Users of HTC Sensation phones are in line for a sneak preview of the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) edition of Android, the phone-maker has announced.
According to an Android Central report, owners of the original Sensation and its music-focussed cousin the Sensation XE will soon be able to update their phones to a work-in-progress version of ICS before the finished article rolls out properly later this year.
The update, which adds new features such as screen unlock using face detection and revamped native apps, will be available solely to European users of HTC's kits and will be pushed out initially to members of HTC’s “Elevate” beta-testing program.
And, we’re guessing, it’ll also only be downloadable for punters with an unlocked handset that was bought sans contract. Anyone who purchased their phone with a pay-monthly deal, and let's face it that’s most of you, will have to wait until their carrier finishes testing ICS to get their first taste of the rejigged OS.
An HTC spokesperson told Android Central: "HTC knows how excited many of its customers are about the latest technology and HTC products.
“They want to help support that excitement and say "thanks" by providing early access to the latest software for some of HTC’s loyal fans and developers, beginning with a preview of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software upgrade for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE in Europe."
It’s not yet known if users of the ‘other’ Sensation-branded phone, aka the Sensation XL, will be party to the preview.
However, HTC has pledged to get the finished version ICS to all three European Sensation-branded kits at some stage in March. So all being well, the wait shouldn’t be too vexing.