HTC’s been talking about which of its Androids would be seeing updates to Ice Cream Sandwich for some time now, so we’ve generally had a good idea for what to expect. We’ve already seen the company start delivering those updates to some of its lineup, leaving the question of just when it would get around to hitting the rest of them. To help with answers, the manufacturer has put together a convenient table, detailing just when it expects to make ICS available for those remaining devices.
It looks like the majority of phones that haven’t yet started [...]
As we start to get into mid-February, there are probably a lot of you out there wondering where all the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for your existing Android phones are. After all, weren’t we hoping to see these releases really start arriving in early 2012? The good news is that the wait is nearly over, at least for some HTC users. The smartphone manufacturer posted a message to Facebook this morning talking about plans for the delivery of its first Ice Cream Sandwich updates in March.
We already knew about HTC’s plans to start selling phones running Android 4.0 in [...]
Besides “don’t download apps from sketchy sources”, one of the big rules of keeping your Android device safe is “think carefully about approving app requests for system permissions”. That latter one can be tricky to encourage, since it requires the user to do a bit of critical thinking at the time of installation; does that Sudoku-solving app you downloaded really need the ability to send SMS messages? The idea is, though, that if you are smart about granting permissions, you can stop malicious apps from taking advantage of you. Sometimes it’s not [...]
We can only applaud HTC’s efforts to make good on their promise and unlock as much bootloaders as possible. There are now a lot of HTC-made Android phones which are unlockable via HTCdev — recent additions include the Wildfire S, Wildfire, Salsa, Merge, and Desire — and now we get some more.
If you have an HTC Desire HD or a variant of the Desire or Wildfire, you can head over to the HTCdev website and unlock your bootloader. You have to read and understand that it will void your warranty but once you get passed that, there’s nothing stopping you from [...]
Along with the recent update that HTC brought to the European version of their Incredible S, they’ just launched updates for more devices on their line-up. If you’re currently rocking an HTC Desire HD, your device will be updated to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, which includes a couple of bug fixes. The only cool thing about the update is the fact that HTC upgrades your device to their latest HTC Sense 3.0.
If your device is an HTC Wildfire S, you’ll also get bumped to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, though sadly you’ll only go as far as HTC Sense 2.1 for now. [...]
Remember when Google said the Nexus One just wasn’t up to running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? That was just shy of a month ago. Since then we’ve seen only an SDK port running on the Nexus One, but now we’ve got an AOSP Custom ROM for it, too!
… and it’s not alone!
For those who don’t know, AOSP is the Android Open Source Project, the place where you “can find the information and source code you need to build an Android-compatible device.”
It’s been a week since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source [...]
Thanks to some talented folks over at XDA Developers, if you’ve got an unlocked HTC Desire HD, Desire S, or Inspire you now have a custom ROM that will bring not only Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but also HTC Sense UI 3.5 to your smartphone!
Based on the HTC Runnymede‘s ROM, these ROMs are pretty complete with few known bugs.
If you’ve got one of these devices and want to check out the latest and greatest from HTC, head on over to the source and let us know what you think in the comments below!
When HTC’s Bliss arrives, it will do so with a fresh new version of the company’s Sense UI installed. We’ve told you some of what you can expect from Sense 3.5, but plenty of you are likely anxious to get your hands on the software and give it a try yourself. If you don’t feel like waiting, don’t want new hardware, and would just like to see Sense 3.5 on your smartphone right now, you may be in luck, thanks to a developer’s work getting the UI running on a Desire HD.
The release isn’t quite perfect, suffering from some bugs related to [...]
Some of you have said that it’s not a fair comparison to benchmark different devices to determine which one is faster if their processors don’t run at the same speed. I’ve made the argument that’s the primary reason why benchmarking utilities exist: to compare dissimilar products.
For those of you who have wanted to see how two devices with the same clock-speed compare, I’ve got just the video for you! The HTC Desire HD versus the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, both with 1GHz processors, but very different resolutions. Which will win? Will the huge screen on [...]
If smartphone hardware can run Android, a Linux-based operating system, why can’t it run a full-blown Linux distro? In fact, you can run Ubuntu on many Android-powered phones.
To get Ubuntu to run on a smartphone, some have started the OS side-by-side with Android, others have used emulators or virtualized hardware. On occasion a developer steps up and creates a bootable, functional Ubuntu image. If you’ve got an HTC Desire HD, you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones!
A recently released ROM not only lets you boot Ubuntu natively, it also has a working [...]
We all love source codes manufacturers publish because the community can take a look inside, report bugs for future version improvements, get inspiration and bits, extract stuff to make it available and all the good things a source can bring.
HTC has released the sources for the Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire S and Desire HD. The Verizon Droid Incredible 2 is basically the HTC Incredible S — which saw its own source made public already. The HTC Wildfire S is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1 and the Desire HD already had its own source being published but [...]
We knew that HTC is trying to pioneer and master the art of updating its current devices to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread version and they are starting to roll-out over-the-air updates for the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Incredible S.
After the HTC Desire HD update, your numbers will show version 2.36.405.5 and 2.12.405.7 for the HTC Incredible S. We’ve already seen leaked Gingerbread ROMs for the HTC Desire HD and we knew some will hit this spring.
If you own one of the above mentioned two smartphones, make sure to check for the over-the-air update notification [...]
Back at MWC, a source inside HTC hinted that Android Gingerbread 2.3.x should be coming to the Desire HD “around April”. Since then we’ve heard of one “official” update leaked earlier this month, but it turns out that was just an internal test build.
Today, thanks to a pocketnow tipster, we’ve learned that another Gingerbread build has leaked. This time it’s reportedly much more complete, and could likely be the final release. Dubbed “build 187331” the ROM is the World-Wide English version 2.36.405.8 and includes an updated [...]
HTC might have made it known that Sense 3.0 won’t find its way onto current-generation devices, but we knew that after a short period of time, once the HTC Sensation ROM was dumped (which happened just a couple of days ago), we’d begin seeing Sense 3.0 ports to all popular devices. Today an XDA user has posted a working (but buggy) port of the Sensation ROM to the Desire HD. If you install this Alpha ROM, you’ll have to contend with an “HTC Confidential” watermark that appears on all screens, and you won’t be able to use the camera, sounds effects, [...]
The latest version of the HTC Sense interface for Android, version 3.0, brings some pretty significant changes and will debut on the EVO 3D and the Sensation. Chief among these changes are a new lock screen, new widgets, a new home screen configuration, and many little enhancements to the stock programs you use everyday. If you’re rocking a current generation phone like the Desire HD (Inspire 4G), EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, or even the brand new Incredible S, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll get an upgrade to Sense 3.0. First, a bit of history.
Most of the [...]
Shortly after showing up on Telstra Australia’s system, we saw a couple of renders of the HTC Pyramid with its alleged 1.2GHz processor and large, 540 x 960 qHD display.
It didn’t take long for Mr. Blurrycam to step in as a picture of the HTC Pyramid, its back to be more specific, showed up on the Greek Techblog. Placed next to an HTC Desire HD, the Pyramid shows off its dual-LED flash-enabled eight-megapixel camera — pretty much like its older cousing to the right. While the render was slightly different in the upper left camera region, the rest of the device [...]
As smartphone enthusiasts, we like to see big improvements from one generation of phones to another. HTC’s current flagship, the Desire HD, is no slouch: it’s powerful (with a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU and 768MB of RAM), it feels high quality thanks to its unibody construction, and it’s slim (at 11.6mm) and pretty light weight (at 5.78 ounces). But the new flagship from HTC, the HTC Sensation, is not only more powerful (with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon and 768MB of RAM) with a higher resolution screen, but it’s thinner (at 11.3mm) AND [...]
Displays have always been a smartphone’s key point as it is the hardware component that you interact with and look at most. Manufacturers are constantly on the search for the best displays that offer great color, contrast, brightness and battery life, whether it is LCD, S-LCD, AMOLED, S-AMOLED, S-AMOLED+, IPS, etc.
After earlier looking at various displays magnified, today we are presented with the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Incredible S, under high magnification, to inspect the LCD screen on the Desire HD and compare it to the Super LCD on the Incredible S. Check out the [...]
Part of the core of what makes Android Android has been its open-source development, creating a thriving community of hackers and tinkerers. Much of this scene is fed by the periodic release of the Android source code, letting developers adapt the software for not-yet-supported handsets. This seems so intrinsically Android that it’s almost shocking to learn that Google is not planning on releasing Honeycomb code anytime soon, fearing that unauthorized smartphone ports would create a user experience too awful to allow.
Business Week reports that Google has been telling [...]