HTC’s Android 4.0 upgrade plans: Sensation next month

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HTC will be updating four of its smartphones to Android 4.0 starting by the end of March, according to the company’s Facebook page. PhoneScoop spotted the news, which shows the entire list of planned upgrades for next month and beyond:

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.

This is fantastic news for owners of an HTC Sensation, a model of which I previewed on video last June. I’ve used Android 4.0.2 on my Galaxy Nexus for the past two months and in my opinion, it’s leaps and bounds better than any prior version of Android for smartphones.

Many will argue that Android updates take too long — a very valid complaint — and part of the issue is the software customizations that HTC and others add to the phones. Instead of simply providing the Android update, these company’s have to re-integrate, and possibly re-write, their own additions. In HTC’s case, that’s HTC Sense; a software overlay with custom apps and features.

Given my own Android 4.0 experiences, I think this upgrade will be well worth the wait. And it shows that the loose partnership announced last May between carriers, Google and handset makers to get software updates out quicker hasn’t been forgotten.

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