HTC Aria Gets the Android 2.2 Froyo OTA Update

The HTC Aria is quite unremarkable compared to the other Android smartphones, but it is still quite a decent budget option. With HTC officially announcing the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Aria, it may become slightly more appealing to new users.

HTC has announced a new FOTA update for all HTC Aria users, which can be downloaded directly on your phone. Your phone will receive a notification using which you can install the update. Remember to back up your data before the update.

You can check if the update has been successful by checking the build number – Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Information > Build number. It should be 2.37.708.5.

This update is only for the unlocked version of the Aria, the locked version update schedule may vary depending on your carrier.

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HTC Gratia Announced; European Version Of HTC Aria

Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus. HTC_Gratia

“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”

The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.

The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.


CyanogenMod 6.0 Final Released

It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the DroidHTC EVO 4G Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.

Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.

Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.

HTC Aria Announced By AT&T

Looks like AT&T is not relying on iPhone 4 this summer. They have teamed up with HTC to launch a mid-level Android handset the Aria. The HTC Aria is the Android sibling of the HTC HD Mini. The handset has a 3.2-inchclip_image001 screen with (320*480) HVGA resolution.

The phone runs on a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone also has a 5MP camera with a LED flash.

HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.

The Aria also has the connectivity field duly covered with support for 3G, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. The phone also has an optical joystick, and a 2 GB microSD card comes pre-bundled with the device. The phone runs on Android 2.1, and will feature the popular HTC Sense UI.

The device has a 1300 mAh capacity battery, with a quoted standby battery life of up to 15.5 days. The HTC Aria will be available from June 20th onwards across all retail stores for $229.99. Users also get a $100 mail-in rebate from AT&T in the form of AT&T Promotion Card.