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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!