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 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 [...]
Expansys has now published expected release dates for three anticipated handset sequels, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (which it misidentifies as the i9100), HTC Desire 2, and HTC Wildfire 2 (codename: Marvel), after pushing its Desire HD2 page live earlier today. We also learn that that the Galaxy S 2 (actually known as i9200) is coming in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and that the Desire 2 will be asking 440 pounds ($707) for an unlocked version in black. The Sony Ericsson Neo, a.k.a. Halon, makes an appearance as well, although no other details are revealed. Posted release dates are as [...]
Here is the first press shot — render, actually — of the HTC Saga (Desire 2?) running the new version of Sense (likely 3.0), as evidenced by the grid icon in tray, which has replaced the up arrow. Both the handset and the latest version of the UI are expected to debut tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
So far we’ve seen Saga (tipped as Desire 2 by Vodafone and Expansys) in smaller render form as well as in the wild preparing to board a Taiwanese commuter train, followed more recently by some close ups. We’re not sure of any of the specs at [...]
Are you or someone you know on US Cellular with an Android-powered smartphone? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that updates to Android 2.2 Froyo are coming soon!
According to a post on Facebook: “We’re working with Samsung, HTC and LG to provide Froyo (Android 2.2) upgrades for all of our Android-powered phones. The Acclaim upgrade will be available by the end of next week, and customers with the Desire will be able to upgrade their device by the end of this month. The Apex and Mesmerize will be ready for upgrades around March. Download details coming next [...]
This is what we wait all year for, friends: the chance to pick the single best phone in all of 2010. Sure, we could break it up by category, by platform, by carrier, by something, but we’d rather pit the Droids against the iPhones against the BlackBerries in a winner-take-all cage match that will crown the one true champion. We thought about including a poll here, but we don’t want to limit your choices even one bit; if you think that the Sanyo Zio was the best that the industry had to offer in 2010, by all means, cast your vote in the comments and tell us why you made that [...]
The European version of the HTC Desire Android smartphone has just received an over-the-air update from HTC that will boost the version number to 2.29.405.5. It is good to see that HTC is commited to properly supporting popular devices out there.
Our Desire automatically notified us of an existing which is rather small, approximately 4MB in size but if you device didn’t do so, it would most probably help to dial *#*#CHECKIN#*#* in the dialer which should notify the servers of your existence.
The update is a minor one, changing only the trailing number from [...]
Whether you’re downloading apps, uploading videos, or just browsing the mobile web, all smartphone users are placing some kind of toll on the capabilities of their network providers. Analysts at Arieso recently took a look at the data needs of users of several modern handsets and came up with some interesting results, including the finding that Android phones are leading the pack, especially when it comes to uploads.
Arieso compared leading BlackBerry, Android, and Apple phones against the aging iPhone 3GS, with the average data needs of its users forming the baseline for [...]
With Black Friday upon us, we thought we’d give you a helping hand with some of today’s and this weekend’s deals with the major E-tailers and operators if you’re into some Smartphone shopping.
Amazon Wireless: Samsung Captivate: $0.01 Samsung Fascinate: $0.01 HTC Droid Incredible: $0.01 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: $0.01 BlackBerry Bold 9700: $0.01 Motorola BRAVO: $0.01
WireFly: HTC Droid Incredible: Free HTC Surround: Free LG Quantum: Free Samsung Captivate: Free Motorola Flipside: Free Samsung Focus: Free
BestBuy LG Optimus S: [...]
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 [...]
HTC’s official Sync application for Android devices was recently updated for APAC & EU HTC Hero (Android 2.1), HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Legend, Desire, Wildfire, HTC Aria (APAC Only) and now it’s time for an update that will also support U.S. devices.
The version number is 3.0.5481 — same as previous but for different devices — and is intended for HTC Desire, DROID ERIS by HTC (Verizon), DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC (Verizon), HTC Aria (AT&T), HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) and T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. Three features have been improved according to 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 [...]
Canadian carrier Telus is heavily advertising today’s Android 2.2 Froyo update availability for its HTC Desire handset so if you have one on the green carrier, this is your lucky day.
According to the website, the update will arrive with portable Wi-Fi hotspot capability, improved browser performance and the option of moving applications to the memory card as a feature of the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. Even though almost three months later than the unbranded device Froyo update, Telus HTC Desire users will start seeing the benefits of the platform starting [...]
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 [...]
Two of HTC’s most popular Android devices, the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend will have, starting this month, two more color variants to their line-up to suit all your needs, according to an HTC press release received via e-mail.
The HTC Desire, already available in Silver and Urban Brown will be available also in Brilliant White.
The HTC Legend, available in a combination of black and grey will have a Phantom Black version, an all-black which looks rather elegant, resembling the looks of earlier models, like the all-black HTC Trinity.
Florian Seiche, [...]
It seems that two times per year, HTC updates its Sense interface for Android. Today, with the announcement of the Desire Z and Desire HD, a wide swath of changes were shown for HTC’s proprietary Android interface. This is obviously important to those of you that plan to get the Z or HD, but it’s also important for anyone that runs a custom ROM, because it will only be a matter of time before ROMs for other devices are baked with HTC’s latest version of Sense. Here’s a look at what’s new!
1. Recent apps. This is super cool! Instead of tapping and [...]
We know the HTC Desire as one of the best and most popular Android smartphones on the market and it’s one of the HTC devices that recently was updated to Android 2.2 Froyo (it was released on the market with 2.1 Eclair).
Just today, HTC released an official update for the HTC Desire on their Worldwide and European support websites, an update which is aimed at users running unbranded devices. Applying the update over the air will bring your OS to 2.10.405.2 and offers three things according to the official description: “1. Android OS update patch, 2. Enhanced multi [...]
Super-regional carrier U.S. Cellular has made good on its promise of an August release of the Android 2.1-powered HTC Desire — its second Android offering, after the Samsung Acclaim — at least to the lucky consumers in its 26-state footprint.
Although we initially thought that this 1GHz handset with 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display would hit fellow CDMA carrier Verizon first, it is U.S. Cellular, based out of Chicago, which has the distinction of bringing Desire stateside.
Of course, folks who absolutely couldn’t wait for this device have already imported [...]
After hearing that HTC will officially switch to Super LCD screens from AMOLED back in July due to AMOLED display panel shortages on Samsung’s side, we now got to a point where new HTC Desire devices hit the market from the new production batch sporting SLCD screens. If you want to make sure your device has a SLCD screen, read below for a few hints:
1. Check the box your Desire came with at the section Display: if it states “3.7 inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen” then you’ve got an AMOLED display but if it says “3.7-inch touch-sensitive [...]
Many times I’ve wondered: what is it that drives someone to use one platform or the other? The question was general, whether I asked about Windows 7 powered PCs versus apple iMacs or Windows Mobile powered devices versus those running Android or iOS. Some people put their money on aspect, others prefer to have usability; some like speed, others care for their pockets; some love the support while others need compatibility and so on. Regardless of what the reasons are, the crowds are well delimited but what does it take to switch sides and what makes a “no matter what [...]
Last month I told you about the new Korean radio for the Nexus One, and how many people were reporting increased data speeds over the “stock” radio.
Now that T-Mobile is gearing up for HSPA+ in the U.S. some people with the Korean radio are reporting a 10x speed increase.
But it’s not just hacked Nexus One’s that are seeing the improvements, the latest HTC Desire 2.2 update includes the same radio.
Whether or not this means the radio is HSPA+ ready, or that T-Mobile is just preparing certain towers for HSPA+ by increasing bandwidth we [...]
If you’ve had your eye on the HTC Desire but haven’t sprung for one because of the lack of US 3G, fret no more: you can now buy an unlocked Desire with the proper bands to do 3G on AT&T. It’ll cost you, though. Over a Negri Electronics, they’re shipping for around $600 with a new round of inventory expected next Wednesday (since it’s in Preorder status). Our advice? While the Desire is one of the best Android devices around right now, it’s likely that AT&T will soon offer an even wider variety of Android devices coming up this fall, so it [...]
The rumored HTC Desire HD may have been spotted in an image looking like an EVO 4G from Sprint, but with a GSM radio rather than the CDMA/WiMax combo of the latter.
It is unclear from the photo if this handset will mostly use aluminum/metal for the shell. Other rumors floating around the Internet states that the Desire HD will use a mostly unibody aluminum construction, like the HTC Legend, but will also sport higher-end guts, like those on the Desire rather than the mid-range Legend’s CPU.
Though the leaked image from Hong Kong is unverified, the device sports a [...]