Although HTC stated a while back that the Desire S will not receive an updated HTC Sense 3.0 users interface, the UI is now available for Orange UK units, along with the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update.
According to the guys over at XDA Developers, the update is pushed OTA (over the air) gradually to all HTC Desire S devices in Europe, which means that users should wait to be automatically notified.
Even though HTC is still mum on the update, it looks like several UK users with stock ROMs already reported that they have received the upgrade over the air.
It appears that software update 2.10.401.4 has 222.65 MB and brings the phone's firmware to version 2.3.5 and installs HTC Sense 3.0 users interface.
Given the fact that HTC has yet to issue any statements about the update, we should assume that this is just a beta testing version of the upgrade.
It is possible that the final version of the update will be pushed in the next few weeks, along with an official announcement from HTC.
Several improvements reported by those who were lucky enough to receive the update include:
- Lockscreen inc live wallpaper and shortcuts;
- Live Wallpapers;
- Reader application;
- Weather widget;
- Friend channel widget;
- Photo grid widget;
- Clock widget with social network updates;
- Trips widget;
- Calendar application;
- Watch widget;
- My shelf widget;
- Android Market 3.1.5 application.
In addition, the GPS performance seems to be greatly improved, as the smartphone is now able to fix on a location much faster.
HTC Desire S owners who already upgraded to the latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system reported that the update is stable.
More details about the Desire S Android 2.3.5 update coming as soon as HTC issues any statements.