HTC has been really outdoing itself lately when it comes to allowing the bootloaders of more of its Androids to be unlocked. The company got off to a slow, if not respectable start, but the last few weeks have really seen an upswing in the rate at which HTC is bringing these unlocks to its existing lineup of smartphones. Just last week, the Desire HD joined that growing list. Today, HTC officially adds support for an additional handful of models.
Today’s roster of inductees features the Desire Z, as well as its carrier-branded version, the T-Mobile G2. There’s also [...]
Gingerbread has been trickling out for users of HTC’s Desire Z for the past couple weeks. HTC had earlier said that the code would be available by the end of June, but better late than never, we suppose. Then we heard that HTC expected to start sending it out in mid-July, with plans to wrap things up by the end of the month. Continental Europe certainly saw its Desire Z Gingerbread update, with initial reports coming out of Germany. Now it looks like it’s finally time for Desire Z owners in the UK to get a go at it themselves.
As of now, only Desire Zs without [...]
Just a couple of days ago we heard from HTC and they were telling the world that the HTC Desire Z is getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread soon, by the end of June. According to recent reports, phone owners have already received an update notification.
HTC Desire Z owners in Germany reportedly got a notification of the update to Android 2.3.3 being ready for their phones. HTC Germany, in official wording, reportedly confirmed: “… Today we can officially confirm – yes”! Do you have a Desire Z and received an update notification yet? Might help to go into [...]
It’s been a while since HTC gave out new information related to the HTC Desire Z Gingerbread update. Last time we heard from the manufacturer was back in May when the Taiwanese company promised Gingerbread for the Desire Z by the end of June.
We’re at the middle of July and HTC posted some news on its Romanian Facebook page. According to the wording, the Desire Z will get its Gingerbread in the coming weeks. The testing is in its final phase and the roll-out should begin by the end of this month, with some carriers getting it earlier than others but, according to [...]
Yesterday we learned about HTC finally getting a Gingerbread update going for both the Desire HD and the Incredible S. The Desire HD release is part of a move by HTC to get Android 2.3 on all the Desire-series Androids, as it claimed it would be working on in the first half of this year. While the HD is now taken care of, Desire Z owners are still waiting for a little Gingerbread of their own. We’ve heard estimations from HTC on when to expect the release ranging from spring to summer. In its most recent update, HTC has said that Gingerbread for the Desire Z will arrive before [...]
HTC’s latest launcher, known by some as Sense UI 3.0 and others as Sense 3D, is starting to be seen on various smartphones — even those HTC never intended, such as the T-Mobile G2. It’s not exactly what you’d call “functional” but it’s a good, first-hand look at what upcoming devices will come with.
If you’ve got a T-Mobile G2 you’ll need to download the ROM, flash it with ROM Manager (or your favorite recovery image), and you will have to perform a factory reset or things will likely go awry. I’d also suggest [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
One of our viewers decided to go the extra-mile and cooked up an unreleased version of CyanogenMod ROM, complete with the Gingerbread bits from the AOSP for the T-Mobile G2. What’s it like? In a word, it’s awesome! Is it ready to eat? Not yet.
This is basically an unofficial “preview release” of what will become CyanogenMod 7. It hasn’t met the “release candidate” stage (yet), and most of the custom CyanogenMod bits are missing. The camera (both still and video) don’t currently work, GPS is slow, Wi-Fi is buggy, and the soft [...]
Sprint’s HTC Speedy (which may have dropped the HTC EVO Shift 4G naming and goes by the codename HTC Knight) has surfaced in a real life photograph showing off the slide-out keyboard in its full glory but with no front facing camera after all.
We’ve seen exclusive renders taken from a leaked ROM and we couldn’t help but wonder, against all rumors, where that certain front facing camera would be and it looks like we were right as there seems to be no camera on the front of the device to support video calling. If you can nevertheless live without video calling, [...]
Some people don’t like the way the keyboard on the T-Mobile G2 and HTC Desire Z lifts up and back (rather than sliding). They’ve voiced concerns over what they call the “fragility” of the hinges, and the ease in which the keyboard can unintentionally open or close while beings used in various positions. I don’t share these concerns, and haven’t had any problems with my keyboard opening or closing when I didn’t want it to — unless I was using it upside down.
Be that as it may, one particularly adventurous tinkerer has found a way [...]
Those of you who remember when the Nexus One first came out may remember Cyanogen, the developer behind the now infamous CyanogenMod custom ROM, coming out with “Bacon”. Bacon wasn’t a full-blown custom ROM, it was a collection of tweaks, hacks, and goodies to start pushing what the Nexus One could do.
With today’s announcement of a permanent root solution for the T-Mobile G2 Cyanogen has put together a set of goodies he’s calling “Bacon Bits for the G2”.
Here’s what he has to say:
Add some bacon to your G2!
We knew it was only a matter of time before the resourceful developers on the #G2ROOT team would be able to permanently root the T-Mobile G2 — and hopefully soon it’s brother, the HTC Desire Z.
As with all phones, rooting the G2 is not without a certain level of risk, so by continuing further you assume those risks which include, but are not limited to, bricking your phone, voiding your warranty, and/or destabilizing the currency of your nation.
First off, you’re going to need some files, those can be downloaded from the thread at XDA-Developers. 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 [...]
The Desire Z is a fantastic Android 2.2 phone from HTC that has a great pop-out keyboard, plus HTC’s latest Sense interface for Android. If you’re on T-Mobile, you can get the G2. If you’re in Europe, you can get the Desire Z. Here’s a little secret: AT&T users can get a Desire Z that supports the proper bands to do 3G! In reality, it’s actually the Bell Cananda version, but it truly works on AT&T’s 3G network, utilizing the 850 and 1900 MHz UMTS bands (we’ve been clocking about 2mbps down and 1.6mbps up over HSDPA). The device, like [...]
The HTC Sense interface for Android, in the opinion of many, is quite an improvement over other interfaces out there, such as plain vanilla installs of Android (as found on the Nexus One) or TouchWiz (which comes preloaded on all Galaxy S smartphones). HTC Sense for Android features extra widgets with the ability to set preconfigured widget layouts (via Scenes), plus it comes with additional on-screen keyboards. The latest version of Sense goes a bit further by allowing you to skin the entire interface, switch apps more quickly through the notification shade, and access HTCSense.com [...]
If you’re a developer and want to get your hands dirty developing for the HTC Desire Z or the T-Mobile G2 (also made by HTC), you’ll be happy to know that HTC has just released the source code for these two devices. As always, the code takes up less than a megabyte of space.
What’s the deal with source code? As we described in a previous post:
According to the the Open Source Project at Android, the reason for source codes to be made available to the public is to reduce, if not eliminate, fragmentation, and to ensure the greatest amount of compatibility [...]
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 [...]
Those of you that are in love with the HTC Desire Z (a device that couples a Touch Pro2-like keyboard with Android 2.2) but are on AT&T will soon be able to rock the new side-slider on your network and get 3G speeds. Negri Electronics is showing a version of the Desire Z that has the proper bands to do AT&T 3G, so that’s UMTS 850 and 1900. Naturally, you’re going to have to cough up some serious dough for the privilege of using such a device: look for it to cost around $600 when it starts shipping in early November. So who’s getting one?
Canadian carrier Bell has announced it will be carrying HTC’s slide out QWERTY Android 2.2 device the HTC Desire Z. A holding page where you can register your interest has been made available and you will be automatically entered into a draw to win one of the new devices if you take the time to register.
There is no further information available in regards to pricing or when the device will be released, but as always we will let you know as soon as that changes.
The HTC Desire Z is very similar to T-Mobiles G2 and has an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, five-megapixel [...]
Earlier today HTC released the source-code to the kernel of the Desire Z. This is great news for the for ROM developers all over since legitimate custom ROMs can now be created and released for the phones.
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 operating system, a kernel [...]