Tutorial to Update Android 4.0 Firmware in HTC Desire S

Sanjana February 25, 2012 0

Do you own a HTC Desire S smartphone and wish to install the latest ICS Android 4.0 firmware in your precious smartphone? Well guess what? Your wish has come true. Yes you can now install the latest Android 4.0 firmware in your Desire S with the help of the simple tutorial discussed in this article. It is to be noted that this is not the official firmware version released by HTC but is the alpha version.

 htc desire s

You need to root your smartphone and unlock the boot loader in order to apply this update. Since this is the leaked version of firmware there are a number of operational and non-operational features that we will taking a look at in a short while.

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 only applicable to network unlocked HTC Desire S smartphones so do not try it in any other devices as it might not be reversible and will harm the device by blocking it.

Let’s take a glance at some of the operational and non-operational features.

Operational Features:

  • Video Playback
  • HW Acceleration
  • Keyboard both SW and HW
  • Touchscreen
  • Capacitive Buttons
  • Overclock
  • 3G/4G
  • Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • SD Card
  • Market
  • Headphones
  • Mic
  • Text Messages
  • Phone Calls
  • Microphone

Non-Operational Features:

  • USB Mount just mounts in Recovery
  • Camera
  • Full/Real HW Acceleration
  • GTalk

htc desire s screen shots


You must backup all user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will enable you to 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

Must Have:

Download Android 4.0 Package

Steps to Update Android 4.0 Firmware in HTC Desire S:

Step-1: Download Android 4.0 Package from the Must Have section to your computer and connect your phone to the computer via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time. Copy the downloaded zip file to your phone without modifying or renaming them in any manner.

Step-2: After you have copied all the files, remove the connected USB Cable and enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Application > Development > USB Debugging”. Make sure to tick the USB Debugging option.

enable usb debugging

Step-3: Power off the phone to enter into Boot loader mode by pressing the Volume Down button + OK button and holding both  press Power button simultaneously. If the device boots into Normal mode then re-try to enter into Boot loader mode till you are finally there.

Step-4: In Boot loader mode select the option of  “Recovery” to enter into Recovery mode. In Recovery mode select the options of  ”Install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from SD Card” and choose the ICS Android 4.0 Zip file placed in your phone.

recovery mode

Step-5:  After selecting the file the firmware updation process will begin and it will take around 5 minutes to complete the update. When the update is applied select the option of  “clear cache” from Recovery mode to clear all the cache data. Next choose “++++Go Back++++” then “Reboot system now” option to restart the phone.

Thus you can easily update your HTC Desire S with Android 4.0 firmware by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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