HTC Sense

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]

QWERTY-toting HTC Vision leaks: Desire with a keyboard)

A new HTC smartphone has been spotted in the wild, and answering the prayers of many it's a hardware QWERTY device running Android.  The handset - believed to be the HTC Vision first described back in May - has a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and a slide-out QWERTY 'board, and was caught by njuskalo.hr. There's also HTC's Sense UI and a large optical trackpad.  We're guessing they keyboard layout isn't finalised, as some of the function keys show generic icons rather than specific links to apps as they normally might.  According to the earlier leaks, the HTC Vision will basically be the HTC Desire with a physical keyboard, not something we'd be disappointed in seeing whatsoever. [via Engadget]

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 Wildfire gets reviewed at SlashGear

Curious about HTC's new budget Android smartphone, the HTC Wildfire?  Over at SlashGear we've just finished reviewing the new handset, which promises much of the functionality users have grown to expect from HTC's higher-end devices only with a bargain price tag. That means you get a 5-megapixel camera, HTC Sense, 3G, WiFi and Flash support; still, it's not all plain sailing.  The display may be 3.2-inches, like the HTC Legend, but it's only running at QVGA resolution.  For all the details, head over to SlashGear for the full review!

HTC Wildfire unboxed & hands-on

It's turning into the day for new Android phones showing up here at Android Community - after the Samsung Galaxy S landed on our mat earlier, a new HTC Wildfire has just appeared too.  HTC's new entry-level handset made its debut a month or so ago, and now we've one of the first review units in to see how well it holds up. Aesthetically, the Wildfire cherrypicks from the rest of HTC's range: ostensibly it's a mini-Desire, with the same optical trackpad, but the touch-sensitive buttons under the screen and the color scheme are from the Nexus One.  Meanwhile the striped back panel looks like the back of the HTC HD2, though the middle section doesn't remove separately.  There's also Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, again from the Desire. HTC Wildfire unboxing & hands-on: [vms 8e41c89689f54970bb35] Of course, once you turn it on the more humble specifications of the Wildfire rear their head.  The display is a 3.2-inch QVGA LCD panel, rather than the WVGA AMOLED of the Desire (or indeed the HVGA of the Legend), though unlike the Tattoo it basically replaces it has a capacitive touchscreen panel rather than resistive.  That touchscreen is nicely responsive, and while the Wildfire only has a 528MHz processor it seems to nip through the menus without lag.  We'll be checking to see how well it copes loaded down with apps, of course. The 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus and LED flash) is a welcome carry-over from the Desire, and of course there's the usual WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G/UMTS and GPS.  Build quality is reassuringly high, and at 4.2 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches it's a relatively compact device as well.  We'll be putting the Wildfire through its paces ahead of its full review, so until then enjoy the unboxing & demo video and the gallery below! [gallery]

AT&T HTC Aria hands-on

The HTC Aria made its unexpected debut yesterday and isn't set to hit AT&T stores until June 20th, but we've grabbed a handset to bring you all the details ahead of time.  Based on Android 2.1 with HTC's familiar Sense UI and a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, you could well argue that this is AT&T's answer to the HTC Legend.

AT&T HTC Aria official: due June 20th [Video]

AT&T have officially announced the HTC Aria, the Android smartphone we've seen leaked in recent weeks.  Set to arrive on AT&T from June 20th, the Aria has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, HSPA connectivity, Android 2.1 and HTC Sense, along with a 5-megapixel camera. As we've seen in those leaks, it's also a small handset measuring just over 4-inches long and weighing 4.05 ounces; it also has a soft-touch back panel.  The HTC Aria will be priced at $129.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and presuming a new two-year agreement. [youtube rNPF-R5Yrts] [gallery] Press Release: POCKET-SIZED HTC ARIA TO PREMIERE ON NATION’S FASTEST 3G NETWORK Android 2.1 & HTC Sense™ Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 14, 2010 – AT&T* and HTC Corporation (“HTC”) today announced that HTC Aria™, a rich and powerful addition to AT&T’s Android smartphone portfolio, will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20. Pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, a five megapixel camera and a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, HTC Aria offers AT&T customers Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design. The combination of 3G speed, a responsive capacitive touch screen and an optical joystick makes HTC Aria an ideal smartphone for mobile broadband. HTC Aria is Wi-Fi capable and qualifying customers will receive access to AT&T Wi-Fi, with more than 20,000 hotspots across the U.S. In addition, HTC Aria is compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology. This technology provides a considerable boost to 3G speeds when combined with expanded backhaul. The combination of faster wireless networks, smartphones like HTC Aria, and tens of thousands of available innovative mobile apps allows AT&T customers to mobilize virtually everything, from video and music, to social networking, to business applications. “HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.” HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience. Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view. “Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of ‘me-too’ smartphones,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which we are pleased to be bringing to AT&T customers. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible – by person.” A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience. Along with being ultra-small at just over 4 inches long and weighing a mere 4.05 ounces, HTC Aria’s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well. Featuring the best selection of smartphones and OS, AT&T is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among smartphone owners. AT&T plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010. Pricing and Availability HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).

Fancy Widget for Android

No your eyes are not deceiving you, this isn’t the return of the original HTC Sense knockoff Beautiful Widgets. The screenshot is of a new entry in the Android Widget market, Fancy Widget. It bears a striking resemblance to the original Beautiful Widget.

Battery Tips from Sprint To Maximize Life On The EVO 4G

One of the few gripes people is having with the new EVO 4G is short battery life. While on 4G and medium to heavy usage, I’ve seen the 4G go from fully charged to almost dead in 4-5 hours. This is unacceptable for today Smartphone’s. It should last at least 8 hours or more if you’re not a heavy user.
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