This is an interesting idea; HTC's stated that it'll release an 'early access preview' of Ice Cream Sandwich across the Sensation and Sensation XE handsets tomorrow. The only catch? You've got to be in Europe, and it's limited to only a couple of hundred devices. Slashgear reports on the move, which will see a Sense-integrated version of Ice Cream Sandwich rolled out to a limited number of users in Europe; HTC's quoted in the report as follows.
HTC is doing something new and pretty cool in the coming days: we’ll be releasing an “early access preview” of our ICS upgrade for the Sensation and Sensation XE. This will be limited in scope (just a few hundred users and only in Europe) because we’re still scaling up back-end resources for general availability worldwide, and our hope is people will play with it and enjoy getting used to the ICS experience with Sense. We’ll be doing similar previews for other devices in the future, too.
An interesting move -- is it part guinea pig testing, or part marketing? I've got to think that most users would jump at the chance if it were offered, but aren't the carriers usually the roadblock in this kind of process? [Slashgear]