Incredible S

How to Update HTC Incredible S with ICS Android 4.0 Alpha 2.1 Firmware

Ice Cream Sandwich LogoHTC Incredible S users can now breathe easy as in the due course of this article we will check on how you can easily update with the test build of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 version. This update comes at a time when lot of other phones have started to experience the Android 4.0 ICS version of firmware. Please be informed that to taste the test version of ICS, you will be required to root the phone first which you can do by following the instructions mentioned in the below link.

There are things which work in this version and some don’t, all of these are listed below.


  •     Hardware 2D/3D
  •     TouchScreen
  •     Bluetooth
  •     WiFi
  •     RIL
  •     Data
  •     Sound
  •     Sensors
  •     Rotation
  •     Status LED
  •     Google Account
  •     Market
  •     GPS
  •     Software Video Decoding
  •     SD Card

Not Working:

  •     Proper UMS
  •     Proper Hardware acceleration
  •     WiFi Tethering
  •     USB Tethering
  •     Camera
  •     Some Minor Bugs

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

Over the process of updating the phone with the test build of ICS, you need to back up all the data which is there in your phone memory so as to facilitate smoother firmware upgrade.

Quick List of Pre Requisites:

  • There is a possibility of data getting lost or corrupted, so back up the same. Just in case if any is lost or corrupted, you can backup or restore the data by using the tips which are mentioned below.

Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

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  1. zac

    April 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Is this for any region

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      you can update the device in any country

  2. tue

    September 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m update HTC incredible s

  3. Dinesh

    April 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It`s coming in end of 2012.

  4. Jai

    April 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the news, do u have any idea when the official roll out happens..?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      there is no clue as of now!

  5. azin

    February 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    my hboot version is 1.16.0000 how can i root my phone?
    it was s-off but after updating with Wi-fi now its S-ON and i cant s-off it

  6. Siva

    December 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Hi –
    I followed the steps you have laid out – for the last 35 mins, my phone is just showing a series a color palettes moving around in circles. I tried to boot it back into recovery mode ( by pressing the volume Down Key and simultaneously pressing the Power button) it goes back into the same kind screen i mentioned before.
    Can u pls suggest a way to get back to Bootloader or Recovery?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 29, 2011 at 2:04 am

      which was your last version, have you backed up the firmware?

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