Back in October, we had reported that the HTC Incredible S will soon be getting an Android 2.3.5 + Sense 3.0 software update. Now, nearly a month and half of writing that post, many Incredible S owners from around the world are reporting that they have got the Sense 3.0 update on their phone. The Desire S had also got a similar software update a few months ago.
The new software update for the Incredible S brings with it a new version of Sense, which comes with an improved lock screen, new animations and a slicker app launcher and an app drawer. The minor bump in the Android OS version does not bring any major changes, except for the latest version of Google talk with video chatting capabilities.
The update is being rolled out in stages, so Incredible S users need to be a bit patient. Also, carrier branded variants of the Incredible S will get the update only after the unlocked variants get it. Hopefully, this also means that the Incredible 2, the U.S sibling of the Incredible S, will get the update sooner than later.
Reports also suggest that the Desire HD will get a similar Sense 3.0 + Android 2.3.5 software update sometime soon.
HTC announced the successor to the original Desire, the Desire S at MWC this year. Compared to the predecessor, the S sports a faster CPU and GPU, along with more RAM and internal memory. When announced, the handset ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense v2.1.
Now, it looks like HTC have started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S, which bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.5. The update also brings the latest version of Sense UI to the Desire S, which is quite surprising. The Sense v3.0 UI sports some nifty features like a lock screen with shortcuts, new animations and an updated launcher.
The update also brings some new widgets including Clock, Weather and Photo grid widgets, the latest version of Android Market, Calendar app and new Live Wallpapers. Post the update; Desire S owners can also use HTC’s Watch service. Users are also reporting a massive improvement in GPS performance.
It will be interesting to see how the new version of Sense affects the performance of the phone. The Sense 3.0 UI was considered to be a major culprit for all the lags and slowdowns on the dual-core powered HTC Sensation.
CyanogenMod 7 users and nightly flashers, here is some good news for you. Around a couple of weeks ago, kernel.org got hacked, due to which CM7 nightlies stopped rolling out. The source code of the Linux kernel, and various other distros’, including Android’s kernel, is hosted on kernel.org.
While kernel.org is still not back up, the CM team has shifted its source code to GitHub, and has finally started rolling out CM7 nightlies, so as to make sure people with ROM flashing Syndrome don’t lose their sanity.
In other CM7 related news, the CM team has released a very early alpha build for LG’s first ever Android powered 3D phone, the Optimus 3D. Being an early build, there are still a lot of issues like HDMI does not work, and camera app will crash if a user tries to take a 3D picture. Optimus 3D owners can download the alpha version of CM7 for their handset from here.
There is some good news for Desire S owners as well. Beginning from today, the CM build bot will also roll out CM7 nightlies for the Desire S (Saga).
A new alpha build of CM7 for the HTC Sensation was also released today. The new alpha build solves most of the issues, including audio issues. Sensation owners can download the build from here.
Last month, HTC released its much awaited web-based boot loader unlock tool for the HTC EVO 3D and the various variants of the HTC Sensation.
While the boot loader unlock tool from HTC does what it states, it does not provide a user with S-OFF access. This does complicate matters a little, but thankfully modders have already found a workaround. Today, HTC has updated its web-based tool to add support for the various versions of its first ever Android tablet, the Flyer.
Flyer owners who are interested in unlocking the boot loader on their tablet should head over to HTC’s developer website. Flyer owners should keep in mind that by unlocking the boot loader on their tablet, they will be voiding its warranty.
Hopefully, HTC will soon add support for more devices like the HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible S and the Desire S to its boot loader unlocking portal.
The HTC Flyer will also get its Honeycomb update sometime soon. Recently, a Honeycomb based ROM for the Flyer had leaked on the Internet.