HTC Desire HD And Incredible S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for two of their handsets – the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

The company has kept its promise of rolling out the Android 2.3 update within the first few weeks of its release for the Incredible S, and in early Q2 for the Desire HD.


The software update for the Desire HD carries the version number 2.36.405.5, while the Incredible S software update has the version number 2.12.405.7. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for both the handsets sis being rolled out as an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Desire HD and Incredible S owners can manually check for the software update by going to Menu-> Settings-> About Phone and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

The latest version of Android OS will bring with it a new keyboard, better copy-paste method, speed improvements and a new black theme. Sadly, the Gingerbread version being rolled out by HTC is Android 2.3.3. This means that Incredible S owners won’t be able to use the front-facing camera to make video calls via GTalk.

The Desire Z and the original Desire are the next in line to receive their Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 updates for these handsets are expected to be rolled out by early June.

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Rajesh Pandey

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

  • haven’t got any updates on my Desire HD yet…

    • markus

      yeah me too, didn’t got the update too, but why?

    • Azeem

      i didnt get any as well…

    • Please be patient for sometime. The OTA update is being slowly rolled out to all Desire HD and Incredible S owners in Europe.

      • Azeem

        may be, im in Australia wid incredible S.

  • Karthik Sharma

    There are some irregularities in the post. The Desire HD is receving the update now. The Incredible S will be receiving it next month.

    • Hi Karthik,

      No, the Incredible S is also receiving the Gingerbread OTA update. Please check the HTC Europe website for more information.

  • Raghu

    Its 9th may 2011 5 days after the post still no update..where as most of the europe users have got it..

    • incredible s

      I’m in europe and i haven’t got the update yet. this is what htc told me

      “The updates for the phones are not being released for all units at one time but the phones are being in queue under their serial numbers. I recommend you to set up your phone for scheduled check of update so you will receive notification immediately when the update is available for your device.”

      • Shailen TJ

        I’m in Germany and I have an unbranded HTC Desire HD. I use an O2 prepaid-sim card.

        Nothing so far. And it’s the 26th of May already.

  • Shashank

    still no update for me at delhi, india. mine is european make. what the hack man… updates rolling out according to serial nos!! what a foolish thing to do. but i think things workout this way for android. quiet a few months back.. i think i was the first one in india to recieve froyo on a galaxy s(uk) in my family. i think the uk made phones will get update early.. so i will just keep checking every day. also pls comment how can we backup our apps b4 update and restore them after the update in 1 click without rooting. it will be much pain if we need to install each app again.

  • Robert

    I received the update yeasterday htc incredible asia

  • Shashank

    I recieved the update yesterday on 17th may. few changes in looks of the system. i’ll write down any major improvements or problems if any laer on.. whwn i use my mobile for quiet sometime after the update.
    just to mention I m from india and my desire hd is an UK factory unlocked(international version).

  • rectan01

    I’ve just updated my HTC Incredible S to gingerbread (OS. 2.3.3) but I’m very disappointed with what the new firmware was offering compared to Froyo. There was no radical improvements as promised. A few functionality changes to the setting and color themes to supposedly improve battery life. Also some tweaks to the camera. Nothing major else.
    What’s missing…no gingerbread keyboard, same old UI, no gingerbread themes, no real change in battery life, and although its early days I can’t see any real improvements in the speed to my cellphone although to be fair my Incredible S was pretty fast already.

    • WIN

      Hi. Can i check if you are able to make video calls over the cellular network after the Andriod 2.3 update? Am told by HTC support staff that this function should be available after the update but they can’t be 100% sure. Am postponing my purchase of the Incredible S due to this.

  • M V Bhaktha

    Android 2.3 GINGERBREAD update available for HTC Desire HD in India. I checked it today (26th May 2011) and found update available. Its a large file of 99MB so preferably download it over the WiFi. Go to SETTINGS……scroll down to ABOUT PHONE…….tap on SYSTEM SOFTWARE UPDATES……at the bottom tap on CHECK NOW radio button………thats it……..!!!!

  • badz

    hello just wanna ask… i just received today the update of gingerbread for my dhd but my problem is it says “system update (paused)” any suggestion on what to do? many hours always like this i used it via wifi =(… please help thanks

  • Shashank

    one major drawback i have surely noticed after 15 days use after the 2.3.3 update on my desire HD is battery is depleting even faster. battery wasn’t good before update on desire HDs as we all know.. but now.. it even more worse. rest all is ok.. there may be some stability improvements and and i got gps lock even faster than before.. haven’t used gps many times after the update.. so i m not very sure. but battery problem sucks..

  • Uday

    Hi Rajesh,
    i would like to know about 2.3 Gingerbread Update & is it possible to upgrade Incredible S to 2.3

    My Questions are :-
    1. Is this a Upcoming OS for Handset’s.
    2. Can i Upgrade my Handset with this OS.
    3. If Yes then Wat would be the Procedure.

    • Frederick

      Hi Rajesh,

      I would like to know why i cant get the 2.3 gingerbread in South africa? i downloaded updates last month and yesterday i did the factory settings. my other problem is that the HTC desire hd was bought in Qatar and it came with its locale settings by default, im having problems with getting english from South Africa, or USA or UK, what should i do , i want it as default too, such that next time i can reset and have no issues.

  • val

    My evils started the upgrade, said it lista web connection. Now it’s stuck on paused. Help.