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Gingerbread upgrade from HTC Desire
Jul 16th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire

HTC has announced via Facebook to all its Desire Smartphone users about availability of Gingerbread (Android 2.3 version of Mobile Operating System) upgrade for HTC Desire Smartphones.

Though Gingerbread has been released quite a long back, HTC has just successfully finished its build for HTC Desire Smartphones. As per the sources the upgrade has gone through intensive testing phases and HTC is quite satisfied with results and is ready for release to users. Though the upgrade will be available immediately for contract free owners of HTC Desire by this month end, users who own it via contract has to still wait for their operator to announce the availability of the upgrade.  Usually availability of upgrades via contract will be bit delayed, as operator and manufacturer has to arrive at understanding before doing announcement.

There were lot of fluctuations and news in air about availability of this upgrade for HTC Desire, as HTC sources have announced earlier that they will not be providing Gingerbread upgrade for Desire Smartphones as memory of the phones will not be sufficient for the upgrade. But after a while after this announcement, HTC backtracked it and announced that they are working on a build for providing this upgrade and finally it is ready for available to users.

HTC Backtracks to upgrade Desire with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Jun 16th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire Android 3.0 Gingerbread

The Taiwanese mobile manufacturer which has earlier announced that its popular Desire smartphone would not be getting an Android 2.3 update has taken a significant u-turn and declared that it will be releasing Gingerbread update for the Desire smartphone.

HTC has taken this step post number of irate users who threatened that they will not be buying HTC products. HTC has posted on its Facebook page that contrary to what they said earlier, HTC Desire will be receiving Gingerbread upgrade.

HTC opined that it is tough for Desire to handle both Android 2.3 as well as its own proprietary Sense user interface at a go. However, Wildfire S was found to come with the latest OS inspite of sporting less powerful hardware.

It is still unknown if HTC will remove its Sense UI or will manage to cram both Android 2.3 and Sense UI onto the Desire smartphone. However, some users have been successful to install both Sense UI as well as Gingerbread on their Desire handsets.

Number of Desire users have been bound in 18 and 24 months contracts which will be expiring in the coming few months. After this, they will however be free to go ahead with HTC or give a try with some other Android device manufacturer.

HTC Desire and Incredible phones to sport Gingerbread
Feb 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Android 3.0 Gingerbread HTC Logo

Taiwanese handset major, HTC confirmed that all of its Desire models and Incredible S would receive Gingerbread updates when they are rolled out as downloads in the second quarter.

Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD, and Incredible S are included in the array of handsets which would receive Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. The news will be welcomed by everyone having a Desire phone because the device has been getting obsolete pretty fast due to newer versions getting available.

Incredible S, the only Smartphone launched by HTC at the Mobile World Congress was shipped with Android 2.2 also called as Froyo. People owning this handset will hence welcome the upgrade to Gingerbread with open arms.

Gingerbread is boasted to bring a slicker, faster and more responsive interface by Google. New features include near field communication which can turn your handset into a credit card, support for gyroscope sensor, a new soft keypad with a text selection tool, and better copy paste functionality. You can as well indulge in internet calling by using VoIP.

Google’s Nexus One and  Nexus S Smartphones manufactured by HTC are also being updated to Gingerbread.

At last, 3 upgrades HTC Desire to Froyo
Oct 16th, 2010 by Andy Miles

3 Mobile Froyo

HTC Desire customers on 3 have finally made it to Android 2.2 (Froyo) with updates rolled out this week. Other networks viz., Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, and Orange have already upgraded their HTC Desire customers to Froyo.

With the Froyo update, the customers can experience improved performance, a faster browser along with better Android Market that includes a handy bug reporting feature. Adobe Flash player 10.1 is one of the important things in the Froyo which enables faster web browsing.

As reported by ZDNet UK, not many HTC Desire users on 3 Mobile were happy before the upgrade was rolled out as they were kept in the dark by the service provider about the expected dates in addition to the delay in upgrade.

HTC Desire has finally got an upgrade to Android 2.2 on all the networks. Google provided the update by July end and it is not a rosy picture that the service providers had to put in 2 months to test and upgrade the users. Users expect that the lessons learnt for Froyo will help the operators provide glitch-free Android upgrades in the future.

Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android-based handset from the Korean Electronics Conglomerate, Samsung is also geared up to taste the Froyo flavour of Google’s Android OS soon. The company plans to release the update on all the networks simultaneously and we need to keep our fingers crossed to see if the process is any better compared to HTC Desire.

HTC Desire to Get Froyo on Virgin Mobile, Vodafone
Aug 19th, 2010 by Andy Miles

HTC Desire Froyo

It is celebration time for the HTC Desire admirers as the much awaited Android 2.2 update is on its way to be rolled out on Virgin Mobile as well as Vodafone. Both Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have confirmed the upgradation of the popular Android handset.

According to the Vodafone’s post on their support forum, testing and development of the HTC Desire update is in the process. Vodafone is also working to get the approval from both Google and HTC. However, the roll out is expected to commence in a few days.

Recently, number of HTC Desire customers got furious when they tried downloading an update issued by Vodafone taking it for Froyo, but later found it to be an Android 2.1 update which added unnecessary 360 extras and displeased many.

However, Vodafone has made it clear that this Froyo update will not be coming with extra 360 gunk. Users can however get it later as an optional update.

Meanwhile, Virgin Media also announced that over the air Android 2.2 update will be released by early September for the HTC Desire and the HTC Wildfire.

With the Froyo update, the customers can experience improved performance, a faster browser along with better Android Market that includes a handy bug reporting feature.

Contract and SimFree deals for HTC Desire
Aug 15th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire Black

Now-a-days people are not just looking for handsets with advanced features but also for the best deals that could match their device. As such, mobile phone operators are coming up with PAYG deals, contract deals and Sim free mobile phone deals to lure the customers.

You can grab the HTC Desire as contract mobile phones and Sim free phones bundled with free gifts via O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and 3 Mobile. HTC desire which is bundled awesome features is expected to be the mobile phone of 2010. The handset sports a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash.

Customers should analyse carefully before going with any of these deals. Contract deals in the UK are more popular due to the benefits provided to users in the form of free facilities. However, users need to enter into an agreement with monthly payments for limited period of time which will provide them with free texts as well as talk time.

If you want to go with Pay As You Go deals, then it is required to make advance payment. The credited amount can be spent as needed and you can further recharge anytime. Sim free phones allow users to buy the handset from any mobile manufacturer or buy online. Sim free phones also give you the flexibility to buy the desired SIM card along with various offers of discount.

Is HTC Ace going to take over Gold in the Smartphone segment?
Jul 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Ace

HTC’s earlier handset, HTC Gold has become quite popular in the market. However, HTC has now come up with another new gadget, the HTC Ace which is expected to pip the HTC Gold in the smartphone segment.

As of now, much details of the handset have not been unveiled. The Ace is however said to be a cross between the two latest handsets, the HTC Evo and the HTC Incredible. The HTC Desire has been replaced by these two Taiwanese designer handsets as the top-end models.

The smartphone is said come with Android 3.0 OS and will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It is also said to feature a large 4.3 inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 800×480 pixels or higher.

Moreover, the device will be bundled with all the goodies that a top end handset usually possess like 8-megapixel camera with flash & HD video recording, Wi-Fi, GPS and much more.

The HTC Ace smartphone is expected to hit the UK market in October 2010. The Ace is expected to dethrone the HTC Desire which is currently ruling the market. It might even throw the Gold/Scorpion into oblivion.

Samsung Wave Vs HTC Desire
May 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Wave HTC Desire

The Wave which would be the first handset to run the new OS of Samsung, Bada is a higher end Smartphone from Samsung. Bada is the proprietary mobile environment of Korean chaebol entering the UK market.

The handset is in sync with the HTC Desire which is claimed to be most famous Smartphone in the market due to its eye catching features. Just like the HTC Desire, the Wave is also bundled with a Qualcomm processor of 1 GHz, a camera of 5 MP and WVGA screen resolution.

However, the Wave possesses a Super AMOLED touch-screen of 3.3 inch where as the HTC Desire has an inferior AMOLED screen. The handset’s battery is more powerful when compared to that of the HTC Desire (1.5Ah vs 1.4Ah). Also, the internal memory of the Wave is 2GB when compared to the internal ROM of the HTC Desire which is 512MB.

Last but not the least the Wave is also a step ahead of the HTC Desire in terms of hardware. The former provides 5.1 Surround audio, HD recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11n and DiVX format support whereas the Desire offers in-built tethering and pinch-to-zoom.

The other fact is that while the Wave runs on Samsung’s own Bada OS, the Desire on the other hand runs on the widely supported platform of Android. The highly featured Samsung Wave S8500 is being sold by LambdaTek for £301 whereas it is available from Vodafone for just £25 a month with unlimited text messaging, 300 minutes and 500MB of data.

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Smartphone from HTC Desire at Throwaway prices
May 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire

With the emerging market for smartphones, people are seeking for the HTC Desire. This is also because of its awesome features and fabulous HTC Desire deals in the market. The HTC Desire is expected to be the mobile phone of 2010.

The price of this handset might further be reduced as Three Mobile joined hands with other network carriers of UK. This mobile has been offered one among the most remunerative HTC Desire deals till date.

As above said, this would be a contract deal as per which one can own the HTC Desire Smartphone free of cost by paying just £17 a month. This deal is bundled with 100 minutes or texts and unlimited data. Any number combination of minutes or texts can be made to meet this 100 figure. The one who needs more minutes can opt the £20 per month deal also.

The Three Mobile deal even allows unlimited calls within its network and free Skype to Skype calls. Added to this, it also offers the membership of Spotify music download website for two months. To beat the competition, offers to own the mobile for free with subscription of £25 per month have been introduced by Orange and T-Mobile as well. While Orange is bundled with 300 minutes of talk time and unlimited messaging,  T-Mobile offers 500 text messages and talk time of 600 minutes.

T-Mobile further provides an abundant memory of 3 GB a month for use. Thus, with these amazing HTC Desire deals, more and more customers are willing to own this handset.

O2 offers HTC Desire and Smart
May 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

O2 Logo HTC Smart

The much awaited HTC phones, the Desire and the Smart are being publicized by O2. You can place an order to own any handset as both these HTC phones are now available in O2 stores.

The latest Smartphone, the HTC Desire which is similar to that of Google’s Nexus One is available now on O2 network. The Desire is bundled with an AMOLED touchscreen of 3.7 inch, a processor of 1GHz on Android 2.1 and a camera of 5 megapixel.

You can even avail the handset for free by entering into an 18 month contract where you need to shell out £40 a month. This monthly payment can be cut down by either paying  £50 or £100 for the device after which you will have to pay £35 or £30 respectively every month.

There are various tariff plans; however, all the plans offer unlimited Internet and texts. The tariff plan of £40 per month provides you 600 minutes of talktime, £35 a month offers 300 minutes whereas the tariff of £30 per month will provide you just 100 minutes.

Coming to the HTC Smart which is a user friendly Smartphone is available at very reasonable price. It is bundled with go easy controls, connectivity and browsing options.

The Smart features a touchscreen of 2.8 inch, 256MB storage, a camera of 3 megapixel, Bluetooth with no Wi-Fi and an FM radio. One can get the device by paying just £15 per month in an 18 month tariff plan which provides 50 minutes and unlimited texts.

Vodafone UK runs out of stock with HTC Desire
Apr 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire Vodafone logo

After T-Mobile, it is the turn of Vodafone to have run out of stock with the HTC Smart-phone, Desire. The brother of Google’s Nexus One, HTC Desire has seen unexpected demand in the UK and is fast being lapped up by enthusiastic gadget fans. It was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress officially and has since then got great reviews.

Vodafone has reportedly seen unexpected demand for the mobile phone and is not accepting orders from customers at least for a week as per Eurodroid. Reports indicate that a user who tried buying an HTC Desire from Vodafone got similar response from Vodafone.

The HTC Desire is surely one of the hot picks when we talk about the Smartphone segment.

The HTC Desire has a 3.7” WVGA AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (awesome for quick multi-tasking), a 5 megapixel LED camera and Android 2.1 operating system very similar to Nexus One. Albeit, there are subtle changes viz, the Optical joystick replacing the trackball, dual band HSPDA instead of triband (which makes it tough for WiFi connectivity outside Europe and Asia) and no noise cancellation.

The USP of HTC Desire can be its multi-touch functions (thanks to HTC Sense) and a unique user experience where one can pinch inwards on any home screen and it opens displays accessible with a simple tap. The Sense UI has got widgets on the Home screen and some of them sound damn cool; for example a Calendar widget which shows agenda (and not just the month) and includes tabbed emails. Browsing the Sense UI and widgets is lightning fast, thanks to the 1 GHz Snapdragon.

HTC Desire smart phone is just the business
Apr 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire

Smartphones across the board are becoming increasingly business-friendly and HTC Desire seems to beat them all even as Google’s own Nexus One is left reeling with missing features  like ability to support exchange calendars though it has a large screen which helps with web browsing and reading documents.

The Taiwanese handset giant has been in the forefront in delivering many of the best Smartphones and by providing native support for Exchange mail, calendar, and contacts in the HTC Desire, it has struck the right chord with all the business users.

The HTC Desire has a 3.7” WVGA AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (awesome for quick multi-tasking), a 5 megapixel LED camera and Android 2.1 operating system very similar to Nexus One. Albeit, there are subtle changes viz, the Optical joystick replacing the trackball, dual band HSPDA instead of triband (which makes it tough for WiFi connectivity outside Europe and Asia) and no noise cancellation.

HTC Desire however is missing one of the nicest features of N1 – voice recognition. Voice based search has been common with Android phones, but the N1 has taken a step further in letting the users dictate emails and text messages with good results. HTC Desire delivers mails fast trying to match Blackberry standards.

The USP of HTC Desire can be its multi-touch functions (thanks to HTC Sense) and a unique user experience where one can pinch inwards on any home screen and it opens displays accessible with a simple tap. The Sense UI has got widgets on the Home screen and some of them sound damn cool; for example a Calendar widget which shows agenda (and not just the month) and includes tabbed emails. Browsing the Sense UI and widgets is lightning fast except the weather widget (always sluggish on HTC phones) thanks to the 1 GHz Snapdragon.

And then the Desire has got stunning looks which are always welcome.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 HTC Desire Ready from Virgin Media
Apr 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin

The much awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the HTC Desire are being sold by Virgin Media from today as per its announcement. The positive thing about these handsets is that both Virgin as well as non-Virgin Media customers can go with these phones.

As per the news, you can avail the HTC Desire on a two year contract deal by paying £30 a month along with a free phone. However, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which is offered with a similar deal on PAYG plan costs £50 more than that of the HTC Desire.

Additional offers

Virgin Media is also offering its existing customers few additional benefits like free calls to any Virgin mobile, free calls to Virgin mobiles from their home phones. Customers can also go with either the same monthly plan for a shorter period of 18 month deal or with a low cost plan of just £5 for the same term of the contract.

Virgin Media with an intention of increasing the number of its cutting edge Smartphones, is coming with an attractive deal by offering the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to its customers exclusively for one month deal.

T-Mobile’s Desire out
Mar 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

Customers are the confused lot as T-Mobile is being not very clear about the delivery of the much ballyhooed Smartphone, the HTC Desire. Gadget fans are posting the news about the delay in the delivery of the Nexus One look-alike handset. Customers are being told about the delay via text message for reasons like quality control.

The Mobile World Congress this year witnessed and appreciated the HTC Desire alongside two other Smartphones. T-Mobile has constantly vouched for the Android platform over a period of time and customers are obviously in no mood to wait any longer before they lay their hands on it.

T-Mobile has reportedly answered enquiries over the delay saying that the devices are in stock and that it is shipping them to punters. T-Mobile has had a good track record in delivering handsets on time but this hullabaloo might leave some of the eager customers frustrated and with no other option than to look elsewhere to get hold of the handset.

HTC Desire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 lined up by T-Mobile
Mar 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

The much talked about Smartphones, HTC Desire and Xperia X10 are being offered by T-Mobile for as low as £10 per month albeit with a high premium payment upfront. T-Mobile has set the buzz by starting to accept orders for both the Smartphones.

Though the operator will ship both the phones starting Friday, it expects seven to ten days delivery time for the Desire and the X10 respectively.

The X10 is being offered for free at £35 per month on two-year contract with a bundle of 900 free minutes, 500 texts and internet unlimited. But if you don’t mind shelling out £226 up front you can get going with £10 per month, with a smaller bundle of 100 free minutes and 100 texts but unlimited internet. The great sounding £10 per month deal is not actually cheap because the total ownership cost turns out to be £466 while the SIM-Free handset by Play.com is available for around £490.

HTC desire specifications are almost the same as its US version Google Nexus One smart phone, which includes snapdragon processor with 1 GHz speed, latest version of Android operation systems Android 2.1 with AMOLED touch screen of 3.7 inch size and 5 megapixel camera. The differentiator from Google N1 is HTC’s in-house Sense interface over Android.

T-Mobile is offering the Smartphone for free if taken on a £35 per month 2-year contract. The contract offers 1200 minutes talk-time, free internet and 500 text messages. T-Mobile is offering similar £10-per-month tariff and at a low upfront cost of £164.

HTC Desire Black with T-Mobile in UK
Mar 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC DesireT-Mobile

Recent market buzz in UK is that HTC Desire Black is going to hit the market in association with T-Mobile. Moreover the topic has become more interesting with a recent prototype and news that it is going to hit UK market earlier than its look-alike Google Nexus One.

T-Mobile has already started taking bookings from interested parties for HTC black. T-Mobile’s online store is all set ready to take orders and promising to make delivery within a week. More interesting news for customers is its pricing.

T-Mobile has come up with two offers for its customers. One is to have this handset free with a £35 per month contract for two years or second option is £135 a month with 300 texts and 300 minutes of talk time free along with unlimited internet or third option.

Orange and Vodafone also have shown interested to be carriers, but need to wait for some more time.

Online mobile phone retailer www.obil.co.uk has already started taking pre-order bookings for HTC desire. Delivery expected from early April 2010.

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T-Mobile deals for HTC Desire opened up
Mar 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC DesireT-Mobile

T-Mobile is offering HTC Desire, HTC’s version of the Google’s first ever branded phone Nexus One and has opened up for pre-orders. Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3, and Virgin are all in race to offer the HTC Desire starting next month.

In the backdrop that the scheduled launch of the HTC Desire is slated for Friday, the details about T-Mobile’s tariffs of the first in UK, Android 2.1 powered Smartphone are now thrown open.

T-Mobile is offering the Smartphone for free if taken on a £35 per month 2-year contract. The contract offers 1200 minutes talk-time, free internet and 500 text messages. The arrival of the HTC Desire was declared by T-Mobile to its customers over email though the actual handset samples will be available in T-Mobile shops only after the March 26 launch date. The handsets will also be delivered only after the launch.

HTC desire specifications are almost same as its US version Google Nexus One smart phone, which includes snapdragon processor with 1 GHz speed, latest version of Android operation systems Android 2.1 with AMOLED touch screen of 3.7 inch size and 5 megapixel camera.

Virgin Mobile offers HTC Desire, Galaxy Portal and Xperia X10
Mar 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin

Virgin Mobile has come a long way over the last one year despite being a virtual network, thanks to its unlimited text and data pre-paid tariff, £5 per month mobile internet and unlimited minutes tariff plan. After LG InTouch Max, Virgin is striking it big in the Smartphone space. It has announced the launch of Android phones HTC Desire, Galaxy Portal and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

Though the release date is not known for the HTC Desire or the X10, we can expect them in a month. Galaxy Portal on the other hand is available for £22 pm on an 18-month contract. This announcement from Virgin comes close on heels to Vodafone’s deals announced las t week for the Desire, X10, Legend and N1 phones.

All in all, the Smartphone space is all heated up with the latest and the best Smartphones being offered by multiple networks at competitive tariffs.

Related Smartphone news is that since its release on 5th January in the US, the much hyped Google Nexus One has sold just 135,000 handsets as per Flurry, the mobile analytics firm. When we look at similar launches earlier, the Apple iPhone sold a million handsets in the first 74 days, the Motorola Droid topped it by 1.05 million and then the iPhone 3GS beat them all to record sale of 1.6 million in a seven day span. However, Google Nexus One has sold a distant 135,000 handsets during the same time-frame.

T-Mobile introduces HTC Desire in UK
Mar 16th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda
T-Mobile

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is all set to introduce UK version of Android based Google Nexus One smart phone, by later part of this month. Orange UK is planning to release the same, popularly known as HTC Desire, a month later.

T-Mobile has successful track of introducing Android platform based smart phones.

In past it has introduced T-Mobile G1 successfully and continues the same trend with wider range of smart phones.

Google is getting this manufactured in Taiwan’s HTC unit with total control in Google’s hand. HTC desire specifications are almost same as its US version Google Nexus One smart phone, which includes snapdragon processor with 1 GHz speed, latest version of Android operation systems Android 2.1 with AMOLED touch screen of 3.7 inch size and 5 megapixel camera.

HTC Desire is supposed to be packed in most affordable price for UK customer. It is available for £ 49.99, with conditional agreement of £ 35 per month.

HTC Desire and Legend from Vodafone starting April
Mar 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo

If you are one of those who have been awaiting the launch of the much talked about Smartphones, HTC Desire and HTC Legend then you should be feeling happy. The interesting news is that Vodafone is going to offer these two HTC handsets on Vodafone contracts starting April.

Vodafone has not yet fixed any dates for the launch nor has it shared any information related to the tariff plans for any of the devices; ahowever it has asked users to register for information on its website.

T-Mobile was the only one offering the HTC Desire earlier; however Vodafone’s entry could lead to some price war between the two service providers.

As known to most of us, HTC has built the handset Nexus One for Google and the Desire is HTC’s offering on the same lines albeit with its proprietary HTC Sense UI and a better screen. And given the fact that the face-off between the two handsets is due in April, it will be interesting to see which one has the customers’ wow.

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