 in red specifically for Christmas.

      • Jim Ortmeier

        This is where that sotry about the Verizon GNex not being “offically supported” may come into play. Since the IncS is a GSM phone there will be less issues updating it to ICS according to Google. More than likely if the Inc2 does get it, it will be later than the IncS for just that reason.

        Actually the Inc2 would probably be closer to the Tbolt. Even with the difference in screen size and no LTE, the cpu, ram, & 3g radio are probably the same between those two.

      • i know im thinking the same damn thing. 

  • Dliuzzo110

    By the time the tbolt gets ics it will be time for our upgrade anyway. Unless the great deb’s can work a miracle with the til.

  • Destroythanet

    HTC treats their LTE phones like crap imo.

    • Rich

       Yeah they do… And its pretty sad too… No phone looks like the other and all their skins cover up the actual OS that we want are looking for…

  • Twitter: AlwaysAndroid

    Just tweeted HTC and they told me that this list is incomplete and pretty much assured me the Thunderbolt would be getting it. So you can all rest easy…or as easy as possible still knowing you bought a Thunderbolt lol. 

    • Sunstreak115

      what did they specifically say? 

      • Twitter: AlwaysAndroid

        I tweeted:
        [email protected] love how the Thunderbolt hasn’t even been out for a year [email protected] made no mention of it getting #ICS. They seem to forget so fast…And they replied:[email protected]@AlwaysAndroid Stay tuned. This list isn’t final. We’ll have more info soon! 😉

    • Pretty much the same response could be seen at 
      https://plus.google.com/105983594520322058171/posts – look at HTC’s comments.

  • Josh Flowers

    another article supporting my choice to purchase a Nexus. my Thunderbolt is aching from this article. oh well, back to the root forums to theme it as close as i can get it.

  • You can tell that HTC is a hardware company. Their phones are built well but their own software cripples them. My Thunderbolt initially got very slow due to HTC Sense 2.0. Then after a Sense update, the phone kept rebooting several time a day. After another update, random reboots went down somewhat but it broke voicemail. I installed Cyanogen Mod 7 Release Candidate 1 and even though the phone was not officially supported, it completely outclassed the any official HTC Sense ROM in terms of speed and stability. If it wasn’t for CM7, I would have chucked the Tbolt out of a moving car window.

    HTC needs to stick with building good hardware and let Google handle the software. I bought the Galaxy Nexus and am very happy with it but would have rather bought an HTC-built Nexus.

    • lostsync

      I still think the N1 was one of the sexiest looking phones ever released. HTC has a pretty awesome sense of aesthetics but you’re right…they really need to kill off sense or really, really scale it back like Moto did with Blur.

    • I did the same thing. I traded in my DX2 after a few days due to major issues. Picked up the TBolt precisely BECAUSE I knew if I had issues, I’d be able to flash a different ROM to it. Thank god for that, because shortly after, the official update came out and caused the reboot issue. I flashed CM7 and it was an awesome phone for me until the Nexus came out. Passed it on to my wife who was using a D2. She loves it, even restored to “stock” Sense now that it has become stable. I really hope for her sake they decide to release an official ICS for it.

  • Anonymous

    High five if you bought the nexus because you knew this would happen.

  • angermeans

    Don’t forget Samsung they never update their phones either. I’ve lost faith in OEM skinned devices and I won’t spend another dime on an android device unless it is a GED.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Hrmm. And so it begins. Which will happen first, a Nexus update that adressess the sorry connectivity, or ICS for the Rezound? If ICS for the Rezound happens first, I might stick with the HTC, despite Sense. If the anticipated OTA “fix” for the Nexus happens first making it reliable finally, then I’m going back to the Nexus.

    Of course, the next big thing might show up in the meantime and trump either of these options, too.

    • angermeans

      Sorry connectivity? Mine and everyone I know that has one has been the best phone I’ve ever owned. I have heard some complain of keeping 4G but I never get calls for the galaxy nexus, now Motorola that’s a different story for sure

      • trevorsalienarms

        Yeah, that was my experience. Doesn’t appear to be an uncommon complaint either. Returned two of them because neither could hold a data signal or make calls reliably. Very frustrating, as I loved the phone otherwise, but if I can’t make a call when I need to…forget it. Some dude on one of the Android boards has chronicled how he has now gone through SEVEN Nexuses, all with signal problems. (Not due to his to his locale, he’s in a full 4G area.)
        One of these days, I’ll get lucky and get a good one. Hoping the next OTA update resolves the issues.

    • Mike McCrary

      4.0.4 with new radios for the LTE Gnex leaked several days ago. Should be going OTA to everyone shortly. Everyone is raving about the new radios. 

      • Yep. I had trouble getting even a 1x connection at my desk with my Nexus, where before I was able to connect no problem with my HTC. The new radios have fixed this issue and I can now say my connection at my desk is the same as with every other phone I have used here at work.

  • event121

    Read early comments in their facebook post. They replied to some people asking about the TBolt and HTC said more devices will be announced. 

  • Jer85008

    Looking for a good excuse to void my warranty and try some custom roms – now I have one…
    Still happy with the Rezound.

  • Mmoreimi

    You lying bastards

  • PC_Tool

    Someone else here caught the issue:  The GSM before the CDMA.

    You can all thank Qualcomm.

  • Thelegendofdavid


    Sf, ca

    – g nexus owner

    • angermeans

      I know you love your galaxy nexus (as do I) but was your post really neccassary or even worse does it make you happy to laugh at others bad news? Kinda immature dont ya think?

  • Anonymous

    A note about Ice Cream Sandwich:
    We are planning to upgrade DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, Motorola RAZR™, Motorola XOOM™ (including MOTOROLA XOOM™ Family Edition) and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola to Ice Cream Sandwich. We will provide more precise guidance on timing after post-public push of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, as well as any possible additions to this list of devices.

  • Jeff Tycz

    “no mention of the thunderbolt”

    what happened to the “Android Update Alliance” that all these manufacturers supposedly agreed to where they would provide upgrades for 18 months doesn’t anyone remember that? If your phone is less than a year and a half old and not getting ICS you should be letting them know

    • Just because they didn’t specifically mention it doesn’t mean it won’t get the update.  It might be coming in the third batch of phones. 

      • Treknologist

         I agree with you.  If you read the statement, this is not the final list.  Look at the last sentence.

        “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.”

  • Disturbing to see that the Thunderbolt was left off and that the first wave isn’t getting update til end of March

  • bobo

    I didn’t see the HTC Droid Incredible on that list.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure the OG Inc is past end of life

    • royalewithcheeze

      i didn’t see the HTC droid eris either. 

    • Cause that mofo is too old to receive an update.

  • Anonymous

    Screw HTC and the rest of them with their overlays and BS carrier bloatware.  Next phone for me is Nexus device! 

  • Im the idiot who told his girl friend to exchange the Nexus for the Rezound. Massive connectivity issues with the 2 Nexii, but she loved the features ICS brought to her phone. I told her the Rezound should get ICS in a couple of months. Never buy HTFAIL

    • The Rezound has ICS NOW, if you’re not a blithering dunderhead.

      •  This is not about ROMs, this is about official software updates directly from the phone manufacturer.  Therefore, what you just said has nothing to do with this issue.

      • trevorsalienarms

        Are there any current ICS ROMs for the Rezound that don’t have a laundry list of bugs yet to be worked out?

        Signed, Blithering Dunderhead.

        • Anonymous

          This is the best I’ve found so far: http://themikmik.com/showthread.php?11238-Senseless-4-0-3-ICS-v1-0-0-2-4-2012&p=178493#post178493

          Flash this kernel first in hboot: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=22203549&postcount=40

          It’s AOSPlike so there aren’t any Sense elements in it.

      • Unless my girlfriend refuses to let me void her warranty.

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t really void the warranty, just unroot. 

          • Anonymous

            Yea it does, considering the only way to root is via HTC Unlock. They have a record that you unlocked your bootloader, hence your warranty is void.

        • When I axed a Verizon employee in a store about ICS for the Rezound. He, of course, said he didn’t know. But when I asked him about rooting and installing a ROM and whether it would void my warranty (espesh since the unlock procedure was released by HTC themselves), he said they don’t really check for that when a customer takes a phone in for troubleshooting.

      • Anonymous

        The custom ICS roms are far from being ready for a non tech person to use, they are still pretty buggy. They’ll be there in about a month or so, but right now it’s pretty janky.

        • Anonymous

          They’re well on their way, any 4.0.3 release is better than the 4.0.1 releases. I’m currently running The MikMik’s Senseless ROM and it’s damn near perfect.

  • bikerbill

    They originally said q1 of 12 . I knew it and that’s why I traded it for the galaxy nexus . And resound us a beast and I thought it was only missing ics . Oh well that’s why I love my nexus

  • Rooted Thunderbolt user here – Tried out ICS at VZW store on GNex.
    No slight to ‘Bolt users, IMO, especially if you are rooted – you can blow the doors off the GNex performance with a rooted ‘Bolt and the right setup.

    • Jakers

      *Note*: Don’t forget your flame-suit when making irrational statements

    • “you can blow the doors off the GNex performance with a rooted ‘Bolt and the right setup.”

      No, no you can’t. Please troll again.

    • angermeans

      I’ve owned bolt since launch and also the nexus since launch and I hate to break it to ya but it def does not blow the doors off the galaxy nexus. I have always rooted/mod my phones and the tbolt was alright but will never compete with any vanilla android device especially when. the nexus has a dual core processor, more ram, no skin like sense, and running the Much more optimized ics over a sensed out gingerbread. I couldn’t get rid of the thunderbolt fast enough it was a horrible excuse of a phone from HTC . It wouldnr last even half a day without charging, was horribly buggy, and worst of all could not keep a data connection to save its life. If it wasn’t for the das bamf team I would have blown that phone up. It literally turned me off of android and I’ve owned many android phones over the past 2 and 1/2 yrs. While awaiting the galaxy nexus launch I picked up the HTC trophy so I could have a phone that worked. I’m glad your liking yours but it will not blow the doors off any phone that’s been released in the past two months

      • Hey anger, you got nothing to hate to break to me – I went to the store and did it – showed the kid working there too. If your rooted bolt didn’t perform, maybe it was a pebcak error.

        A rooted, overclocked @ 1.9 Thunderbolt with the right kernel and ROM cannot be touched by the GNex running the overrated vanilla ICS ….  been there, done that, humbled the punk in the store.

        • Anonymous

          Why don’t you turn the clock speed back down to how it came out of the box and try that again? I’ll even give the Bolt a handicap and tell you to clock it up to 1.2 GHz, the same speed as the GNex’s proc. I guarantee you, the difference will be visible.

          I’m sure the GNex runs pretty damn well when it’s processor is clocked up to nearly twice its current speed. If you’re going to compare phones, do so on an even playing field, you stupid bag of troll. Now run along finish melting your silicon.

        • Ok… seriously you actually took it to the store to show the salesman… get outside more dude, please.

  • Scott

    Newman!  Guess I’ll get to work on rooting then…

  • Bradeschwartz

    what about the Rhyme?

    • Anonymous

      It’s a 7×30 device, so you’ll see this and CM9 one way or another.

  • Jakers

    It does take a while to bake Sense into a new release of Android

  • Jikhead

    Just like I said over on the Phandroid Rezound forum back in October:  the earliest the Rezound will get ICS is April or May; and that is being generous.

  • Murph

    Sense-sei no!!

  • Russ

    It just takes the manufacturers way too long to get it to market. Actually it’s probably the carriers that slow things down.

    I’m tired of waiting for the OTA updates (that fail anyway because I’m rooted and removed bloatware). I just flashed CleanROM ICS last night and I’m loving it!



  • Anonymous

    INTERNATIONAL sensation end of March ,T-Mobile version July at the earliest .thanks bloat . MY gnex ftw

  • ThatGuy

    Not upgrading their flagship makes no sense

    • Anonymous

      You guys have to understand, those are GSM phones that get the updates first. Remember the complexity Google announced on CDMA Nexus?

      • Jim Ortmeier

        Beyond that most of those phones are also European. The Rezound maybe their flagship phone, but only in the US & on Verizon. The EVO 3D is their flagship on Sprint, the Sensation 4G on T-Mob, etc. The European Sensation series phones are the flagship phones on their respective carriers for HTC across the pond. We in the US sometimes forget that there are other models in other countries that HTC has to deal with as well.

        • RezCommando

          What are these “other countries” you speak of and why aren’t we bombing them?

    • Chauncy

      I see what you did there…

      HTC not upgrading forces you to use something like CyanogenMod which doesn’t have SENSE….lol

  • Logan_jinx

    Once again, this is why I bought the security that comes along with a nexus.

  • Edwin M

    Porque??? Oh well, looks like I’m going to go to the dev community with my unlocked rooted Rezound.

    • Chauncy

      atta boy

  • Kevin

    What? No Thunderbolt? I’m shocked.

  • OGDroidToWP7

    More like Blunderbolt.

    • Zachary Manville

      Thunderbolt with extended battery is still an amazing device.

      • At that point it should be called the ThunderBrick.

        • PC_Tool

          I heard tankBolt…  :p

        • Fakiesk8r333

          I prefer thunderbutt

  • Greg Morgan

    I”m running ICS on my rezound right now. Weird though that one of their best phones isn’t getting it first.

    • kretz7

      Either way people will complain. People with the sensation would complain if they didn’t receive it first, just like the people who purchased the rezound will complain that they’re not the first to receive it. Can’t please everyone.

      • Jim Ortmeier

        I can see the reasoning both ways. The Sensation series came out before the Rezound, so they have been waiting longer. But when it was launched, they stated matter of fact that the Rezound would get ICS in early 2012. At that time, it was the only phone that they went on record to say it would get ICS. The thing I think will irk most Rezound users is the mentioned “early 2012”. If they start in March, the Rezound probably won’t see ICS until around late April to mid June, which is hardly early 2012. While I am a Rezound user, I can understand them wanting to dole out ICS on a first release, first updated basis. Next thing you know us Rezound owners are going to sound like those J.G. Wentworth commercials “It’s my Ice Cream Sandwich and I want it NOW!!” 😉

  • Michael Forte

    Don’t know that you can call it Ice Cream Sandwich anymore once HTC gets their hands on it. Ice Cream Sensewich perhaps?

    • Chauncy

      Some solid wordsmithing right there….lol

    • John

      You must work at the best place in the world. Seems like you just sit & watch your RSS constantly =P

      • PC_Tool

        …you must be jealous.

        • John

          naw more curious. i sit at work & watch my rss feeds too

          • Nexussss

            I watch Twitter at work

          • Anonymous

            Same. =) Twittah for the win

          • PC_Tool

            Oh.  Well….carry on then.  😀

      • Anonymous

        Or he just… doesn’t work ;-).

    • Noyfb

      Should call it Neapolitan Sandwich when they’re done 

  • Goblueboy

    Sensation Fighting!