HTC Sensation 4G Update To Android 2.3.4 Begins Today!

HTC Sensation 4G owners get a bit of good news today as T-Mobile begins pushing out an OTA update upping Sensation 4G devices to Android 2.3.4. Bringing a host of improvements this update will be a typical staggered rollout with all customers expected to receive the update by September 18th. While the T-Mobile support forum says “late September” we’ve been able to confirm that the rollout is expected to complete on September 18th. So what does Android 2.3.4 bring?

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playbook
  • Improvements regarding device reboots
  • Improvements to icon pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

As always you can check on your device to see if the update is already waiting by hitting About phone>HTC Software updates>Check and follow the on screen prompts if available.

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  • Mjj2515

    I don’t notice too much changes the video playback is still crap. I have to use a different video player to play my videos. as the glitches I was getting on my phone seem have went away. The only thing I wish they can do is find away to improve sound quality for media and when you speak on the headsets.

  • Rogelio Oregon

    I have had none of the problems described and I love the screen capture functionality the upgrade brought as well.

  • Rogelio Oregon

    I have had none of the problems described and I love the screen capture functionality the upgrade brought as well.

    • Littlechantelle

      My phone has been doing that how does it work so when I want to do it I can

    • Littlechantelle

      My phone has been doing that how does it work so when I want to do it I can

  • Scott Norris

    I’m wondering how they think they fixed a Wi-Fi hardware issue with a software update. Placebo effect?

    • http://twitter.com/brianimae Brian Tessier

      My wifi is much improved, I don’t randomly lose connection when in the same room as my router anymore, and it stays connected all the way to the other end of my house when it didn’t before.

      • Bwanadon100

        I guesstimate up to about a half bar improvement on wi-fi for me. I think they can tweak something like that somewhat, within limits, using software. There must be a certain range they have to work with.  Also, if you haven’t discovered this yet, when in wi-fi settings, tap the setting button on the bottom of the phone for more options, somewhere in there you can check “Best Wi-fi Performance”. I’d say this gives maybe a half bar improvement vs. unchecked, but may use a little more battery.

    • http://twitter.com/brianimae Brian Tessier

      My wifi is much improved, I don’t randomly lose connection when in the same room as my router anymore, and it stays connected all the way to the other end of my house when it didn’t before.

  • Crh13

    anybody notice how much easier it is to click the little boxes next to the emails.  That little box was near impossible to click before this update.

  • Mtornga

    When I try to type with my physical keyboard some of the letters (like e and g) are making new screens pop up. They are acting like hotkeys when I’m just trying to text. Any advice?

    • drevno

      Your sensation has a physical keyboard?

    • drevno

      Your sensation has a physical keyboard?

  • Cubsfan1921

    A lot of the times i click the home button it takes a screen shot instead of going home and its only been happening since the update. It happens randomly. Very frustrating

    • Alexcutiep

      Mine keeps doing the same thing and I’ve been.trying to figure out how to do it manually

    • Alexcutiep

      Mine keeps doing the same thing and I’ve been.trying to figure out how to do it manually

      • Bwanadon100

        Tap Home while holding down the Power button. Home has to be tapped quickly while holding down power, or else you’ll get the power off option screen. It will save to Gallery.

    • Bodybuilder510

      I have same snapshop problem with hitting home… And my phone tends to go on airplane mode automatically. Weird, this update sucks.

  • Bwanadon100

    I’m reposting the last comment I made in the battery thread started by kpop, as so many replies, the reply column has gotten too thin. (Admin, can that be changed?):

    Now last night with the original battery fully charged, with all radios and apps off, display off, except for phone call service, 100% down to 79% in six and a half hours. Not as bad as that one night from 100% to 39% or somewhere close to that, but still unacceptable for standby basically. I believe any standby definition should allow the most basic feature, the ability to make and receive calls is needed, even if you don’t make/get them during that period, or what good would standby be? So one night it’s like 98% in standby  and another 79%, and still another ~39% (before hard reset). Way too inconsistent. Guess the charging plug stays in the phone when I go to bed, whether at 20%, 99%, or 100%. It should not drop like that in standby mode. Rougher on the battery always on charge, but, oh well, that’s how it goes, and I’ll get a good spare to keep on hand. Should be able to get up and have a dependable phone for all or most of the day without a daily morning ritual of opening the phone to swap batteries.

    • Elfin

      do you force close the apps? even the ones u haven’t used lately may be running in the background. also, turn off background and auto sync in settings.

  • Bwanadon100

    I’m reposting the last comment I made in the battery thread started by kpop, as so many replies, the reply column has gotten too thin. (Admin, can that be changed?):

    Now last night with the original battery fully charged, with all radios and apps off, display off, except for phone call service, 100% down to 79% in six and a half hours. Not as bad as that one night from 100% to 39% or somewhere close to that, but still unacceptable for standby basically. I believe any standby definition should allow the most basic feature, the ability to make and receive calls is needed, even if you don’t make/get them during that period, or what good would standby be? So one night it’s like 98% in standby  and another 79%, and still another ~39% (before hard reset). Way too inconsistent. Guess the charging plug stays in the phone when I go to bed, whether at 20%, 99%, or 100%. It should not drop like that in standby mode. Rougher on the battery always on charge, but, oh well, that’s how it goes, and I’ll get a good spare to keep on hand. Should be able to get up and have a dependable phone for all or most of the day without a daily morning ritual of opening the phone to swap batteries.

  • Bwanadon100

    I’m reposting the last comment I made in the battery thread started by kpop, as so many replies, the reply column has gotten too thin. (Admin, can that be changed?):

    Now last night with the original battery fully charged, with all radios and apps off, display off, except for phone call service, 100% down to 79% in six and a half hours. Not as bad as that one night from 100% to 39% or somewhere close to that, but still unacceptable for standby basically. I believe any standby definition should allow the most basic feature, the ability to make and receive calls is needed, even if you don’t make/get them during that period, or what good would standby be? So one night it’s like 98% in standby  and another 79%, and still another ~39% (before hard reset). Way too inconsistent. Guess the charging plug stays in the phone when I go to bed, whether at 20%, 99%, or 100%. It should not drop like that in standby mode. Rougher on the battery always on charge, but, oh well, that’s how it goes, and I’ll get a good spare to keep on hand. Should be able to get up and have a dependable phone for all or most of the day without a daily morning ritual of opening the phone to swap batteries.

  • B Williams2010

    I just updated and everything seems good so far. before, I having a problem with the phone randomly resetting its self so lets hope that among other things are fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

    so i had issues with the 2.3.4 update my phone gets stuck on reboot after 40-50% battery life, when it reboots it appears at 3% or no battery life, stays idle and shuts off. Also the phone sometimes gets stuck and reboots when i press the home button, and another issues is that i press the home button and it starts taking screenshots. 

    So do you think this unlock can help fix this or do we have to wait for a 2.3.5?

  • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

    so i had issues with the 2.3.4 update my phone gets stuck on reboot after 40-50% battery life, when it reboots it appears at 3% or no battery life, stays idle and shuts off. Also the phone sometimes gets stuck and reboots when i press the home button, and another issues is that i press the home button and it starts taking screenshots. 

    So do you think this unlock can help fix this or do we have to wait for a 2.3.5?

  • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

    so i had issues with the 2.3.4 update my phone gets stuck on reboot after 40-50% battery life, when it reboots it appears at 3% or no battery life, stays idle and shuts off. Also the phone sometimes gets stuck and reboots when i press the home button, and another issues is that i press the home button and it starts taking screenshots. 

    So do you think this unlock can help fix this or do we have to wait for a 2.3.5?

  • Matthew Turk

    How long should this upgrade take to install? My phone has been sitting there, blank except for the little Android dude and the “!” sign for a loooong time.

    • Osso79

      same here…it’s been 8hrs for me… should i remove the battery???

    • Amir

      The same here. what should I do now?

  • http://twitter.com/autumnrose611 Kirstyn Olson

    Just got the upgrade today at about 2 pm, and instantly my lock screen
    shortcuts disappeared.  I get the option to customize them in the lock
    screen settings, but they still won’t appear.  HELP.  I tried changing
    my lock screen to the weather app too, and that won’t work at all. 

    • Rodriguezjonathan5390

      how much does it cost??

  • http://twitter.com/autumnrose611 Kirstyn Olson

    Just got the upgrade today at about 2 pm, and instantly my lock screen
    shortcuts disappeared.  I get the option to customize them in the lock
    screen settings, but they still won’t appear.  HELP.  I tried changing
    my lock screen to the weather app too, and that won’t work at all. 

  • thirdkill888

    just updated now and whoa!super blazing fast!wifi has improved tremendously and the screen seems very very responsive now. i will try to use it for a few days and give an update again thanks

  • thirdkill888

    just updated now and whoa!super blazing fast!wifi has improved tremendously and the screen seems very very responsive now. i will try to use it for a few days and give an update again thanks

  • Stcmccti

    i updated my phone and now it wont read my sd card! i cant unmount it either the option is not clickable! now i lost all pics and music FML! help anyone

  • thirdkill888

    hmmm have you tried doing a factory hard reset?

  • Samhamersound

    i’ve had problems with the touchscreen on my HTC sensation ever since the system update. 

  • Samhamersound

    Also, the GPS seems to be ‘slower’. the main issue is the internet functions just get wierd. the pages shring and grow when swiping and it locks up a lot. Thanks for any help.

  • blu

    Sensation is the worst HTC I have had. Had the original G1 then HD2 and now sensation. Touch screen is not so great anymore but was fine in the beginning. Battery life changes after reboot. Random reboots. Phones gets incredbly hot 105F at times. Was a fan of HTC. Idk anymore. Shoulda gone for the gx2 or wait for the S2. Very disappointed. Gonna hope its a defect.

    • blu

      random screenshots when pressing home only, then oddly enough pressing home goes nowhere and just vibrates sometimes unless u do a hotboot…wth HTC.

      • Chris4bro

        i just noticed my home button started doing that just now.  ive been goggling and you are the only person to mention this problem. did you resolve it?

  • blu

    Sensation is the worst HTC I have had. Had the original G1 then HD2 and now sensation. Touch screen is not so great anymore but was fine in the beginning. Battery life changes after reboot. Random reboots. Phones gets incredbly hot 105F at times. Was a fan of HTC. Idk anymore. Shoulda gone for the gx2 or wait for the S2. Very disappointed. Gonna hope its a defect.

  • Mel

    Damn….you should get a new one mine works perfect…..

    • Hornswaggle808

      yep mine too, had mine 6 weeks now and have never ever experienced none of the complaints above. id say you all have faulty handsets and to return them to your carrier for a replacement….the other half has the galaxy s2 and there aint no comparison! HTC wins hands down!!

  • Mel

    Damn….you should get a new one mine works perfect…..

  • Mel

    Damn….you should get a new one mine works perfect…..

  • Wlucky525

    To the people with battery issues I just got this phone coming from a g2 and I noticed if u disable the locations setting under connections that uses data to randomly find you for Google maps. It runs Google maps constantly because it keeps changing your signal to different towers. Try it.

  • akottas

    i really WANT to like the htc sensation, I mean it truely IS an impressive piece of engineering, but even within the first week i got it (early august) i was in the middle of writing an email (running gmail app) and it just turned off, then rebooted!  This has also happened another 3 times since that first time!!  And disabling the “locations settings” under connections does nothing to rid of google maps (which yes, is constantly running in the background, just ridiculous!) which chews up anywhere between 4-30MB.  I ended up just removing google maps and reinstalling the few times i’ve needed it. I cannot remove tmobile’s “my account” and several other apps I do not want!! I can’t even remove google stocks and news!! I am beyond annoyed with this phone now.

  • bmoreheartless

    i dont know if anyone else noticed this. But my phone would randomly take screenshots when pressing homescreen. But i have learned how to control it. If you hold the power button and push the home button…it screenshots. FYI

    • Zoie Lasseter

      Mine ALWAYS does this

  • Laura M Gomez88

    I bought this “phone” back in June…here I am
    almost 5 months later with nothing but bad things to say about this phone.
    Before purchasing the Sensation I was all blackberry. I did not own anything
    but a BB for 4 years. The first 2 months, was adapting to “HTC-aka-smart
    phone”. Which was a very hard. First off the keyboard has no accuracy, the
    hold button has a mind of its own and speaking of sensitivity…late reaction
    to every touch. My home screen button is two faced and acts as a screen shot
    button. Almost every day I have to go into my photos and delete screenshots.
    When I am on a phone call, the phone finally has some sensitivity. I put people
    on hold, end calls and put calls on speaker phone. When my boyfriend calls (the
    only call this happens to) my phone goes missing, it ends the call and gives me
    an error message that says “this app had problems starting” with two
    options “force close” or “tell HTC”. After I “force
    close” because I’m done sending HTC msgs, I try calling my bf back and it tells
    me I’m on airplane mode?? I should have known this phone would be a nothing but
    a headache when I had my phone for 3 days and I had it charging for 10 minutes!
    Seriously, 10 minutes!! And I got a phone call which btw the ringtone did not
    go off. It burned my fingers! My phone was so hot; when I picked it up I
    dropped it. I took it to T-mobile and of course. They gave me whole run around;
    you must have left it charging longer than you did…blah, blah, blah. Another
    problem I have is, the phone gets hot after using it for more than 5 minutes; it
    starts burning up and acts very very slow “loading” msg comes up, I
    get frustrated and hit home-the phone turns white and HTC in green pops up.
    Finally I leave it alone and eventually the phone comes back to life. Another
    problem, the phone could be on vibrate or silent and it will ring or vice
    versa, it will vibrate or not ring when it should and not just ring but it will
    go from really low to really loud? Tell me how that is possible? The camera is
    no big deal at all neither the back or the front camera, battery life is not
    the greatest (and I have Juice defender), can’t erase apps (if I don’t use it,
    why can’t I erase it?), no memory (unnecessary apps take space for apps that I
    do want), 4G? (I get 2G more than 4G or nothing at all depending on the phones
    mood). My bf has the galaxy and it has wayyy better resolution with camera and
    his phone does not react as bad as mine (hint: not as bad). Honestly, this
    phone is for those of us who just can’t afford an Iphone. If I could afford
    Verizon or AT&T I would not think twice to enroll in a plan with them and
    have the Iphone without a doubt. This is no competition. 

    • Laura M Gomez88

      And that is the least to say about this phone. Not to mention my post got rejected on the T-mobile review site. Kinda suspicious if you ask me that the only bad ratings on their site does not mention half the things we say and none are the same. If anyone has a good response as to half the things that i’m having problems with on this phone please let me know. I don’t want to get another phone because it will just be a refurbished HTC…and I will be back to step 1. Thanks!

      bluefairy3000@hotmail.com

      • Alex

        yes… if you do some research there is allways a way to make everything better specially electronics…. i have a sensation and it works super great, befire i had a mytoch 4G loved it sensation kicks ass…. now lets respond to everything bad that you said… battery life this update fixes it and a good app can easily help a ton, signal…i have never seen my phone say 2G… i’m allways on 4G (ps: move to a city and get out of the forest) as far a the phone being warm.. all phones do that… some more than others… and yes if you read the spects it has a 2 processors… and no fan.. i will heat up eventually… if you complaint that the phone is very low as far as ringtone… there is an app to fix it…and please check your settings… if you have a bunch of email accounts, a fb, tweeter, weather and a bunch of stuff running and on auto sync at the same time… duhhhh i will decrease your battery and make your phone slow… there is also an app for that..autokills apps.. makes your phone run faster… over all i will give you a good tip… ROOT you sensation… is the best thing you can do…. so ps before you  go online a write a bunch of sh&t about a phone…… see alternatibes on how to make you phone adapt to you…and your lifestyle… HTC wont be making you a custom phone!!!

        hope it helped!!!

        • Bluefairy3000

          Wow, YOU really did write shit…I’m glad you read everything I wrote and gave me some kind of feed back…you sound like a very smart person. Your comment helped me with nothing but to Root my phone which is jail breaking something that did not come as I bought and will be paying an extra $30-$40 to do. I have autokill, I have juice defender and know how to customize a phone. I can also write and put sentences better than you so thanks for nothing Alex. You try to make me sound dumb when in return you sound like a complete dumbass. 

        • Joe26

          Your a stupid bitch,and a fucking snob,the htc sensation blows the iPhone out of the water. You are either ignorant or just retarded. Crawl out from under the rock you’ve been under and get educated. I’ve never read such a stupid statement from one person, nobody wants to hear a bitch rambling. FYI…How ignorant can one person be?

  • Ccolin11

    never buy a phone when it first comes it. always wait atleast 2 months for them to fix the bug. i got mine and it has no problem at all :)

    • Guest

      Anything better to say other than that? 

    • Alex

      FYI.. the phone you bought two months later was built at the same time as all the first one!!!!! is called cosumer warranty…

  • NeedANewPhone

    I’ve had my phone since June (when it came out) just got my update 2day (12/08/2011) SMH!!!! I <3 my phone!!!

  • CliffordBush

    I Don’t get my update on my htc sensation I would like it .thank you so much if you do .