HTC Desire

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.

HTC Triumph Heads to TELUS This Summer

When the HTC Triumph came into our radar the first time, it was because it had appeared in an internal TELUS inventory screen. Well, now it's getting a little bit more interesting, as a tipster has sent Mobile Syrup the first screen shot of the device. And, as some had suggested, the Triumph is indeed a rebranded version of HTC's Desire.

T-Mobile’s Project Emerald Could Bring a New Superphone to the Line-Up

T-Mobile USA loves their project names, don't they? Just as much Project Dark was a big mystery a few months back, now feast your eyes on what's being whispered around now: Project Emerald. There's a big, if not completely monstrous question mark floating above this report, because at the moment there's no one that can give us any additional information about whatever this may be. Of course, people exist, but they certainly aren't talking to us.

U.S. Cellular confirms Samsung Acclaim

U.S Cellular is a small regional company but they are building quite an impressive lineup of Android devices. They are already scheduled to release the HTC Desire now they have confirmed the release of the Samsung Acclaim. This will be another Android 2.1 handset.

Black HTC Desire comes to Orange UK, sells out

This has been a trend for HTC as of late. They have sold out of everything from Vodafone’s Nexus One, the HD2 and a few times with the desire. What’s going on with HTC, maybe they didn’t think their phones would be this popular? Orange has recently made the black HTC desire and it sold out almost as soon as it was available.

Black HTC Desire due by end of next week say Orange

Holding out for the black version of the HTC Desire?  Initially promised for the end of April by Orange UK, a combination of volcanic ash and firmware issues have seen the Android 2.1 smartphone delayed.  Now, Android Community tipster Chris has let us know that the black Desire is expected to arrive early next week. That's come straight from Orange UK customer services, who told Chris that the limited edition Desire was expected to arrive in their warehouses sometime in the first week of May.  Actual shipments out to customers should take place from "middle to late next week". Orange's product page is here - it still says simply "coming soon - and the specifications for the handset are the same as the regular model we reviewed back in March.  The phone will be priced from free on new contracts. [Thanks Chris!]

Root Your HTC Desire

Yesterday Modaco promised to release the instructions to root your HTC Desire. Well, today is the big day. If you’re ready to root your Desire and unleash its full potential, follow the instructions after the break.
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