In the UK, HTC Desire S smartphones sold by Vodafone are receiving a software update as we speak. This isn’t an update to another version of the operating system, after all the Desire S is already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is the latest version at the moment. No, this is more like a bug fixing release, focused on ironing out kinks and improving overall performance.
Specific things have been tweaked though. For example, when receiving an SMS the sender is now always displayed correctly, the uploading of pictures using HTC Peep (Twitter for HTC Sense) has been improved, Desk Dock mode support has been added, and call stability and general peformance have been enhanced as well.
The update is a two-part over-the-air affair. So you won’t need to hook your device up to a computer to perform the update, but you will need to update twice. Here’s what will happen: the phone will notify you that there’s an update available. If you choose to install, it will only update the update mechanism itself at first, and then a second update notification should pop up. Choose to install this too, and you’ll be getting the update described above. If you don’t want to wait for the second notification to arrive, after you’ve installed the first update, go to Settings > About phone > System software updates and tap Check now.
As with all OTA rollouts, keep in mind that it may take a few days for the update to trickle down to all Vodafone HTC Desire S handsets, so don’t despair if yours hasn’t gotten it yet. It’s on its way.