HTC may be releasing an updated version of the HTC Desire come this October if rumors hold true. The Android handset, dubbed the HTC Desire HD, will combine the best features of the HTC Legend, the HTC EVO 4G, and the HTC Desire. Previously rumored as the HTC Ace, the Desire HD will come in GSM flavor, though it may not arrive on any of the big four US carriers as none of the major national carriers has adopted the original HTC Desire.
The HTC Ace/Desire HD will utilize a unibody aluminum design borrowed from the Legend, the large 4.3-inch display from the HTC EVO 4G at WVGA [...]
It looks like a modder over at XDA-Developers has created a ROM that brings Sense UI, Froyo Android 2.2, and 720p HD video recording to the HTC Desire. HTC had committed itself to a software update to support HD encoding with the video camera of the Desire. However, for those impatient Desire owners who want to gettheir hands on Froyo, which brings with it Adobe Flash 10.1 support, as well as the HD encoding features that are baked into this ROM, you can head over to XDA to learn more.
(via: IntoMobile and The Gadgets)
I’ve got two really cool Android items to share with you today. One is useful, the other is not. One requires Froyo, the other does not.
First off we’ve got a whimsical throwback to days-gone-by. Remember the After Dark screen saver collection for your Mac and Windows 3.x PCs? No, not the band, the screen saver featured 1940’s style toasters with bird-like wings flapping across your screen with slices of toast mixed in for good measure. You probably bought the whole pack just to get Flying Toasters.
On Android you can set the number, size, and speed of [...]
We just got an email from HTC’s PR firm that let us know the HTC Desire will be coming to the U.S.A. via regional operators. No news on when, who, or how much, but you can expect more news on this in August. It will feature the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1 with HTC Sense that has proven so popular on the international version of HTC Desire. Who wants to guess which carrier will pick this up?
HTC is announcing an over the air update on their support website for two of their Android devices, the HTC Legend and the HTC Bravo.
“The new software number after the update will be 1.31.405.4 on HTC Legend and 1.21.405.2 on HTC Desire”. As far as installation goes, find a free hotspot or use an unlimited data plan and accept the update when pushed to your device by pressing OK.
(Source: XDA Developers)
The geniuses at XDA-Developers are busy at work porting Android 2.2 (Froyo) to other Android devices. These are operational ports, but not everything works, so you may want to wait a bit longer before making the switch. So far we’re seeing it on the Desire, G1, and myTouch 3G. Here’s a round up of what works and what doesn’t. On the Desire:
What’s working:– WiFi– Data– MIC– GPS– Apps2SD (use latest 0.2 version)
What doesn’t work:– Bluetooth (does start, but you can’t scan)– Camera [...]
It looks like the HTC Desire will be coming to Canadian carrier Telus as the HTC Triumph. The handset is expected to retain its HTC Sense UI experience on top of Android and will launch in July or August. This model will be similar to the HTC Desire launched internationally, but will come with support for North America’s 3G bands to be compatible with Telus, which by the way should work on AT&T’s 3G network for those looking to import this phone Stateside.
Where did this come from? When we reviewed the HTC Desire, we loved it, but wished that it would do 3G in the US. We just got word from phone retailer Negri Electronics that they’re now shipping a version of the Desire with the 850MHz UMTS band, meaning that it will do 3G on AT&T in most places! Amazing. At $770, it’s by no means cheap, but for those of you that want a fast Android device that has the Sense interface (that is also a couple of notches better than the Nexus One), this just may be the ticket.
You like HTC’s Sense UI, but you have a Google Nexus One. If only there were a way you could run a ROM on your Nexus One that made it look and feel like, say, an HTC Desire.
Lucky for you, it’s not as hard as it sounds! The HTC Desire, as it turns out, is almost identical to the Google Nexus One, and the ROMs are basically interchangeable.
If you’re interested, read my previous article about How to Root Your Nexus One, then substitute an HTC Desire ROM for the CyanogenMod ROM in step 7.
See how it’s done in this video:
In this video, we take you on a tour of the settings on the new HTC Desire. Most of the settings are common to all Android 2.1 devices, but HTC has added a few extras like two additional Live Wallpapers, Quiet Ring on Pickup, and a few others. If you like to tweak your phone experience, the Desire is eager to let you do so.
Here’s all of our coverage of the Desire.
Recently we asked on Twitter what you wanted to see on the Desire. Many wanted to see the Flash support and 3D gaming. In this video, we take you to a few websites that support Flash and find that while the support is there, often Flash content comes across a bit choppy. In terms of gaming, the Desire is highly capable, allowing for very high frame rates in Raging Thunder Lite (an awesome free app from the Android Market).
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While it may seem that the HTC Desire is basically a Nexus One, I’d like to challenge that notion. It’s got more RAM, better hardware, and a completely different interface. At the end of the day, the HTC Desire is the most powerful Android device that HTC has ever brought to market. This power goes a long way in providing a smooth experience for HTC’s widget-packed Sense UI, much more so than found on the Hero and Legend. In this review we’ll cover the Desire from top to bottom, so that you can determine if it’s a smartphone that you….desire (had [...]
The HTC Desire, HD2, and iPhone 3GS represent the most capable devices you can buy for the Android, Windows Phone, and iPhone platforms. In this video, we do an epic three way web browsing comparison to determine which of these three devices has the best performance in rendering web pages. As you’ll see in the video, the winner isn’t clear, but overall, we’re very impressed by the HTC Desire. Which do you think is best?
The Sense interface on the HTC Desire has the best homescreen experience, in my opinion, of all Android devices. This is thanks to HTC coupling their fantastic widget interface with a fast CPU and tons of RAM, the result of which is a fantastically performing device that doesn’t stutter, even if you have widgets running on all seven screens. In this video we go through many of these widgets.
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US Cellular isn’t among the big four carriers in the US, which consists of Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. However, the company is listing a handset on its rebate form, which gives subscribers a $70 debate card, with the nameof HTC Desire.
However, IntoMobile is speculating that the Desire that’s coming to US Cellular may not be the HTC Desire, but rather another device with a codename of Desire. That device happens to be the Droid Eris released on Verizon Wireless.
Whether or not US Cellular scored a major handset in the Android 2.1 HTC [...]
In this video we cover the hardware of the HTC Desire, which is HTC’s fastest Android device yet. In terms of hardware, it’s generally similar to the Google Nexus One, except that it’s a bit thicker, has a different button configuration, uses an optical D-Pad instead of a mechanical D-Pad, and has a different backing. Overall, the Desire feels fantastic in hand, and we’re looking forward to showing you how HTC Sense for Android works when it’s powered by a 1GHz CPU and 576MB of RAM!
In case you missed it, check out our unboxing!
By the way, [...]
After some user outrage over the availability of the much coveted HTC Desire, HTC’s SIM-free and unlocked handset is now shipping in the UK complete with Android 2.1 and the updated version of HTC Sense UI. The Desire is available for the handsome sum of £439.99 from Expansys and is now shown as in stock.
US users may want to plead with their carriers to bring the Desire Stateside as the international version now shipping does not include support for US-compatible 3G bands. Another option, though users will miss out on the attractive Sense UI, would be the Google Nexus [...]
The HTC Desire is the most powerful Android device that HTC has created to date. At its core, it’s essentially a Nexus One with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU supported by 576MB of RAM, but adds the acclaimed Sense UI. Never have we seen HTC’s Android Sense UI powered with such capable hardware. This should translate to a really fantastic visual experience with great performance of widgets and apps.
We’ve got a lot more coming up on the HTC Desire. If you want one for yourself, they are now shipping at Clove for £330 or about $510.
Something we immediately noticed after unboxing the HTC Legend was how predominant the HTC logo was on the back of the device. This was a bit surprising coming from a company that not long ago would have no logo present at all (when HTC was only making phones for other OEMs and carriers). Since HTC rebranded itself several years ago, we’ve seen devices like the HD2 and Touch2 (below) with modest logos. But now, with the newer crop of devices (that’s the HD Mini, Legend, and Desire), it looks like larger HTC logos are here to stay. And you know, we kind of like [...]
It looks like HTC has re-allocated its inventory of the HTC Desire, the HTC Sense version of the Nexus One, giving inventory preference to carriers. Essentially, what this means is that HTC is delaying the SIM-unlocked version of the HTC Desire and instead giving its early inventory to carriers to brand and offer the phones through carrier subsidized retail channels. Online retailers like Clove UK are saying that they should see shipments of the SIM-unlocked Android handsets arrive by next week, hopefully, for those who don’t want to deal with the carriers. According to an HTC [...]
Every now and then we post a link to reviews made by a Russian website called Mobile-review.com which makes full reviews of mobile devices, occasionally Windows Phones and Smartphones too.
We’ve mentioned TechRadar’s review earlier but the one from Mobile-review.com is more thorough, full of pictures and comparisons. According to the review (and the Google translated version – might not be perfect or literal), the guys at Mobile-review.com only found one flaw to the device, its weakest point being the battery, otherwise a great Android device.
Although there isn’t many details about the OTA update for the HTC Desire, recently announced at MWC and that we played with at CTIA, the update does promise owners “with the best user experience.” If you’re a Desire owner, you may want to hit the update, which can happen over the air, for firmware version 1.15.405.4.
(via: Engadget Mobile and HTC)
Not long before its availability, the highly anticipated HTC Desire’s User Manual was made public by HTC.
211 pages to get you started and if you’re anxious to get your hands on that device, you can start by reading the manual to get familiar with it and Android (if you will be a new user of this OS).