HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S getting Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2

By on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, and Incredible S getting Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2

In a statement to blog SlashGear, HTC let it be known that it intends to bring four European handsets up to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in Q2 of this year. Three Desire models — the Desire, Desire HD, and Desire Z — along with the recently announced Incredible S will be getting Google’s latest and greatest mobile code. It’s nice to see HTC pushing out updates to some new, and more importantly old, handsets. Here is the company’s official statement.

“We are excited to announce that the Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S will receive the Gingerbread update in Q2.”

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HTC announces Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire S at MWC

By on February 15, 2011 at 3:58 AM.

HTC announces Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire S at MWC

Early this morning at Mobile World Congress, HTC announced six new and updated mobile devices that will be coming to market in the next few months. Three of the six devices are the Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire S.

The HTC Desire S has a complete aluminum design paired with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3.7-SLCD screen. The Desire S also packs a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 768MB of RAM, and 1450mAh battery. Oh yeah, and Android 2.3.

The Wildfire S is HTC’s lower-end Android set and will sport a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2-inch TFT display, 512MB ROM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, 1230mAh battery, and Android 2.3.

The Incredible S’ spec sheet is as follows: 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 768MB of RAM, 4-inch SLCD WVGA display, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and Android 2.2.

All three devices will be will be available in Europe and Asia in Q2 of 2011 and ship with HTC’s Sense UI. Hit the jump to check out the full press release and a few more images.

UPDATE: HTC’s initial press release indicated that the Wildfire S and Desire S would ship with Android 2.4; that is not the case. The Desire and Wildfire will ship with Android 2.3.3 and the Incredible S will ship with 2.2 (to be updated to 2.3 in the near future). More →

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New HTC EVO Shift 4G image surfaces; launching January 9th?

By on December 13, 2010 at 8:35 AM.

New HTC EVO Shift 4G image surfaces; launching January 9th?

We last heard from the HTC EVO Shift 4G / HTC Knight / HTC Speedy last week when it popped up in a new series of accessory shots. It was a safe bet that we would soon be seeing more of Sprint’s HTC Desire Z iteration, and the weekend provided two new tidbits. The first is a new image of the device — the first clear image where we can see its four-line QWERTY keypad. The image shows the phone sitting in a protective case that adds some bulk, however, but picture a shrunken EVO 4G with a sliding QWERTY and you’re good to go. The second piece of the puzzle that may have fallen into place over the weekend is a release date: January 9th. This is pretty close to the date we reported back in October — January 6th — and it falls in line with Sprint’s tendency to launch new devices on Sundays. Our date, which also happens to be the first day of CES next month, is likely when we’ll see this puppy announced.

Hit the jump for a screen shot that supports the January 9th release date. More →

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Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD now available on Vodafone UK

By on October 23, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD now available on Vodafone UK

You can go ahead and pity / envy UK mobile subscribers. If it wasn’t hard enough already, Vodafone has just thrown two more premium handsets into the fray to choose from. If you hit up Vodafone’s official UK website, you can now start placing orders for the gargantuan HTC Desire HD or the solidly-built Nokia N8. The HTC Desire HD is the European equivalent of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G (minus the 4G) found state-side. The phone sports a 4.3-inch WVGA display, runs Froyo out of the box and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. If this handset tickles your fancy, you can pick it up at most Vodafone retail outlets, or optionally online. According to Tech Radar, Vodafone have confirmed the following pricing and plan details:

The HTC Desire HD is available free on £35, 24 month price plans and customers buying the device online will get 900 minutes (compared to 600 offline) unlimited texts and 750MB (500MB offline) of mobile data,” the company added. Buying online will also give you 5MB of European roaming data in your bundle

If HTC is not your cup of tea, the Nokia N8, might be of interest. The N8 is the first Symbian^3 handset to hit the market. The phone has garnered mixed reviews (ours is coming soon), but has gone down well with the Nokia purists. The phone is free when signing up for a £30-a-month two year service agreement. The Nokia N8 is available in lime green exclusively to Vodafone subscribers; we’re still not sure if that’s a good thing. More →

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Bell Mobility launching HTC Desire Z November 3

By on October 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM.

Bell Mobility launching HTC Desire Z November 3

Seems to be a good day for Canadian news, no? On the heels of our BlackBerry Bold 9780 scoop, we’ve obtained another Bell memo that indicates the Canadian wireless carrier will release HTC’s Desire Z on November 3. The phone will have the ability to operate on Bell’s HSPA+ network and sport a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2, Sense 2.0, and an 800MHz processor. Subsidized pricing was not listed in the memo; the device will retail for $499.99 off-contract. Could this be one of the HSPA+ devices that Bell plans on charging an extra $10 for? Time will tell.

Thanks, Brendan!

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HTC Desire HD and the new Sense get an official video walkthrough

By on September 22, 2010 at 7:29 AM.

HTC Desire HD and the new Sense get an official video walkthrough

If you’re curious as to what the HTC Desire HD and accompanying, revamped version of Sense will look like, HTC has got you covered. The mobile phone manufacturer has released an official walkthrough video of said handset and revamped software. Grab your morning cup of joe and enjoy the official 7:34 clip, it’s waiting for you after the break! More →

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U.S. Cellular releases second Android device, HTC Desire

By on August 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM.

U.S. Cellular releases second Android device, HTC Desire

It appears that U.S. Cellular has become quite smitten with the “Androids” these days. Today, the company announced that the HTC Desire will be available to its customers in stores and online on August 27. The Desire will join four other Android-powered smartphones in the US Cellular line-up, including the Samsung Acclaim and the Samsung Galaxy S, which will arrive in October. “For us, it’s not just about delivering this array of cutting-edge phones that our customers want and deserve […] We love making our customer’s lives easier”, said Edward Perez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations for US Cellular. This phone is being released with Android 2.1, while Froyo (Android 2.2) is already available on several competing devices. Cutting-edge?  We say maybe not, but we still think it’s a pretty solid device. More →

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HTC Desire HD gets videoed, 4.3-inch screen

By on August 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM.

HTC Desire HD gets videoed, 4.3-inch screen

Earlier today, a blog named 247windowsphone.com brought you video of a leaked HTC Windows Phone 7 handset, and now a blog (cleverly named) 247android.com has brought us a video of the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display and a very familiar EVO-ish look about it. The blog lists other specs for the device as: an 8 megapixel camera (we can see a dual-LED flash), 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 720p video recording, SRS surround sound, and Android 2.2. Hit the jump, have a look, and let us know what you think… is this HTC’s GSM equivalent of the EVO?

[Via Engadget] More →

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HTC blessing European Desire owners with Android 2.2 this weekend

By on July 30, 2010 at 7:33 AM.

HTC blessing European Desire owners with Android 2.2 this weekend

HTC has released a statement to let all those Europeans owning an unlocked HTC Desire know that they will start getting Android 2.2 this weekend. The update will have the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI, improved 720p video capture mode, iTunes integration, and its enhanced Caller ID. For American owners waiting for their cone of Froyo, this is just further proof that HTC has Android 2.2, complete with Sense, ready to rock… it’s only a matter of time now! We’ve got the full statement after the break. More →

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HTC touts Super LCD displays amidst AMOLED display shortage

By on July 26, 2010 at 7:50 AM.

HTC touts Super LCD displays amidst AMOLED display shortage

What’s better just as good as an AMOLED display? How about a Super LCD! HTC has just released a press statement letting us know that they will “introduce Super LCD display (SLCD) technology into a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire and global Nexus One later this summer.” HTC boasts:

SLCD is the latest generation of LCD technology that offers improved performance from earlier LCD panels including approximately five times better power management. SLCDs also offer an enhanced viewing experience with wider viewing angles that are enabled by Sony’s new VSPEC III™ technology.

HTC acknowledged “high-demand” for its smartphones with 3.7-inch displays, and CEO Peter Chou said the new displays would enable HTC “to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand.” Hit the jump to check out the full press release. More →

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HTC Desire spotted in Telus' inventory, pricing uncovered in webpage source code

By on July 15, 2010 at 11:27 PM.

HTC Desire spotted in Telus' inventory, pricing uncovered in webpage source code

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Telus announced the HTC Desire earlier this week and teased its Canadian customers by providing all the details on this hot Android handset except the launch date and pricing. Thankfully, some sleuthing by various sources has uncovered both inventory and potentially pricing information that point to an imminent launch of this handset. Uncovered in the source code of the Telus’ landing page for the HTC Desire is pricing information that suggests the Desire may debut at $499.95 for a one year agreement, $399.95 for a two year agreement, and $299.95 for a three year agreement. Don’t gasp at the prices and shun the phone as these figures may be placeholders and the actual prices may be lower at launch. Also indicative of an imminent launch is the appearance of the Desire in Telus’ internal inventory system. Internally, the pricing is set to the default $999.99 and no launch date is visible; but the Desire’s appearance in this database is a good sign. In general, most handsets launch shortly after they hit which makes that rumored August launch date look plausible.

[Via Mobile Syrup and PPC Geeks] More →

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U.S. Cellular to release nine new handsets in 2010

By on June 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM.

U.S. Cellular to release nine new handsets in 2010

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U.S. Cellular announced on Thursday that it will be launching nine new handsets by the end of the year. The list contains a nice mixture of feature phones and smartphones including four Android and two BlackBerry handsets. Starting from first launch date to last, the handsets include:

  • Samsung Acclaim (July 9, exclusive to U.S. Cellular)
  • HTC Desire (Early August)
  • BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Early August)
  • Unnamed Samsung Android handset (October)
  • Unnamed LG Android handset (October)
  • BlackBerry 9670 (Later this year)
  • LG Banter Touch (Unknown date)
  • Square, dark purple QWERTY Motorola device (Unknown date)
  • Side-sliding QWERTY device with 2MP camera from Samsung (Unknown date)

With some sweet handsets on the horizon, the rest of 2010 is looking good for U.S. Cellular customers. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Cellular South confirms it will offer the HTC Desire

By on June 16, 2010 at 8:15 PM.

Cellular South confirms it will offer the HTC Desire

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HTC announced earlier today the Android-powered Desire was slated to land with select regional carriers in the U.S., but the smartphone giant did not name names. Rather than keep the nation in suspense, Cellular South has come forward as the first regional carrier to announce publicly that it will carry the HTC Desire. With coverage primarily in the Southeastern U.S., Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless carrier in the U.S. and one of the first regional carriers to embrace the Android platform when it offered the HTC Hero last fall. The Desire will join the Hero and the upcoming Motorola Milestone in Cellular South’s growing smartphone lineup. Exact launch date and pricing for the Desire was not disclosed but you can count on it to arrive later this summer. Check out the full press release after the jump. More →

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