How to Install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update in HTC Incredible S OTA

Sanjana March 1, 2012 0

HTC Incredible S owners can now rejoice as a new Gingerbread 2.3.3 update has rolled out for them via OTA. This new official update comes as a huge relief for all those Incredible S users who faced difficulty in updating the firmware externally due to their boot loader remaining locked. But now there seems to be no boundaries between Incredible S users and updating this firmware OTA.

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As for now this new update has been released for India and other selected countries but gradually it will be pushed to other parts as well. Those of you who have rooted your phone from before then, after applying this update, the rooting access will get cancelled so you have to re-root your smartphone. This new update comes with a enhancements that we will be taking a look at in a short while. The Base band version of this new update is 20.2805.30.085AU_3805.04.03.27_M, Kernel version is with Build number as 2.12.720.5 CL37872 and Software number as 2.12.720.5.

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to HTC Incredible S smartphones that are

network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Let’s take a look at some of the enhancements that come with this update.


  • Battery performance optimized
  • Faster and more interactive User Interface
  • GPS and Wi-Fi issues solved
  • RAM availability increased
  • Quadrant ranks improved
  • Google Maps updated to deliver 3D Map View
  • 10.3 Adobe Flash included along with support for future Adobe versions


You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to  backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Steps to Install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update in HTC Incredible S OTA:

Basically there are two methods to update Gingerbread 2.3.3 firmware via OTA. One is the Automated method and another is the Manual method. Before proceeding into the instructions, be sure to insert the phone’s storage card since the update will be downloaded to the storage that is the SD card.

Automatic Update Method:

Step-1: As this is a official OTA update, you will receive notifications directly on your handset saying that the updates are available for your mobile phone along with other details of the update. If you have received any such notifications then you can choose to tap on Install Now or Install Later option.

Step-2: Install Now option will update the software instantaneously and Install later option will remind you daily of the update. In case you’re on a call, the update notification icon will appear in the status bar. After the call is over you can slide open the Notifications panel, then tap on the update notification.

Step-3: Else you can wait for the update then download and install it on your phone after which your device will automatically restart.

Manual Update Method:

Step-1: In case you haven’t received any sort of update notification then from your phone’s home screen navigate through the path Menu > Settings > About Phone > System update then tap on “Check now” option to check whether the update is available or not.

If you have an active Wi Fi or GPRS connection the updates will be downloaded in the phone. Thus you can easily update your HTC Incredible S smartphone with Gingerbread 2.3.3 OTA update by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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