HTC Desire HD Gets First Update, Take a Peek

HTC’s new Desire HD has gotten its first over the air (OTA) update to fix some general problems with the smartphone. Since it seems the new trend for Android powered smartphones to go through a serious OTA update to get the bugs worked out, you can now feel semi-safe buying one. Despite all of the good that Android is doing for manufacturers and consumers alike, a few bad apples are out there and damaging the Android brand. I don’t want to mention any names, but the owners of them certainly know which ones I am talking about.

So what is fixed or improved in the Desire HD’s first update? “Screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.” Isn’t Android supposed to be the OS that lets manufacturers just focus on building devices and not operating systems? There seems to be a lot of compatibility problems between what manufacturers build and what Android expects.

The update itself is titled ‘Software Number 1.32.405.3’ and since it is a pretty big download, I would suggest using your Wi-Fi to get it. To force your HTC Desire HD to update, go to ‘Menu’ then ‘Settings’ and finally ‘About Phone’ and look for the update. It’s pretty simple and your best bet if you don’t get it automatically soon.

If you’re in the market for a new Android smartphone and haven’t had a chance to look at the Desire HD, you should. Part of the reason why smartphone manufacturers have to keep putting out OTA updates is because they are reworking Android’s user interface. HTC’s vision of Android is HTC Sense, which is basically a highly custom skin that adds additional features. It is simpler to use than Android and even puts in some features that Android is still waiting for.

Besides just the user interface in the Desire HD, the device packs some pretty impressive hardware. A 4.3” touchscreen as well as an 8 megapixel camera and a 1 GHz processor. 768 MB of RAM and 1.5 GB of internal storage round out the device (8 GB microSD card included).

Now that the first OTA update for the HTC Desire HD is out, I would take a look at it. The only problem that I see for it in the future will be when Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ (that is its now expected name) comes out near the end of the year and HTC has to merge its Sense UI into Gingerbread.

Let me know what you think of the Desire HD and how the update goes for you if you already have one.

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