HTC had promised that its remaining Android 4.0 updates would be released before the end of August. The weeks passed by, and August 31 came and went, but no updates were released. Last Friday, HTC’s team answered people’s comments on Facebook, letting DROID Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt owners know that they had missed the self-imposed deadline, but reassuring them that they were still working with Verizon on the update. But what about the HTC Desire S and HTC Rhyme?
It turns out that HTC released the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Desire S and HTC Rhyme (international GSM variant) on htcdev.com in RUU format right before the August 31 deadline. We’re not sure why HTC didn’t announce the update on Facebook or Twitter, but we are sure they’re not happy about the inability to release the update over the air.
If you own the HTC Desire S or a GSM HTC Rhyme, you can download the Android 4.0 update for your device from the downloads section on htcdev.com. Once you are on the page, select the “Other” filter and click “Find Files” to display the HTC Desire S and HTC Rhyme Android 4.0 updates files. Since the update for both phones has been delivered in RUU format, we’d like to stress that it will completely erase all system information once installed. Pictures, music and video should be safe, but you will need to re-download all your applications once the Android 4.0 update has been installed.
Like most of the Android 4.0 updates HTC have been rolling out, the new build for the Desire S and Rhyme includes HTC Sense 3.6, re-sizeable widgets, Face Unlock, a new Quick Settings tab in the notification panel and improvements to Android’s multi-tasking capabilities. So what are you waiting for? Download the Android 4.0 update for your HTC Desire S or HTC Rhyme, and let us know what you think of all the new features.