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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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:


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 Wildfire Coming To Multiple Carriers In US

htc wildfire

HTC recently announced its mid-range smartphone, HTC Wildfire in the US. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 Operating System. HTC Wildfire will be available through multiple regional North American carriers from Q4 2010. This handset allows you to access over 80,000 apps from the Android Market and helps you to stay connected with your friends on the go.

“The HTC Sense experience has changed the way millions of people interface with their smartphone for the better, making it more fun, productive and personal than ever before. With the HTC Wildfire smartphone, we are bringing the people-focused HTC Sense experience to customers looking for a compact, easy-to-learn smartphone that is still powerful enough to meet the needs of even advanced smartphone users,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas.

HTC Wildfire features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, HTC Sense, 528 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Geotagging, 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, Digital compass, Proximity and light sensor, Friend Stream, HTC Peep and 1300 mAh battery.

This price of this handset is not announced yet, but the price is expected to be around $360 for an unlocked version. HTC Wildfire will be available on multiple carriers in the US from Q4 2010.

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?


CyanogenMod Adds Support For The Wildfire, Vibrant and Acer Liquid

CyanogenMod Custom ROM is definitely the best custom ROM for any Android phone out there. It is the most popular, the most advance and the most feature rich custom ROM in the Android modding community. However, only a few lucky’ devices are supported by CyanogenMod ROMs including HTC Hero, EVO 4G etcetera. Now the folks behind CyanogenMod ROMs have added support for three new devices the HTC Wildfire, Acer Liquid and the Samsung Vibrant.


They are also eyeing to support the latest HTC phones including the HTC G2. The support for these devices will be added in the upcoming CM6.1 Custom ROM. The 6.1 update will also bring with it new features like touch-to-focus, kernel updates for many device and performance improvements.

These folks have even encouraged hackers to join the CM team. This way the CM team will be able to support more devices.

The CyanogenMod guys mentioned all this and more in a blog post. Click here to read the post.

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.


HTC Droid Incredible Source Code Released

The HTC Droid Incredible is a very popular phone in the US. The phone features a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen with a WVGA resolution. It was a month ago that the Droid Incredible was rooted. The Droid Incredible wasHTC Logo comparatively a tough nut to crack than other Android phones. Custom ROMs for the Droid Incredible are scarce as well. The reason behind this is that HTC did not release the source code of the Droid Incredible’s kernel.

However, today HTC released the kernel source code of the Droid Incredible. The kernel source code also contains bits and pieces of Froyo code which should help developers. This will help the developers produce some quality and bug free ROMs for the Incredible. Along with the Droid Incredible, HTC also released the kernel source code of the Desire, Wildfire, Aria and the EVO 4G. Here is the link to download them.


HTC Wildfire Now Available In India For Rs.16,590

HTC recently launched the Android powered HTC Wildfire in India exclusively for Reliance Mobile customers. This handset comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and runs on Android 2.1 Operating System and 528 MHz processor. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, 3G Connectivity and much more. Check out the specs below.

htc wildfire

Social networks have really caught on the fancy of today’s young generation, who like to stay seamlessly connected with each other even while on-the-go. The stylishly designed HTC Wildfire combined with the HTC Sense experience bring all your communication requirements into one place, whether it’s through Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, Flickr, text messages, images or email, ensuring that one is never far away from the conversation and always close to one’s friends,said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

The launch of HTC Wildfire is in line with our strategy to offer next-generation service on mobile phones enabled with superior voice clarity, hi-speed wireless data network access and ultra-fast application downloads to Reliance Mobile customers, said Mr. Mahesh Prasad, President Marketing Wireless Business, Reliance Communications.

HTC Wildfire Specs:

  • 3.2 inch touchscreen display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.1 OS with HTC Sense
  • 528 MHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash
  • Geotagging
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 384 MB RAM
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity and light sensor
  • Friend Stream
  • HTC Peep
  • 1300 mAh battery

HTC Wildfire comes with a price tag of Rs.16,590. Reliance Mobile GSM customers will get 500MB free internet usage for the next 6 months. You can buy this handset from any authorized HTC resellers in India.

HTC Wildfire Rooted

The HTC Wildfire is a low-end Android handset. The phone has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, with 240×320 resolution display. The phone is powered by a 528Mhz Qualacomm processor and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone also has 512MB of ROM. The phone runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. A 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at the back of the device is also present.

The phone hit the retail market just a few weeks ago. Now PaulOBrien – the guy behind rooting quite a few Android handsets has managed to root the Wildfire as well. The bootloader of the handset should be 0.80 or below. The ROM version should be also 1.14.xxxx.x or below. Users need to have a microSD card to be able to root their phones.

It is recommended that users should use either Windows 7 32-bit, or Mac OS X or any of the available linux distro’s. Here are the steps to root your HTC Wildfire.

3 Adds Xperia X10 Mini Pro and HTC Wildfire Phones

The 3 Network in UK has added the Xperia X10 Mini Pro and HTC Wildfire phones to its catalog of available phones. HTC Wildfire runs on whereas Xperia Mini Pro runs on a customized version of 1.6.


Xperia X10 Mini Pro will be available in two colors: black and white starting 9 July, 2010. The HTC Wildfire has already started selling since July 2 and is available in the Metal Mocha color. Both Xperia X10 Mini and HTC Wildfire are available for £30 a month on 3’s One plan with 2,000 any network minutes, 5,000 3 network minutes, 5,000 texts, 1GB of data and a six month free subscription to Spotify Premium.

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Xperia X10 Mini Pro has some impressive specifications and is one of the smallest Android based phones. HTC Wildfire on the other hand is a smaller version of Desire and is expected to get an update in the next few months. 3 is also offering both Xperia X10 Mini Pro and HTC Wildfire on pay as you go, where you have to pay £199 for the HTC Wildfire and £249 for the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro.