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Confirmed: Android 2.2 Coming To HTC Desire and Evo in a Week

AndroidHTC Desire owners, rejoice! Android 2.2 (Froyo) is set to arrive this weekend with all its Sense goodness. There’s a slight catch though. This timeline is applicable only to folks who purchased unlocked handsets. Carriers, who are notorious for taking their own sweet time, will determine the fate of locked (branded) handsets.

This update will also introduce some tweaks to HTC’s proprietary Sense UI. “As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense,” said an HTC spokesperson to CNET.

While Desire owners across Europe will begin receiving Froyo tomorrow, HTC Evo owners in the US will have to wait slightly longer. Don’t worry though, Sprint phones will still be the first to get Froyo in the US. Sprint has announced that it will begin rolling out the update on Tuesday. However, not all users will be getting it immediately. Thanks to the phased deployment, you might have to wait til mid-August to feast in the Froyo goodness.

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.

HTC Legend, Desire and Wildfire Finally Getting the Android 2.2 Froyo Update

HTC raised a lot of clamor over its Android 2.2 update for phones released in 2010. There were too many controversial official statements to consider. In one statement, HTC remarked that all phones released in 2010 would get the Froyo update whereas, in another, it went on to mention names of specific models and left out some.

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This easily made us assume that the Froyo update was would not be available for these models. This included the first HTC phone to get Android 2.1, the HTC Legend.

The news has come on the event of rollout of the Android 2.2 update. The first phone to get this update is obviously the Google Nexus One. The updates for Legend, Desire and Wildfire will all roll out in the third quarter of this year. A thread on the XDA developers’ forum talked of a 2.2 update for HTC Legend a few days ago but it was  discarded as a rumor.

New features will include a brand new virtual machine promising speed improvements, better battery life and an improved web browser. The latest Flash player 10.1 and Adobe Air will also be available to Froyo devices and apps will run 2 to 5 times faster.

The last time I requested an update from HTC on this matter, I received this mail from HTC.

We would inform that we working closely with Google and our partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid sense experience on FROYO. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but cannot be more specific yet. We look forward for your kind co-operation.

This comes as good news to all HTC phone owners and assures us that all phones from 2010 will get the Froyo update. However, I did not understand why HTC is being so secretive about these updates and not willing to comment on specific models.

Now that the news is confirmed, you can safely select a phone of your choice  from this list.

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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.

HTC Desire ROM for Acer Liquid Now Available

The cooks at XDA have released a new HTC Desire ROM for the Acer Liquid phone. For , only Donut radio is supported as of now.

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However, the ROM is too buggy right now and only supports few features including Touchscreen, buttons, GSM calls, 3D, 2D, sound. The ROM does not support mobile data connection and SD card.

With the bugs and limited support this ROM is only useful if you are looking to test things out, other than that just leave it aside.

More info and ROM download at XDA.

HTC Desire Launching in US in August

HTC has confirmed through a tweet that the HTC Desire will be launching in US market in August. The carriers for HTC Desire have not yet been disclosed though, that information will be available somewhere close to launch.

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HTC Desire is one of the most anticipated based phone and was unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in February. The phone has some stunning specs and will possibly run on .

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We will keep an eye on the release date and carrier details and update whenever they become available.

HTC Devices To Get Android 2.2 Froyo After June

A new forum topic on the forum suggests that most of the HTC devices including HTC Desire, HTC Droid Eris, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero and others may get the update after June 2010.

According to the response the forum member got, the HTC rep has mentioned that the new software updates for HTC devices will be coming in the second half of this year.

HTC Android Froyo Update Conversation

There have also been other rumors that HTC Desire will be getting a Android 2.2 update on June 23rd, however, based on my past experiences these things cannot be really confirmed upon, and such conversations were also done with the Sprint HTC Hero upgrade for Android 2.1 was due.

If you have an HTC device don’t get too upset about the Android 2.2 update coming out after June. Given the amount of developers who are furiously working to get a working root, you might be able to use Android 2.2 on your HTC device much earlier than that.

We will keep you posted as and when any new updates of Android 2.2 Froyo is available for HTC devices.

HTC Desire Firmware Updated To Version 1.15.405.4

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC, recently released a new firmware update for its powerful smartphone, HTC Desire. The new version 1.15.405.4 can be easily updated Over The Air (OTA). This is the first firmware update available for HTC Desire. The changes in this firmware version is still unknown.

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“In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to you phone. Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G,” HTC’s website states.

It is advised to backup all your data before updating your device. The changelog for this update is not yet available. We will update this post as soon as we get the complete changelog of this firmware update. If you find something new or if you have some screenshots or videos of this firmware update, please share with us.

HTC Desire Up For Pre-Order At Vodafone UK

HTC Desire, the powerful smartphone which was announced last month at Mobile World Congress is up for pre-order in the UK. This handset was expected to release on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK at the end of this month, but it was delayed by one week due to some unknown reason. This handset is currently available for pre-order at Vodafone UK.

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“If a phone’s not really yours till you’ve got it how you like it, the HTC Desire is for you. It’s got Android inside, giving you the power to customise up to seven home screens. And whatever you’re doing on your phone – from apps to the web – you’ll be wowed by the Desire’s speed. Your contacts are simpler too. Link the people in your address book to their Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. Then sit back and let their updates, mails, texts and more come to you – all in one place. A massive 3.7″ touchscreen lets you see everything clearly – and the clever trackpad makes getting around the Desire (and the web) incredibly easy,” Vodafone UK states.

HTC Desire is a powerful device since it has a 1 Ghz processor. This handset is based on the Android 2.1 operating system. It has a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, 3G connectivity, microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, HTC Sense,  GPS, Digital compass,  1400 mAh Battery and so on.

If you pre-order this handset today itself, then it will be delivered to you by April 13. You can get this handset for free with a 2 years contract of £30 monthly plan which includes 600 minutes and unlimited texts. Head over to this page, if you are planning to pre-order this handset now itself.

HTC Desire To Go On Sale From Today In UK

HTC Desire, the powerful smartphone which was announced at Mobile World Congress will finally go on sale from today in the UK. This handset will be available only on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK. You can easily purchase this handset from any T-Mobile stores.

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HTC Desire is a powerful device since it has a 1 Ghz processor. This handset is based on the Android 2.1 operating system. It has a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, microSD memory card slot and much more.

Other notable features include a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HTC Sense, ROM 512 MB, RAM 576 MB, Optical TrackballProximity and light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, Digital compass, up to 7 hours talktime, up to 360 hours standby time, 1400 mAh Battery and so on.

You can buy this handset for free with £35 monthly plan for 2 years which includes internet Booster. This device will be soon available for other carriers like Vodafone, Orange and O2 in the UK.

Mobile Mondays | OVI Magazine, HTC Incredible Rumors And More

Welcome to the Second Edition of Mobile Mondays. I’m sure most of you were waiting for the second edition of the Mobile Mondays. This week we haven’t seen any major product launches or leaked pics and rumors of upcoming devices, but this week was full of excitement as release dates and pricing of many handsets were revealed. Check out some interesting stuffs of this week below.

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Nokia:

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Nokia hasn’t unveiled a single handset in this week but it has definitely made us happy by launching the Nokia E72 in a new purple color. Nokia E72 is the company’s most popular business phone which was launched last year. This handset is now available in a beautiful purple color with the same price tag of $359.

Microsoft’s Silverlight is now officially available for Symbian S60 v5 touchscreen devices such as Nokia N97, N97 Mini and Nokia 5800. You can download Silverlight for Symbian and view Silverlight applications right inside your mobile browser.

Nokia has recently launched their first online publications – OVI magazine. It has some interesting information and guides related to Nokia’s services, apps and devices. You can read the full OVI magazine here.

Samsung:

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The first BADA powered smartphone which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, 2010 is now available in Germany. Samsung Wave 8500 was recently spotted at the Amazon’s site and it is priced at €429 (approx. $580) without any contract. If you want to experience the BADA operating system and Super AMOLED display, place your order at Amazon right now!

HTC:

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HTC Incredible is a powerful smartphone that runs on a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, and it includes 6GB flash memory, expandable memory slot and so on. This device is rumored to be available on Verizon Wireless within a week.To learn more about this device, head over to this post.

LG:

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LG electronics recently launched its Android powered smartphone, LG GW620 in India. This handset comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3 inches TFT resistive touch screen and an amazing 5 megapixel camera. Other interesting feature includes 3G Connectivity, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 32GB expandable memory and so on. This handset is priced at Rs.18,990 (approx. $415).

Handset Of The Week – Sony Ericsson Vivaz:

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a stylish smartphone which runs on a Symbian S60v5 operating system. The main feature of this device is its 8.1 megapixel camera which allows the device to record HD (720p) videos. Other features includes 3.2 inches WVGA display, 640 x 360 resolution, 720 MHz processor and so on. To learn more about this device, head over to this page.

Video Of The Week – HTC Desire Promo:

We will be back next week with some interesting news, rumors, handset leaks and detailed analysis. Don’t forget to catch us every Monday at Techie Buzz.

HTC Desire Pre-Orders On T-Mobile UK on Monday

Some good news for UK users, the HTC Desire may go up for pre-orders on T-Mobile UK on Monday, 22nd March 2010.

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The HTC Desire was announced at this year and has some nice specifications including a 3.7" AMOLED Touch-screen display, 1GHz processor, 512MB ROM and 576MB RAM along with a 5 Megapixel camera.

According to Jimmy from Forums, the phone will be available for pre-orders at midday on Monday and will start shipping on March 26th. Current T-Mobile users will be able to upgrade starting Friday, March 26th.

Right now some T-Mobile UK reps are saying that there are only 700 units of the HTC Desire in stock, but they could definitely increase by the time the pre-orders go up and orders start shipping.

You can keep an eye on the HTC Desire at the official T-Mobile UK site here, which says that the phone may arrive in April.

HTC Desire Official Pics

HTC Desire was recently launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This device looks similar to Nexus One and comes with a 1 GHz processor and Android 2.1 Operating System. Other feature includes a 5 megapixel camera, 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Check out the official pics of HTC Desire below.

HTC Desire Official Pics:

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The price of this device is not announced yet. This device will be shipped in the in early Q2 2010. HTC Desire will be first available to customers across major European and Asian markets and then it will be available in other markets. The handset will be exclusively available in Australia through Telstra.

HTC Desire Full Specification

Taiwan based mobile phone maker, HTC Corporation recently launched a powerful smartphone, HTC Desire at Mobile World Congress. This device was earlier know as HTC Bravo. This device looks like Nexus One and it almost has the same specs. This device come with HTC Sense UI and runs on Android 2.1 operating system and a 1 GHz processor. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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HTC Desire Full Specification:

  • 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen
  • 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Android 2.1 Operating System
  • HTC Sense
  • ROM 512 MB
  • RAM 576 MB
  • Optical Trackball
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G connectivity
  • Upto 2 Mbps upload speed
  • Upto 7.2 Mbps download speed
  • microSD memory card
  • Proximity and light sensor
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
  • FTP/OPP file transfer
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Audio Formats – AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA
  • Video Formats – 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV
  • Upto 7 hours talktime
  • Upto 360 hours standby time
  • 1400 mAh Battery

HTC Desire will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets in early Q2 2010. The handset will be exclusively available in Australia through Telstra. The price of this device is not announced yet.