HTC Sensation 4G ICS now available (Free Tethering gone)

So the time has finally come for us anxious HTC Sensation owners where Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich would be arriving for users of T-Mobile. If your like me you have been impatiently waiting to sink your teeth into it. Coming from testing the HTC One S, all I can see is using ICS going forward and reverting back to Gingerbread 2.3 was painful and even a eyesore. Thankfully Google is finally changing this.

By now you probably have already downloaded the ICS update but if you haven’t there are some interesting things you may want to know about it. The download comes at a decent 320MBs and takes about 15-20mins, then goes through the process of installing. After you receive this update, you may be hard-pressed to see any changes, but there are. You can now make folders on your desktop which are pretty nice. The HTC Sensation is supposed to be running much faster and you should have access to some ICS only apps you couldn’t before such as Google Chrome Beta. Once you use this browser you will never go back to the native one.

When I 1st did the upgrade the device seemed smooth then it seemed to be as sluggish as prior. I tried to remove some things. But apps left and right would crash such as Facebook, Twitter, and I cant tell you how many times I rebooted Instagram and also did installs and uninstalls. It seems like the best thing to do is a Factory Reset after doing the ICS update. Starting from scratch my Sensation is acting like a million bucks. No slowdowns, no crashes. I can say I’m enjoying it now. If you go this route which I HIGHLY suggest, do a backup of your important info if you need to.

The bad thing and only thing that can stop users from doing this upgrade is the lost of the free WIFI Hotspot aka tethering on your device. At times I haven’t used it but others I used it tremendously whether for my laptop or my other portable devices. I just liked the fact the feature was there and could be turned on and off without question. Now if you want to use it, its $14.99/monthly added to your bill. Come on T-Mobile. Guess anyway to squeeze money out its consumers.

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.

After you have any other questions about the Ice Cream Sandwich update checkout the link below:

http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2392