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HTC Desire And Wildfire Spotted In White And Silver Color Respectively

The HTC Desire has been out in the retail market for around 8 long months. The HTC Desire sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD or AMOLED screen and runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone packs in 576MB of RAM and a 5MP camera at the back. HTC Desire Wildfire The Desire also got its Android 2.2 update a few weeks ago. The phone has been available in various regions of the world in silver, brown and black color. Now it looks like HTC is going to launch the Desire in white color as well.

The smaller brother of the Desire the HTC Wildfire will also be getting the color’ treatment from the company. The Wildfire is available in black, brown and white color until now and HTC will soon release a silver color version of the device.

However, it is unknown on when HTC intends to launch these new colors of the handsets in the market. Hopefully, the white color Desire and the silver color Wildfire will hit the shelves by the time holiday season arrives.

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Vodafone’s HTC Desire Getting Android 2.2 Update on August 23

Vodafone has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Desire from August 23. The update was initially expected to be rolled out on August 12. However, the good news is thatHTC Desire Vodafone has removed most of their bloatware/crapware from their Android 2.2 update. Earlier, Vodafone was heavily criticized for loading the Desire with their Vodafone 360 crapware. Now, along with the announcement of the Android 2.2 update, the company has also mentioned the steps on how to remove Vodafone 360 for users who have already installed it.

According to the news from Vodafone forums, the Android 2.2 update will be based on the HTC open market visionwith the software optimized for Vodafone’s network settings.

Here is the full press release :

HTC Desire: Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Update to Android 2.2

The Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire will start to be available to Vodafone customers from Monday 23 August.

Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.

Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period.

If you did not download the Vodafone 360 update, follow the first set of instructions below to download the Android 2.2 update when prompted to.

If you did download the Vodafone 360 software, once you have the 2.2 update, these guidelines also explain what you need to do to remove that content from your device, depending on the current software configuration of your HTC Desire.

Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services can visit the Android Marketplace, where a number of 360 apps are available. We will also be issuing an optional Vodafone 360 update for HTC Desire users at a later date.

*Please note: The following steps will only work once you have downloaded the 2.2 Android update*

Finding out which software your HTC Desire is running

To check the current software version of your HTC Desire, go to Settings->About phone->Software information and look for the entries Android versionand Software number.

Your software should either be 1.19.161.5 if you haven’t downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or 1.24.161.3 if you have accepted the update.

HTC Desire Finally Launching in India

While most of the world is preparing for the impending launch of HTC Desire HD, India is set to finally get the original Desire. AndroidOS.in is reporting that that the Desire will soon be available across India for Rs 27,500. Although we are yet to receive any official world regarding the release date, some online retailers like Flipkart have already begun offering the Desire.

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HTC Desire boasts of a 3.7 inch AMOLED display, capacitive touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and a 1400 mAh Li-ion battery. It will be launching with Android 2.1 (Éclair) running on a Snapdragon QSD8250 (1 GHz) processor. Hopefully, it will be upgraded to Froyo soon after launch.

Desire was one of the best Android phones when it came out. In fact, it still is an impressive device. However, it will face stiff competition from the Samsung Galaxy S i9000, which has a better CPU (Hummingbird) and a 4” SAMOLED screen.

HTC Desire Gets Official Froyo Update

Today, HTC in a press release has finally announced the roll-out of Froyo update for theclip_image001 Desire. The Desire is identical to the Google Nexus One, except for some subtle changes. Along with updating the Android OS to Froyo, the update brings in some other changes as well. First and foremost, this update allows users to record videos in 720p HD resolution.

The update also brings a new enhanced Caller ID screen, ability to sync using iTunes, and the other usual standard Froyo features. The software update is available Over-The-Air (OTA) and weighs in at a whooping 25MB. Nevertheless, the update will preserve all your data, and application settings. This software update will also include a new HTC Share widget, which was first seen on the Wildfire.

The update is available, effective immediately to all unlocked Desire owners. Owners of the operator locked version of the Desire need to wait for several more weeks.

Security Researchers Reveal Android Vulnerability That Allows Hackers to Read Your Email and SMS

AndroidJust days after a wallpaper app was called out for harvesting private data, security researchers have revealed another potential pitfall in Google’s popular mobile operating system. At Defcon hackers conference, Las Vegas, researchers from Spider Labs distributed a rootkit that exploits a bug present in the Android operating system.

“It wasn’t difficult to build,” said Nicholas Percoco, head of Spider Labs, who worked with his partner to develop the malware in just two weeks. The rootkit in question is able to silently gain full system access and can collect and transmit sensitive user information like e-mail and text messages. Spider Labs hopes that the public disclosure will prompt manufacturers to fix the bug present in current Android systems.

Percoco used HTC Legend and Desire handsets for the demonstration; however, he believes that other Android phones are also vulnerable. While Android’s openness is one of its biggest strengths, it can also turn out to be its biggest weakness. The open Market definitely makes it an easier target than the iPhone.

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.