HTC Sense

HTC Knight (aka EVO Shift 4G) pictured in accessory update

The HTC Knight - aka the HTC EVO Shift 4G or the HTC Speedy - has shown up online, courtesy of a batch of accessories for the smartphone. HTCPedia got a bountiful crop of shots in, showing the 3.7-inch WiMAX smartphone complete with HTC Sense. On the back there's a camera of unknown resolution, paired with a single LED flash. The handset is tipped to arrive on January 6 2011.

Galaxy Devices to get HTC Sense Port soon

A tiny team of developers over at XDA-D including Captainkrtek, who with that name must obviously be a ladies man and expert diplomat, are working on a project that will port HTC Sense to Galaxy Devices. You can of course help, so long as you rock at this sort of thing and are deemed worthy by the council of 8. Lord of the Rings style.

HTC Mecha leaked on HTC Sense Site

After hearing many different rumors about the HTC Mecha smartphone for a few months, its about time that we are shown some real evidence. The photo below is from HTC's HTC Sense website. When choosing your device for your HTC Sense account, the HTC Mecha shows up along side the Desire HD and the Desire Z.

HTC Desire HD unboxing [Video]

The HTC Desire HD is in the house, and it's been a while since we were this excited about an Android smartphone. Packing the same 4.3-inch WVGA display as the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G, the Desire HD throws in the latest build of HTC Sense with numerous improvements, including easy DLNA streaming, a new Car Panel interface, enhanced GPS functionality and more. We wasted no time getting the Desire HD out of its box and slapping a SIM card inside, and of course we made sure there was a camera trained on us throughout. In our hands-on demo with this production HTC Desire HD you can see some of the initial changes over previous versions of Sense; meanwhile the hardware itself is slick and tactile, a solid-feeling block of aluminum that owes a lot to the shape of the Windows Mobile HD2. [vms 150c77bda2eda01ae484] The only usability fumbles we've found so far are the slightly tricky angle of the lock button and a difficult-to-replace battery door; otherwise the Desire HD fits nicely into the hand. We can't argue with performance, either, the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (and 768MB of RAM) keeping things flying along nicely. Meanwhile there's 1.5GB of app storage on hand, and a microSD card slot down underneath the bottom panel. Some of the most useful changes are the smallest, in fact, like the new app-switcher bar which has been added to the pull-down notifications pane, and which shows the last eight accessed apps. We'll be putting the HTC Desire HD through its paces to see how the Android 2.2 smartphone holds up in the real world. Until the full review, enjoy the unboxing and walkthrough video! [gallery]

HTC Gratia brings Aria to Europe [Update: full specs]

HTC has announced a new Android smartphone, the HTC Gratia, which is basically a European version of the HTC Aria.  The Gratia gets Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC Sense and a 5-megapixel camera; we're still waiting for the full spec sheet, but we're guessing it has the same 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen as the Aria and the same 600MHz processor, too. The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.  No word on pricing at this stage. Update: HTC has sent us over the spec sheet, and it's confirmed as the same hardware as the Aria.  The big difference is obviously the 3G, with the Gratia getting HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 support along with its quadband GSM/EDGE.  The display is confirmed at 3.2-inches and HVGA resolution, there's Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone socket, GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.  Storage is via microSD card, adding to the 512MB of ROM (RAM is 384MB). [gallery] Press Release:
HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android’s smartphone portfolio. Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android. HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier. “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.” Availability The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010. About HTC HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

HTC Bee leaks on way to Alltel?

The HTC Bee smartphone has been spotted lurking in an Alltel ROM exhumed by 911sniper, and is believed to be headed to the carrier as the CDMA version of the HTC Wildfire.  According to previous leaks, the Bee will have a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7625 processor and a copy of Android 2.2 Froyo. There's also a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash light and autofocus. [via Engadget Mobile]

HTCSense.com goes live

HTC's new online interface for their Android smartphones, HTCSense.com, has gone live this morning.  The site - which will allow HTC uses to remotely track and wipe their handsets, browse messaging content, wirelessly send content and links to the device and more - is free to register for. However, while sign-ups are currently being accepted, the list of completely supported phones for HTC Sense online is limited to just the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z, announced alongside the new site and neither of which is commercially available at present. [via Twitter]

HTC launches Desire HD and Desire Z: we go hands-on

As expected, HTC launched their new Desire HD and Desire Z at an event in London today, the company's latest European Android smartphones.  Both packing UMTS/HSPA, the Desire HD basically scales up a regular Desire with a 4.3-inch display and 8-megapixel camera, while the Desire Z gets a flip-out QWERTY keyboard and 5-megapixel camera. Both run Froyo 2.2 with HTC's new version of HTC Sense; that has a new companion site, HTCSense.com, from which users can remotely track and wipe their smartphone, make it play a ringtone loudly (to help you find it when it's lost down the back of the couch) and even see backups of all recent SMS and email conversations.  The transfer is two-way, too, allowing you to squirt information (such as directions) back to the phone from the online interface. HTC Desire HD live: [vms 5e77550897e25711e1d9] Both devices use full metal cases, with HTC eschewing a full battery cover and instead going for a pop-off hatch as with the HTC Legend.  Each gets 1.5GB of onboard storage and a WVGA display, dualband UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, AGPS/GPS and 720p HD recording. HTC Desire Z live: [vms dd424a57127423d276bb] For our hands-on impressions, check out the articles over at SlashGear for the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. [gallery] Press Release: HTC UNVEILS HTC DESIRE HD AND HTC DESIRE Z WITH NEW HTC SENSE AND HTCSENSE.COM HTC Sense integrates a variety of multimedia and location-based enhancements and introduces HTCSense.com, a series of new connected HTC services LONDON, UK – September 15, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled a new HTC Sense experience with the new HTC Desire HDTM and HTC Desire ZTM Android-based smartphones. The new HTC Sense experience continues HTC’s strong focus on the customer, placing people at the center by simply making its phones work in a more personal and natural way. HTC Sense introduces a number of key innovations including a series of connected services called HTCSense.com that enhance people’s mobile experience on HTC phones. “We’re excited to be taking the HTC Sense experience beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call HTCSense.com,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Our customers will value the holistic approach we’re taking to enhance their mobile experience. This customer-first philosophy has resonated with people buying HTC phones and this drives us to continue introducing new innovative smartphones like the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z.” “As a key Android partner and smartphone brand, HTC continues to bring new innovation to the platform,” said Andy Rubin, VP engineering at Google. “Android is about choice and the new HTC smartphones continue to provide customers with powerful choices and flexibility.” HTC Sense The new HTC Sense experience offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. With a newly created camera experience, people can record HD videos or capture and edit images with a variety of fun camera effects. With HTC Locations, a new differentiated online mapping experience, people have instant, on-demand mapping without download delays or incurring mobile roaming charges. HTC Sense also includes a new integrated online e-reading experience utilizing a new e-book store powered by Kobo and a new, mobile-optimized e-reader that includes the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate unfamiliar terms. HTCSense.com With the new HTCSense.com service, people can simply manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or personal computer. For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone’s been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it. HTCSense.com makes it easy to setup a new HTC phone or access archived mobile content such as contacts, text messages and call history from a PC browser. People can also customize their phones with exclusive HTC content like wallpapers, HTC scenes, sounds or plug-ins. HTC Desire HD HTC Desire HD showcases outstanding multimedia content with its bright 4.3” LCD display and Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound and is the first to be powered by the new 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor. The HTC Desire HD enables 720p HD video recording and includes an 8-megapixel camera with dual-flash. Building on the unibody heritage of the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire HD is sculpted from a block of solid aluminum and exudes the air of quality and strength that HTC has come to be known for. It also includes the new HTC Fast Boot that enables people to quickly make a call or check emails by shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence. HTC Desire Z For people constantly on the go, HTC Desire Z makes it quick and easy to stay connected with friends on Facebook and Twitter or with colleagues and customers at work. HTC Desire Z features a unique ‘pop hinge’ that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard for fast, convenient typing. HTC Desire Z’s keyboard also includes a variety of keyboard shortcuts and two customizable keys for providing instant access to common functions without the need to open menus. HTC Desire Z also includes 720p HD video recording and a 5-megapixel camera with automatic flash. It is the first phone to utilize the new 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor for improved performance and battery life and also includes HTC Fast Boot. Availability The new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z will be broadly available through mobile operators and retailers across major European and Asian markets from October 2010 with the HTC Desire Z shipping in North America later this year.

HTC HD2 gets Android 2.2 Froyo and Desire’s 2.1 Sense ROMs [Video]

The HD2 is another piece of endearing solid, discretely handsome HTC hardware, but its native Windows Mobile OS would normally make it unwelcome here at Android Community.  Thanks to the handiwork of xda-developers, however, HD2 owners can now get a shot of frozen yoghurt instead of their Microsoft dose; they've managed to port Android 2.2 Froyo onto the HD2. If Froyo isn't to your taste, there's also an Android 2.1 build with the same HTC Sense UI as on the Desire available.  There are still issues with each, including audio issues during calls and - on the Froyo build - some 3G problems, so these may not be everyday ROMs for you, but the good news is that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the HD2 keeps them running as slickly as you'd find on a Nexus One or Desire. Android 2.2 Froyo on HTC HD2: [youtube f891vm6vWHM] Android 2.1 with Sense on HTC HD2: [youtube rCwo9Z-JWG8] [via HDBlog.it]
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