HTC Desire S getting Android 2.3.5, Sense 3.0 update in India

HTC has started rolling out much awaited Android 2.3.5 update for Desire S users in India. This update also brings the Sense 3.0 UI to Desire S. Β It is available OTA, so you will soon get a notification on your device to download and install the update.

If you have HTC Desire S, you can go to Settings>> About Phone>> Software Update to check the update manually. Although announced on December 15 by HTC India on its official Facebook page, users have started getting it today only.

Update build number – 2.15.720.3
Do let us know about your experience after the update in the comments.

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59 thoughts on “HTC Desire S getting Android 2.3.5, Sense 3.0 update in India


    (March 2, 2012 - 8:04 am)

    Hi, i ask if there’s a problem in this system update 2.15.720.3 , HTC DESIRE S user


    (February 17, 2012 - 8:38 pm)

    I updated to the 2.3.5 on my Desire HD last month and ever since, I’ve been have a peculiar problem. Every time someone who is sysnced on the contacts list with Facebook calls, the phone invariably only sees them as a phone contact and any response to accept or reject the call leads to the call either dropping or phone freezing (respectively)… any ideas WTF is wrong with the phone and how do I correct this?

    Mohit Mehral

    (January 13, 2012 - 11:05 am)

    is there any 1 HTC Desire S user whom can potted to 4.0 Andriod ?


    (January 12, 2012 - 12:26 pm)

    Also I find it tough to use the Market App. The long press is not working for me. I have to go to the application page to update it. And I can’t share the App with others. I usually share it with gmail.


    (January 12, 2012 - 12:01 pm)

    Me too with 85 – 90% charge only while leaving in the morning. I donot have issue as the charge will last for the whole day thanks for my work. I cannot play or browse when in office. But some of my friends are having the usb cable for their HTC phones. So If I need I will use it to charge the phone.

    Don’t leave the charger in the night. If some power surge happens then it may affect the phone or the battery. Do a dual charge both in the night and in the morning. You will also conserve the energy.


    (January 12, 2012 - 9:31 am)

    Thanks Anand !

    This is a problem now. Every morning, I leave my home with about only 85~90% charge on my phone. There is not enough time in the morning after I wake up to fully charge the phone πŸ™
    The fastest solution is to leave the charger ON through out the night. But I do not think it would be a good idea to charge every night for so long.


    (January 10, 2012 - 11:34 am)

    While searching today in internet. I came to know that HTC Desire Series, HD and Incredible will not get ICS. Though it is not official. Lets hope we get ICS.


    (January 10, 2012 - 11:28 am)

    Yes Deepu me too getting the same issue earlier from dead battery it will take 2 hrs to charge but now. It takes more than 2.5 hrs

    Also if you work continuously on the phone for more than half an hour the battery drains very fast. It is not with respect to the graphics it seems. Remember the battery drain issue with apple IOS 5. they released a patch. I guess HTC will also release some patch. But there are no official information.


    (January 10, 2012 - 7:24 am)

    I have updated my Desire S few weeks ago.
    Now I realize that the charging is much slower than earlier. Any one else noticed such an issue ?


    (January 9, 2012 - 9:47 am)

    Can anyone tell me when can we expect an upgrade for incredible s in india? or is it not there for incredible s in india?


    (January 5, 2012 - 5:42 pm)

    How long does it take to install? i have blank screen with lights on and htc displayed for around 2 hours ….


    (January 5, 2012 - 12:14 pm)

    I updated my desire s . Everything s excellent in this phone . No one can beat sense 3 and friends tell me if I do a factory reset , the phone will be again reset to 2.1 and 2.3.3 or it holds with the new update . Pls temme friends .


    (January 2, 2012 - 8:18 pm)

    When there will be an update for HTC Incredible S? I am still waiting to get it.. πŸ™


    (January 1, 2012 - 2:02 pm)

    i received my update this morning and the progress hangs at 2nd progress bar. It remains at 30% for like an hour already. what shud i to do?


    (December 30, 2011 - 11:06 am)

    @ anand : I updated my phone yesterday…the process was very easy. It took an hour to download and install the update. HTC Sense 3.0 is just awesome. The weather option in lock screen is brilliant. I loved all the updates that I received. Great work HTC..


    (December 30, 2011 - 10:40 am)

    The installation process and the first start up of the phone takes a very long time.

    As far as I can recall, from the start of the installation to the apprearence of the home screen icons and widgets took about 12-15 (nerve-racking) minutes. There are atleast 2 progress bars that appear and the white screen with nothing but HTC remains for quite a while. And even after all that, the first load of Sense 3.0 and widgets (with the Loading spinner) stays spinning for an uncomfortably long time.

    My past experiences updating Androids and iOSes tells me that its best not to stare at the phone waiting for the home screen to appear. There is nothing to be done anyway. Just make sure the battery is fully charged before installation, set the phone aside and go make yourself a sandwich. By the time you’re done, a beautiful Sense 3.0 should be waiting for you.

    Good luck.


    (December 29, 2011 - 12:45 pm)

    Yes you can. Whatever data connection you have, you can use that to update. On a precautionary note take backup of your messages and contacts to the SD card and then start download it through settings–>About Phone–>Software Update–>Check now. It will tell you an update is available and will give an option to download it through Wifi or any available data connection. Choose Wifi.

    The phone will start downloading the 227.xx MB of the software into ur SD Card. Once completed it will ask for the installtion. Choose Yes. It will shutdown the phone and will restart and start installing the downloaded software. Don’t power off the phone if it struck somewhere be patient. It will wait for a long time in the white screen. Just wait. Have enough battery to do this entire process.

    Update us once you did it


    (December 29, 2011 - 11:57 am)

    @anand : how did u updated? can i update it thru my wi-fi?? reply soon!!


    (December 28, 2011 - 5:37 pm)

    Sahil forgot to add. The music output on the stock HTC headset is really good. But it may pain for a prolonged use. The loud speaker is not that loud. But it will drain your battery like anything.

    If you are a music lover I will not suggest this one. you can look for the Experia range and not the X10. If you have the budget I would suggest you buy the HTC Sensation XE with the Beats audio and Headset. It will be a wonderful phone for music lovers.


    (December 28, 2011 - 5:08 pm)

    Sahil as of now there is no news from HTC for ICS on Desire S. As for as I know ICS is more resource hungry. If you add Sense 3.0 on top of it. IT will make the Desire S more sluggish. Hence they will not roll out ICS for Desire S.
    And an update on the Battery part the battery is draining like anything if the displaay is on for a long time. I think the graphics effect is eating the battery like anything. But I kinda like the graphics. I will analyse it for a week. If the battery is not enoug then I may disable and check it.


    (December 28, 2011 - 5:02 pm)

    Got updated to 2.3.5. The Sense is awesome. And reg the incredible HTC doesn’t role out any update for this model. May be you guys get it in the Q1 2012.


    (December 27, 2011 - 12:47 pm)

    Hi. I purchased an Incredible S sometime in June this year, and it is still on 2.3.3. I have not received an OTA for 2.3.5 yet.

    Any news about this update from other Incredible S owners?

    Sahil Shah

    (December 25, 2011 - 2:39 pm)

    Are we getting ICS update for Desire S..?
    and how is the Music output (considering both- @loudspeaker and @headset)!! I am planning to buy this phone.


    (December 25, 2011 - 2:52 am)

    I have purchased HTC Incredible S from India and I am still having only android 2.3.3. When I switch on wifi and check for software updates it shows me that there are no updates available. Why incredible S is left our. If anyone has any idea about this please do let me know.


    (December 24, 2011 - 7:25 pm)

    hi friends,
    after updating is there any problem in playing videos & photos,
    please replay,thanks in advance


    (December 24, 2011 - 4:57 am)

    Do u people think the display s good in sense 3. Rather than 2. O feel it’s good in 2.1

    Capt Rohit Saxena

    (December 23, 2011 - 10:45 pm)

    Thanks Gaurav. I just started the OTA update on Desire S


    (December 23, 2011 - 10:08 am)

    hey team,

    i have tried updating to 2.3.5 in my htc desire s which i got from OTA.
    but while installing i has got into white screen with hTC on it. now I am not ableto switch off or switch on the phone it is hanged there. after removing the batterry after the hanging of one day all night i removed the batterry and put it. but it still remains in white screen.


      Gaurav Shukla

      (December 23, 2011 - 12:10 pm)

      @subin It you can not do anything with the phone, you should visit nearest HTC service center, this will help you. Update might have created some issues.


    (December 23, 2011 - 6:37 am)

    I am able to play back videos in my gallery in full screen.


    (December 22, 2011 - 11:16 am)

    Can I know how s the video play back . I updated my phone . But the videos are not playing in full screen


    (December 22, 2011 - 7:47 am)

    sorry I meant problem with your phone (not with you) πŸ™‚


    (December 22, 2011 - 7:31 am)

    Hi Pradeep, no idea what is the problem with you. I am able to see all the photos.


    (December 22, 2011 - 7:30 am)

    Hi Anand,
    I did the back up in my SD card only.
    Anyways address book would be also available in the gmail account if a sync is done before the update.


    (December 21, 2011 - 10:28 pm)

    hi people i got ma desire s updated to sense3.0 today,but m not able to open ma photo gallery..m not able to figure it out..plz any1 help out..thnx


    (December 21, 2011 - 6:14 pm)

    I just updated my phone. I didnt take any backups, just downloaded and installed the System Update and its done! No loss of data whatsoever. Sense 3.0 is brilliant!


    (December 21, 2011 - 5:25 pm)

    Hi Deepu,

    How did you backed up the datas. Did you used any app or a procedure you have to backup the contacts messages and the apps data. Or you backed up in SD.


    (December 21, 2011 - 1:57 pm)

    Alright guys,
    I have updated my phone.
    I followed these steps: Backed up my contacts, messages and some other apps data.
    Did a factory reset before start downloading.
    After factory reset, started the download followed by installation.
    When the installation completed and the phone restarted, first thing I checked was to see if long pressing the Power button would show the menu or not. It did ! Yes ! There is no such problem with my phone as reported by many.
    Any way, as I used to do a factory reset after an update, I did a reset again.
    Now my phone is up and running, sync-ing the contacts with my gmail account.
    Hope things won’t go wrong !


    (December 21, 2011 - 1:23 pm)

    Yeah I know what u mean. Its really frustrating when data is lost during an update. I too was planning to backup my data before updating, just to be on the safe side.


    (December 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm)

    Hi Rahul,
    Thanks !

    Yeah I know how to check for updates and all. And I have seen the message telling the update is available on my phone. It is just the steps that some people may have followed which makes it a flawless process (I believe so). This is because of the various number of apps we download and install. I heard it is a good practice to do a hard reset after the installation of updates on the phone so that the installation would be stable.
    Usually (on my previous Moto Milestone) I do a hard reset before an update and one more after the update. Just trying to be on the safer side. It is a pain because it erases all my installed apps and data from the phone memory. So I have to install them all again after the second reset. But I guess its worth doing so.


    (December 21, 2011 - 9:48 am)


    Thanx a lot for ur reply. Glad to hear that its still as smooth as ever! That was my main concern cuz Sense 2.1 works so well that I didnt want to sacrifice the speed just for a few visual updates.


    I dont think there is any need for a factory reset of the phone. Just connect to a wifi or mobile data network and check for a system update. It will give the details of the update, including the size (227 MB). I havent done it yet but I’m pretty sure it will download the files then install. I’ll be updating in a day or two and will post here.


    (December 21, 2011 - 9:10 am)

    Hi Brijesh,
    Great news ! Thanks for the info.
    By the way can you tell us what procedure did you follow for updating ?
    Like factory reset first or just update then factory reset or any other steps. Pls let us know so that we can do it the same way without problems.
    Thanks a lot !


    (December 20, 2011 - 8:46 pm)

    I updated my HTC Desire S last night. I used it till now and found it smooth as it was with sense 2.1. No their isn’t any problem with the switch off button. Long pressing the power button shows up the same menu (i.e power off, airplane mode and restart as usual).


    (December 20, 2011 - 8:16 pm)

    Yes, can someone who has updated their phone plz reply. Plz mention whether the phone still functions as fast and smoothly as it was with Sense 2.1 and whether there are any other performance related benefits or issues.



    (December 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm)

    Those who have already updated their devie, please tell us if there is any problem with the Switch off button. Earlier release in other coutries had feedback that the Long press on the Power button does not show up the Power off option and so on.
    Also there were some complaints about Net connectivity.
    Kindly confirm if these problems still exist.
    Thank you !


    (December 20, 2011 - 4:12 pm)

    The UI is just superb…In “Personalize” section new item “Lock Screen” has been added…I have this to “Weather”. Looks superb when the screen comes to life..This is Awesome update.


    (December 20, 2011 - 3:25 pm)

    @Mohan Kumar

    I meant does the new Sense take up RAM when it is running? Is the performance of the phone as smooth as it is with Sense 2.1?

    mohan kumar

    (December 20, 2011 - 2:19 pm)

    hi Rahul… dont be worried.. for ur info.. 227.27 mb will store in sd card only not in ram.. update it.. its awesome..

    mohan kumar

    (December 20, 2011 - 2:15 pm)

    really a awesome ubdate.. i can able to do video chat with gtalk. and i love the new lock screen..and also the new gallery application..its near to ios..thanks for the update.. and waiting for 4.0 icecream…facebook for sense is also good.. i can give overall 10/10..


    (December 20, 2011 - 2:11 pm)

    Sense 3.0 is amazing……. Had downloaded it yesterday night…. 227.20 MB…… but has amazing features…. Lov to see my Desire S again and again…..


    (December 20, 2011 - 1:55 pm)

    227 MB download! After 25mb, download was very slow, almost took 7 hours to finish the rest.
    But, it was worth waiting. Sense 3 is awesome.

    Gtalk updated with Video functionality.
    Weather app updated with stunning animations and sound.
    Camera functions updated with scenes.
    Messages got conversation UI update.
    New Task Manager from HTC.
    HTC Watch replaced Videos.
    Gallery with grid view.
    Home screens got a 3D swipe feel.
    And, the great Sense 3 Lockscreen.

    Fantastic Update!


    (December 20, 2011 - 1:47 pm)

    Update looks great


    (December 20, 2011 - 1:23 pm)

    Can anyone confirm how the performance of the Desire S is after update to Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0?? I’ve heard some people mention (esp on Facebook) that this update causes the phone to slow down very much and that it consumes too much RAM. Please do reply if u have the Desire S with the update…


    (December 20, 2011 - 12:58 pm)

    i am downloading it now!!!!!!!111


    (December 20, 2011 - 11:47 am)

    Waiting for incredible S update :/

    mohan kumar

    (December 20, 2011 - 10:23 am)

    now only downloading it.. will update soon


    (December 20, 2011 - 10:16 am)

    Yesterday i switched on my 3G HTC said i have a System update.. it was around 227 Mb.. my long wait update is available for India..

    Now my phone is updated to Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.0 UI.. i love it…

    hope HTC gives update to 4.0 Android soon… πŸ™‚

    HTC follows the Google Rule of 18 months OS update support…


    (December 19, 2011 - 11:09 pm)

    wow..!! now my desire s is getting updated..! its 227.22 mb. updating is under progress.. after that ma desire s ll become sensation mini!!:):)


    (December 19, 2011 - 6:44 pm)

    Why there is no update on any website about HTC salsa..Even the HTC chacha got the android 2.3.5 update. which is said to have improved memory management. Really fed up of the insufficient memory thing in HTC salsa. please provide some news on htc salsa update.

    all we know is that there is suppose to be a system update, facebook and twitter for HTC salsa in December. This was same for HTC chacha too.. but HTC chacha already received it one week back πŸ™

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