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HTC Unveils Two Low-End Ice Cream Sandwich Droids With Dual-SIM – Desire V and Desire VC

HTC has just announced two budget based Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets, the Desire V and Desire VC. The Desire V and Desire VC are identical to each other, except for the difference in their baseband. While the Desire V has SIM-card slots for two GSM based networks, the VC supports one primary CDMA network along with a secondary GSM based network.

Both the handsets pack a 4-inch screen with WVGa )480*800) resolution, a 1GHz Cortex-A5 based processor from Qualcomm, Adreno 200 GPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP snapper aided by an LED flash that is capable of recording videos in VGA resolution along with the connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, FM radio, 4GB internal memory, and a microSD card slot.

As stated earlier, the handsets run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense on top of it. The handsets wil also carry HTC’s Beats Audio logo and feature, which in practical usage is nothing but a marketing gimmick. The Desire V will launch in Asia sometime in July, while the Desire VC will launch only in China around the same time only.

HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Released

After a lot of drama, HTC have finally released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the original Desire. There is a catch though; the update will not be rolled out to the general public.

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Due to the low internal memory on the Desire, HTC had to strip down a lot of apps, features and wallpapers from the Gingerbread update. So, the company has decided against releasing the update for the general Desire users. The update is meant only for developers, and the RUU can be downloaded from HTC’s developer website.

The Gingerbread update for the Desire will bring improved copy-and-paste functionality, minor UI changes, and an improved performance and battery life.

Here is a small list of things which HTC had to strip down :

1. All customizations, including operator applications, will be removed.

2. All wallpapers, except the default wallpaper, will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.

3. Several HTC applications will be removed and placed online on the HTC Developer website.

4. The official Facebook application will be removed and is downloadable on the Android Market.

Interested Desire owners can go ahead and install Gingerbread on their phone via the RUU. However, they should make a backup of all the data on their handset, since the handset will be wiped clean of all data.

Please make sure that your Desire variant is supported by the RUU, before flashing it. Otherwise, you may end up with a bricked or a partially unusable phone. Desire owners, who are running a custom ROM on their handset, I recommend you people to wait for a rooted version of the official update to be out.

At the moment, it is unknown whether HTC will release an OTA version of the Gingerbread update for the Desire or not.

HTC Does A U-Turn; Desire To Get Gingerbread Update

  • Yesterday, HTC announced via their Facebook page that the original HTC Desire will not be getting the Gingerbread update.

The company cited that they were not able to bring Gingerbread to the Desire while maintaining the same Sense experience as found on other HTC devices. The reason behind this was the low internal memory of the Desire.

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This news did no go down well with the Desire owners, and the company received a lot of publicity. The HTC Desire is HTC’s highest selling handset ever, and the company realized it cannot piss off so many of its loyal customers.

So, Today HTC has again announced via their Facebook page that the Desire will indeed be getting its Gingerbread update. It is possible that the Desire may feature a striped down version of Sense UI, in order to make sure that the 512MB of internal memory is not filled up.

However, the company has not mentioned when the update is scheduled to roll out. The Desire Gingerbread update was originally scheduled to roll-out sometime before Q2 ends.

HTC Desire To NOT Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

HTC had earlier stated that most of their Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. This included the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, and the original Desire.

Last month, the Desire HD got its Gingerbread update along with the Incredible S. The Desire Z is slated to get its share of Gingerbread love by the end of Q2. The original Desire was also stated to get its Android update after the Desire Z.

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However, HTC has now confirmed via their Facebook page that the original Desire will not be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The reason cited by HTC is that their engineering team has not been able to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience.This is all due to the low internal memory of the handset.

Original Desire owners should not be disappointed with this new though. There are a lot of Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROMs available for the handset over at XDA forums, including the all-time popular CyanogenMod 7.

Just root your handset using unrevoked, and install ROM Manager from the Android Market. Then simply use ROM Manager to download and install any Gingerbread ROM on your handset.

HTC Desire To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

HTC announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S at the recently concluded MWC 2011. Usually an Android handset manufacturer stops providing software support for an Android handset if its successor has been announced. However, it looks like HTC is going to continue providing software support for the original Desire.

CNET UK reports that one of HTC representatives in MWC confirmed that the Desire and its variants will get the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Desire’s successor the Desire S will ship with Android 2.3 on-board when it will launch sometime in the middle of the next quarter.

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In all probability, the original Desire should get its Gingerbread update only after a month or so of the release of its successor. I guess the Gingerbread update for the Desire will drop-in only by early September or October, if there are no delays. Desire owners who have a carrier locked variant should expect the update to take another month or two before it hits their handsets.

Hopefully, the Gingerbread update for the handset will also include the latest version of the Sense UI from HTC and some other goodies.

HTC Desire S Announced; Sports An Aluminum Body

Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

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Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.

The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present.  The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.

Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.

I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!

HTC Desire HD Android 2.2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC is rolling out a software update for the recently released Desire HD. Sadly; the OTA update is not an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update as many Desire HD owners are hoping for. The OTA software update bumps the Android version on the handset to 2.2.1 and brings with it performance improvements and bug fixes. The OTA update weighs in at 40MB and will up the software version on the HD to 1.72.405.3.

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The update reportedly improves the general performance as well as the camera performance of the device. Apparently, the quality of the 720p HD recording has improved as well. HTC is also rolling out another software update for the HTC Desire which bumps the software version to 2.29.405.2. The software update brings the latest version of Android Market along with some speed improvements.

HTC still has not mentioned on when they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its handsets. Hopefully, the company will release the Gingerbread handsets for most of its popular handsets before Q1 of 2011 ends.

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TELUS Rolls Out Android 2.1 Update For HTC Hero; 2.2 Update For Desire

Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Éclair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Éclair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.

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With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.

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HTC ‘Phantom Black’ Legend And ‘Brilliant White’ Desire Announced

HTC has launched a black version of the Legend in Europe. The HTC Legend is made up of a single block of an aluminum and looks stellar. In fact, I personally feel that the Legend is one of the best looking Android handset out there in the market. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 320×480.

The Legend is powered by a 600Mhz Qualcomm processor and sports 384MB of RAM. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera with Flash. From the pictures, the black version looks stellar as well to me. Along with the ‘Phantom Black’ Legend, HTC also announced a new color scheme for the Desire – ‘Brilliant White’. The HTC Desire sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED or S-LCD screen. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and packs in 576MB of RAM. The Desire also has a 5MP camera with a LED flash.

Both the phones will hit the retail stores in Europe by the end of this month. The HTC Desire has already got its Android 2.2 update but the Legend has not. It is still running on Android 2.1 and HTC has not even mentioned a time frame within which the handset will get the Froyo update.

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HTC Desire HD Official ‘Closer Look’ Video

On September 15th, HTC announced the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The HTC Desire HD is the worldwide version of the popular HTC EVO 4G with updated hardware. The HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and a Qualcomm 8255 processor running at 1GHz with Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also features an updated version of HTC Sense.

Now, HTC has released a video on their official YouTube channel which gives us a closer look to the HTC Desire HD. The video is 7 minutes 35 seconds long and gives a brief overview of the various features of the device including Offline Maps, HTC Sense and 720p video recording etcetera.

The production quality of the video is just top notch and so is the device. After watching the video, I am pretty inclined on buying the Desire HD. Kudos to HTC for making such an awesome video!

HTC Desire And Wildfire Spotted In White And Silver Color Respectively

The HTC Desire has been out in the retail market for around 8 long months. The HTC Desire sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD or AMOLED screen and runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone packs in 576MB of RAM and a 5MP camera at the back. HTC Desire Wildfire The Desire also got its Android 2.2 update a few weeks ago. The phone has been available in various regions of the world in silver, brown and black color. Now it looks like HTC is going to launch the Desire in white color as well.

The smaller brother of the Desire the HTC Wildfire will also be getting the color’ treatment from the company. The Wildfire is available in black, brown and white color until now and HTC will soon release a silver color version of the device.

However, it is unknown on when HTC intends to launch these new colors of the handsets in the market. Hopefully, the white color Desire and the silver color Wildfire will hit the shelves by the time holiday season arrives.

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HTC Desire Gets Official Froyo Update

Today, HTC in a press release has finally announced the roll-out of Froyo update for theclip_image001 Desire. The Desire is identical to the Google Nexus One, except for some subtle changes. Along with updating the Android OS to Froyo, the update brings in some other changes as well. First and foremost, this update allows users to record videos in 720p HD resolution.

The update also brings a new enhanced Caller ID screen, ability to sync using iTunes, and the other usual standard Froyo features. The software update is available Over-The-Air (OTA) and weighs in at a whooping 25MB. Nevertheless, the update will preserve all your data, and application settings. This software update will also include a new HTC Share widget, which was first seen on the Wildfire.

The update is available, effective immediately to all unlocked Desire owners. Owners of the operator locked version of the Desire need to wait for several more weeks.

HTC Makes The Shift To S-LCDs Official

HTC has finally made the shift to S-LCD display official in a press release. The company said that the S-LCD display will be used in a variety of phones including the HTC Desire and the Nexus One. S-LCD is the next generation ofHTC Desire LCD which offers better contrast ratio, better viewing angles and a lower power consumption.

HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance.

The S-LCD displays are jointly manufactured by Samsung and Sony in Korea. Only phones equipped with 3.7-inch AMOLED display will be using the new S-LCDs, as they are in short supply. However, HTC did not mention in the press release the advantages (or disadvantages?) of S-LCD over AMOLED displays.

HTC Desire Gets The Froyo Update “Unofficially”

Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.

Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –

No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.

In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.

Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.