HTC Desire To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

HTC announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S at the recently concluded MWC 2011. Usually an Android handset manufacturer stops providing software support for an Android handset if its successor has been announced. However, it looks like HTC is going to continue providing software support for the original Desire.

CNET UK reports that one of HTC representatives in MWC confirmed that the Desire and its variants will get the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Desire’s successor the Desire S will ship with Android 2.3 on-board when it will launch sometime in the middle of the next quarter.

HTC_Desire

In all probability, the original Desire should get its Gingerbread update only after a month or so of the release of its successor. I guess the Gingerbread update for the Desire will drop-in only by early September or October, if there are no delays. Desire owners who have a carrier locked variant should expect the update to take another month or two before it hits their handsets.

Hopefully, the Gingerbread update for the handset will also include the latest version of the Sense UI from HTC and some other goodies.

Facebook Announces Deeper Integration With INQ and HTC Phones

Remember the rumors of the Facebook phone? Well though those did really materialize, and has been working with mobile software developers and now mobile manufactures to deeply integrate the Facebook experience in devices.

Facebook INQ Cloud Touch

In a blog post today, Facebook said that they would be collaborating with INQ and HTC to bring deeper Facebook integration into their upcoming phones. Users will see better Facebook integration in the upcoming Cloud Touch and Cloud Q phones from INQ and the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa phones from HTC.

HTC ChaCha & HTC Salsa Facebook

All the above phones will either have a dedicated button for Facebook or will provide a one-touch access to Facebook through their interface.  This would also mean that users will have access to their Facebook contacts as a part of their phone and will have a better Facebook experience overall.

Facebook is also working with other phone manufactures and devices to integrate Facebook as a part of the phone interface or with the Facebook branding itself.

With almost 600 million users, these Facebook phones will definitely fly off the shelves and give Facebook a much tighter control over the mobile market.

Rumor: HTC Revolver, An Android Smartphone Powered By Honeycomb Coming to AT&T?

HTC RevolverDespite being overshadowed by Samsung in the past few months, HTC has put up quite a show at the Mobile World Congress this year. It has unveiled its Android tablet – the HTC Flyer, as well as Android smartphones like the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. It also unveiled two Facebook phones – the HTC ChaCha and the Salsa.

However, if the latest rumor by Engadget is true, it would probably be the most interesting, and definitely the most unexpected development at MWC 2011.

Apparently, HTC is working on a new Android smartphone which will be headed to AT&T in Q3 2011. It will be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which is supposed to be the tablet version of Android. If true, the HTC Revolver will be the first phone to run Honeycomb, which will be coming on all major Android tablets later this year.

The hardware specs of the HTC Revolver are also quite impressive. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come with a 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It will have 16 GB internal storage capacity and will sport an 8 MP camera, as well as a 3 MP secondary camera. It will be available exclusively on AT&T.

Word of caution: The rumor seems too good to be true, and probably is.

Update: This rumor is a fake

HTC Inspire 4G Unboxing Pictures

We just received the latest HTC phone to hit AT&T today for review. The HTC Inspire 4G is a really good phone which has some great specifications which includes a Qualcomm ® QSD8255, 1GHz Snapdragon, , 768MB RAM, 4,3 inch WVGA resolution with pinch-to-zoom, 8 Megapixel camera with focus and flash among other things.

htc_inspire_booted

We’ll be having this unit for a fortnight and will be putting it to test. Expect some nice videos and pictures of the device and a complete review in the next few days.

The HTC Inspire 4G is available for $99 from AT&T which is quite a steal, so get your hands on it while you can. In the meantime take a look at the unboxing pictures of the HTC Inspire 4G from HTC and AT&T below.

[salbumphotos=8,160,3,y,n,uploaded_timestamp,center,]

HTC Unveils The HTC Salsa Smartphone With One-Touch Facebook Access

htc salsa

HTC recently announced the HTC Salsa smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a dedicated Facebook button and it allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It features a 3.4 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC Salsa allows you to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.

HTC Salsa Specifications:

  • 3.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 540 mins talk-time
  • Up to 530 hours stand-by time
  • 1520 mAh battery

This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC ChaCha Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

htc chacha

HTC recently announced the HTC ChaCha QWERTY phone with dedicated Facebook button. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It comes with a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC ChaCha allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage,said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business for Facebook. HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative way enabling people to connect and share easily whenever they want, wherever they are.

HTC ChaCha Specifications:

  • 2.6 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 450 mins talk-time
  • Up to 660 hours stand-by time
  • 1250 mAh battery

This handset measures 114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC Wildfire Successor–Wildfire S Announced

HTC announced three new handsets at the MWC 2011 the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is the successor to the low-end budget oriented Wildfire. The company has just beefed up the specs and the resolution of the Wildfire S, compared to the original Wildfire.

The new Wildfire will sport a 3.2-inch display with HVGA (320×480) display. Like the Desire S, the Wildfire S also lacks an optical track pad.

HTC_Wildfire_S

The phone will be powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM and ROM, on board. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and other relevant sensors are also present. The back of the Wildfire S sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. Sadly, the front of the phone lacks a video calling camera.

Apparently, the Wildfire S will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread with Sense UI on top of it.   The phone will be available in a variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone will be available in the Asian and European markets by late Q2.

HTC Desire S Announced; Sports An Aluminum Body

Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

HTC_Desire_S

Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.

The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present.  The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.

Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.

I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!

HTC Incredible S Announced; Sports A 4-Inch S-LCD

HTC just announced a bunch of handsets and a tablet at the on-going MWC in Barcelona. First, HTC announced the successor to the highly popular HTC Incredible the Incredible S. The Incredible S sports a 4-inch SLCD display with WVGA resolution.

Like its predecessor, the Incredible S features a cutting-edge design’ with a contoured body. Unlike the Incredible, the Incredible S will be a global device.

HTC_Incredible_S

The Incredible S will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU. The handset will also pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with Auto-Focus and dual-LED flash. It is also capable of recording 720p HD videos. The front of the phone houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Accelerometer and a proximity sensor are also present. The four usual Android buttons on the phone are capacitive and are not marked’. They actually change their position with the orientation of the device!

The Incredible S sports a 1450mAh battery. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. The handset will hit the stores in Europe and Asia by Q2 of 2011.

HTC Thunderbolt Rooted Before Launch

It is a known fact that the developers at XDA forums root an Android phone within days and sometimes within hours of it being released to the public. Well, now some developers have set a new benchmark by rooting the HTC Thunderbolt before it has been released to the public!

The developers Jamzelle and TheEndGame7 used a pre-production Thunderbolt to achieve this feat. They even managed to install a custom recovery on the phone ClockworkMod Recovery. Apparently, the bootloader on the phone had S-OFF which made the task a bit easier. Even the system partition of the handset was totally unprotected. However, in all probability the final version of the Thunderbolt will ship with S-ON and the system partition protected.

Below is a video of Root Checker’ checking the root access on the HTC Thunderbolt :

According to the developers, the phone software has multiple exploits via which root access to the system partition can be gained. Hopefully, HTC will leave some of these exploits unpatched so that developers can easily get root access to the phone.

The rooting method has not been made public at the moment. The developers will make the rooting method public once the phone nears its release date.

(Source)