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HTC Rezound Ice Cream Sandwich Build Leaked, Now Available for Download

As owners of the HTC Rezound await an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, some sneaky person has leaked the official update build onto the web for everyone’s pleasure. The operation to update your device is extremely simple, but may take some time depending on your Internet connection due to the fact that the file is a humongous 640MB. If you feel like tasting some sweet ICS on your Rezound before it is released to the masses, then follow the instructions down below to ensure a proper installation. 

Instructions for installation:

  1. After downloading the file, rename it to PH98IMG.zip.
  2. Place the renamed file onto the root of the SD Card.
  3. Power down your device.
  4. Reboot into the bootloader by holding VOL DOWN + Power.
  5. The flashing process should begin automatically.

Give the device some time to reboot and once it does, you will be off to enjoy your weekend with ICS. If you have any questions, shoot them down below and we will do our best to tackle them.

Via: Android Police

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAPSWJAKUUDWW3FFQHO74NMIU tony

    trying to load this leak but the file won’t update in bootloader plz help

  • jamisles02

    One problem that I see is that when I go into Handcent, any contacts who I have their pictures set as their Facebook icon don’t appear.

  • Ben. H

    I got two questions.

    1. If I install it will I still be able to get updates from HTC through software update?
    2. How do I return back to 2.3 (Gingerbread)?

  • 1221rezound

    Is anyone else having the battery issue after installing? Also, the only other problems ive found are some minor things in the browser, like ocassional foreclosures and when a pop-up comes up, the bar where the link and refresh bar blocks the exit button on the popup so u cant exit out of it (it blocks the whole screen). Other than that, it runs beautifully and is very nice. If anyone knows the problem or solution on the battery problem (loses battery very quickly, much quicker than before, on gingerbread), please let me know. Thanks

    • 1221rezound

      Also, it wont let me put the alarm volume all the way down

  • http://twitter.com/brewner Brian

    only issue i’ve noticed so far, i have an airport extreme at home, and the only time it will connect to the wifi is when i put it in airplane mode, then turn ON wifi. works other places. i’m trying to find another AE to test with at work.

  • http://www.elementary-project.com Kevin McDole

    Just did this. Has anybody else had an issue with both the WiFi and the LTE icons showing at the same time (when WiFi is on)? It’s not using 4G but in the quick settings it shows 4G constantly as “turning on”.

    • http://twitter.com/brewner Brian

      yes, but only on my wifi network at home (so far). it works as it should at work, but i’ve noticed this as well.

      • http://www.elementary-project.com Kevin McDole

        Exactly. Seems like the first one I set it up on this happens. I relocked my bootloader so I could install the Stock ROM to get the new radios, then I unlocked my bootloader again and flashed the rooted version. I still had the same issue initially, but I fixed it by removing some bloat (freezing and uninstalling).

        It actually seemed to correct after removing the Caller ID app. Maybe just coincidence.

  • http://twitter.com/Rafyvitto Rafyvitto
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438819214 Douglas Lewis

    Need help.  Picked up a rezound on saturday and intantly wanted to do the update. Every time i try to apply the update it starts out normal, but freezes at the “checking…[ph98img.zip]  It says ***LOCKED*** at the top of the screen, not sure if that matters.  I turned off the fastboot, but that is pretty much the only thing I know how to do on my own.  Any help would be appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/brewner Brian

    nevermind. looks like i had it on my phone’s memory, not my card.

  • http://twitter.com/brewner Brian

    i downloaded, renamed, copied, rebooted into bootloader, when it gets to the PH98IMG.zip, it says No Image, the does nothing. FWIW, i’m still locked, not rooted. lil help?

  • Orthius1969

    am using this now and it works great it fixes the hotspot problem also great software

  • Yoderz

    I ran the update yesterday and then installed scrosler’s CleanROM right after. Took a while for the whole process, but it is totally worth it. For the first time since owning the phone, I no longer feel like I need to have a charger near by. I’m losing around 1- 2% of my battery per hour on standby instead of every 5 minutes. I don’t have any of the power saver systems running. It’s basically the stock ROM. Loving it.

  • Redblits89

    The rezound has beats audio installed does this update come with beats audio as well?

    • That one guy

      yes, beats audio works everything is working on mine. This is the perfect mix if sense and ICS. This also took me 4 times before it worked.

  • mike

    I tried uploading the ZIP file but I got a message saying “no image or image not found” .

    • twohawks

      I’m having the same issue.  I’ve done a ton of things to make sure I got a good download (checked MD5 — it was good).  I turned off fast boot, made sure the filename was correct ”
      PH98IMG.zip” with no extra “.zip”  (also without quotes — of course).  Rebooted into the boot loader and it keeps telling me “no image.”  I’ve been working on this all night.  Haven’t received much input and still having the same problem.  :(

      I’m not liking this leak very much. 

    • twohawks

      Mike, did you find a solution?  I’m still having the same issue.  I can’t get the image to flash at all — I’ve tried this multiple times and have downloaded the file from each mirror just to make sure I wasn’t getting a corrupt file.

      Anyone else have any suggestions?

      • Dwellthen

        Yeah man you just dont put the .zip on the file name..it is a zip file

  • http://twitter.com/dmchase87 Dallas Chase

    I downloaded the file and put it on the SD Card (not in a folder). Then I shut the phone down and got to the HBOOT screen. What do I do now? If I restart it still says i’m running Gingerbread.

  • Bodhiballer

    Boo for Sense 3.x – the word is that Sense 4.0 is really light and much improved, but it looks like the legacy devices won’t benefit from those improvements.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    Will I be using a different launcher here?  Most likely! I wish Sense had more ‘look’ options as far as dock was concerned. .

  • NotoriousNeo

    Loaded this sucker on my Rezound. Fairly smooth build. Things from the previous verison that kind of irked me like the occassional lag when opening the app tray have been addressed, but can still crop up every now and then. Not sure if this is totally finished as there’s traces of stock ICS littering the build including ICS-style notification windows (mixed with regular ones), a setup screen that’s nearly G-Nex in look and other random things like some widgets (search, bookmarks) and wallpapers (phase beam, nexus, bubbles). 

    I was kind of hoping for a Sense 4.0 interface, alas…

    • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

      How’s your camera? Mine just shuts down right after trying to open it.

    • G.A.22

      Does it have the disable apps feature in this version?
      It would be so like VZW to disable the app disable feature…
      Their bloat must run!!!
      It sucks that carriers can decide what features ICS has…

      • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

        I was able to disable apps.

        • NotoriousNeo

          Yeah the disable app feature is there and my camera runs just fine.

        • G.A.22

          Thank you for the reply, so you can just natively go and “disable”all the VZW bloat from consuming resources?
          I want this feature along with the native screenshot vol down + power (can you confirm that too?) On my Droid incredible 2! ;D

  • Growlor

    Anyone try a Bluetooth mouse with this (or any of the other ICS builds?) I tried it with the GB that came standard, but it was just too weird (didn’t function like I expected.) I am hoping the Android 4.x ICS will make the mouse act more “PC-like.”

  • Caleb Martin

    “Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life” Wow, they actually fixed something…

    So… if I install this, will it keep me from getting the official OTA once it is released?

  • that one guy

    so I Followed the steps and nothing happen. any ideas

    • twohawks

      Make sure you have renamed the file correctly.  You may have named the file [filename].zip.zip.  Make sure the 2nd .zip isn’t there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leonel-Guzman-Junior/100000614061789 Leonel Guzman Junior

    MOTOROLA CAN LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM HTC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    COME ON MOTOROLA GIVE US ICS FOR THE DROID RAZR

    • OhAaron

      Unfortunately, it’s going to be quite a while.  I jumped ship to the GNex, because it was still in the Development & Planning Stages.  I’d guess Q4. :( It’s a damn shame that Moto has gone downhill so much.. 

  • summit1986

    File is humangous big… Like universe.

  • Balls

    it looks the same

  • Tyler Casilio

    Ah thats boring!  Is that what it will actually look like, because I feel like every time something like this happens, the actual outcome is not whats shown

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealChizBaby Dyzek :D

    I hope the Incredible 2 gets both these updates!!

    • thebluegod

      Yeah it pretty much will get the same exact build. I wouldn’t be surprised if the people at xDA cook up something for the Inc2 using this leak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DCasper Dustin Casper

    I see a bunch of Gingerbread…

  • Famest3r

    Root and fix it its not that hard it took all. but three hours and you’d think I was running an aosp Rom. or just use nova launcher. who cares what the manefacturer gave you turn it into what you want. this phone has the best screen, camera and look of any phone out. and has a step by step program to unlock and root.

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

      “This will not work if you used the HTC Bootloader unlock tool. Your device must be fully stock with a locked bootloader.”The rooted version also says:”flash in recovery – will require the stock build if you want the new radios, too”

      So no, just get a Nexus.

      • Famest3r

        Or you could just flash the new radios unlock it and flash an ics Rom and you’re right on track and you have a solid signal and camera. just saying

      • Orthius1969

        if you relock the bootloader load the software it will work then you can just re-root thats how i did mine

      • Ted Wickins

        ya lets downgrade to a nexus just because ics isnt on the rezound yet lolol. dude rezound trumps a nexus. 1.5 ghz dual-core > 1ghz dual-core

      • Kyle

        What does it mean, “locked bootloader?” If you have a fully stock Rezound, would this work?

  • http://twitter.com/lonndoggie Lonnie Brownell

    You  might want to go look at that Android Police link.  There are four downloads linked there, the first three are non-rooted, which the version here appears to be.  Note this comment:

    “This will not work if you used the HTC Bootloader unlock tool. Your device must be fully stock with a locked bootloader.”The rooted version also says:”flash in recovery – will require the stock build if you want the new radios, too”

  • Derickmc

    I personally love sense in top of ICS. I think its flawless. I’ve always been a fan of sense… the “Nexus” ICS is boring to me. Very few widgets, and the ones you do get are lame. I do like the minimal look to it, but get bored with it pretty fast. I also love widgets and unlike stock ICS, Sense has awesome widgets. I’ve been running ICS on my rezound for a month now I have loved every minute of it. Sense 4.0 looks promising too!

    • jroc74

      Even tho I dont like what ICS will look like with Sense UI…I agree with this.

      The functionality, enhancements custom UI’s bring to stock Android doesnt get enough credit.

    • Orthius1969

      You are so very correct I had a nexus for a night then returned it boring and little fun

  • Diablo81588

    The only thing i see that even resembles ICS is the version number.. Leave it to HTC to ruin ICS with their ugly skin.

    • Derickmc

      its personal preference.. I love sense. I think it makes stock android come alive, weather its GB, ICS or even FROYO… To me, Stock android is boring. Very few widgets, and the ones you get are plain as can me. I happen to love widgets, which is why sense is awesome to me.

      • Htc

        Yes +1

      • jroc74

        Have to agree with you on that one. Seriously…custom UI’s dont get enough credit for what they do good.

  • Shayes1018

    Do I have to be rooted and if not where do I find the root of the sd card?

    • Tim242

      Root of the SD card just means not in a folder.

      • OhAaron

        I found that out last night, when I was flashing 4.0.4 to my GNex.  I was like… it doesn’t have an SD card.  I just stuck it under “downloads.”  Worked like a charm!

        • Tim242

          You finally got your Nexus!!! Welcome to the club! 4.04 is nice, but AOKP 4.03 has a lot more customizations : )

  • Chris

    Do these carrier builds still allow you to disable the skins? I thought that was a feature of Ice Cream Sandwich.

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

      No, that was never a feature of ICS.

      • Lavoisier1794

        I think he was thinking of the bloatware delete feature of ICS. Disabling skins would be nice though….

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    So the rezound is about to get a version of ICS that is newer than what I have on my galaxy NEXUS. wtf Verizon/Sammy/Google.

    • Dude

       It’s a skinned HTC Sense version… Why would you complain? I guess you can try to download this on your Nexus if you really want it

      • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

         I don’t want the HTC skin… but I do want new ICS. Gnex is on 4.0.2 and this has 4.0.3 while I know 4.0.4 is out as well.

        Just knocking the gate keepers for taking so long in releasing versions.

        • Dude

           That’s the problem with you people. You’re never satisfied. You have the only phone with a good ICS and you still find a reason to complain.

          • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

             While its good… it has its issue that I know are fixed in these later versions.

            Its so good as is, I haven’t rooted/rom’d. So I’m satisfied but there is a reason I bought a nexus device.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001616213210 Guy Pierce

            I have the Nexus and you really need to be rooted, romed and kerneled. It really makes ICS that much better; pure ICS will always look and run the best.

          • Ted Wickins

            your complaining because you have a nexus and its made by samsung who sucks. rezounds the best phone out right now and thats why its 10x cooler that we get ics

          • Lavoisier1794

            While the GNEx is fine. It could use an update for the radios. My wife’s Nexus will sometimes lose 4g when my revolution doesn’t. She doesn’t mind it too much but hopefully 4.0.4, whenever it comes, will fix it.

          • Noyfb

            The Gnex does need a little tweaking and some minor fixes

          • OhAaron

            It does!  I live in a 3g only area, and I was only getting -125 dbm in my house.  My Bionic gets -93 dbm.  I just flashed 4.0.4 last night, and my Nexus is now tied with my Bionic in radio quality.  Every thing is better. You can see an unofficial change log here: 
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1481044

  • Tony Wong

    Does installing this wipe out all data and apps?

    • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

      Yes it does.

  • MarkyMark

    Beauty of skinned devices: manufacturers can just throw a few new icons in and update some version numbers and BAM latest software. Customers are non the wiser.

    • CORYK333

      As opposed to the average user freaking the fck out bc they woke up 1 day & their phone was alot different??? Just look at the average users reaction to the “market/play store” change for a perfect example. We (1%) can root & remove, but u have to look at an OEMs bigger picture (99%).

  • Almostadr

    Why no sense 4.0?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    so in other words, they leak it to get you folks to put it on your phone to see if it trashes your phone befrore releasing it to the public

    • http://twitter.com/wh1te_mag1c John Doe

      Let’s get our tinfoils hats, everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zkrpan Zach Krpan

    Do I need the latest OTA for this. Im still on what the phone was in the box with. I am rooted and debloated but can I still flash this 

  • DroidzFX

    Looks like same old boring interface. 

    • hkklife

      Yup. Sense (at least 3.x and below) has NOT aged well at all.  It was pretty spiffy back in the WinMob/Droid Inc days but now it looking very, very stale and cluttered.  And what a resource hog Sense is!

      Still, it’s good to see HTC being so aggressive on rolling out their ICS updates.  I still really, really want it for my EVO View!

  • dk81

    Well for everyone trying to hate on the nexus at least ics looks like ics on it

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

       That’s true.

    • jroc74

      Same could also be said for the ICS leaks for the RAZR. 

  • RumbaCembe

    Wait where is the ice cream, all i see is a bunch of nonsense 

    • http://www.facebook.com/zkrpan Zach Krpan

      OMG that was so god dam funny to me

    • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

      How’s the yam farm doing?

    • ArmanUV

      BAZINGA htc

    • OGDroid

      What happened to oems needing to keep some of the holo theme in order to keep play store access?

  • Youshouldknow

    This might be a stupid question but do i have to root first to do this, or can i just follow the steps? 

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      No root needed. 

      • Youshouldknow

        okay thanks. 1 more question if I wanted to go back to GB, can I just do a factory data reset?

        • Lacokanostra

          I need yo know also!

          • Qqq

            Nope. There’s more to it if you want to go back.

      • Lacokanostra

        If I flash this will I be screwed in the future?

      • Guest SF

        “No… Root is needed” or “root is not needed”  ??  

        • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

          no comma means root is not needed

    • youngnamlee

      Root is needed in order to flash the zip

    • youngnamlee

      nevermind, tim would know more than me!

  • Chris G

    Why would I want to upgrade to ICS during March Madness?

    • JRsm7

      what’s the different? you obviously have time to go on here.

      • JRsm7

        *difference

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Hooray, it’s exactly the same (ugly and bloated) as it’s always been.

    • Ryan

      Dude do you do anything except troll post so you can state over and over and over and over exactly how ugly the manufacturers skins are? We get it. Now go hump your G-Nex until you have something useful to add.

    • CORYK333

      I’ll just copy/paste my reply to some1 earlier—->.As opposed to the average user freaking the fck out bc they woke up 1 day & their phone was alot different??? Just look at the average users reaction to the “market/play store” change for a perfect example. We (1%) can root & remove, but u have to look at an OEMs bigger picture (99%).

    • TC Infantino

      So you don’t like the HTC Sense skin, so what?  Some people actually like the functionality of Sense and all the things it can do.  I am running Scott’s CleanROM 3.7 ICS on my Rezound right now, it is totally awesome, fast, sips battery, and has Sense.  If you don’t like the look of Sense, then don’t buy an HTC.  And if you don’t have an HTC and are just trolling the comments to say how much you don’t like Sense, you can of course respectfully STFU.

  • KB Smoka

    This will obviously kill root right?

    • Keith Sumner

      no, it’s a leaked build

      • Sikesjb

        just because its a leak doesnt mean you wont loose root. its a whole different file structure and probably bootloader.

        • brian

          Use voodoo OTA root keeper in the market it worked when I installed the leaked 4.0.4 on the Nexus

          • Sikesjb

            Didnt work on the A100. It’s a gamble either way.

  • RogueHarvest

    I’m running Scotts CleanRom but this is still fantastic news!

  • Keith Sumner

    What’s the point of carriers adapting and releasing the newest version of Android if they completely change the look/feel/functionality of it to the carrier developed user interfaces?

    • Jared

      What is the point of waiting for an updated version of Android if the only thing you want is a new skin?

  • Smeckle

    So now the Rezound will be officially more up-to-date than the Nexus? Nexus is still OTA 4.0.2, right? I’m running a ROM so I don’t know.

    • jjrudey

      Well this isn’t officially released. So no. But if you’re counting unofficial, 4.0.4 was leaked a while back for the Galaxy Nexus so still no.

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

      I hate seeing this misinformation being spread so much. Each device gets updated based on what the hardware is, and different software versions is inevitable. One company using SnapDragon CPU’s may be altered of a vulnerbilty using their chips that doesn’t effect say tegra 3 chips. Thus they will get a bumped software verison if warranted. The number isn’t everything boys and girls.

      • Smeckle

        I really don’t care if they’re different, I was just wondering. It doesn’t matter to me since I don’t do OTA anyway. And I don’t know what “altered of a vulnerbility” means.

        • GuidZilla

          Really that difficult to see altered as alerted?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharrief Sharrief Ibn Kamal Shabazz

    But…it looks…the same :(

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      That’s the beauty(?) of HTC’s Sense. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        I think you mean that’s the bad thing about Sense.  It’s looks just as horrible and outdated on any version of Android.

        • Noyfb

          Sense… for people who don’t like change

          • Chris

            if you like cents, how can you not like change?