HTC Launches New Developer Portal with Bootloader Unlocking, OpenSense SDK, and Kernel Source Code

HTC has made good on its promise and has launched its new developer portal. Although the developer portal is intended to cater to both Android and Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC, right now it is predominantly for Android users and developers.

HTCdev is designed to give you the inspiration to explore the possibilities within HTC devices, the resources you need to develop your ideas and applications, and the opportunity to connect with other developers and with HTC.


HTC is opening up aspects of its popular Sense UI to enable tighter third party application integration. Currently three sets of APIs are available: Common Controls API, Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) API, and Tablet Pen API. The first one encompasses UI widgets and components that will provide developers with the ability to deliver the Sense UI look and feel to their applications. The other two are for leveraging 3D display and Scribe pen functionalities. HTCDev also provides access to the kernel source code for pretty much all the current generation HTC Android smartphones.

Disappointingly, the bootloader unlocking tool, which is probably the most highly anticipated aspect of the new developer portal, is still not ready. HTC Sensation will be the first handset to receive the unlocker, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. The web based bootloader unlocking tool is expected to go live within the next couple of weeks. All future HTC handsets will continue to ship with locked bootloaders; however, they will be unlockable through the HTCDev portal.

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.


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!

HTC Desire HD Benchmarked; ROM Leaked As Well

It was just a few days ago that HTC had announced the worldwide version of the Evo 4G the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD is powered by a Qualcomm 8255 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU. HTC DesireHD Benchmark The Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor is manufactured on a lower fabrication processor (45nm) compared to the 1 GHz QSD8250 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor found in all other phones nowadays. The Adreno 205 GPU also offers a much better performance than its predecessor.

The folks over at managed to benchmark a Desire HD and the device beats the crap out of all other handsets out there except for the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The Desire HD scored a whopping 1974 points in Quadrant benchmark, which is roughly 30% more than a Nexus One running Android 2.2. Only the Samsung Galaxy S handsets are capable of scoring ~1900 points in the Quadrant benchmark with a lagfix applied.

Also the folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to get their hands on the RUU of the Desire HD and they have already ripped it apart. They have even started porting the Desire HD ROM to the HTC HD2.


Video Of HTC Sense Running On WP7 Surfaces

When Microsoft had announced its next generation Mobile OS Windows Phone 7, it had stated that handset manufacturers won’t be able to run their home-brewed UI on top of the OS like HTC Sense etcetera.HTC Sense WP7 Now, the folks over at Engadget have bumped across a video which shows the highly popular HTC Sense running on a WP7 handset. The video has a HTC Confidentialand For Internal Use Onlytrademarked on it.

After watching the leaked video, I am totally speechless. The 3D effects are just mind BLOWING! The 3D effects on the Notes UI definitely look stellar. The Weather and the Stocks application also have a very polished UI. It would be interesting to see if HTC actually pre-loads their WP7 phones with HTC Sense UI.

With the holiday season fast approaching, I expect LG, Samsung, Asus and HTC to announce a bunch of WP7 based phones soon!

Click here to watch the video.

HTC Desire Z With QWERTY Keyboard Announced

Along with the Desire HD, HTC also announced the European version of the T-Mobile G2. The Desire Z sports a pop-outQWERTY keyboard with the top row of keys allowing quick access to Google services. HTC Desire ZThe handset makes use of the new “Z-hinge” design. ¬† The Z sports a 3.7-inch screen S-LCD screen with a resolution of 480×800. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7273 processor running at 800 MHz.

The device has 512 MB of RAM and 1.5 GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD format. The phone also sports the usual Wi-Fi n, 3G with HSPA+ and GPS with A-GPS. Like the Desire HD, the Desire Z will also come with the enhanced version of HTC Sense UI and access to services.

The Desire Z will be powered by a 1300mAh battery. The device will be running on Android 2.2 when released and is expected to hit Europe and Asia in October.

T-Mobile G2 Officially Announced

Today, the HTC G2 has been finally been announced by T-Mobile. The G2 will be the first phone from T-Mobile to feature HSPA+, which is more commonly known as 4G. The T-Mobile G2 will sport a 3.7-inch screen with a resolution of 800×400 along with a slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard. T-Mobile G2 The slide-out QWERTY keyboard will also have shortcut keys for quick access to various Google services. The phone packs in 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of internal memory. An 8GB microSD card will also be present in the retail box of the device.

The phone also sports a 5MP camera with LED flash and auto-focus. The handset will be powered by a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm running at 800 MHz. Early benchmarks indicate that the G2 is no slow-couch and offers graphical performance similar to the Motorola Droid X/Droid 2. The G2 will also be running on stock Android 2.2-YES!-Stock Android 2.2. No operator customizations, no HTC Sense on top of the Android UI nothing!

The G2 will also be the first phone to feature a handy Google Voice widget which we saw earlier.  Existing T-Mobile customers will get the opportunity to pre-order the device first. The device will be up for pre-order sometime later this month. Sadly, T-Mobile did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.

HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee Specs Surface

Specifications of two new upcoming Android handsets from HTC have surfaced on the internet. These two new unannounced phones are the HTC Lexikon and the HTC Bee. The HTC Lexikon will feature a 3.8-inch AMOLED/S-LCDHTC Logo screen, with a WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Lexikon will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM7630 processor running at 800 MHz. The handset will also pack in a 5MP cam, and 512MB of MB along with 4GB of internal memory.

The phone will also feature a QWERTY. However, whether the phone will have a portrait QWERTY or a slide-out QWERTY is still unknown. The HTC Bee is the smaller brother of the Lexicon. The HTC Bee features a 3.2-inch QVGA display, along with 384MB of RAM. The phone is powered by the age old Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz processor. This phone also features a 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at its back. The specs of both these phones were extracted from the company’s own ROM.

Both these phones will release with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board, and will also feature the popular HTC Sense UI. Both these phones will fit in the low-to-middle end category in the mobile phone market. This will help Android penetrate into this category. HTC might announce these two phones in their upcoming September 15 event.