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 [...]
Canadian smartphone users who are looking to pick up a new model are in for a treat, since Telus has slashed prices on many of it popular models, offering most for free when you sign-on for a three-year term.
While some of the newest models, like the HTC Desire HD, will still set you back $50, the vast majority are available at no cost after subsidies. Android smartphones that are free with this offer include the original HTC Desire, the LG Optimus One, the Droid-like Motorola Milestone, Samsung’s Fascinate, and the Motorola Charm. Some, like the Charm, stuck on Android [...]
If your carrier is called Telus you’ll be happy to find out that several Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry devices will get software updates in the short and medium term, according to information given out by the carrier.
The HTC Desire and the HTC Desire HD will both receive their Android 2.3 Gingerbread treat this spring while the Motorola Milestone will get version 2.2 Froyo in the first part of spring. The LG Optimus 7 and HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 devices will get the NoDo update in the next few weeks while the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will get BlackBerry OS 6 [...]
If you have an HTC Desire HD and are eager to get in on all the benefits the CyanogenMod custom ROM brings along with it, but you are more comfortable with Persian or Arabic, or are looking for a ROM with some extra goodies and tweaks, Spike CM7 may be just what you’re looking for.
Spike CM7is based on CM7 Nightly 15 (the most recent nightly CM7 build thus far), and is reportedly stable enough to be your daily driver — including “perfect” battery life.
If you’d like to give it a try you’ll need a rooted phone and ClockworkMod Recovery [...]
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again: HTC seems to be leading the pack in getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread to their phones. The latest evidence to support this is a leaked “test” ROM for the HTC Desire HD.
Information about the ROM is pretty sparce, but it looks legitimate. If you’d like to give it a try, proceed at your own risk — but make sure you let us know what you find out in the comments below!
Source: 911 Sniper [...]
Just when Samsung is finally getting Android 2.2 Froyo to their smartphones, HTC went and announced that many of its recent phones will be getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the Spring.
The devices in question range from the Desire and Desire HD to the Desire Z and the newer Incredible S.
Many of you know that the HTC Desire Z and the T-Mobile G2 are essentially the same phone, the latter without HTC’s Sense UI. No mention was made whether or not an official Gingerbread update would be made available for the G2 at the same time — or ever. We’ll have to [...]
HTC just released the sourcecode for the kernels on their Aria, Desire Z, Desire HD and myTouch 4G. These devices have had their kernels released previously so today’s release represents updates, bug-fixes, and improvements.
The kernel is “the central component of most computer operating systems; it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources (the communication between hardware and software components). Usually as a basic component of an [...]
HTC is leading the pack in handset manufacturers updating their devices to Android 2.3 Gingerbread — but that isn’t saying much. Currently limited to only the Nexus S (by Samsung) and custom ROMs from the developer community, Gingerbread is the latest iteration of the Android operating system for smartphones.
Word from MWC is that HTC is releasing the Desire S running Gingerbread later this Spring, and after that the HTC Desire “and its desirable siblings” will be updated to Gingerbread as well. The Desire HD and Desire Z will likely get the update [...]
Previously we reported that the pre-release version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb was shown running (rather poorly) on an HTC Droid Incredible. We were a bit excited by the prospect of running the tablet-friendly version of Android on a phone. While most phones have too small of a screen to make Honeycomb usable, that might not be the case with the Desire HD, which has a 4.3″ display. As you can see in the video below, performance is quite lackluster, but thanks to the larger display, using Honeycomb becomes a lot more manageable on the Desire HD.
Source: XDA Thanks: [...]
Modern Android-powered smartphones include a whole bunch of sensors, light sensors, accelerometers, digital compass, GPS, temperature, and more! They also include a proximity sensor which measures how close the phone is to another object, like your face.
Apparently some people have reported problems with their Desire HD’s screen failing to turn off when on a call, and the screen turning off when on a call but failing to turn back on. The latter requires the battery to be removed to be able to use your phone again. All due to problems with the proximity sensor [...]
Near the end of January we heard about plans for a couple of HTC smartphones to find their way to the great white north. Now both the Desire HD and the HD7 are available on Canadian carriers, and we’ve got the breakdown on what the phones will cost you.
Telus wasn’t prepared to offer more than a “soon” to narrow down the Desire HD’s release. Apparently, soon is now, because you can currently put in your order for the Android handset. The base price for the phone is about $500 without a contract. If you sign-on with Telus for one, two, or three years [...]
One of the draw-backs of installing a custom ROM on your device is that you lose all the “goodies” that came pre-installed with the factory ROM. Such is the case with the Desire HD’s keyboard. This input method has certain features (including multi-touch support) that add a lot of value over traditional keyboards.
If you’ve flashed a custom ROM onto your HTC Desire HD and want to get the HTC keyboard back, head over to XDA-Developers and grab the file. You’ll have to either flash it Recovery (it only works with RCMix HD App2SD+ v0.15), or unzip it [...]
Sure enough, after a preponderance of evidence linked the HTC Desire HD to Canadian provider Telus, the company has added the Android smartphone to the selection on its website, though without information on price or availability. If Bell is your Canadian network of choice, we’ve got an HTC update for you, as well, with news that the Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 will hit the carrier on February 10.
We took the time to look over the Desire HD when it arrived in the States last fall, praising the phone’s design and large 4.3-inch screen. While that may make it a smidge too [...]
A lot of people have called the HTC Desire HD an EVO 4G for GSM carriers. While the form factor and specifications may seem similar, there are a lot of differences behind the Desire HD’s ample screen. It’s the screen itself that will grab your attention, and well it should. When it comes to screen dimensions, somewhere there is a line between “not big enough” and “too big”. I don’t think we’ve found that magic number just yet: the Desire HD’s 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 WVGA screen is “ginormous”, but not awkwardly [...]
We’ve been able to acquire what appears to be a rendering of an upcoming HTC smartphone that bears a lot of similarity to their current flagship Desire HD. This mystery device clearly features a front facing camera (handsomely surrounded with chrome) next to a redesigned ear piece that has a slight curvature to it. The edges of the phone are more rounded than we’ve been seeing from HTC lately, perhaps representing a return to the more rounded shape that we saw with the Nexus One and original Desire. The buttons below the screen indicate that the handset is meant to run [...]
HTC’s flagship Android handset, the HTC Desire HD, has gotten FCC certification for yet a third variant, with this one likely headed to Telus in Canada. The latest model to pass through the agency has model number number PD98140, which is named on the same Wi-Fi certificate as PD98120, the device which will probably end up being AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G. The original Desire HD — model number PD98100 — got FCC approval all the way back in September of last year, lacking the appropriate bands for US 3G. On the other hand, both PD98120 and PD98140 are WCDMA bands [...]
It’s time for an intervention. It wasn’t so long ago that you made the best smartphones on the market — hands down. In fact, it feels like just yesterday that your competitors were scrambling to keep up with your innovative devices, whose components, form factors, and software habitually pushed the envelope and gave power users a refreshing alternative to the restrictive iPhone ecosystem. From 2005’s Apache through the release of the HD2 in late 2009 (or EVO 4G in early 2010), you were at the top of your game.
Things move quickly in this [...]
Last week we saw evidence that the HTC Desire HD is getting ready to make its North America debut, as a photo surfaced of the handset booting onto Canada’s Telus network. Now it looks like the US could also soon get its shot at the Desire HD, as the FCC has approved what appears to be the smartphone.
Though the FCC documents don’t identify the device by name, there are a couple of details that point to this being the Desire HD. First we have the model number PD98120 used in the FCC filing, just slightly off the PD98100 that the current HD uses.
Just as [...]
European owners of HTC’s Desire HD and Desire Z are about to receive an update to their phones, but it doesn’t look like there will be any Gingerbread waiting in the stockings this year.
HTC tweeted today that the two Desire models are about to receive an update that would “make your mobile experience even better”. The ambiguous wording of the promise made us start wondering if this couldn’t be a little Android 2.3 treat just in time for the holidays. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones exploring that possibility, as HTC responded shortly [...]
The HTC Desire HD looks to be hitting carrier Telus in Canada soon, at least according to a picture of the device displaying a Telus boot/splash screen that MobileSyrup published.
There is no word regarding pricing but as far as availability is concerned, Canadian Telus and HTC fans should expect the Desire HD in the first two months of 2011. Just like its European cousin, the Telus Desire HD should sport a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 768MB RAM, 1.5GB internal storage, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4.3-inch WVGA display and should operate Android 2.2 Froyo. Whether it will be [...]
SRS Labs Dolby Labs has been working with smartphone makers for years to improve audio quality by including virtual sound processing. Turning on the sound processing can mean the difference between flat music and lively audio with bright highs and boomy lows (assuming you’re using good headphones). The upcoming Desire HD is one such device that will benefit from the advanced audio processing. Also including the 5.1 virtual surround is the line of Galaxy S devices, including the US-facing Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant and Epic 4G. To turn on the processing, hit the [...]
You might remember our post about AMOLED vs. traditional LCDs from the picture viewing perspective and then the comparison between Super AMOLED, AMOLED and LCD in direct sunlight.
Different devices employ different screen types and different technologies. In the video below you can see some high magnification pictures of various screens employed by different manufacturers, namely LCD on the HTC HD2, S-AMOLED on the Samsung Galaxy S, AMOLED on the HTC Desire (later they switched to SLCD and we showed you how to spot the difference), SLCD on the HTC Desire HD and AMOLED on the [...]
You love your Android phone, you don’t know why you’d ever part with it. It’s become a part of your daily routine, a part of your daily commute, not to mention a vital communication tool.
And then the latest-and-greatest Android phone is released, and it makes yours look like a dinosaur. You’re sure someone out there would love to get their hands on a gently-used Android phone at a sharp discount, and the funds from that sale will go a long way toward buying your new Android phone.
So, how should you go about preparing your Android-powered phone [...]