HTC Desire

HTC Desire HD (aka HTC Ace) specs tipped for October launch

Last we heard of the HTC Ace, it was featuring on a leaked UK carrier roadmap and tipped for a release in October 2010.  Now there are some specs pieced together by SuperEtrader, and while we recommend liberal pinches of salt there's still plenty to get excited about.  According to the retailer, the HTC Ace will launch as the HTC Desire HD, and have a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, 1GHz Qualcomm processor and Android 2.2. They've also tipped 720p HD video recording, Xvid playback and SRS surround sound support, together with automatic face tracking for the camera, Flash 10 and a relatively low 4GB of internal storage.  No word on what it might look like physically, aside from having a "unibody aluminium design" which sounds a lot like what HTC has done with the Legend (and, for that matter, what we saw in the HTC 1 concept earlier this week).  Fitting successor to the HTC Desire?  You tell us.
  • 4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen
  • 8 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • HD 720p Video Capture
  • Xvid Video Playback
  • SRS Surround Sound
  • Automatic Face Tracking
  • Adobe Flash 10 Support
  • 4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)
  • E-book Reader Feature
  • Uni-Body Aluminium Design
[via Twitter]

HTC Expects to have Android 2.2 Updates Finished by Christmas

According to HTC, the Desire is getting a Froyo-based update in August, but unfortunately other smartphones like the Wildfire, Incredible and EVO 4G will not be as lucky. The global PR and online community manager at HTC, Eric Lin, believes they will be done with Froyo testing before Christmas, so that's when those other devices should expect an update. He also explained that it takes a lot of time to port all of their applications over to Froyo, and make sure that it runs well on all of their devices.

HTC Desire, Legend & Wildfire Froyo 2.2 update due Q3 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo is out for the Nexus One, but what about HTC's range of own-brand smartphones?  We've just spoken to the company's UK team, who have confirmed that HTC engineers are hard at work crafting up a Sense-friendly Froyo ROM.  According to the company, we can start to expect the fruits of those labours from Q3 this year.
"We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3" HTC
Devices in line for an update include the Desire and Legend, together with the newer Wildfire which we reviewed over the weekend.  Froyo brings with it WiFi tethering together with performance increases; however we'll have to wait and see how HTC's carrier partners handle the roll-out, since they can often be another point of delay in the process as a whole.

HTC Forced to Switch to Super TFT LCD From AMOLED Due to Shortages [Update: HTC Plans to Use Both]

The Droid Incredible is still one of Verizon Wireless' most hotly desired devices, and despite the fact the handset is still on back-order, people are still buying them. One of the reasons for that, other than the 1GHz Snapdragon processor under the hood and Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI, is the fact that it features a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. We just got a tip that suggests that's not the case anymore.

Galaxy S vs. Desire vs. X10 – Direct sunlight screen test

It’s a well known fact that AMOLED screen look terrible at best in direct sunlight. This makes the device almost unusable in direct sunlight. This is the one area where an LCD screen has a slight advantage over AMOLED screen. Samsung has just eliminated that advantage with the release of the Super AMOLED screen that made its debut on the Galaxy S.

HTC Desire confirmed for US in August

HTC has announced that the HTC Desire will indeed see a US launch, having up until now been available only in Europe and Asia.  According to the company's official Twitter account, the Desire "is coming to the US via select regional operators in August." The exact details - such as which regional carriers and what sort of price tag the Android 2.1 smartphone will carry - are yet to be confirmed, with HTC saying it will announce them closer to the handset's launch.  Similar to the Google Nexus One, which HTC manufacture for the search giant, the Desire runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor but has HTC's Sense UI.  More details in our review over at SlashGear.

HTC Legend AMOLED struggling with grayscale

The AMOLED display used by HTC for their Legend smartphone has ended up under the microscope this week, with Tweakers enlisting the help of color-testing equipment after the handset was criticised for not displaying grayscale colors properly.  According to their results, the Legend's screen shows various degrees of pink, grey, brown and green rather than true grayscale. At this stage, Tweakers aren't conclusive on whether the issue lies with the AMOLED display itself, or its white balance settings.  However, the effect - in varying degrees - was observed in two Legend handsets they tested.  Meanwhile brightness was also down, with the Legend mustering 253 cd/m2 while its Hero predecessor - which uses an LCD display - managed 310 cd/m2.  Unfortunately an HTC Desire wasn't available for Tweakers to similarly examine.

Android 2.2 for Nexus One in “next few weeks”; HTC update in 2H 2010

So, Android 2.2 Froyo sounds great, has features like WiFi tethering we've been bleating about for months, and is all in all one of the most convincing releases of the platform to-date... when can we get it?  Google were coy about setting precise timescales for the Android 2.2 release yesterday - though they have already pushed out the SDK - but information is gradually seeping out about when your smartphone might get a shot of frozen yoghurt. According to the official Google IO Twitter account, Android 2.2 Froyo will arrive on the Nexus One within the "next few weeks".  As for HTC themselves, they'll apparently be "most likely" offering updates to their 2010 model year handsets, kicking off with the HTC Desire in Europe and the Droid Incredible in the US.  However, no release is expected until the second half of 2010, as they work on polishing HTC Sense for the new OS.
"If your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other 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 can't be more specific yet" HTC
Bad news for T-Mobile G1 owners, however, with the apparent confirmation that the first-generation Android handset won't get an official OS 2.2 update.  However, salvation may be at hand from modder Haykuro who is working on an unofficial G1 ROM.

Samsung Acclaim for US Cellular

Last week US Cellular announced the not only will they be carrying the HTC Desire but will offer a Samsung Android as well. At the time there was no picture of the device only a few specs. These specs included a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1 and a 3.2-inch HGVA screen. Well, this phone looks like it has most of those requirements.
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