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The HTC Desire is to get Android ver. 2.3 (Gingerbread) by the end of this month.

The upgrade to Gingerbread has not been possible with the Desire due to its internal memory limitations. However, HTC decided to go ahead with the upgrade after much consternation. As a result, the Desire will be getting an upgrade to Gingerbread without incorporating Sense UI. So, it is highly possible that the HTC Desire will be running pure Gingerbread.

Owning a HTC Desire may not be too bad a proposition after all. A definitive judgement on the upgrade will only be possible at the end of the month.

Source: CNET UK

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Android OS version 2.3.3, or lovingly referred to as Gingerbread is finally coming the HTC Desire.

HTC has been rather busy of late, being more friendly with the developer community, freeing up its bootloader, making it readily available to OS modders. It has been pretty good in pledging Gingerbread support to most of its phones. However, the HTC Desire, released a year ago was not on the list. HTC cited the lack of memory for its updated Sense UI applications. After some degree of effort, HTC officially announced earlier this week that it was not porting Gingerbread to the Desire.

This latter fact literally changed in under 24 hours when HTC officially announced Gingerbread availibility for the Desire. The only caveat here would be the removal of some HTC centric applications to accommodate the rather paltry internal memory space in the Desire.

I do have an issue with HTC Sense, which is now masking the underlying Android UI to a large extent. The latter, is a post for another day.

As for now, I look forward to Gingerbread update next week.

Image source:Engadget

HTC has taken their popular HTC Sense UI to the next level.

In addition to the release of the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z, HTC has introduced HTCSense.com, a series of dashboard-connected services for backup, security, and control of your HTC handset.

Users can remotely wipe or lock their phones and backup messages,contacts and customizations via this service.

HTCSense.com is incorporated in the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z. There is no definite word on the availability of this service on existing HTC devices.

More images of the new user interface can be viewed via this link.

HTC teased us with a new product launch a month ago.

Well, they did exactly that on the 15th of September in London with launch of the Desire HD and the Desire Z.

Desire HD

The Desire HD is modification of the HTC Evo 4G, the first WIMAX phone which is a US only device. The Desire HD is nearly identical in technical specifications to the Evo 4G apart from the obvious omission of WIMAX. Added technical enhancements include an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Dolby Mobile, and HSPA+ data with 802.11n WiFi.

The hardware build is, however made from a single block of aluminium(unibody design) with a side slot opening battery cover. The kickstand present on the Evo 4G is not incorporated into the Desire HD. The latter move makes the device a slicker looking machine. Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the lifeblood of this device with added HTC Sense UI.

Visit Engadget for more info on the Desire HD  via this link.

Desire Z

The Desire Z has a similar screen size to the original HTC Desire with one major hardware alteration-the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard. The processing power of the Desire Z done by an 800Mhz Snapdragon processor rather than a 1GHz processor found in the original desire. There are no physical buttons on the screen apart from a modified optical track button. The ‘Z’ monicker is added as a nod to its unique Z-shaped hinge mechanism. The screen does not tilt as on the HTC Touch Pro 2 or Nokia’s newly announced E7. The Desire Z’s US counterpart is the T-Mobile G2. Whilst the G2 will run on a non modified version of Android 2.2, the Desire Z will include the HTC Sense UI.

Visit Engadget for more info on the Desire Z via this link.

Initial impressions

The Desire HD and Desire Z are worthy additions to HTC’s already strong product portfolio. It certain provides a greater variety of form factors. Those interested in an Android device with a full physical QWERTY keyboard will certainly be curious about the Desire Z and those wanting greater screen real estate will look to the Desire HD.

Where does this leave the original HTC Desire? Its sales may decline somewhat with the introduction of the Desire HD and Desire Z. However, if priced well and if carriers provide an attractive package with the original Desire, it may continue to sell well. The original Desire’s design cues are different and may still retain its appeal. That said, spec hungry users are sure to go for the Desire HD. The fact is this: Those interested in buying a HTC Android device have more choices than ever and this is likely to increase with HTC’s ever growing product portfolio.

There is certainly no compelling reason for existing HTC Desire owners to change over to the Desire HD or Desire Z. These new devices are variations of a similar theme and are not a quantum leap in terms of technology. HTC has certainly more devices up its sleeve and there will be plenty more desirable devices to come from this prolific mobile device device manufacturer.


The first device to run on Google’s Android OS was the T-mobile G1. Fast forward to 2010 and a device by the name of the G2 is due to be released in the US with the tagline – ” the revolution continues”.

The device is made by the prolific HTC and will be known to the rest of of the world as the HTC Vision which will probably make its debut in September in the UK and appear in Malaysia in October.

The HTC Vision is a hinge slider type mechanism that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard quite similar in layout to the HTC Touch Pro2. Unfortunately, the screen does not a have tilt mechanism as the Touch Pro2.

The HTC G2/ Vision has a set of capacitative Android buttons with what appears to be an optical trackpad. The hardware specifications are similar to the HTC Desire. The G2 could run on standard Android 2.2 and the Vision may have HTC’s Sense UI.

Engadget has the scoop in the G2 and can be seen via this link.

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HTC Android Garage

Saturday, the 14th of August 2010 was a significant one for HTC in Malaysia. The much awaited Android Garage had taken place at Solaris Dutamas.

The Android Garage is a key event for HTC Malaysia in promoting the Android OS. The Android Garage dovetails nicely with the Whitebox sessions which were organized in Mid Valley Megamall and KLCC.

The prime sponsor of the event was HTC in partnership with marketing  firm Roots Asia. The official tech partners of the event was SIS and Code Android Malaysia.

The attendance was impressive with a full house of tech enthusiasts, program developers , Android users and interested consumers interested in the platform. The program was divided into two sessions, Track 1(Noobs) and Track 2 (Geeks).

HTC also had a sales area for the their accessories and phones for prospective buyers. Food was ample and the non fasting participants certainly savoured the decent spread.

Track 1

The event kicked off at 11 am with registration and distribution of gift packs provided for the 1st 150 attendees.The event was ably compered by Hansen Lee, a popular TV Host and model who kicked off the event with a brief of the day’s itinerary. Hansen followed this with a brief Q and A session with spot prizes. The most sought after prize was a soft toy of the Android Mascot.

HTC’s Product Marketing Manager of South East Asia, Wayne Tang provided the keynote address on HTC.He talked about highly fortuitous and valued partnership between HTC and Google and a brief walk-through of HTC’s key devices with Google such as the G1 and the  Nexus One with a run through of their latest product portfolio.He covered the Android OS as a key platform in the future of mobile technology and HTC’s own Sense user interface(UI). Wayne gave an overview of the key philosophies and advantages of the Sense UI. He went on to give a brief demo Sense UI, exhibiting its unique features in information integration in a HTC Android device.

Nazrul from Code Android Malaysia took to stage and gave the audience an introduction to Code Android and its function in the Android developer scene in Malaysia. Nazrul and he fellow coders Bernie and Ng and another fellow coder shared their favourite Android apps with the audience. These guys were using the Google Nexus One, a favourite Android smartphone for coders and app developers.

Mr Au Yong, Head, M2U Business, Virtual Banking, Community Financial Services, Maybank used this meet as a platform for introducing the Maybank M2u internet banking service to a wider audience and hinted a long term partnership between HTC and Maybank.

Hansen Lee returned and conducted a quick Q and A session with the audience and chaired  the ‘Break the Code” session.

Track 2

The afternoon session started off with a quick Q and A session on the end user’s experience with HTC devices. Hansen Lee and Wayne Tang had moderated the session.

The serious coding stuff began with Code Android’s Nazrul talking about the necessary tools in coding for Android. He went on the give a brief example in coding for an application using the necessary coding syntax.Code Android Malaysia’s developers had showcased some of their own applications such as the KL traffic Jam app, a toll calculator app and a 3D depth spatial application. The 3D depth application was probably the star of the show as it was used in powering the movements of a robot in the form of an Android mascot.

CodeAndroid Malaysia is a year old and this event provided them a much needed platform for spreading the word out to potential developers. Bernie Ng, from Code Android Malaysia spoke of the Android’s potential becoming the prime mobile platform of the future and the potential monetary remunerations for an active program developer.

Hansen Lee and Nazrul ended the event with an audience quiz and a brief thank you to the audience.

The event was certainly a clear sign of Android’s increasing popularity in Malaysia. The Android OS has been around for 3 years and it is finally getting wider attention from mobile consumers and corporate companies.HTC clearly sees Android’s potential and they are set to establish themselves as the prime Android phone brand in Malaysia.Events such as Android Garage go a long way in promoting the HTC’s tech credentials amongst developers, tech enthusiasts and at the same time, increasing its brand awareness amongst consumers.

HTC event

HTC has something up its sleeves this September.

They have scheduled a September event in London for the launch of a particular device.

Judging from the silhouette of the device in question, it is likely to the HTC Desire HD/HTC Ace which had a brief video walkthrough which can be accessed via link.

This device is similar to the HTC Evo 4G, the first Wimax enabled phone which is a United States only device. The HTC Desire HD/Ace is reported to have a 4.3 inch screen with an 8 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash. It’s a Android 2.2 device and well, it looks like another winner for HTC.

All will be revealed in September.

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HTC Malaysia is organizing another Toolbox session for those interested and for those who already own a HTC device running the Android OS.

Here are the details:
HTC Toolbox@PC Fair II
6th to the 8th of Aug 2010( Friday to Sunday)
Venue: KL convention center

HTC Desire owners, rejoice!

The high end device from phonemaker HTC is due an update to Android OS version 2.2 , in Europe this weekend. The update will be first rolled out to unlocked handsets followed by locked handsets. TechRadar UK carries more info this news and can be read via this link.

Google names the various versions of the Android OS after desserts and the food object of their choice for version 2.2 is the Frozen Yogurt (Froyo).

This is an important update to the platform and has been reported to bring a host of  improved software and performance updates. The update can be downloaded over the air (OTA) via Wifi or 3G. Given the size of the software, the update is preferably done over WiFi. The existing data on one’s HTC Desire will not be erased(data preservation) with this update.

Amongst the updates to the Desire includes:

  • 720p HD video recording
  • HTC App Share widget
  • An improved multi language keyboard

A review of the Froyo can be read via this link.

This is a clear sign that updates to HTC Desire owners in Asia will come soon. As a matter of fact, the HTC Desire,which is soon to be released in China will come will Android 2.2 on board.

I look forward to this update and I’ll certainly be putting my HTC Desire through the paces with Froyo on board.