HTC has confirmed that the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming for some devices, specifically the Sensation and Sensation XE, by the end of March. While that’s not too long to wait, waiting can be hard for some people, and HTC has finally come to realize that. The company has announced that they will be offering up an “early access preview” of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Sensation and Sensation XE, but only for a limited number of owners.
While the initial report, found on Android Community suggests that it is a wide availability option, the official statement from HTC confirms that the update is more tuned to Motorola’s “soak tests,” which are delivered only to a few people and used as a way to test the update before making it publicly available. That’s what is happening here, as HTC says they will be offering it only to “a few hundred users and only in Europe.” (Emphasis added by editor.)
Here’s the official statement:
“HTC is doing something new and pretty cool in the coming days: we’ll be releasing an “early access preview” of our ICS upgrade for the Sensation and Sensation XE. This will be limited in scope (just a few hundred users and only in Europe) because we’re still scaling up back-end resources for general availability worldwide, and our hope is people will play with it and enjoy getting used to the ICS experience with Sense. We’ll be doing similar previews for other devices in the future, too.”
It’s better than nothing, and if you happen to live in Europe and own either one of the devices, it’s good news. You might be able to test Ice Cream Sandwich before everyone else.
HTC does point out that they will be doing similar tests for other devices in the future, which doesn’t come as a surprise at all. Motorola’s soak tests are a good way to test impending software tweaks, so HTC’s implementation of the same strategy is just in time.