Tagged: HTC Wildfire
Wildfire may be younger than the Desire, but it's still come in for a refresh at MWC 2011. The HTC Desire S tweaks the original's styling, with some eye-catching piping running around the edge of the plastic shell, but more importantly upgrades the display to an HVGA panel that should ensure broader compatibility with titles from the Android Market. There's also Android 2.4 Gingerbread, though no front-facing camera, unlike the new HTC Desire S. That helps HTC keep the price down, since the Wildfire S is still expected to be the company's entry-level device. It should arrive in late Q2 2011, pricing tba; Vodafone UK has already confirmed to us they will be offering the Wildfire S. [gallery] Press Release:
HTC LAUNCHES THREE NEW SMARTPHONES WITH HTC SENSE HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S deliver premium style, power and speed BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled three new versions of its most popular and advanced smartphones – HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S. The new smartphones continue HTC’s commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones while providing distinct choices in design, power and value. Each phone also includes HTC Sense, HTC’s unique customer-focused user experience that puts people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. “HTC developed the HTC Sense experience to bring cutting-edge innovation to our customers in simple and natural ways that just make sense - this is what HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S represent best,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “These new phones offer an exhilarating mix of style, innovation and features that extend people’s mobile experience in ways that feel personal and completely original.” HTC Desire S As a successor to the popular and award-winning HTC Desire, the new HTC Desire S blends stunning design with power and speed. Inspired by the HTC Legend™ smartphone’s aluminium design, the HTC Desire S is sculpted out of a single block of aluminum making it feel solid and natural in your hand. With Qualcomm’s new 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon™ processor, the HTC Desire S offers snappy performance and power. It offers dual front and back cameras, High-Definition video recording and the 3.7-inch WVGA display presents multimedia content brilliantly. HTC Wildfire S Building on the popularity of the HTC Wildfire™ smartphone, the HTC Wildfire S smartphone is an affordable, compact and playful device that packs a powerful smartphone experience. It enables people to maintain and build connections and friendships through popular sites like Facebook®, as well as through voice and text messaging. You can instantly tag your friends in photos before posting them on Facebook, or share your latest discoveries from the Android™ Market at the touch of a button. HTC Wildfire S is one of HTC’s smallest phones ever – measuring just 10.13cm long and 5.94cm wide – and boasts a distinctive 3.2 inch, HVGA display. Celebrate your individuality and choose from a wide variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone’s home screen is fully customizable with your favorite apps, widgets and content, while a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus, expandable microSD™ memory and support for a variety of audio and video formats make a great all-around multimedia device that slips easily into any pocket. HTC Incredible S The alluring HTC Incredible S smartphone combines cutting-edge design with a premium mobile experience for those who dare to be different. Showing what can be achieved when engineers and designers work together to raise the bar for mobile phone design, the HTC Incredible S smartphone features a stunning, contoured body that highlights the internal hardware components of the device. Capturing and viewing video in crystal clear High-Definition has never been so easy and a bright 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display and stereo surround sound bring a vibrant cinematic experience to the palm of your hand. HTC Incredible S also takes high quality pictures with its 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and it easily enables videos, photos and music to be shared from the handset direct to a TV using DLNA® technology. Thanks to the HTC Incredible S’s front facing camera and video call functionality, users will constantly be able to chat with their friends face-to-face. Availability The HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S smartphones, will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011. 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.
the news that European HTC Wildfire users should expect to see the Froyo update for their Android smartphone roll out sometime this week, Vodafone UK has announced that the Android 2.2 upgrade for their version of the handset is going out this morning. However, it's worth noting that the updated Wildfire still won't support Flash in the browser or Live Wallpapers on the homescreen, because of "hardware limitations". We're guessing this is a shortcoming of the Wildfire's processor. Update: HTC PR tells us that the Wildfire update should be going out to all UK carriers this morning, in fact.
Today sees the launch of the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Vodafone HTC Wildfire customers. Below are the details of what benefits updating to 126.96.36.199 (Froyo) will give along with how to perform the update. About the Update What benefit will this software update deliver? This update from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 introduces all the supported functionalities that are included in this OS update. For a full list, take a look here. The most notable are: - Support for USB tethering - Possibility of installing applications to SD card (if supported by the application) - Native support for Activesync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync) and security policies - Enhanced Camera application - Enhanced Bluetooth support - Speed and stability improvements - Multiple keyboard languages - WiFi Hotspot tethering NOTE: "Live wallpapers" and "Flash" support in the browser (Froyo features) are not supported due to hardware limitations. When the update is available a message will appear on the handset, follow the instructions to install system software. You can manually check if a software upgrade is available by selecting Menu from the Home screen, tapping Settings, scrolling down the screen, tapping About Phone and then System software updates. On this screen tap Check now. How do I check what software version I have? Menu > Settings > about phone > Software Information > Software Number
has announced that the HTC Wildfire Android 2.2 Froyo update will begin rolling out this week in Europe. The much-delayed software is expected to reach "all areas of the world by February" 2011, though by that time we're expecting Gingerbread will have established a strong footing instead. The Wildfire was originally expected to see Froyo in Q3 this past year, but technical delays getting HTC Sense to play nicely with the updated OS meant the launch was pushed back until around Christmas.
HTC Desire or the varied hues available for the HTC Wildfire? We caught up with UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse today, and they let us in on the fact that HTC has prepped two special editions just for them. Coming to shelves in time for the holiday season are a new, white HTC Desire and a silver HTC Wildfire. The HTC rep we spoke to said this was something of a departure for the company - usually they just prepare an initial range of colors and that's it - but certainly we're glad they did. The white Desire is particularly appealing, and in the absence of a white iPhone 4 we reckon there'll be plenty of smartphone buyers keen to cross over to Android from iOS. No word on specific availability, but the new models will be the same prices as their regular counterparts: usually from free with a new agreement. [gallery]
HTC Sync, to v3.0, adding in Media Sync functionality. The new client apparently works with most popular media players (PC only), pulling in music, playlists and pictures automatically. Currently the new version of Sync 3.0 will only work with the HTC Wildfire, but the company promises it "will be updated to fully support other HTC phones very soon." You can download it here.
HTC Sync 3.0 - New Feature Highlight: Media Sync. HTC is delighted to present our newest version of HTC Sync. Now packed with new features, this version features a media sync that is compatible with popular media players available on your PC. You can bring your favorite tunes, playlists, pictures and more to your phone with the click of a button. To enable this function, please install the newest HTC Sync for your phone. You can download this program from the downloads section of the HTC website. We recommend that you temporarily disable your virus scanner and firewall programs while installing. Then using the provided USB Cable, simply plug your phone into your computer. On your phone you may have to select the option for HTC Sync. Once connected, HTC Sync should start automatically. If you have disabled this or it does not pop up, simply go to the start menu and start it manually. Once the application has opened, you will see a picture of your device on the left, and on the right of that image, a list of options for you to sync to your phone. Select Music. Once you have highlighted Music, you can choose to sync a specific folder of music you already have organized, or you can select to sync playlists from popular media players. Currently HTC Sync has only been released for HTC Wildfire, however HTC Sync will be updated to fully support other HTC phones very soon. Note: This version of HTC Sync is only compatible with Android 2.1 and later.[via Twitter]
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" HTCDevices 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.