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Update: HTC HD7 and 7 Mozart show up on India website, official announcement around the corner

24 Dec

Almost two weeks ago, we had reported that HTC is all set to introduce its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices in India despite Microsoft’s claims that WP7 will hit India sometime later in 2011. We were also the first to break that HTC intends to launch two WP7 devices right now and one of them would be the HD7 priced at around Rs 30,000.

Guess what, HTC’s India website now shows the HD7 and 7 Mozart as products available in the country. We are yet to ascertain the price of the 7 Mozart but it would be cheaper than the HD7. The 7 Mozart has an 8.0 MP camera, smaller 3.7-inch display and supports a slightly slower HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connectivity. Rest of the features appear to be similar to that of the HD7.

SOURCE: Fone Arena

UPDATE: We have been able to confirm some more details about HTC’s Windows Phone 7 launch. The 7 Mozart is priced at Rs 28,000. Currently none of the two devices officially support Windows Marketplace (Microsoft’s App Store equivalent) but we hear that this can be worked around by registering as a US-based user. Microsoft is expected to officially launch WP7 in India along with Marketplace earliest by March and latest by April.

Online retailer suggests HTC will launch the Desire HD next week

23 Dec

Online retailer, Flipkart, is now displaying that the Desire HD will be available in India in the fifth week of December, which translates into next week! The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and has an 8.0 MP camera that shoots video in 720p resolution and a 4.3-inch display. Priced at Rs 27,499, the Desire HD could give the Samsung Galaxy S and virtually any high-end Android phone a run for their money.

On the specs front, the Desire HD has a 1 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of internal memory, 768 MB of RAM and supports 3G downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. It will also play pretty well with HTC’s online portal http://www.htcsense.com.

If Flipkart’s information is true, we would suggest you put off your Android smartphone shopping for a few days. Yup, the new Droid King in town is on his way!

SOURCE: Flipkart

Vodafone to launch HTC Desire HD and Desire Z in India

8 Oct

We had reported earlier that HTC was hosting a party on October 7 and we were hoping we would get to see some new Windows Phone 7 gear. But it seems that the event was just to announce the Asia Pacific launch of the Desire Z and the Desire HD. Now the good news, the two Android smartphones will be available in India pretty soon with Vodafone. It might give an impression that the devices would be locked to Vodafone, but our experience suggests that it is simply a marketing and branding tie-up and the devices would work across carriers. HTC has not put a date or price, yet.

Sony Ericsson's LiveView – a mini accessory that controls your Android device

1 Oct

Now you won’t have to drag out your Android smartphone from your pocket or your handbag each time it rings. Instead, you can view your incoming calls, messages, tweets and Facebook updates on LiveView, a portable Bluetooth accessory by Sony Ericsson. This LiveView has a 1.3-inch coloured OLED display and it connects with your Android mobile phone (supports Android 2.1 OS and above) once you download an app on your phone and consequently, users can read their messages, play music and find out who’s calling them.

Now that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 line up is about to receive an OS update this October, this portable Bluetooth device will be worth a buy this Diwali and if in case, you lack the patience of waiting till then, you can try it out with those ‘haute-arse’ Moto and HTC devices running on Android 2.1.

What could HTC be planning to launch on October 7?

30 Sep

HTC is throwing a party on October 7 in Taiwan, where it is inviting the press to see what it has dreamt up. The date seems to be a bit early for showing off Windows Phone 7 gear, but then CEO Peter Chou has done it once before – he announced at his press conference that Microsoft will be launching Windows Mobile 6.5 an hour later at MWC in 2009. Will HTC steal LG’s thunder, which is holding a major press event in Singapore a week later to launch the Optimus 7 and claiming it to be the world’s first commercially available Windows Phone 7 smartphone? Or will it be just an Android Internet Tablet and a couple of Android smartphones? We doubt the latter and are placing our bets on Windows Phone 7 devices and with that goes whatever little chance LG had to stake claim to being the first to launch Windows Phone 7. The million dollar question is, whether Microsoft knows about HTC’s plans!

Mysterious HTC WP7 phone shows up

26 Jul

Photographs of an unseen, unheard of HTC phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS have been splattered on Engadget. The device, which looks like the WP7 version of Desire (sans the trackball), has a 3.7 inch display and is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It also has an 8.0 MP snapper.

With WP7 launch around the corner, we should be witnessing more such leaks. But more than the new devices, we are curious to see how WP7 performs when pitted against Android, considering both the platforms share more or less the same OEM ecosystem.

HTC Wildfire launched in India

15 Jul

htc wildfireHTC has launched a mid-end Android smartphone in India. The Wildfire, priced at approximately Rs 16,000, will replace the Tattoo and features Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS with HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it. On the specifications front, the Wildfire has a 528 MHz processor, a 3.2 inch QVGA capacitive display, 512 MB ROM and 384 MB RAM. Connectivity opetions include 3G, Wi-Fi and it has an internal GPS receiver too. On the multimedia front, the Wildfire has a 5.0 MP camera and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It has a 1300 mAh battery, which HTC claims would last for about 8 hours of talktime and 480 hours of standby on a 2G network.

HTC Modrian, Mozart get WinMo 7 identities

8 Jul

A few hours ago, HTC uploaded the user agent profiles of two unknown smartphones – the Modrian and Mozart. The duo share similar capabilities and will have a WVGA (480×800 pixels) display and an all-touch user interface. A little digging into their profiles also reveals that both are running on Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 7 OS, devices on which are expected to be announced sometime in October or November this year. Will the Modrian and Mozart be a part of the starting line-up? We definitely think so…

How to get Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero users in India

2 Jul

HTC is finally rolling out Android 2.1 update for the Hero in India. It is a two-part process where you will first be prompted for a minor update that will update the ‘Firmware Over The Air’ (FOTA) client and then you will be made to wait for some more days to receive the actual update. Now, if you have received the first update and don’t want to wait it out to receive the real thing, you have come to the right place. We will tell you how you can get Android 2.1 running on your HTC Hero right away.

First of all, ensure that you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot with good bandwidth. The firmware update file is 79.6 MB and it took us some four hours to download it. Also, ensure that your phone is completely charged (ideally leave it on charging while the download goes, Wi-Fi can drain the battery pretty quickly). The thing is that for some reason HTC wants you to receive the update on July 10 so the hack is to fool HTC’s server that it’s July 10 already.

To do that, go to Settings>Date and Time> and manually change the date to July 10. Once that’s done, go to Settings>About Phone and you will notice the top most option would be to check for updates. Select that option and hit check now. That should do the trick! It will ask you to download a file, let the file download. Once the download is complete, install the file and the system will do the rest. Voila, you have a HTC Hero running on Android 2.1!

Rumour: HTC Sabor to run Gingerbread, sport 2.0 GHz processor?

1 Jul

File this under rumour rather than a leak right now but American carrier Sprint is preparing to launch the HTC Sabor, which will run on Android’s next version codenamed Gingerbread. The folks reporting this are also claiming the that Sabor would run on a 2.0 GHz processor, have dual-cameras with a 10.0 MP primary camera, a high resolution display and HD video recording.

The upcoming HTC smartphone destined for Sprint packs a 2GHz processor, over 1000 resolution display, Android OS 2.5 (gingerbread), 2 cameras with one being a 10-megapixel, 1080p video recording and built-in kickstand.

Now, the source is talking about Gingerbread as Android 2.5, whereas we have been hearing about it as Android 3.0. Also, it seems that HTC is going for its own variety of Super AMOLED displays after facing shortage issues with Samsung for its Incredible. It is more likely that HTC would have outsourced these displays from some other company (Sony, most likely) than manufacturing them on its own.

If these rumours are true, the HTC Sabor could very well have an Internet Tablet form factor (we can expect a bigger display from the claimed resolution) rather than simply an upgrade of the HTC Evo or the Motorola Droid X.