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HTC Desire HD ROM Now Available For Droid Incredible, Desire, And EVO 4G

HTC's new version of Sense UI - which runs exclusively on the Desire Z and Desire HD (officially, at least) - is really shaping up to be an exception to the tradition of custom Android skins turning the operating system into a nightmare.

As of today, users of the HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, and the original GSM Desire, can thank the clever forum members over at xda-developers for five-second boot-up times they can call their own, along with all the other great features of HTC's latest skin.

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HTC Posts An Official 7-Minute Closer Look At The Upcoming HTC Desire HD And The New Sense

Kudos to HTC for taking time with producing their official walkthrough videos - they are usually superb, to say the least.

The video HTC posted today showcasing the upcoming Desire HD with the updated Sense UI is no exception. Over 7 minutes of high quality, narrated video is awaiting you below - just hit play, adjust the stream to 720p HD, kick back, and watch:

Source: HTC Youtube

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New HTC Fast Boot Technology Already Present On Desire Z/HD Offers 5 Second Boot Times. Smarts, Trickery, Or Both?

The New Fast Boot

If you haven't seen any demos from the recent HTC press conference showcasing the company's new Fast Boot technology available on the newly announced Desire Z and Desire HD handsets, you should stop everything you're doing and watch them immediately:

The new Fast Boot allows for boot-up times as low as 5 seconds. According to HTC, Desire HD and Z

... include the new HTC Fast Boot that enables people to quickly make a call or check emails by shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence.

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HTC Desire HD Look-A-Like Coming To Verizon?

A couple of weeks back, Boy Genius Report got their hands on some photos of a very svelte looking, EVO-esque HTC phone that is supposedly coming to Verizon.

Now they have a suspicion that it is in fact Verizon’s model of the Desire HD, announced a few days ago in London.

There are one or two things to say about this - firstly, the handset they obtained images of has a kickstand, a feature notably absent in the super-slim Desire HD.

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HTC Sense Will Support Map Pre-Caching In Its Latest Upgrade

Yesterday, Engadget got some hands-on time with the brand new HTC Sense upgrade that will debut on the Desire HD and the Desire Z. It will support all kinds of crazy stuff we've been waiting for like remote wiping, phone location, and backing up to and restoring data from HTCSense.com. Another cool feature is map pre-caching, which means that the phone will have pre-loaded maps on it.

The end result is a much more responsive map experience, allowing you to zoom in and out and pan around with "no waiting".

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Amazon & Play.com Open Pre-Order For HTC Desire Z And Desire HD, Release Date And Pricing Revealed; Free On £40/Month T-Mobile UK Contract

Yesterday, HTC announced that the G2 and EVO would be going international under the Desire Z and Desire HD names (respectively). With the help of a tipster, Engadget managed to find the phones listed by UK company Play.com and on Amazon.de/Amazon.UK. Retail pricing ranges from £470 for the Desire HD to £430 to £499 for the Desire Z.

Play.com

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Source: Desire Z, Desire HD

Amazon.de

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Source: Amazon.de

Amazon.uk

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Source: Amazon.UK

T-Mobile UK

T-Mobile UK tweeted that the Desire HD will be free on contract for customers on a £40/month, 2 year contract.

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HTC Desire HD Caught On Video, Looks Even Sexier Than The EVO?

In case a blurry picture and some unconfirmed specs weren’t enough for you, the Desire HD has already gotten a high quality video leak to call its own, and with it confirmation of all the great specs. While they certainly aren’t anything shocking, it serves to show us that the Desire HD is really pretty much a GSM EVO – but that doesn’t make it less impressive.

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
  • 4.3” WVGA screen
  • 720p recording
  • Android 2.2 with Sense
  • Front-facing camera

The only notable difference I can see between the EVO and Desire HD (besides the lack of a 4G radio in the latter) is the HD’s brushed aluminum body, which looks much nicer than the EVO, in my opinion.

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Mr. Blurrycam Provides Picture Of HTC Froyo Device - Could Be The Desire HD

A blurrycam shot of an unnamed HTC Android device running Android 2.2 (presumably... my Chinese is a little rusty) has been spotted over on the Android Hong-Kong forums (the irony is not lost on me: the picture was taken with an iPhone).

Although the device doesn’t seem to have any physical HTC branding, there is an “HTC Confidential” watermark on the screen of the device, and it’s running an HTC kernel.

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