Thanks to a new method of rooting, the HTC Desire HD is now permanently rootable! It’s not an easy one-click solution like we mentioned for some other devices early today, but it’s no more difficult than the T-Mobile G2 root.
To get started you’ll need to enable USB debugging by going to Settings, Applications, Development, and checking the appropriate box.
The normal warnings and disclaimers about voiding your warranty and potentially bricking your phone apply. You’ve been warned.
1. Head to the Android Market, download and install the [...]
The latest version of HTC Sense found on the Desire Z and the Desire HD has two pretty neat, but difficult-to-discover features that makes web browsing more easy. First, you can instantly jump to the tab view by pinch inwards when you’re in a zoomed out view. It’s like Leap for the browser. This helps tremendously with managing multiple open windows. Second, you can highlight any word or phrase in the browser with a tap and hold. From there, you can choose Quick Lookup, which will query Wikipedia, YouTube, Google, and several other services. This is a great way to quickly [...]
Some Android-powered devices occasionally experience unexpected slowdowns or hangs, commonly referred to as “lag”. On the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones the lag is caused by Samsung’s use of a proprietary filesystem on their internal SD-based storage. On HTC devices, specifically the HTC Desire HD, the cause has been less obvious.
According to an XDA Developer, the cause seems to be related to the “/INIT process”, which inexplicably can jump to 70%-100% CPU usage — which would definitely cause a lag. The fix is unknown, but setting the [...]
HTC Sync for Android smartphones was last updated on August 23 and at that time it brought support for Desire, Legend, Hero, Wildfire and Aria HTC-made handsets. Today, HTC updates the Sync software once again, this time adding support for the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z smartphones.
All devices compatible with the software are APAC & EU HTC Hero (Android 2.1), HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Legend, Desire, Wildfire and HTC Aria (APAC Only). Not much new on the description part: “You can use HTC Sync to synchronize Outlook contacts and calendar or Outlook Express [...]
A lot of you have asked to see more of what the HTC Desire HD looks like. In this video I’ll show you the outside of the physical device in some detail. Inside the phone the 3G bands will disappoint all of you in the U.S., this phone will work great on EDGE, but if you have T-Mobile or AT&T you’re only going to get EDGE speeds, the phone doesn’t have bands to support 3G on our side of the pond. Of course, if you’re in Asia or Europe you’ll be basking in the 3G goodness.
This is a fast phone, running Quadrant, one of our favorite benchmarking [...]
Here’s what you need to do if you’ve got an HTC Desire HD and want superuser permissions:
First off, this is temproot, not “real” root, meaning you’ll need to get temproot at every boot, and we still dont’ have access to modifying hboot or recovery.
1. From the homescreen tap Menu then Settings2. Tap Applications3. Tap Development4. Check “USB debugging” (you can come back later and turn this off if you’d like)5. Head to the Market, download and run VISIONary6. If you want temproot automatically on [...]
As its name implies, the HTC Desire HD shoots video in 720p HD. This isn’t the default setting, but it’s only one up from the default. How does it look?
I shot this video in the morning when the sun was low and the lighting nearly optimal, then uploaded it directly to YouTube, no filtering, cleaning, or re-rendering. This is as raw as it gets.
Now that we’ve unboxed the HTC Desire HD, what does the initial boot-up process look like? I’m glad you asked!
Before you can boot the phone you’ve got to take off the door to the battery compartment and remove the film that keeps the battery from discharging during shipping. The Desire HD uses an unusual detachable “door” approach, rather than a detachable backplate like we’ve seen in most other Android phones. The battery itself has a capacity of 1200mAh, a bit less than that of the G2.
At the bottom of the phone is another slide-off [...]
Today we got an opportunity to unbox the HTC Desire HD, an Android phone running Froyo, Sense UI, and sporting a 4.3″ screen.
The accessories to the device are in line with what you’d expect: a USB wall wort (with European prongs), microUSB cable, headphones/wired headset, and manuals and documentation. The device itself comes with a Samsung branded 8GB Class 2 microsdhc card, a 1200mAh battery, and one of the largest screens (4.3″) I’ve seen on a phone.
This is the first video in our HTC Desire HD video series, make sure you subscribe to our [...]
For those of you with an HTC Desire HD, today is a good day for you! HTC has released the opensource bits of the Desire HD’s source code on their developer website (see below for link). The most important parts of this release are the kernel and the drivers for the phone.
With the kernel and drivers code developers and tinkerers can start building custom ROMs for the device, making it go faster, the battery last longer, and who knows what other sorts of cool stuff! This won’t happen over night, but now that the code is in the wild, it’s just a matter of time. [...]
Launched a tad more than a month ago on September 15, the HTC Desire HD has received its first official over-the-air ROM update from HTC now available as a reference on the manufacturer’s website.
While your Android system might notify you of the existence of a new update at certain schedules, it’s not a bad practise to force check for updates. The new software update available will replace your original software with a new one of version 1.32.405.3. According to the support description this will solve issues related to screen control and bring photo message [...]
TomTom together with HTC announced today through a Press Release that they are combining their forces in order to bring the best navigation and location services and experience to their customers on HTC smartphones.
We earlier demonstrated the new HTC Desire HD navigation software – in a beta ported over to an HTC HD2 – that comes standard on the HTC Desire HD and what was best was that all the maps were saved directly to the device or storage card, opposed to let’s say Google Maps, where you’d have to access them online via Data Connection or WiFi. HTC [...]
A user’s manual has been published for the soon-to-be-released HTC Desire HD, set to be the company’s top-of-the-line unlocked Android handset when it hits Europe and Asia later this month. Since we’ve already seen the device’s leaked ROM — with its HTCSense.com backup/recovery service and new version of Sense — there’s not a lot in the manual that will come as a surprise to most folks, especially since these features have been well-covered on video.
One interesting tidbit we did happen to notice was the location of the battery and SIM [...]
HTCSense.com is online and accepting sign-ups from people running both the Desire HD and the Desire Z phones — phones that are running the latest version of the HTC Sense UI. Unfortunately, other Android devices, even those running older versions of HTC’s Sense UI can’t get in.
According to a post at ePrice.com.tw, HTC is planning on letting not only other Android devices in, but Windows Phone 7 as well.
Additionally, if you are running on an HTC Desire currently, if the rumors hold true, HTC will be updating your Sense UI to the new version as early as [...]
HTC may have delayed the shipping dates on its recently-announced Desire HD and Desire Z Android handsets, according to several online retailers. A thread over at XDA-Developers shows customers who have pre-ordered gradually reporting their anticipated ship dates slipping, with Amazon UK, for instance, now showing a November 15th release for the HD. The e-tailer had originally scheduled shipments for an October 13th delivery.
Expansys has also changed release dates, stating that the Desire HD is due on the 19th of October, while the Z isn’t expected until the 30th. Clove [...]
The HTCSense.com portal was announced along with the Desire HD and Desire Z in September. The portal was to act as a way to manage your HTC Android device from the web. Even though the Desire HD and Z aren’t yet available, we managed to get a look at the HTCSense.com website by running the Desire HD ROM on the HTC HD2. In this video, we provide a full tour of the portal.
The website is divided into five sections: Dashboard, Footprints, People, Messages, and HTC Hub. Dashboard lets you remotely wipe, lock and ring your phone, plus it lets you find your phone on a [...]
Following the successful port of the Android-powered HTC Desire HD ROM over to the Windows Phone 6.5-powered HTC HD2, another XDA member has managed to perform the same feat with the HTC Desire Z ROM — better known as the Vision or the T-Mobile G2. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the ROM has good performance and benchmarks well, with the only downside being lack of camera support, which admittedly is probably a dealbreaker for quite a few users.
Both the Desire Z and the Desire HD are announced but unreleased Android 2.2 Froyo handsets sporting the latest version of HTC [...]
In this video we demonstrate the new HTC Desire HD navigation software that comes standard on the HTC Desire HD. The navigation program is easy to use and very fast to route a course. You may wonder why you would need to have a navigation program on an Android 2.2 device. Unlike Google Navigator this program saves all of the maps directly to the device or storage card. If you find yourself traveling outside of your coverage area you will still have the ability to navigate to points-of-interest and addresses. There are two versions that come on the Desire HD; Locations is the free [...]
Recently we took you on a tour of the new HTC Desire HD ROM that had been leaked and made available for the HTC HD2. In this video, we dig a deep further into a less talked about features of the new Sense UI for Android: skins. Finally, users can customized the look and the feel of Sense through several preloaded themes, with the promise of there being additional themes by tapping into HTCSense.com. The themes change several aspects of the Sense interface, most notably the bottom launcher. In this video we go through the wood, metal, and blackboard skins, among others.
The Desire HD ROM has been leaked, and it’s now available for those of you that rock an HTC HD2 (and it’s working quite well with phone support, WiFi support, and more). Soon it’ll be available for other Android devices (once the developers of the world get their hands dirty). And with the Desire HD ROM, we get to see the many changes that HTC has made to its proprietary Sense interface.
First, we cover skins, which is an addition to Sense that HTC didn’t mention at its press event. You can finally change the look and feel of Sense through a [...]
Mobile-Review.com had a first look of the HTC Desire HD aka HTC Ace and they call it “the most technological HTC device to date if the HTC EVO 4G is not taken into account”. Nothing really new is said that we don’t already know but on a writer’s personal note, the Ace is built out of metal – being the main material used – with some plastic “patches” on the top and bottom of the back side, which, even if they represent a necessity being placed around the dual flash, covering the SIM and memory cards and on the side, they seem to be a turn [...]
The highly coveted HTC Desire HD hailed as the unibody GSM equivalent of the Sprint EVO 4G, had just made an appearance at the FCC. While the Desire HD technically does have 3G, the version that’s passing through the FCC comes with non-U.S. 3G support, meaning that you won’t get 3G on AT&T nor T-Mobile Stateside, making the Desire HD less desirable in its current form.
Users interested in the Desire HD in the U.S. may have some hope as a variant of that device may come to Verizon Wireless. A mysterious device with Verizon branding had been spotted before in [...]
We witnessed the launch of two new HTC Android devices namely the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z and we are quite impressed by the new features HTC brings to its Sense user interface for Android.
Our friends over at Clove Technology have the two devices listed for preorder and both the HTC Desire HD as well as the HTC Desire Z are expected in initial stock on October 6, 2010. With this in mind, we have an orientative price tag for the two new Androids (with a note that prices as well as availability are not set in stone and could be subject to change) and that is [...]