How To Upgrade / Update HTC Incredible S To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread


05.06.2011

How To Upgrade / Update HTC Incredible S To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

With the HTC Incredible S smartphone you will enjoy a big LCD display, ideal for those passionate about movies and web browsing, and for the experience to be compete you can connect the headphones because this model comes with SSR Surround and 5.1 sound technology.

HTC Incredible S comes with a 4-inch S-LCD display, 16M colors and with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. HTC Incredible S features a 1GHz Scorpion proceessor, but unfortunately is not a member of the dual-core tribe. As about HTC Incredible S connectivity, it has HSDPA to up to 14.4 Mbps, GPS, WiFi, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm jack and a slot for microSD card.

An 8MP camera with auto-focus and a dual LED flash will help you take photos with resolutions of up to 3264×2448 pixels, and record HD videos of 720p. HTC Incredible S runs on Android 2.2 Fryo, upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For videocalls HTC Incredible S comes with a secondary front-facing 1.3MP camera.

HTC Incredible S also comes with a lot of other interesting features like G-sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor and lots of Internet applications.

And if you were able to get your hands on HTC Incredible S learn that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update have officially rolled out for your device. Although it took some time until the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update was released for HTC Incredible S, now a new official firmware version is available for the owners of the smartphone. Of course, those that previously unlocked the bootloader of their HTC Incredible S were able to install various ROMs on their smartphones, but if you cared for your warranty and haven’t rooted or unlocked the bootloader of your HTC Incredible S, now you can upgrade your device to the latest official firmware.

Now if you want to update your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you came to the right place. The following tutorial contains both the information necessary to safely upgrade your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and all the improvements and tweaks you will be able to enjoy once you install the new firmware version on your terminal. Anyway Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for HTC Incredible S was not launched yet in all countries, but since the new firmware version was officially rolled out we are sure it will soon arrive in your country, too.

Note that if you previously rooted your HTC Incredible S, after you perform the over the air Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update procedure, your device will be un rooted. But after you will update your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbred you will be able to root your device again. Since the following procedure is just a firmware upgrade it will not void your phone’s warranty, so you can carry on without worrying about this aspect.

Now that you know that updating your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is safe for your device, let’s see what the new firmware version brings new and what are the enhancements coming with new Android 2.3.3 release:

  • Once you will install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update on your HTC Incredible S you will notice that the battery life of your device will significantly improvement of the battery life. The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update was optimized to drain less battery, so it seems that once you upgrade your HTC Incredible S to the latest firmware version your battery life will improve by 15%,

  • In the Android 2.2 Froyo firmware, some of the HTC Incredible S users complained about the HTC Sense UI, as it was sometimes freezing or moving slow. But the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware have tweaked the Sense UI, and now it will move faster and seems a little beet more interactive.

  • If you were having problems with the GPS disconnecting while in WiFi after a while, once you update your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you should forget about this issue as the developers of the new firmware version fixed this bug.

  • If on the previous Android firmware versions you where facing problems with the RAM availability, learn that installing Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update on your HTC Incredible S you will be able to notice that the device runs a little bit faster. That’s mostly because that with the new firmware update the RAM availability was further optimized, now the applications opened on your device will have a lot more “room” to run, so they will run even faster than before. Once you run a quadrant test you will see that all the benchmark results have improved since you upgraded your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

  • The HTC Incredible S users have complained that sometimes, while on slow Internet connections, the Android Market application was delivering error messages, but now this issue was fixed with the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update.

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version comes with Adobe flash 10.3, and we are glad to inform you that it also supports Adobe flash 10.4, so you will be able to install it on your device once available.

  • Another improved function that comes with the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is Google Maps. Now, once you install the new firmware version on your HTC Incredible S you will be able to enjoy 3D Map View function.

After you closely read the tweaks of the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, we are sure that you want it on your HTC Incredible S. But before proceeding to upgrade your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version, here are a few more things you should now:

  • Because the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware also updates the APN settings, you will have to write down the old ones, as all of them will be wiped off. The APN settings are taking care of the Internet and MMS services, and if the problem persists, please contact your Service provider and get a new set of APN settings.

  • Since it’s a firmware upgrade process, all the data on your HTC Incredible S will be lost. So, we recommend you to backup the data stored on your device such as contacts, call log, text messages, video and music files and applications you downloaded and installed from Android Market with your Google Account. The data on your microSD memory card will not be lost, so moving the backuped data there is an alternative, so you will be able to easily restore it once the upgrade to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is complete.

  • Least, but not last, learn that the firmware update process drains a lot of your battery, so make sure that your HTC Incredible S battery level is at least 50%. By doing so, you will minimize the risk of the update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread process to be interrupted by any unwanted events. So, the higher the battery level, the fewer the chances that your HTC Incredible S to turn off during the installation procedure.

  • Make sure that the SD memory card is inserted in your HTC Incredible S, as the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update package will be downloaded to the storage card.

Now that your HTC Incredible S is ready to be updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread closely follow the below instructions to safely install the new firmware on your device. As you will not there are two ways of updating your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, so you can choose any of them.

Update HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread – Automatic Update Notification

Since the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update was officially rolled out, you will receive a notification screen on the display of your HTC Incredible S and the update is made using the OTA method. Here’s what you will have to do:

  1. Once the screen telling you about the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update pops-up on the screen of your HTC Incredible S, reading “Install system software update,” all you will have to do is click on the “Install now” option, then when prompted whether you are sure or not to install the update in your HTC Incredible S, tap on the “OK” button.

  2. If by chance you are notified while in a call, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread notification will be displayed in the status bar of your HTC Incredible S. Once you end the call, you will have to open the Notifications panel, and choose the one that will install the new firmware version on your device. Now the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware will be downloaded and installed on your HTC Incredible S, and after the installation is finished your phone will reboot.

Update HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread – Manual Update

If you mistakenly dismissed the install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread notification, or if you haven’t got any firmware version notification at all, you will still be able to upgrade your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. In order to manually install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your HTC Incredible S using the OTA method, follow the below tutorial:

  1. After making sure that the SD car is in its place, tap the “Menu” Android capacitive button, then go to the “Settings” section of your HTC Incredible S.

  2. Once there, go to “About the Phone” option and choose the “System Software updates” option.

  3. Now, by pressing “Check now” your HTC Incredible S will search for any available firmware updates. Note that you will need an active WiFi or Internet connection because your HTC Incredible S will download the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update package.

  4. After the download finishes Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread will be installed on your HTC Incredible S and after is finished, your device will reboot.

Congratulations, you successfully upgraded your HTC Incredible S to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Now you will be able to enjoy all the new features of the firmware version and get rid of the annoying bugs, all these without voiding the warranty of your device. Anyway, if you don’t care about the warranty you can root your HTC Incredible S to gain admin rights on your device. Let us know if you encountered any problems during the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware installation, and also share your opinions about the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with us in the comments section below.

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