It looks like Desire HD and Desire S owners can now choose either to wait until HTC delivers the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for their devices or to install the latest unofficial ROM that will bring their smartphones to version Android 4.0.3.
XDA Developers forum user proxuser has been working for the past few weeks on an Ice Cream Sandwich build for HTC Desire HD and Desire S.
This build is based on an official ROM for HTC One V that leaked last month. Successfully ported on both smartphones, the custom ROM is now available for download, though there are some things that need to be fixed.
For example, once the custom ROM is installed on the HTC Desire S, the following things won’t work anymore: camera, Wi-Fi hotspot capability and USB tethering function.
However, the rest of the smartphone’s features are fully working within the parameters, including: phone calls, data (both 2G and 3G), audio (Beats Audio included), all sensors, Bluetooth, GPS, mount storage, Wi-Fi, SD card and others.
On the other hand, there’s only one thing that doesn’t work on HTC Desire HD, and that’s the rear camera. Those who think they can live without that can try this unofficial Android 4.0.3 ICS port on any of the two smartphones.
Furthermore, proxuser continues to work on this ROM and will probably fix the remaining problems in the following weeks. In fact, this is already at version 3.3, which clearly shows the developer’s interest in improving this build.
The latest version of the ROM fixed sound problems and added small changes and interactive menu for Bluetooth audio.
For more details on how to download and install this unofficial Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD head over to the original threads here and here.