The long wait for the ICS update for HTC Sensation users in Pakistan is FINALLY over as the official update is now available. It can be directly downloaded from within the phones software update feature or through HTC’s PC suite better known as “HTC Sync”. The update not only brings a new dimension to the phone but also enhances the overall android experience. In this article we are going to give a hands on review of ICS on the HTC Sensation and what it has to offer.

The update comes packed with HTC Sense 3.6 giving it a whole new look from the previous 3.0 version. Major changes on the home screen include an options menu which was previously not available. With the new version of Sense, the menu has not really transformed much except for a few visual changes mainly the icons.

Google had launched ICS a while back but got a few bugs along the way, and as a result the official launch got delayed. After successfully testing out the stability of version 4.0.3, the company gradually started rolling out the update for all major ICS supported devices. The drop down notification bar has also got a new face lift from the dull looking white/grey background to a new, sleek looking black one with new icons and multiple features. The settings menu have got a few useful tweaks. ICS brings multi-tasking to a whole new level with the task manager getting a major reboot through which programs can now be simultaneously and effectively managed.

The default camera app gets a wicked upgrade with ICS, the major changes include the following:  The interface, where all options have been regrouped under “settings” and the effects option has been separated for quicker access. The camera can now snap pictures while recording a HD video which is quite handy for quick pictures.  The gallery has now been given a direct shortcut to the camera, while the the size of the thumbnails has reduced slightly. More importantly the transition between the pictures has improved drastically. ICS has also enabled a new unlocking feature in the device called “Face Lock”, which gives the front facing camera a whole new perspective.

The default music player has also got a few changes including easier sharing along with more output options when connected to an external media device. The internet browser has also been modified with the new Roboto font and has received a few quick access options along with smoother transition between the opened tabs. Apps like Facebook get customized for ICS automatically during installation making them much faster and better looking. We have kept the best feature for last: “Google’s Voice Type” which allows the user to speak and type at the same time, unlike other third party voice recognition applications it is very accurate. Other features include recognition of voice in multiple languages including Urdu.

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