Everybody loves shiny new gadgets, especially shiny new Android phones, but the price tag often makes us (and our wallets) cringe. The good news is that nowadays, buying one doesn’t mean you have to scrimp and eat instant ramen for the rest of the year. There are a lot of phones out right now, running Android Froyo 2.2 no less, that are very affordable and right on the mark. If you’ve been looking for a capable Android phone that doesn’t bite your budget, here are five of the best ones you can choose from:Huawei IDEOS U8150Display: 2.8-inch TFT, 240×320 pixels, 256K colors CPU: 528MHz ARM 11 with 200MB storage, 256 RAM [...]
Virgin Media in the UK confirmed that its HTC Desire and Wildfire handsets will be getting the Android 2.2 Froyo update in September. Via its Twitter account, Virgin Media tweeted “MOBILE: HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire – great news, we’re expecting to release OTA updates to 2.2 (Froyo) early Sep :).” Right on schedule with HTC’s statement that Froyo would roll out starting Q3 of this year.
Today HTC has announced that it is expanding its presence and will be offering TD-SCDMA 3G based HTC branded phones in China through a partnership with China Mobile and China’s largest electronics retailer, GOME Electrical Appliances Ltd. Initially HTC will offer the the HTC Tianxi, HTC Tianyi, HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire; all Sense UI devices.
“We are proud to introduce the HTC brand in China and look forward to bringing a fresh customer-centric smartphone experience to consumers in China,” said Cher Wang, chairman of HTC. “Together with our strategic partner Dopod, we have introduced many state-of-the-art phones over the past [...]
Russell Jefferies wrote a review of the new HTC Wildfire for our sister site, MobileBurn.com. The Wildfire is very much like the high-end HTC Desire, except for a downgraded screen, CPU, and price. Here’s an excerpt from the full HTC Wildfire review:
The HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s latest Android smartphones that is aimed at the social networker who wants an affordable handset. Containing most of the HTC Desire’s high end components, the Wildfire packs an impressive feature set, yet costs around a third less than it’s bigger brother.
HTC has also enhanced the Facebook connectivity of the handset to [...]
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For those that live in the UK, you will be interested to hear that Virgin Media and T-Mobile will both offer the HTC Wildfire this summer. Both sets of companies announced the news via Twitter. Only T-Mobile went out on a limb and actually confirmed a release date, while Virgin media kept quiet on the matter. Indeed, T-Mobile quote the 14th June for when stuff gets real.
On their website T-Mobile have a holding page which says:Download thousands of Android™ apps Preloaded with Facebook™, Twitter and Flickr™ 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen 5 megapixel camera