HTC Desire HD update

by Social Media Team ‎18-08-2011 05:38 AM
Social Media Team

UPDATE: 17 August, 2011

A new maintenance release for the HTC Desire HD is now available for download from midday today.

Key features with this maintenance release:

  • WiFi performances improvement
  • GSM only option
  • Defaulting Automatic date and time to off

For infomation regarding how to get this new update, click on - How is the update being released?

The file size is about 14MB and it will be free to download for Vodafone customers.


Hi everyone,

Good news for HTC Desire HD users with the roll out of Android 2.3.3 ‘Gingerbread’ by HTC from today with a staggered release across all users over the next couple weeks.

This means, over the next couple of weeks you'll get a notification on your smartphone to update to the newer software. So don't worry if you don't get the update today.

Details of the release

  • ROM version: (Vodafone) & 2.37.861.8 (Hutchison)
  • Radio Version:

What are some of the new features with Android 2.3.3 on HTC Desire HD?

  • UI refinements for simplicity and speed
  • Quicker and easier access to the settings (Quicks settings tab in the notification bar)
  • Improved Apps management via tabs in the all apps menu
  • New camera settings
  • And some HTC fixes improving the overall user experience !

How big is the file update?

Package size is about 103MB

How is the update being released?

  • The release of the update will be via FOTA (Firmware Over The Air)
  • You will receive a notification that the new version of software is available for your HTC Desire HD.
  • You will then be given the option to accept the upgrade over the air.
  • It's recommended that you connect via WiFi in order to complete the software update
  • Once the download (which will run in the back ground) is complete, you phone will prompt to install. This will take a few minutes and during this time the device will not be able to be used
  • If you haven't recieved a notification, you can simply go into your settings and find the new update.

We recommend when updating to Android 2.3.3

Due to the file size we recommend updating your Desire HD via WiFi connection

Why are we not releasing Android 2.3.4 like the Nexus S?

HTC have not launched any devices running Android version 2.3.4. Due to this, the HTC Desire HD will be receiving the 2.3.3 upgrade for VF Global in Europe, hence the same for Australia.

by antonyp ‎02-06-2011 08:29 AM


by Jaydin ‎02-06-2011 08:31 AM

I just updated it, and so far I think it's amazing!!! simple changes but it's made a big difference Smiley Happy

by Boulton_O_Kelly ‎02-06-2011 08:51 AM

Will users who got their Desire HDs from 3 mobile also get the FOTA upgrade?

by Pasindu ‎02-06-2011 09:35 AM

will this only for vodafone?
not for the three customers ?

by Andrew_Tran ‎02-06-2011 10:02 AM

Hi Boulton, Yes they will Smiley Happy Cheers AT

by Andrew_Tran ‎02-06-2011 10:03 AM

Glad you're liking it Jaydin Smiley Happy Cheers AT

by Nice ‎02-06-2011 10:15 AM

Any update for Samsung Galaxy S?
I am a Three customer. I hope since your are releasing HTC HD update for both networks you will do the same for Samsung Galaxy S.
Will it be 2.3.4 or 2.3.3?

by isaac ‎02-06-2011 12:21 PM

Please Give me back the GSM only option in the settings. Where i live 3g Drops out all the time and with auto the battery life is soo bad.

by ‎02-06-2011 01:05 PM

OK, why cant we use HTC Sync after upgrade. Can you please let us know.

by Laurence_1 ‎02-06-2011 01:16 PM

Better late than never I suppose. Just manually went into my settings > about phone > system software updates and manually did a scan and it found the OTA.

by ‎02-06-2011 03:09 PM

Hello folks,
Why does not HTC sync work with the 2.3.3 update? Can you please help

by James4 ‎02-06-2011 03:20 PM

Would i lose all the installed apps? like factory reset? after firmware upgrade?

by Grant_2 ‎02-06-2011 03:40 PM

Tip for others: if you have the phone plugged-in during install, then unplug it to get the touch screen working properly again after the install. I couldn't get the 'screen locked' to respond to touch until it was unplugged. G'luck.

by Dermah ‎02-06-2011 09:44 PM

There are one or two annoying UI/sound tweaks but it is SOOO worth it just for the ridiculous speed improvements.

by Amit_2 ‎03-06-2011 01:35 AM

This version has removed option to put the phone in GSM ONLY mode. Where I live is just 5k from Brisbane CBD still I do not get 3G signal in my home and I used to have my phone in GSM only at home to get consistent bars.Unfortunately I do not have this option anymore .
Having said that there is an AUTO mode, it is nearly useless unless you happy to get disconnected any time during voice calls. As it keeps hoping from 3G to GSM and when that occurs it loses the network for few seconds. AUTO mode reduces the battery life significantly as well.
Plz restore the GSM ONLY mode.

by Andrew_Tran ‎03-06-2011 01:53 AM

Hi Chen, Sorry mate, i haven't received any news regarding updates for the Milestone 2 Smiley Sad, but if we do, we'll make an update Cheers AT

by Andrew_Tran ‎03-06-2011 01:53 AM

Hi James, My understanding, you will, so back up just in case. Cheers AT

by john54 ‎03-06-2011 03:02 AM

Another tip: Force your calendar to 1 year ahead, say 2012 & do a system update scan again. It'll update.

by Amit_2 ‎03-06-2011 03:26 AM

No you don't. Surprisingly it keeps everything intact including your apps and settings.

by Danny_Liu ‎03-06-2011 03:35 AM

Got my DHD updated last night, so far very satisfy with the new version. Every thing goes smoother and more responsible. Like all those minor change! Thanks HTC and VHA!

by Danny_Liu ‎03-06-2011 03:39 AM

Just a question, the weather does not update anymore. Only shows the current location but no weather info. Keep giving me an error message says that the connection dropped. Is there any one have this problem? I like the weather app, the problem is so annoying.... Plz help!

by Matt44 ‎03-06-2011 05:36 AM

Good move Vodafone. I upgraded mine last night. All the bugs fixed. It works very smooth.


by chris77 ‎03-06-2011 06:54 AM

Anyone have any issues with wifi or sending sms after the update?

by Brett_Williamso ‎03-06-2011 07:03 AM

Hi Danny Liu,
Mine is the same. Plus Picasa web albums won't sync anymore. Otherwise, nice and fast.
For the clock, download the Weatherzone app. It includes a clock widget. Not quite as nice but more accurate!

by Mitch1 ‎03-06-2011 09:22 AM

Really wish it still had the GSM only feature, constantly losing signal (and battery life) at home and work!

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