#1 Sense 3.6 - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneThis is an HTC software update included in the Google Android 4.0 update if the HTV Vivid on AT&T experience is any indication of what HTC will do with the rest of their smartphone line up.
#2 Lockscreen - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneThe lockscreen won't look that different at first, but the Android 4.0 Face Unlock feature is included. Now the phone's front facing camera can unlock the device by aiming at your face.
#3 Homescreen - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneLike the lockscreen, the fundamental look hasn't changed with the new software, but now there is the ability to add new folders anywhere on the screen.
#4 App Drawer - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneThe launcher bar has gotten a complete makeover, and the menu button is in the middle at the bottom. There's no more personalize button, and you can place any app in the launcher you want. Even leave them blank if you like.
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#5 Browser - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneThere's a new back button at the top left of the URL bar in the stock browser. In the options menu is the view desktop site button so you don't have to view a Web site's mobile version if you don't want.
#6 Multitasking - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhonePress and hold the menu button on the homescreen and the new multitasking menu appears. It's easy to close apps by flicking them off the screen to the left or right.
#7 Beats Audio - Free HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile: This Could be Your Next Ice Cream Sandwich PhoneDr. Dre's Beats Audio can now be used in any app, not just HTC's own. When the app opens (like Pandora, for instance), a little Beats Audio icon will pop up at the top, and the bass boost will kick in.
HTC has announced the Sensation will be one of the first phones it updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, and T-Mobile is now giving them away in a Web only deal through March 20. It normally sells for $150 on contract, but for the next 36 hours or so, that price is cut to zero with the Web only instant $150 discount. It's a powerful phone with a good quality display and full HD video capture. That it will get Android 4.0 sooner than most other phones is an added bonus.
What we don't know is the level of customization HTC and T-Mobile will add to Google's newest smartphone system update. That means HTC will update unlocked versions of the Sensation before it gets to the T-Mobile variant. Other Android phones are in the same boat in the U.S. The only carrier branded phones to get updated to the new operating system are the HTC Vivid (AT&T) and the Nexus S 4G(Sprint). What we know from the Vivid update is HTC included their own software update with the Google Android update. It's called HTC Sense 3.6, and the result is a blend of the two systems on the Vivid. That is likely what will happen with the Sensation 4G. Begin the slideshow to check out some of the Sensation 4G features and what the new software update offers.