When buying this android phone as an upgrade from previous Wildfire, I believe HTC will give me an latest android update. Sad to say that our HTC Wildfire S will not get official ICS update since this phone isn’t listed in first wave of Android 4.0 update for HTC phones. Fortunately, we still has hope to get update from unofficial or custom Android ROM, a developer with username benjamingwynn from xda successfully boots Ice Cream Sandwich on our device. This ROM isn’t finished and still has bugs, and he asking to other developers to help him port ICS to work with Wildfire S. And for those who prefer to use CM9, the CyanogenMod Team still work on it and ready to be tested in early 2012.
Guide Installing HTC Wildfire with ICS AOSP Custom ROM
You must notice that by rooting, S-OFF/unlock, and flashing Wildfire S may possibly void your warranty or even brick it, we are not responsible when you experience it. In order to avoid loosing your data you can sync your contact and Gmail and for backup your system settings, sms, logs, bookmarks or even installed apps you can download MyBackup Apps.
Before planning to flashing your HTC android phones, we need to root the phone with S-OFF and it quite difficult. We need XTC-Clip, a hardware to unlock HTC phone / S-OFF and after that we can obtaining root access. And now we can get S-OFF without using a XTC-Clip, but this method only for CDMA version of wildfire (MarvelC or MarvelCT), and for GSM version (Marvel) you still need a XCT-Clip hardware. You can read this thread to find technical guide how to root, S-OFF and installing ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery for Wildfire S.
We need to download Android 4.0 (ICS) ROMs first and move it to phone SD card, but now there’s no stable ROMs available yet, we still need to wait until next year, we will inform you once we find the stable ROMs. Once fulfilling the required condition (root with S-OFF, and CWM installed) you can boots into bootloader by pressing volume down key together with power button. After boots into bootloader now choose RECOVERY option to entering CWM main screen and following this step :
- Choose “backup and restore” options to backup existing ROM.
- Choose “wipe data/factory reset” options to avoid error after flashing ROM.
- Choose “install zip from sdcard” and then “choose zip from sdcard” to find the ICS ROM you have downloaded and move to sd card. And the flashing process will begin.
- After successfully flashing now select “++Go Back++” and “reboot systems now”.
If you think updating Wildfire S with ICS unofficial ROM is no easy task, the only alternative is upgrading your phone with phone that has been confirmed to receive official ICS update such as HTC Evo 3D (CDMA) or Amaze 4G (GSM).