HTC Rezound Receives Software Update in Preparation for Ice Cream Sandwich

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Ever since late last year when HTC and Verizon announced a 2012 Q1 operating system upgrade to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) for several of their smartphones, HTC Rezound owners have been waiting in anticipation. The first handset to deliver the Beats by Dr. Dre audio application in the US has a powerful hardware package perfectly suited to exploit the positive upgrades the Ice Cream Sandwich OS promises to deliver. Recently Verizon announced a software upgrade (software version 2.01.605.11) to the handset that will provide minor bug fixes and improvements and prepare it properly for the arrival of ICS.

Buy the HTC Rezound starting at $79.99.

In a welcome move, signal strength will receive a boost, and a new signal strength meter will reflect the improvement in reception. A five bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) will now take the place of the old icon. There were some screen timeout issues connected to Wi-Fi connectivity, and those have been resolved as well for the HTC Rezound 4G. Some users also reported that during some mobile hotspot sessions, data transfers would stall when multiple users were connected. That issue has also been repaired, and audio quality during voice calls has been improved drastically.

Problems with forced closures when Rezound owners were using the People application were reported by some users, and those have been handled. And one other substantial bug fix that was related to a certain lot of Rezounds now improves device stability, and should stop the handset from continuously resetting itself. Another bug which was reported in a small number of Rezound smartphones caused the task manager to stop the Mail background service. This new software upgrade has fixed that problem too.

It is common in advance of a significant operating system upgrade to have minor bug fixes, software and firmware over the air updates, so this is a good sign that ICS could be on its way. While Verizon would not give a specific date for the ICS OS upgrade, they did say that they were getting closer to that over the air release. The ICS Android 4.0 update promises to deliver a smoother user interface, improved multitasking features, camera operability upgrades and a cutting edge facial recognition Face Unlock application.

The HTC Rezound Android smartphone is exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE wireless network and retails for $79 with a standard two-year activation and data plan. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chip set, consisting of a dual core 1.5 GHz Scorpion central processor and graphics dedicated Adreno 220 chip. 1.0 GB of RAM memory is also on board.

Buy the HTC Rezound starting at $79.99.

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3 Responses

  1. I m soooo anxious for the update cant waitttttt :)

  2. The forced closure of the People application is still as rampant as before. If it’s better I can’t tell.

  3. There are still problems post update and new ones. The most unacceptable one for me is the constant boot-looping. Please cover this situation as HTC and Verizon refuse to take responsibility for it. Check the HTC and Verizon forums among many others.

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