HTC Sensation 4G Ice Cream Sandwich Update Arrives May 16th, Amaze 4G In “Coming Weeks”

Well, today may not be the day for the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update after all, instead we’re turning our attention to the HTC Sensation 4G and official word from T-Mobile. According to T-Mobile’s support forums, the ICS update for the Sensation 4G starts May 16th with a download from HTC. T-Mobile also updated the support document for the HTC Amaze 4G however, no specific date was given for Ice Cream Sandwich, only that the download will arrive in the “coming weeks,” and that no steps are necessary to receive the update. The update list for new features and improvements appears to be the same for both devices.

Beginning May 16, an optional update will be available for the Sensation 4G to update to the latest operating system, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can choose to download the update to Android 4.0.3 by following the software update steps.

Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update. You can add the feature online at or by calling customer care.

So what’s new with this update?


  • Android 4.0.3 / Software version 3.32.531.14710RD
  • Approved 5/16/2012

New Features

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life
  • Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update.


  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

According to our intel, the Galaxy S II update has been delayed due to a kernel issue and has been resubmitted to T-Mobile for approval. No idea when the re-submission took place, but typical approval timeframes are around 30 days.

T-Mobile (Sensation 4G)

T-Mobile (Amaze 4G)

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  • Yu-gi.

    question is will i still get update although i am on a unlocked phone for simple mobile, phone orginally from t mobile

  • Socalfrank

    I’m beginning to wonder, “what’s so great about ICS”?
    Why would you upgrade if a feature like Wifi hotspot is important to you?

    I bought the phone at full price and have an unsubsiized plan. Why should they be able to modify my phone in this way?

    T-mobile used to be synonymous with value, but lately they are chipping away at reasons to stay with them. If they want me to pay Verizon rates and fees, I may just head over to Verizon, or go with MetroPCS, the new value leader.

  • BrianTessier

    I just finished the upgrade and my phone works like a dream. I’m loving it. An added bonus that I haven’t seen mentioned is that if you use Dropbox, they are giving you an extra 3 gigs of storage for the next 12 months.

  • Dbm2001

    Upgraded last night. Works great! It still has mobile hotspot in the drop dowm quick settings

  • Chrisdt

    But I don’t see the new lock screen. It’s still the old one with the ring. And i don’t have the option of dragging down the notification screen in the lock screen…

    • BrianTessier

      If you have your security to include a lock code, then I don’t know how it works, I have mine open so from the lock screen just pull down from the top and you get your notification bar expanded.

  • twitchmcgee

    TMy only question is will

  • Kenny3

    i just downloaded ICS on my sensation, and now my Facebook won’t open, keeps saying unexpectedly close?

    • Devin

      I had that same problem. I went and did the update for facebook in google play and now it is working fine. HTH. :)

  • TmoRepKS

    After doing the update my phone would say (about every 30 seconds) that facebook had an error of some sort. Went into settings/applications and force closed it. I also cleared the data and cache. Then I went to the play store and did the facebook update (over wifi) and it is now working great!

    Didn’t know if anyone else was having this problem!

  • PMack14

    dont panic people ics works fine give ur phone a min to catch up remember its a mass update…

  • loco

    ok by when do we get jelly bean update lol… the only thing im not liking is the internet its full screen, and before if u scroll all the way down and want to get to the top of the page quickly= (no more)

  • TechHog

    Wait, so I need to pay for Wi-Fi Hotspot, a feature I don’t want, to get this update? F*** T-Mobile. Now I’m switching carriers ASAP. If I have to pay more anyway, why stick with these ass****s?

    • David

      That’s not what it says at all…I’m not sure how people are understanding it this way as none of the documentation reads like this. You DO NOT need it unless you want it. Upgrade to your hearts content and don’t worry about it.

  • rachel phillips

    at first I was very upset over the new Updates because immediately after downloading it to my HTC Sensation it started Acting Up! 
    I called T-Mobile an after speaking with one of the agents we decided that it would be best to go ahead an do a hard reset on the phone which fixed the problem but of course I had to go through an re install all my APPS (which I’m still doing!)….so I highly recommend formation your phone & backing up your apps BEFORE doing the update to avoid an additional problems….it was a Three day Nightmare for me!

  • Mfor33

    so no story on the HTC amaze update? get on it tmonews

    • David

      Good god man, it’s barely 8am…I’m entitled to sleep.

  • Devin Phares

    So, I did the ICS update and now my text messages won’t load. I click the icon and it goes into the app, but it says “Please Wait” as it loads. It never stops loading. I was sitting there staring at it for 10 minutes. It seems to let me go into it only if someone had texted me. But, It won’t let me go into it as if I wanted to text someone else. This is super frustrating.. please help?

    • Khadaffy

      im having the same issue please wait on text app smh is there a fix for this yet

      • amanda

        I’m having the same problem too!!! very aggravating… 

        • Nick

          How did you fix it??

        • MTS

          Hey all. I i have well over 10k text messages on my phone. It took about 1 hour to load them all. Eventually it finished. Just leave it loading before going to bed and the tooth fairy will sort it out.

      • Angeli

        Have you fixed this problem?

    • Angeli

      Have you fixed this problem?

    • linda

      How I fixed it is I didn’t allow my phone to sleep otherwise don’t let the screen go black. go to settings, display, and click where it says never allow sleep. then go back to the message screen where its loading. after maybe ten minutes if that it should finally load I have over 10k messages too and it worked great. before I tried that my screen said please wait for like 6 hrs and nothing loaded.

  • Fatalhashbrown

    ICS has been like a rock for me since downloading the update last week. No freezes or slowdowns, both of which were common place on gingerbread. Also folks, if you update to ICS make sure you update ALL of your apps as well before you start slamming it. its common sense folks. Loving ICS right now.

  • lame the king :)

    Hey I just received the up date!!! It’s 4.3 I hit the check now button in settings under HTC updates!!! It’s gorgeous!!! Funny I came in here to see any news and I said let me see if the update is out anyone else have it well enjoy :)

  • faddy

     My 4G isnt working after the update to ice cream.. only stuck with 2G. any ideas?

    • MTS

      I got the same problem too. I had the sandwich for about 1 month now and no success thus far. I know that the refurbished units come with the ice cream and work fine with 4g.

  • frusrated

    my phone also only says 2g… where did my 4g go? my phone is slower. having problems with messages not loading. and loading slow. names not showing for my contacts just phone numbers are visible in my messages area. and when i go to sync my facebook contacts with my telephone contacts it wont work. after pressing the sync contact button and manually trying to sellect a person from my facebook contact list, the facebook contact list is empty and tells me i have no contacts :( i am not very happy with this upgrade. what are some fixes?? m i able to get the old version back??

  • ChrissyB

    After the update, my messages won’t load, I see a few solutions and am going try them out, but for some reason, I don’t have any Widgets, anybody have a fix for this??