AT&T HTC Aria Gets The Android 2.2 Update

Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.

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The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.

To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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 Droid Incredible Source Code Released

The HTC Droid Incredible is a very popular phone in the US. The phone features a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen with a WVGA resolution. It was a month ago that the Droid Incredible was rooted. The Droid Incredible wasHTC Logo comparatively a tough nut to crack than other Android phones. Custom ROMs for the Droid Incredible are scarce as well. The reason behind this is that HTC did not release the source code of the Droid Incredible’s kernel.

However, today HTC released the kernel source code of the Droid Incredible. The kernel source code also contains bits and pieces of Froyo code which should help developers. This will help the developers produce some quality and bug free ROMs for the Incredible. Along with the Droid Incredible, HTC also released the kernel source code of the Desire, Wildfire, Aria and the EVO 4G. Here is the link to download them.


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.