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Old February 9th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old February 10th, 2012, 04:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In preparation for this can anyone tell me how I find out if my phone is branded or not as this naturally will effect if I do actually get ics in march or not. I have nothing on the phone that suggests it is...no splash screen,no network branded apps etc, but I did get the phone from tmobile which makes me assume it probably is....it would be great to find out for sure.
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I'd like to find this out too. I think mine is unbranded as it came from E2Save (part of the Carphone Warehouse) and when setting it up for the first time I had to pick which network I was on from a long list of alternatives. OP did you have to do this?
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I don't remember either way if I had to chose network, its the sort of thing that I could have done unnoticed,
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Check your software version Menu>Settings>About Phone>Software Info I think that if you have 401 in the middle of the Software Number your unbranded.
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Check your software version Menu>Settings>About Phone>Software Info I think that if you have 401 in the middle of the Software Number your unbranded.
Well if this is the case I'm unbranded. Strange as I upgraded direct with tmobile and I assumed they would have branded it...I'm not complaining mind. I had to wait time for froyo on my old desire. Ics bring it on.
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Yes, I've got 401 in the middle too, so it appears I'm unbranded. I'm not surprised though - Carphone Warehouse phones are usually unbranded and unlocked. Can't wait for the update!
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As we speak I am installing the official Android 4.0 update on my XE. Can't wait to try it out! But check your phones, it might be ready for you too.

I'm on an unbranded XE in Denmark.

Edit: Now running Android version 4.0.3, software number 3.32.401.105, Sense version 3.6

Update: I haven't had time to play around with it too much, but I have noticed that it is remarkably faster when scrolling and using programs. Plus Google Chrome can be installed (no experience with that yet). The classic Sense icons for phone/apps at the bottom of the home screen have changed - see screenshot. Settings menu has also changed.

Other than that, I haven't gotten any further in finding out what is new.



The data usage function in "Settings" is very, very cool.
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Just checked, nothing in the UK yet
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Quite looking forward to the new update. I actually really like the Roboto font, think its great. I've only just got my Sensation XE so the OS I am currently using is new to me.
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Come on UK, surprise surprise we'll be last again I bet......
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I know what you mean mate, my thumb's getting sore hitting "check now" button
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I know what you mean mate, my thumb's getting sore hitting "check now" button

my"check now"button has overheated.............
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I got it the other day also, phone is quicker and now you can edit how many home screens you want to have 7 is to many for me, so I am using my usual 3 no longer stuck with the crippled Sense menu bar it is gone in favor for the more Samsung style. All in all seems to be a bit of a leap forward imo, although I have restarted my phone about 4 times now and eveytime it updates some services 33, 33 again then 30 now 28 :roll eyes: never mind though, it is a better unit due to this update. I was close to changing mine for an iPhone 4S, but I think I shall keep it for a month or so and see how it goes.

Haddock? What "Power control" widget is that? Cheers.
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My power control widget is SwitchPro Widget, an awesome little widget, with tons of customization options. The only thing that bothers me with it (now) is that the GPS button doesn't seem to work with ICS. I think this may be the phone's fault though, because unless I have selected "Use GPS Location" in the Locations bar in Settings, I can't use my GPS(and I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case before?).
I'm not to thrilled about that, since I don't want all apps to use GPS whenever they feel like it. If I haven't selected that option, my Tasker profile, which turns GPS on/off with specific apps, doesn't work either. So I don't quite know how to get around that, or even if it will prove to be a big battery drainer.


Still liking ICS though! Fast and good looking. But it does seem that GOSms Pro can't retrieve contact photos anymore, but I'll grab the dev and see if he can fix that. I really like the fact that you can delete unused panes on your homescreen too, since 7 is a bit over the top for what I need.
The Quick Settings option on the drag down bar is a nice touch too, but it would be even nicer if you could edit that, to put in you own options. Specifically GPS toggle, but it seems that that is gone completely???

I'm looking forward to hearing what other people find out about what's new, since I haven't had too much time to figure out what's up.

EDIT: I have just re-started my phone three times to see if it stopped saying "Android is Upgrading - updating application x of xx", and it doesn't... It's the same number of apps that it "updates" each time, so this looks like another flaw... Grrr...
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has anyone heard about or seen a roll-out schedule for the XE? I got mine in Australia from MobiCity whose supplier is from HK - Unbranded

I checked today and nothing yet.

How about if those of you who are getting ICS tell us where you're from and what network (only if you think that is helpful).

cheers

but... I also pre-ordered the ONE X from the UK - since I'm outside the UK I get it VAT free...saves about A$150.
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I find myself checking every bloody morning when I know its pointless..
People are expecting it at the end of this month but as we have seen in the post above the upgrade is not perfect. I imagine this if anything will add a few more days/weeks to the UK's OTA update as HTC will almost definitely be fixing the current Sense 3.6/ICS problem before it ships to the UK....

This is all conjecture btw but considering the smaller countries (Denmark's population-6million compared to UK population-60million) always get the updates first seem to suggest that they are in essence creating a controlled test enviroment before rolling... I'm just venting more than anything heh

HURRY THE FECK UP HTC!
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I can see your train of thought, that HTC are using a low populace county like Denmark as a control. But how do you explain Germany getting it?
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has anyone heard about or seen a roll-out schedule for the XE? I got mine in Australia from MobiCity whose supplier is from HK - Unbranded

I checked today and nothing yet.

How about if those of you who are getting ICS tell us where you're from and what network (only if you think that is helpful).

cheers

but... I also pre-ordered the ONE X from the UK - since I'm outside the UK I get it VAT free...saves about A$150.
Wiil you not be charged import duty when the phone hits customs. I know this is the case in the UK when buying from say the USA.
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hmmm didnt realise Germany had it hmmm there goes that theory then heh... unless the Germans on average are more tech savy and better with feedback reports...wouldn't surprise me lol
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hmmm didnt realise Germany had it hmmm there goes that theory then heh... unless the Germans on average are more tech savy and better with feedback reports...wouldn't surprise me lol

maybe our germanic cousins got up early and put their beach towels on the update before us brits
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Regarding the GPS toggle (or lack of same) that I mentioned above - I have contacted HTC about this, since I am quite frustrated about it.

They have escalated it, which I hope means that they will try to do something about it..!

Still liking ICS, despite small compatability issues with other apps, which hopefully will get fixed soon. I am incredibly happy that the old launch bar at the bottom with apps, phone and customization is gone. Didn't know how much I hated that until now. I also had an issue with my phone book before the update, where it would "forget" linked contact photos - this is fixed.

I use Widget Locker to alter my lock screen, and after the update I have to swipe twice to unlock, which is a nuisance. It's as if the first swipe is ignored completely. So I have disabled that and written to the dev.

Still haven't figured out how to create folders? All other ICS articles say that you can drag an app onto another to create a folder, but not on my XE.

And it's still fast!

If it's true what you guys above are suggesting about Denmark being a proving ground, I certainly don't mind being a guinea pig
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will we get an alert on the phone to say the ICS update is available? or do we have to check another way, connect to a computer, etc?

seems as though it's being rolled out any time now... any news for UK users?
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HTC have already said that ICS will be rolled out in the UK at the end of March.

I'm currently using an official beta release from HTC through their elevate.com forum.
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Still haven't figured out how to create folders? All other ICS articles say that you can drag an app onto another to create a folder, but not on my XE.

If you have ICS, try it on your homescreen with 2 app shortcuts.
Seems to work fine on mine
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I've just received ice cream sandwich...............



I wanted a strawberry cornnetto but the wife got it wrong... oh well....
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Soooo.... Now I have no data connection. Full bars on all networks, but nothing can connect. No problems on Wi-Fi.
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JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THE ICS UPDATE HAS HIT MY XE TODAY AT LUNCHTIME AT ITS AWESOME.

I WAS RUNNING UNBRANDED 1.73.401 AND NOW UPDATED TO ICS 3.32.401.105
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I currently have gingerbread 2.3.4 which I'm very happy with, especially the homescreen layout with the apps/phone/personalise arc at the bottom. If I upgrade to ICC will it change this layout dramatically? Will I have the option to change back to the 2.3 style? I have widgetlocker which will do it for my lockscreen but I don't know about the homescreen itself. Help please, thanks!
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Where are you located please, screenshot?
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Nothing here....still. Unbranded, running on 3 in UK, bought SIM free

Bored of checking now, can understand if no one had it in UK, but loads do....
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I, well, it's no landed in Scotland then.
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I currently have gingerbread 2.3.4 which I'm very happy with, especially the homescreen layout with the apps/phone/personalise arc at the bottom. If I upgrade to ICC will it change this layout dramatically? Will I have the option to change back to the 2.3 style? I have widgetlocker which will do it for my lockscreen but I don't know about the homescreen itself. Help please, thanks!
The Apps/phone/personalize arc at the bottom is gone (wuhuu!) - see the screenshot I posted above. I much prefer the new layout, especially because it's customizable. And I wouldn't recommend using widget locker. It didn't react very well to my upgrade, and became a battery hog. Hopefully they will update the app soon, cause I really liked it.
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Unbranded, stock, O2 UK. Nothing yet. 21:00. Patience beginning to wear thin.
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i am in san francisco, california. just checked, no update here for ics
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The Apps/phone/personalize arc at the bottom is gone (wuhuu!) - see the screenshot I posted above. I much prefer the new layout, especially because it's customizable. And I wouldn't recommend using widget locker. It didn't react very well to my upgrade, and became a battery hog. Hopefully they will update the app soon, cause I really liked it.
Ah thanks, I didn't see the screenie as workplace internet filters out pictures. It doesn't look bad, customisable is good but it's a bit bland and un-stylised, I guess we have no choice but to get used to it!?
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Another day comes and goes and still nowt
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When I spoke to HTC yesterday they told me that they'd not even started rolling it out yet and to be totally honest I was left with the impression that it wouldn't be anytime soon.
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i want to know is it ok to update mine when its available or it have any problems ?
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Just downloaded in Singapore. StarHub customer. Understand that SingTel customers have also received it.
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Just looking on HTC's Facebook page and it would appear it's hitting a fair few countries today. With any luck the UK will be one of them!
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does anyone here have issue after installing ICS to sensation XE? mine is having white screen every time exiting applications. it goes to my home page once i quit an application. i don't know whether it's a compatibility issue, but i doubt it is the case. i'd been waiting for it since last year and totally disappointed it turned out like this. any suggestion?
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does anyone here have issue after installing ICS to sensation XE? mine is having white screen every time exiting applications. it goes to my home page once i quit an application. i don't know whether it's a compatibility issue, but i doubt it is the case. i'd been waiting for it since last year and totally disappointed it turned out like this. any suggestion?
Nope. I have had it for three weeks now, and that hasn't happened to me once. It did, however, happen often before I upgraded. But I never found a solution to it, sorry.
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Question, what is unbranded and branded?
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Question, what is unbranded and branded?
Branded is when you buy a phone through a carrier (Orange/Vodafone etc). They put their own bits of software into the phone. This means that when updates come out from HTC, the carrier will not release it until they have tested it, and also made any changes to it that they see fit (like adding more bits of their software in).

Unbranded phones do not contain any carrier specific software and when updates are released they get them straight away from HTC's servers.

In the UK unbranded handsets typically come from the likes of Carphone Warehouse and I also think O2 provide unbranded handsets (though I may be wrong on that last point).

If you can get un-branded then do, as you'll get updates a lot faster and it wont be filled with the carriers software and changes, which often you have no chance of removing unless you root and install a custom ROM.
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Branded is when you buy a phone through a carrier (Orange/Vodafone etc). They put their own bits of software into the phone. This means that when updates come out from HTC, the carrier will not release it until they have tested it, and also made any changes to it that they see fit (like adding more bits of their software in).

Unbranded phones do not contain any carrier specific software and when updates are released they get them straight away from HTC's servers.

In the UK unbranded handsets typically come from the likes of Carphone Warehouse and I also think O2 provide unbranded handsets (though I may be wrong on that last point).

If you can get un-branded then do, as you'll get updates a lot faster and it wont be filled with the carriers software and changes, which often you have no chance of removing unless you root and install a custom ROM.

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So no one knows when O2 will role out their ICS update in the UK then?
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