HTC Desire HD Officially Launched In India For Rs.26,990

Back in September, HTC announced the Android powered HTC Desire HD. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Desire smartphone and it runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. HTC Desire HD is already available in India from last 4 month, but this handset has been officially launched, today in India. It comes with the bright 4.3 inch LCD display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. This handset is expected to get the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update, at the end of this month.

HTC Desire HD

We have always strived to enhance and enrich the mobile phone experience and the HTC Desire HD is a true testament of HTC’s prowess, with its stylish unibody design and outstanding features, said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. We are confident that Indian mobile phone users will value this holistic approach and HTC’s innovations in the new HTC Desire HD.

HTC Desire HD features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 768 RAM, 1.5 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio, up to 490 hours of stand-by time, up to 9 hours 15 mins of talk-time and a 1230 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire HD is available at a Market Operating Price of Rs. 26,990. You can purchase this handset from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country. This handset is also available at Flipkart, for Rs.26,399.

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.

Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC EVO 4G And Desire HD

According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.

As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.

Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :

t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :

HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.

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 Desire HD Up For Pre-Order In India

HTC Desire HD

We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of HTC Desire HD in India. This handset was announced back in September, and it seems that, the powerful Desire HD smartphone is expected to launch during late-December in India. HTC Desire HD is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market.

The popular online retailer, Flipkart is currently taking pre-orders for the HTC Desire HD smartphone. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 768 RAM, 1.5 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio and more.

The powerful HTC Desire HD is currently up for pre-order at Flipkart for just Rs.27,499. This handset is expected to release at the end of December. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, simply head over to this page.

HTC Desire HD Gets An OTA Software Update

The HTC Desire HD has not yet been released in all parts of the world but that has not stopped HTC from releasing a software update for the phone. The HTC Desire HD is the European version of the EVO 4G. The handset sports a massive 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8255 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 205 core handles the graphics department. HTC_Desire_HD

The phone also packs 768MB of RAM and 1.5Gig of internal memory. The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 with an updated version of Sense UI.   The software update is numbered 1.32.405.3 and is quite a hefty OTA (Over-The-Air) update. According to BriefMobile, the update includes screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.

If anyone of you Desire HD owners have got the update, do drop in a comment as to what changes you have noticed.

HTC Desire Z And Desire HD Delayed

Most of the handsets launched by manufacturers are usually delayed before their launch. This time the manufacturer is HTC and the handsets are the Desire Z and the Desire HD. The Desire HD is the European version of the highly popular EVO 4G. The handset features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a newer generation Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and an Adreno 205 graphics core. HTC_Desire_HD_Desire_Z_Delay

The Desire Z is powered by the same Snapdragon processor, but running at 800 MHz. The handset packs in a 3.7-inch S-LCD and a pop-out’ QWERTY keyboard. Even the original Desire from HTC had failed this test before being approved.   Many people over at XDA-Developer forums and according to the leaked image (on your right) state that the reason for delay is that both the devices have failed Google’s Type Approval testing.

The launch of both the handsets has now been delayed until the end of October.

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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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!