How to Update HTC Wildfire S with Cyanogen Mod 9 ICS Firmware

HTC Wildfire S LogoCyanogen Mod 9 firmware arrives for HTC Wildfire S smartphone and in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how one can easily apply this update. Unfortunately there won’t be any further updates by HTC for HTC Wildfire S as this phone has been discontinued in most of the countries. This update of Cyanogen Mod 9 update ropes in the latest ICS Android 4.0 release. Very soon we will be coming up with the custom Rom firmwares which will be based on the jellybean custom ROM firmware.

Please be informed that this is not an Official firmware update released by HTC, but is a third party firmware update released by Cyanogen MOD team. In the process of this article, we will be checking out on how you can apply this update along with the change log and features of this custom ROM firmware. Please note that since this update is still in the alpha stages, there will be some issues and is not meant for day to day usage. As in when the developer comes along with the newer versions of this build, we will be updating the same.

Wildfire S ICS CM9 Logo

In the process of applying this update, the data may get lost or corrupted, so it’s highly recommended to back up all the data with the help of below steps. Don’t use HTC Sync to back up the data.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log -Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Minimum battery life should be 60% plus so as to make sure that phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

Note: before proceeding, you need to ensure that the device is rooted and installed with the custom recovery image as without these both its not possible to install the Cyanogen mod 9 firmware update.

Since this update will require you to root the device, the warranty will get void. The only way with which the warranty can be reclaimed is by applying the current / factory firmware.

Enhancements in the Cyanogen mod 9 for HTC Wildfire S:

  • Added smartass2 governor and made it default (if you changed performance settings you need to choose smartass2 now)
  • Fixed QR Code scanners
  • Firmware is based on the Latest ICS Android 4.0,
  • Stock version of Cyanogen mod 2.6.35.14 kernel,
  • Supports all the AOSP / AOKP kernels and also Tiamat-Saga,
  • Comes with an all-new Interface which is different from Stock,
  • Battery life has been optimized,
  • Increased Quadrant Ranks when checked with Antutu benchmarking tool
  • Supports the latest Google PLAY Store,
  • Comes with the better app management tools and facilities as it supports many folder lock applications which was not there earlier

Disclaimer: Though this is a third party developed firmware developed by Cyanogen Mod team, there will be some issues but will be addressed in the coming days. We should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your HTC Wildfire S due to not following the mentioned instructions.

So, assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you are now free to head to the next page where we have summed up a detailed tutorial on how to upgrade your HTC Wildfire S with the latest ICS Android 4.0 based Cyanogen Mod 9 firmware.

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