HTC Incredible S Tastes Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Incredible S owners in quite a few regions of the world.  Incredible S owners should consider themselves lucky that their phone has got the official Ice Cream Sandwich update before a dual-core phone from HTC, the EVO 3D.

While the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Incredible S will bring with it quite a lot of new features and enhancements, what it will not bring is all the visual goodness that Google had introduced. Instead, HTC has loaded the update for the S with Sense 3.6 that makes sure users will not get a taste of the UI changes in ICS.

The official update is rolling out in certain regions of Europe via OTA. The update will take some time to show up for the branded or carrier-locked variants of the Incredible S, including the Verizon’s Droid Incredible 2.

HTC has not announced anything officially whether the Incredible S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or not. Considering how small the Android 4.1 update is and the Incredible S hardware, it should in a perfect world get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

HTC Bootloader Unlock Tool Now Supports All Devices Launched After September 2011

It was just yesterday that HTC had updated its bootloader tool to add support for the myTouch 4G Slide and the EVO View 4G. Readers will remember that I had complained that the HTC Rezound bootloader was not unlockable using the official tool from HTC.

Now, just a day after, HTC has updated its web-based bootloader unlocking tool to add support for all HTC Android handsets announced after September 2011. Yes, this includes the HTC Rezound as well!

Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

Thankfully, as it is evident from the above statement, HTC is also working on adding support for handsets it had launched with encrypted bootloaders earlier in the year like the Incredible S, Desire S etc.

Hopefully, this also means that the bootloader tool will be able to unlock the bootloaders of all the upcoming handsets from HTC as well, without the need for an update.

HTC Incredible S Software Update Rolling Out; Brings Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0

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 Incredible S To Get Official Sense 3.0 Update

At the beginning of this month, HTC started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S which brought Sense UI 3.0 to the handset along with bumping the Android version to 2.3.5. This move was appreciated by many Desire S owners, since the company hardly updates the Sense version on their handsets.

Now, it looks like HTC is soon going to  start rolling out a similar software update for the bigger sibling of the Desire S, the Incredible S. Android developer and hacker – PaulOBrien – tweeted that an  official  Sense 3.0 ROM for the Incredible S has surfaced online.

Like the Desire S software update, the software update for the Incredible S will bring with it Sense 3.0, along with its goodies like a 3D launcher, and a widget-izied lock screen. The Android version will also be bumped to 2.3.5, and will also bring Google Talk with video chatting capabilities to the handset.

The download link for the ROM is not yet available now, but its just a matter of days before it makes it way on XDA forums. HTC should also start rolling out the update to all Incredible S owners soon.

HTC Flyer Bootloader Now Unlockable Using HTC’s Developer Portal

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.

The Best Android Phones Coming to India in 2011

The Android revolution began about 3 years back and its stunning growth has dwarfed the growth of even iOS (iPhone) as a mobile platform. It is now the most popular mobile OS in the US, and is on its way to becoming the most used mobile OS in the world. It is expected to overtake Symbian soon, and will soon be the Windows of the mobile world.

Unlike Apple which always ignores India when launching new products, most Android manufacturers have made sure that they launch new Android smartphones in India at the same time as the worldwide launch.

As I’ve said before, 2011 is going to be the year of Android. We have seen a lot of exciting devices at CES, MWC and CTIA 2011. Most of these devices will either be launched soon, or have been launched already.

In this post, I will show you the best Android phones that money can buy. Despite the title, the list is relevant to users around the world, not just Indians.

1. Samsung Galaxy S 2

This is definitely the best Android smartphone that money can buy. It has received the best reviews yet, and offers the best overall package, compared to any other Android phone. It is the successor to the most popular Android phone of 2010 – the Samsung Galaxy S.

It has an excellent 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with an 8 MP camera which can record 1080p video, a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0.

It is expected to be launched by the end of May 2011 and will be priced at around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

2. HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation is probably the only phone which can rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications and features.

It will come with a 4.3 inch S-LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, which is widely regarded as the best third party Android UI.

It has a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768 MB RAM. It also comes with an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash which can record 1080p video at 30 FPS. It has 1 GB internal storage, and is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S 2, at 148 gms. It will likely be launched soon, but we have no idea about the pricing.

HTC Sensation

3. LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X was the first Android smartphone with a dual core processor. While it was launched some time back, it is still one of the best Android phone options in India. In the US, you can buy the T-Mobile G2X which is identical to the Optimus 2X, and comes with pure Android 2.2 Froyo.

It comes with a 4 inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also has a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor (Tegra 2) and offers 1 GB RAM. It has an 8 MP camera and can also capture 1080p video at 24 FPS. Though it’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S 2, it is much cheaper. You can get it for as much as Rs. 28,000.

Buy the LG Optimus 2X on Amazon.

LG Optimus 2X

4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was recently launched and is probably the most stylish Android smartphone to date. It is extremely slim, and has a very sleek design. It comes with a 4.2 inch display and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM. It also offers an excellent 8 MP camera, which makes it the best Android camera phone. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the Sony Ericsson custom Android UI.

It is available for Rs 28,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is another notable Android phone. It deviates from the touchscreen only trend in Android phones, and features a unique gaming keypad which slides out from under the display. It has the same hardware as the Xperia Arc – 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM.

It also has a 5 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the main attraction is the library of exclusive PSP games which it supports. If you are a gamer, and want an Android smartphone, the Xperia Play is the device you should get.

It is priced at Rs. 30,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

6. HTC Incredible S

HTC was the top dog in the Android arena an year back, but since the launch of the Galaxy S, Samsung has become the dominant player. HTC, though, has been trying to get back to the top.

The HTC Incredible S is one of the best Android smartphones by HTC. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, probably the best third party Android UI. It will definitely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a 4 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 768 MB RAM and comes with the Adreno 205 GPU as well. It has a very good 8 MP camera which can capture 720p video.

It is the cheapest of the lot. It is priced at Rs 26,399.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Flipkart.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Amazon.

HTC Incredible S

We might see many more Android smartphone launches soon, but for the next 2-3 months, this list should guide you well, should you want to buy the best Android smartphone in India, or the world, for that matter.

Update: Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011

Vodafone U.K. Rolling Out Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Desire HD

It was just yesterday that we reported about HTC rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

However, the update was being rolled out only for the unbranded Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, in Europe.


Today, Vodafone U.K. has announced that they have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Desire HD, in the U.K.

Here is the update change-log via Android Community :

  • Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,   with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)

Ironically, the Desire HD lacks a front camera, so I wonder what the Multiple Camera Management’ feature will do.

The update is an OTA one, and users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The update will be rolled out to all Desire HD owners within the next few weeks.

Hopefully, other carries will follow Vodafone U.K. steps, and release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.

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.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs Leaked; Features Wireless Charing And Dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.

Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.

The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.


Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.

However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.

The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.