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HTC Incredible S Gets ICS Update

HTC Incredible S users can start spamming that “Software Update” button because Ice Cream Sandwich – in Android 4.0.4 guise – is now available for your device.

To get the update, go into “Settings” scroll all the way down to “About Phone” and then tap on “Software Update” to check for availability. As always, updates are released by batches, so the update may not be available immediately to you but keep on checking this couple of days. Enjoy!

Thanks @evofantasy for the tip!

HTC releases full Ice Cream Sandwich roll out schedule

Most Android smartphone owners are eager to get the latest OS updates for their device. HTC is no exception with its wide range of smartphones that come with decent specs that’s capable of running the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

With speculation and unofficial announcements flying around, HTC has published a full schedule which sets the record straight on their commitment to upgrade its current and past models. So far we have seen several models being upgraded including the HTC Sensation XE. The Android 4.0 upgrade comes with its HTC Sense 3.6.

Next in line will be the HTC Incredible S, EVO 3D, Desire S & Rhyme which is scheduled for June/July. Surprisingly, the granddaddy HTC Desire HD is still included with roll out expected in July-August.

Unfortunately not all devices are listed especially the lower end HTC Wildfire S, Chacha, Salsa and Explorer. Even their 7″ tablet HTC Flyer is not listed as well.

Head over to HTC’s blog to check out your device’s roll out timelines.


HTC Sensation Gets Ice Cream Sandwich

It was just yesterday that we reported about the HTC Sensation XE getting Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, we’ve been getting reports from readers that the update is available for the HTC Sensation as well.

To get Ice Cream Sandwich on your Sensation, go to “Menu”, then “Settings”, then Software Updates”. Like the one on the Sensation XE, you’ll get the update HTC Sense 3.6 UI skin as well. The update is nearly 300MB big, so WiFi connectivity is always a good idea to ensure a smooth and speedy update.

In mid-March, HTC revealed a list of devices that will be getting the latest Android OS, the one’s relevant to Malaysia are:

HTC Desire S
HTC Desire HD
HTC Incredible S
HTC Sensation
HTC Sensation XL
HTC Sensation XE
HTC Rhyme

We know now that updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE are available. It’s pretty safe to assume that ICS firmware update for the rest of the devices on the list should be available very soon, if not now.

If you’re using any of the devices listed above and have updated to ICS (official version through legit means), please do let us know so we can share the info with the rest of the readers.

Thanks everyone for sending this in!

HTC confirms list of smart phones getting ICS

HTC has finally put up a list of smart phones on their official blog which will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. This gives more assurance of the software upgrade roll out and from the looks of it they are on tract.

A few days back, they have started rolling out the upgrade for HTC Sensation XE users and HTC Sensation XL users are expected to get it shortly.

The models listed are:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

The list hasn’t change much from earlier announcement but they have now included HTC Rhyme. So far they are on track for March roll out for the HTC Sensation models but they didn’t provide any dates for the rest. Let’s hope it gets rolled out soon.


HTC to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich Update in March

HTC users will have something to cheer very soon as they have announced its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update roll out availability by end of March 2012. In addition, HTC has also extended the number of devices getting the update but they will be rolled out much later in the year. The devices that have been confirmed by HTC so far are:

By end March 2012:

  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Sensation XL
Additional devices getting ICS later this year:
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
Hopefully they stick to their own roll out plan with worldwide availability.


DiGi brings HTC Sensation 3D and Incredible S HD to cheer your Hari Raya

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We’re not kidding. Just take a look at the picture. DiGi’s offering a HTC Sensation with “3D screen for better gaming” and a HTC Incredible S that offers “the best HD viewing experience for your viewing pleasure”.

Somebody call the product guy and get this sorted out please. A lot of people are confused.

In the meantime, head on over to after the jump to check out the DiGi/HTC Hari Raya promo.

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By the numbers: Android smart phone comparison

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In just a couple of hours to go, the Samsung Galaxy S II will be officially launched in Malaysia with Maxis being the exclusive telco for the time being.

Today we are spoilt for choice with the variety of high end Android smart phones that are closely priced with each other. While this is good news for us consumers, choosing the right device can be a chore. To make it easier, we’ve come out with a simple spec by spec comparison of the top 6 Android smart phones which are priced between RM1899 and RM2299 outright without contract. The 6 devices are HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, Motorola Atrix, HTC Incredible S and the LG Optimus 2X.

As compared on the table, the 6 offers different specifications including processor, RAM, built-in storage, display, battery, camera and dimensions. If performance is what you’re looking for, the Samsung Galaxy S II ticks all boxes with its dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a huge 1GB of RAM. It also offers the most vibrant display on paper with its Super AMOLED Plus. The Galaxy S II also happens to be the slimmest Android smart phone with an impressive 8.49mm thickness, thinner than iPhone 4’s 9.3mm.

Going back to the display, it is worth mentioning that both HTC Sensation and Motorola Atrix displays a much higher 960×540 qHD resolution which gives better clarity and pixel density especially when viewing web pages and text.

For the photobugs, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc offers the best camera of the lot with its 8.1MP camera with Exmor R for mobile feature. As demonstrated in our first impressions, it performed amazingly well especially in low light conditions with snappy response time.

Meanwhile for those looking for dual-core smart phone on a budget, the LG Optimus 2X which we’ve reviewed earlier on meets the criteria as it is also the cheapest among the 6. That being said, we wished the software could have been better which shouldn’t be a problem for those who plan to load a custom ROM. However for an additional RM100, the Motorola Atrix offers a much more generous display resolution, 1GB of RAM and a huge 1930mAh battery.

The comparison above is to serve as a reference guide and do feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.

HTC Incredible S Usability Review

The HTC Incredible S was launched in Malaysia just few months ago, about the same time as the Nexus S. Priced just slightly below the RM2000 mark, the Incredible S looks rather attractive considering it looks like a smaller sibling to its larger Desire HD.

Apart from the screen size which differentiates the Desire HD’s 4.3″ from the Incredible S’s 4.0″, the difference lies with the internals. First up, the Incredible S has a larger 1450mAh battery compared to the Desire HD’s 1230mAh which on paper should provide longer battery life. The screen on the Incredible S is a better S-LCD variant and it is also said to be using toughen Gorilla Glass. There’s also a front facing 1.3MP camera but video calls are not supported on the Incredible S.

The rest of the hardware features are rather similar as it also runs on 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single core processor and a generous 768MB of RAM. Internally, the Incredible S has 1.1GB of storage which is 400MB less than the Desire HD. At time of review, the Incredible S runs on Android 2.2 Froyo but its upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update should be available by now.

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HTC PC Fair II 2011 Melaka Offers

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HTC is doing a promo at PC Fair which is happening at Melaka International Trade Centre starting tomorrow, 3 – 5 June 2011. Among the devices on promotion are the latest models such as HTC Sensation, HTC Flyer and the recently announced HTC Wildfire S.

Although the prices for the latest models remained as per RRP, HTC is throwing a couple of extras. For the Flyer, they are giving out free screen protector, 16GB microSD memory card and a 4800mAh Battery bank. The HTC Incredible comes with a 4800mAh Battery bank while the Wildfire S is bundled with car kit. Other models are bundled with free gifts too so view the full size image above for the details.

Surprisingly the original HTC Wildfire is only RM100 cheaper than the latest model but they have thrown a 16GB microSD, screen protector and casing to make it more appealing.

HTC Desire HD & Incredible S to get Gingerbread real soon

Desire HD and Incredible S users will be getting something special pretty soon. The HTC Desire HD and Incredible S is expected to receive an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from its current Android 2.2 Froyo. Right now the update is being rolled out in Europe as we speak. If it follows the software upgrade trend of previous HTC devices, we should be expecting the update in Malaysia very soon. It might happen end of next week or the week after.

To update on a HTC Android device, it is done over the air (OTA) where you will be prompt to download. If you don’t have a 3G data plan, you can opt to download via WiFi. For those who can’t wait, you can head to Settings > About Phone > Software System Update and check manually if it is available.


DiGi Family packages with HTC Android bundles

DiGi is now offering Family packages which bundles an Android smart phone with DG Smart Plan, DiGi Broadband and supplementary lines. What you’ll get is a lower combined monthly commitment plus greater savings from the purchase of HTC Incredible S or HTC Desire HD.

There are 3 choices to choose from ranging from DG Family Simple which consists of DG Smart Plan and broadband from RM98/month. Next would be DG Family Super which comes with the same thing but with 1-3 additional sublines from just RM123. For the bigger family, there’s the DG Family Plus with comes with 4-6 lines.

This is something worth considering if you’re looking for a new phone and you have additional supplement lines under you. Plus the additional 3GB Broadband data is a nice add-on to the mix.

If you’re an existing DG Smart Plan user, you can upgrade to this plan as long you are not tied with any smart phone contracts. For more information, head to DiGi’s Family package page here.

DiGi HTC Incredible S RM599 Promo Details

The HTC Incredible S promo is finally out on DiGi’s website. Earlier on DiGi had given a teaser that it is offering a 1 day special deal this Saturday, 2nd April 2011 where you can get one for only RM599.

Just like its previous one day offers for BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry Bold 9780, the HTC Incredible S is limited to first few hundred customers with 24 months DG Smart Plan. If you’re game for this offer, only 300 units nationwide are available at RM599 and they are limited to the following DiGi outlets:

  • SoHoKL
  • Berjaya Times Square
  • Klang (BBT One)
  • SS2
  • Sunway Pyramid
  • Bangsar
  • Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan
  • Greentown Business Centre, Ipoh
  • Pulau Tikus, Penang
  • Taman Molek, Johor Bahru
  • Seremban
  • Kuching
  • Api-Api, Kota Kinabalu

The normal price for the HTC Incredible S is RM1999. On DG Smart Plan, it goes for RM1449 for 12 months or RM1199 for 24 months contract.

More details at DiGi’s Smart Plan promo site.