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HTC Partners with Beats Audio
Aug 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC has entered into Beats Audio to enhance speaker capabilities of its range of Smartphones. Sources from both HTC and Beats Audio have confirmed news of this partnership.

HTC believe that Music industry is in state of transition and is moving from pocket music playing devices to phones. Phone devices with A+ audio capability is recipe for success in current trend. HTC had sensed this right trend and had entered into partnership with Beats Audio to enhance music playing capabilities of its range of Smartphones.

HTC believes that enhanced music capability due to this partnership with not only enhances the capability of headphones but it will enhance the holistic experience of Smartphone themselves. HTC is planning to enhance speaker system of Smartphone not just headphones of the Smartphone. HTC has made a strategic investment in this partnership, where it buys the Beats rather than licensing it. As per this partnership HTC has entered into a total ownership partnership with Beats but partnership is designed in such a way that others can also license Beats technology of course for other than Smartphone only. Sources from Beats also confirmed this Smartphone exclusive partnership with HTC.

Unlocked bootloader release date from HTC
Jul 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo

HTC, as you are aware, has earlier decided to do away with boot loaders of its latest phones. This was however, met with not-so-warm reception in the market. Going by the market reception, HTC has decided to loosen its stand.

TO be fair to HTC, it wasn’t alone in wishing to tighten up the boot loaders of its devices. But, the tough stand occurred from the release of the Incredible S. This has made many HTC followers stand up against the decision.

HTC has reported that the feedback has been overwhelmingly vocal and people want access to open boot loaders on HTC phones. This was reported through the Facebook page of HTC.

Going with that, HTC has now revealed the release date of the boot loader. Going through a process which was described as “a complex challenge”, HTC has put forth that the “software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation“.

It would be HTC Sensation that would get the bootloader unlock update first, followed by US-based HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Evo 3D devices. The other device owners need to wait a little till it is known when the release would be. Stay tuned to mobile hub!

Gingerbread update from HTC
Jul 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Android 3.0 Gingerbread

It is a known fact that every mobile maker tries to score brownie points over competition. One such method is to give increased updates. HTC, one of the premium mobile makers in the UK, is known to be the front runner in technology.

In line with its reputation, HTC announced that there would be an upgrade to the Gingerbread. Announced via facebook, this update would end the wait for the HTC Desire customers. The previously canceled Android 2.3/Gingerbread update is expected to roll out by the end of this month.

As per the update on Facebook, the testing has gone as per expectations and would help the roll out. HTC had initially announced that there were memory problems to bring Android 2.3 and HTC Sense to the Desire. However, it was later decided to remove some of the Sense add-ons to make room for the Gingerbread.

The tests have been in vogue since late June and it is widely expected that a late July release isn’t extravagant. However, it must be noted that there is no news as yet if the update would be released for HTC stock-devices only or if carrier customers get a chance to participate.

Whatever may be the case, HTC is making all efforts to preserve its status as the leader in technology. It needs to be seen if the efforts pay off!

3 UK Pushes Gingerbread to HTC Desire HD
Jul 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

3-logo HTC Logo

HTC Desire HD users of 3 UK were up to a pleasant surprise when they got message from the mobile phone carrier that they would soon get an upgrade to Android 2.2 over-the-air.

The upgrade from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 will bring some minor functionalities. We are not clear if it is going to be v2.3.3 or v2.3.4 and there is no clarity if other providers are going to provide upgrade soon.

3 UK earlier denied providing Gingerbread to HTC Desire HD but it seems to have struck some compromise formula with HTC and thus agreed for the upgrade.

The 164g weighing Desire HD handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 1GHz processor, a 264K colour LCD display of 4.3 inch, 768MB of RAM and 8MP camera. It also allows the users to wirelessly transfer video to other device.

The Desire HD has been popular similar to its brother Desire thanks to affordable contract pricing and its large screen.

Apple closed down by rivals!
Jun 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

iPhone 5

The news is out! Apple’s smart phone and tablet contract sales in the UK are being rivaled by its competitors HTC, Samsung and Motorola. This has been conformed from the latest reports according to the retail staff in UK.

The report states a huge demand for ‘high-quality-but-relatively-cheap’ HTC models like the Desire HD, Flyer tablet and the Desire S. Another fast moving product is the Motorola XOOM. Seen as a rival for Apple iPad, the Android-powered XOOM is reportedly witnessing a high-level demand from the seekers.

Even with the competition breathing down its neck, Apple has stuck to its position with its flagship products – iPhone 4 and iPad 2. These are still the most wanted models in the UK market.

According to the staffers at Orange, the iPhone is still the benchmark for most of the customers. Apart from the other questions, the common query is the comparison of the handset vis-à-vis iPhone.

The staffers at Carphone have reported that HTC Flyer and XOOM are more popular. If reports from them are anything to go by, the popularity of XOOM is such that, it is being sold out within no time.

Another model that is living up the competition is Samsung Galaxy S II. Tagged as the best-selling Android handset during its launch last month, Galaxy S II seems to be in line to challenge iPhone. The handset is well received by those looking for a non-iPhone model.

Apple still leads the pack but the seemingly invincible difference is being tracked down.

ChaCha now available on Three as well
Jun 7th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC ChaCha

HTC is putting its weight behind ChaCha to make sure the boost would get the model back on track. ChaCha has been given a processor boost which is adding fuel to the argument that it must have performed below expectations in pre-release testing.

The news was put on net by online retailer Clove which spotted that the listed specifications of ChaCha feature an 800 MHz processor. This is a change from the 600 MHz offering that was seen at Mobile World Congress this year.

There could be some deviation in the models or any other facets but it can be safely assumed that it would Android 2.3 powered platform underneath this phone.

The ChaCha, going in the same way as HTC Salsa, has a dedicated Face book key. This allows users to share webpages, pictures and tunes in the social networking site, all at the push of a button.

Probably all this along with the HTC brand has got Three going – the network is planning to launch ChaCha from today. The offer for the new phone is at £20 per month or on PAYG for £249.

Processor Upgrade & OTA for HTC Chacha
Jun 5th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC ChaCha

HTC ChaCha or ‘Facebook phone’ encompasses all the core elements of today’s smartphones and provides those extra features that keep it afloat. The handset has already hit the store shelves on 2nd of June from Phones 4u.

The ChaCha gets upgraded and it now comes with a portrait oriented keyboard, a Qualcomm SoC processor running at 800MHz rather than at 600MHz speed thereby, providing 33 per cent improvement for a better user experience.

However, the rest of the handset’s features are the same. The handset still boasts a smaller 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen and a smaller 1250mAh battery. It comes with 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD card reader, a QWERTY keyboard, a 5MP rear camera coupled with flash as well as a front facing VGA camera. The smartphone which runs on Android 2.3 with HTC Sense UI also comes with a Facebook button.

Vodafone along with other major carriers have announced to offer the HTC ChaCha. Interestingly, the handset has also received its first over the air update that will be building the new build number to 1.18.401.1. HTC, however has not revealed any details regarding the improvements bundled with the update.

The ChaCha which is said to be available at £250 SIM Free will prove to be one of the cheapest Android Smartphones sporting full QWERTY keyboard.

Grab the HTC ChaCha from Phones 4u today!
Jun 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC ChaCha

HTC ChaCha encompasses all the core elements of today’s smartphones and provides those extra features that keep it afloat. All those who have been waiting to lay their hands on the much awaited ChaCha or ‘Facebook phone’ will be excited to know that the smartphone is geared up to hit the store shelves today i.e. 2nd of June from Phones 4u.

This eye-catching petite smart phone, aimed at the younger generation, packs more than a punch of social networking with the dedicated Facebook button of the device.

With the help of the blue button, you can share any desired content or in creating Facebook like websites, pictures or videos. To make the smartphone more Facebook-centric, HTC also made modifications to their Sense UI elements.

The handset boasts a smaller 2.6-inch display having HVGA resolution as well as a smaller 1250mAh battery. However, the device has a full QWERTY keyboard which allows easy typing on the Facebook chat app. It also comes with a 5MP rear camera coupled with flash as well as a front facing VGA camera.

You can grab the ChaCha for free by entering into a two-year contract at £20 per month or on Pay As You Go deal by shelling out £299.95 for the device.

HTC Sensation review
May 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Sensation

The latest android phone from the HTC, Sensation, has been launched exclusively through Vodafone in UK (We, at Mobile hub, have updated you with that news – as always). The Android 2.3.3 running Sensation which has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4.3” display is the very latest phone to catch attention. So, we thought to review it for you.

Sensation is an important release from the HTC stable but it feels pretty similar to the previous devices in the Android range from HTC. The consensual impression is that Sensation is like a big Desire S with a few modified touches in design and heavier than the Galaxy S II. However, it certainly scores marks as a friendly, familiar model.

The dual-LED flash and the camera sensor add to the features of Sensation giving it a better feel. Also adding to the feel quotient is the exterior that gives it a tougher, more rigid and curved feel than its predecessors.

The screen is a whopping 4.3” one but that doesn’t make the Sensation look bulky. It certainly is slimmer than the Desire HD and almost same in size of Desire.  Sense has been upgraded to 3.0 and the new interactive lock screen gives it a classy touch for the customers.

Overall, Sensation scores on more number of features making it truly a wonderful sensation to have the same. So much can be said about the market reception from the fact that the competitor service providers have already lined up Sensation in the coming months.

HTC upgrades its Desire
May 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC desire S

HTC Desire S, which is an updated model of the original Desire, comes with an improved camera, more space for apps and improved communications. But will this be enough to spark the market?

The Desire S has a slightly faster graphics processor, better memory, faster 3G and Wi-Fi support in addition to Android 2.3 platform. The operating system provides a great fillip to the speed of the device – almost doubling the score in the Quadrant benchmarks. There are additional features as well, like improved text selection and better power management.

To the naked eye, the new device isn’t much different from the older one. It actually feels a bit heavier than the original even though it is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. This can be attributed to the design as the chrome grille just above the screen makes the screen look smaller. The absence of the physical buttons and the optical track pad below the screen makes this latest version appear slimmer.

Android has been upgraded from 2.1 to 2.3 and the memory is upgraded to 768 MB RAM compared to the 576 MB in the earlier version. Internal storage also took a raise from 512 MB to 1.1 GB which meant that there is plenty of room for apps.

The chip used in the processor of Desire S, even though runs at the same 1 GHz speed, uses far less power producing less heat. This means that the battery life is much more superior to Desire – giving an approximate 31 hours of MP3 playback which is a jump of 50%.

The changes added spark for the HTC Desire S but the indications are that these may not be enough to warrant a spark in the market. Mobile hub would keep you updated!

Sensation on Three in June
May 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

3-logo HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation would be making its debut on Three sometime during this June. This was revealed by the UK wireless carrier in its Twitter post. Coming on the heals of the release on Vodafone, this would present Three a chance to make inroads in the market.

Incidentally, the model which comes with an impressive 1.2 GHz processor along with a 4.3 inch screen is already available on Vodafone in the UK market. With its rival gaining ground in the market, Three had to get its footing to catch up. If reports are anything to go by, even Orange and T-mobile are planning to introduce their own offerings of HTC Sensation.

All this makes HTC Sensation the most sought-after model in the coming months. The Taiwan based smart phone maker is also coming up with a video on-demand service.

What makes Sensation really good are the Sense 3.0 user interface, new lock screen that allows users to preload applications which in turn would support quick launching. In addition, the animated effects have also undergone tremendous improvements. This would now mean that the users can enjoy 3D widgets in almost all of Sense 3.0 features such as Stocks, Friend Stream etc.

However, it must be noted that Three has not made any official comment yet regarding the price and schemes for this model. The speculations are ripe that the wireless carrier would unveil Sensation free on a few of the chosen plans. We would keep you updated, as always!

HTC Holiday is out
May 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Gratia

HTC is set to continue its trend of different names for its handsets! Will this new model pave the way for HTC’s domination in the market? Is Holiday going to be the key to HTC’s success?

Looks like HTC is set to carry on with its current trend of different names for its phone releases. Just like the Chacha and Salsa, the next phone from the HTC stable is set to be christened differently.

HTC is set to name its latest model as Holiday – although the name is just a codename for the time being. The latest name is known to the web world as part of the spec sheet spilled on the net. Though there is plenty of time before the handset is released and the christening can be done to a more appropriate name.

The spec sheet also mentions a huge 4.5 inch display, an 8 MP camera, a 1.2 GHZ dual-core engine and of course, a front-facer for video chats to go in line with the latest trend. Even though the source is just a leak on the net, the reports say that Holiday would be running on Android Gingerbread.

HTC has already doled out models of this caliber – Sensation, to name one; however, it must be noted that none of those have quite a large screen as Holiday. This could pave way for HTC to hook its users with a move streaming service. Will the Holiday create ripples in the market? Watch this space.

HTC Sensation to offer HTC Sense 3.0
Apr 16th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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A leak indicates that the HTC Sensation will sport the HTC Sense 3.0 software and this could actually be a great news to many of those who have purchased one or the other recent HTC SmarPhone in the market.

HTC Pyramid which is named as HTC Sensation in the UK is slated to be the first phone to sport HTC Sense 3.0 software when the Android powered SmartPhone will get launched exclusively through Vodfone this May and by other mobile operators sometime in June.

As per an article on AndroidPolice, it seems that hackers have already been able to crack the Sense 3.0 UI and that they have got ways to get some elements of that onto existing phones. All this has become possible because of the leak of a pre-release build of HTC Sensation software through a Chinese forum or a mirror.

Unlike Google Android, HTC Sense 3.0 is not open source software and hence it is not clear at the moment if the hackers will be porting all the features onto existing phones or not. The leak has provided insights about the UI of the upcoming HTC phones.

HTC gearing up to launch its first Tablet in the UK
Apr 15th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo

An announcement from HTC noted that the first tablet from its mantle will go off the shelf on May 9th in the UK. The gadget being touted as a rival for the Apple iPad2 is HTC Flyer.

Clove, Amazon and Carphone Warehouse have all been open to take pre-orders for the first Android slate from HTC. Though the cost of the 7 inch tablet is expected to hover around £600, the actual price will be set by the retailers.

The new tablet has been described as “compact with a seven-inch display, ultra-light, lightning fast thanks to a 1.5 GHz processor and high-speed HSPA wireless capabilities”. There is also a note taking app and the HTC watch service so that you can access movies anytime anywhere.

There are comparisons being done already for the Flyer with Apple iPad2. The Flyer has got a slim white aluminium case and so it looks just like the Apple iPad 2; however the 7-inch Flyer is quite smaller compared to the 9.7 inch iPad 2.

The Flyer thus might be the best thing to play games or watch videos whereas the iPad 2 can be better for use around the house. Powered by Google’s Android, the Flyer uses a customized version of the OS which was originally designed for SmartPhones.

This could also mean that the latest apps being built for Android tablets might not run on this tablet until it gets a software update. We need to watch out how people welcome this new gadget.

No Sense for older HTC Handsets!
Apr 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC HD3

According to a tweet from the company, HTC has confirmed that Sense 3.0 won’t be available on older devices.

HTC has confirmed, albeit through a tweet, that Sense 3.0 would not be available on older HTC devices. This is a huge blow since Sense 3.0 is the updated version of the Sense UI that is omnipresent on all HTC Android phones.

The news isn’t a big shock or a surprise since the company didn’t seem overly positive about the port being possible. This was out for every to see, as late as last week, during the launch of HTC Sensation.

However, what adds fuel to fire is the fact that this message was conveyed not through any official statement but through a tweet.

The tweet goes, “Due to Sense’s hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, Evo 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it.”

This would mean that if you’ve just picked up an HTC Desire S or HTC Incredible S, you missed the bus! Because, even before you started getting used to it, it’s already out of date!

Not everything is lost though! There still is a minute chance that these handsets may get some elements of Sense 3.0. It remains to be seen if these elements include 3D overlay for home screens, the new lock display or the new visual widgets. Stay tuned to our updates!

Heads and tails of HTC ChaCha versus Nokia C3
Mar 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

It is no secret that Nokia C3 is one of the most popular handsets; and neither is the fact that HTC’s facebook phone ChaCha is the next ‘phone-on-the-block’. ChaCha has made many heads turn in this year’s Mobile World Congress to give enough indications of a catch-up on Nokia C3.

This eye-catching petite smart phone, aimed at the younger generation, packs more than a punch when compared to Nokia C3 – which in its own way has made its way into the bags and pockets of the youngsters.

C3 runs on Symbian 40 – simple, old but stable. However it isn’t as faster than or as secure as Version 2.4 (Gingerbread) which drives ChaCha. When it comes to the hardware, ChaCha weighs in a decent 120 g compared to C3’s 114 g. Though you can’t pick out a winner, HTC is always known for hard-wearing, premium devices which give it that slight edge over Nokia.

When it comes to Social networking, C3 is pre-loaded with Communities application – an aggregation of all your networks to the home screen. ChaCha takes it a step forward and provides native support for Facebook, Twitter in addition to hardware Facebook Key which allows sharing with a single press.

Connectivity wise, ChaCha scores over N3 since N3 doesn’t have the 3G functionality which is very much the ‘in-thing’ in today’s smart phones. Need we say more?

No wonder then, that ChaCha has impressed one and all in the Mobile World Congress. ChaCha encompasses all the core elements of today’s smart phones and provides those extra features that keep it afloat.

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.

HTC set to release handsets with Facebook partnership
Jan 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC is all set to reveal its partnership with Social Networking giant, Facebook officially. During Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011, which is about to be conducted in Barcelona next month, HTC is about to announce its Smartphones in partnership Facebook.

HTC is in fact ready with two new Smartphones, which carries Facebook branding and colors. These Social Networking Smartphones are supposed to be built on Google’s Android Mobile Operating System, which are tuned to display and alert Facebook messages and notifications.

These phones are totally customized to Social Networking sites, while some amount of customizations are still left to User imagination, these customizations are something in line with Facebook features. Users can make calls to contacts listed on their Facebook accounts and information stored in their Facebook accounts can be used to send mails and messages to contacts.

Though initial rumors are that, Social Networking Giant Facebook was about to launch Smartphones under its own brand, Facebook kept on denying these rumors and finally HTC has now come up with this partnership officially.

O2 also offers HTC Desire Z
Nov 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

O2 HTC Desire Z

O2 has confirmed the availability of the HTC Desire Z and that it has already stocked the same. O2 is offering the HTC Desire Z on an array of contracts.

The starting price is £30 per month in a deal which has a rental of £1.99 for the first six months thus turning out to just £23 per month after cash-back. The handset comes for free and you get unlimited texts along with 600 minutes.

Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone also are offering the HTC Desire Z on monthly deals with rentals starting as low as £21.83 per month. For those who want to go SIM-free, the handset is available for £435.90.

The 180g weighing Z model specs boasts of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7230 800MHz processor, a Super LCD 3.7-inch display, 512MB RAM, a QWERTY keyboard and a 5MP camera.

It also features Android 2.2 Froyo, CDMA, GSM, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, BT 2.1 & Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, 1.5GB of storage along with a microSD slot, a micro USB slot, a 3.5mm ear jack socket, motion and proximity sensors, 720p video recording and WVGA Touch Screen displays.

The handset also comes with an updated Sense UI overlaid on Android 2.2. Other HTC devices can also get the new Sense UI in the future provided they feature Android 2.2 OS.

HTC Locations powered by TomTom
Oct 20th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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HTC is teaming up with TomTom so that it could offer maps and directions to all its handset users in a more accurate and faster way. HTC is gearing up to get the maps and directions service in-built on its handsets.

Christened as HTC Locations, the Taiwanese mobile major’s Navigation and Maps service will be pre-loaded with rich maps from TomTom. HTC Desire and HTC Desire Z are the first two Smartphones being targeted for the new service in Asian and European markets.

TomTom has a niche in providing rich and accurate maps and with the maps pre-loaded on handsets, users will be able to have instant access to the maps. HTC Smartphone users will get to experience TomTom’s navigation in their pockets.

Despite the fact that the TomTom maps and locations will be bundled for free with the mobile phones, people who need more specific directions will have to buy the maps and download the same through HTC Sync or HTC Locations. TomTom Maps and HTC Locations will have to compete with the free Google Maps service which has made a mark on many Android handsets and other phones.

TomTom has not been doing so well after the onset of mobile phone based maps and directions services as GPS market became very competitive. They want to make a leeway out of the same and HTC Locations might be one of the answers.

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