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HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z and Incredible S Will Get Gingerbread in Q2

Android handset manufacturers have a horrendous track record when it comes to delivering Android OS updates. While some delay updates by months, others don’t deliver at all (yes Sony, I am looking at you). HTC has the best track record, and it looks like it will be living up to its reputation for now.

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The Incredible S was one of the few handsets at the MWC to ship with FroYo (Android 2.2). Back then, HTC reps had promised a quick Gingerbread update. Now, they have confirmed that the promised update is indeed under development, and will go live by Q2 2011. While a four month wait is not “quick” under normal circumstances, I guess that most Android owners will take it.

We had already confirmed that the Desire HD, Desire Z, and Desire will be receiving Gingerbread updates. Now, thanks to Slashgear, we can confirm that they will also be getting the update in Q2 (and not in Q3, as we had speculated). This bit of news should cheer up the original Desire owners, who have already experienced one major version bump. Desire’s sibling – the HTC-made Google Nexus One, has already begun receiving Android 2.3.

It’s heartening to see HTC not abandoning the aging Desire, which was once its flagship handset. While Xperia X10 is yet to receive Android 2.1 in the US, many of Samsung’s Galaxy S models have just begun receiving FroYo. Although, we would like to see even faster update deployment, for now we will be happy if other manufacturers take cue from HTC.

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.

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

Also Read: Best Android Apps in Android Market | Best Android Phones in the Market

The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

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The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.

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Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.

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The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.

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The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.

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At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.

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The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.

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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HTC Wildfire Android 2.2 Update To Roll Out In Europe This Week

Quite a few months ago, HTC announced that the HTC Desire, Legend and the Wildfire will be getting their share of Froyo love. The company started first rolled out the Froyo update for Desire and recently started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Legend in Europe. Now, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer has announced via an FB status update that they will start rolling out the Froyo update for the Wildfire from this week.

Here is what the company announced on Facebook:

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So Wildfire users in Europe will get their Android 2.2 update before Christmas (hopefully), whereas Wildfire owners in other regions of the world will get it by February next year. However, by that time the whole world will be going gaga over their Android 2.3 and Honeycomb (Android 2.4 if rumors are right) update.

HTC Legend To Get Android 2.2 Update In The ‘Coming Weeks’

When Android 2.2 was released by Google, HTC had promised that most of their phones launched in 2010 will be getting the update. However, after that only the Desire Android 2.2 update was the most talked about. Now since the Desire Android 2.2 update has already been rolled out or is being rolled out in certain regions, the company has moved on to the small brother of the Desire the Legend.

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HTC has confirmed via their Facebook account that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Legend in the coming weeks’. Owners of unbranded/unlocked Legend will be among the first one to get the update with operator locked owners getting the update once it has been approved by their carrier.

It’s nice to see HTC offering Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Being a Legend owner myself, I had almost given up hope of the phone getting the Froyo update.

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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Pre-Order White HTC Desire And Silver HTC Wildfire in UK

Few weeks ago, we saw the HTC Desire in a new white color and the Wildfire in a silver color. Those who wanted to have the Desire or Wildfire in their new outfit can cheer up now. The white HTC Desire and silver Wildfire is now up for pre-orders in UK.

White HTC Desire

Both HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire can be bought for 15GBP per month contract. More plans can be found out here. There are many reasonable prices out there. Unfortunately, the pre-order is only for UK citizens and other countries will have to wait.

Silver HTC Wildfire

The shipping date of the pre-order is not posted, we are assuming that few weeks might be enough. So, how many of you are planning to get anyone of these in UK?

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HTC Desire HD ROM Ported To Droid Incredible, Desire And EVO 4G

At the beginning of this week, we reported that the Desire HD ROM has been ported to the HTC HD2. Now the Desire HD ROM has been ported over to other popular HTC devices which includes the EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible and the GSM version of Desire. HTC Desire HD Users of these handsets should thank the folks over at XDA-Developers for their hard work. The Desire HD ROM brings with it the new Sense UI, some clever new features and the ultra-fast boot-up time to these devices.

However, there are still some niggles in running this ROM on any of the handset stated above. This ROM makes the camera of all the three devices totally useless – the camera application just refuses to work. Both, Wi-Fi and 4G does not work on the EVO, thus severely limiting its connectivity options. The dialer application also looks a bit weird on all the three Droids.

However, I am pretty sure that with time the above issues will be sorted out and soon owners of the above three handsets will be enjoying all the Desire HD software goodness on their phone.

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