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HTC outs flagship phone with Exposť-like switching

updated 07:20 am EST, Tue February 16, 2010

HTC Desire is Nexus One for all carriers

HTC this morning made its presence felt at Mobile World Congress by launching multiple smartphones, including its new Android 2.1 flagship. Previously known as the Bravo, the Desire becomes HTC's version of the Nexus One without Google branding. It gets an upgraded HTC Sense with a unique home screen look known as "helicopter view:" somewhat like Apple's Exposť, a pinch gesture at a home screen shows all home screens at once to jump quickly to one of them.

The Desire also adds Flash Lite 4 in-browser for basic display of ads and other animated content (with 10.1 in the future), multi-touch within the browser and a press-and-hold abilitly to pick text and run a search. The e-mail app has filtering tabs to check only for new messages and to thread messages, and the calendar widget now shows an itinerary-style list view.

Most hardware is similar to the Nexus One, including the 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, but it replaces the trackball with a more elegant optical trackpad and drops the Nexus One's trademark active noise cancellation, which helps the Google phone's call quality but raises its price. A 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi are all stock.

The Desire ships throughout Asia and Europe on many carriers in April, and will be an exclusive to Telstra in Australia. So far, the version on offer lacks North American 3G bands, though HTC has said it may produce carrier-specific versions for the continent.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The iPhone seems like it's going to face a lot

    pressure from Android devices. I realize that the iPhone has the name and the ecosystem is the best protected for consumers, but I'm only saying that each Android device that gets introduced has more and more features that might attract new users to that platform. Apple is going to need to come up with some really outstanding iPhone once every year.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash playback

    OMG! It actually plays in browser ads?! I must have it! *end sarcasm*

    Using an iPod Touch to occasionally surf the web has been a refreshing experiences thanks to the LACK of ads in pages. At work, filters block some, but not most ads. The little time I have online at home is flash ad-free thanks to safariblock.

    Is there anyone out there who really WANTS to be able to see flash ads? (Besides the people they make money for, of course.)

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have a Pre and I like how Palm will let it work. ALL flash will show up in a box on the web browser, and when you tap that box, it will open a new card and let you play the game, or view a video. It will NOT be running 100% of the time, therefore will NOT see ads.

    I am sure I'll get buried too as I am a Pre user and not an iPhone user (I hate ATT) but I am a long time Apple user since the Apple //e days.

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