HTC have pushed out an update which is intended to address the pink blob problem experience by some HTC HD2 owners. Described as "Digital Picture Enhancement", the new firmware aims to remove the patch of pink-hued distortion some users have found in the center of photos taken with the HD2's 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
When it came to bugs and glitches, our experience with the HTC HD2 was generally uninterrupted; a few on-screen keyboard slow-downs were pretty much all we observed. Still, other users have reported more significant issues, and so HTC have pushed out a new firmware version for the smartphone, build 1.48 WWE, which attempts to address the problems. Xmoo - who happens to have two HD2's - put together a quick comparison video highlighting the improvements.
HTC's injection of multitouch support into the HTC HD2 is one of the things that most impressed us about the smartphone, but so far the company have been reluctant to share the magic with third-party developers. One of the oft-missed benefits of Windows Mobile, however, is a huge developer community who'll go in and dig out what they're not being given, and xda-developers' l3v5y has come up with an API for multitouch.
There's no real new technical data in this latest video of Sony Ericsson's unreleased XPERIA X10, but it does give us a chance to see the Android smartphone cavorting with HTC's HD2, Samsung's Omnia II and that perennial favorite, the iPhone 3GS. Size-wise, if you thought the HD2 was too big then you should probably cancel your XPERIA X10 preorder, as the two look pretty darn similar; in fact, as the video after the cut shows, the X10 is actually a little chubbier than HTC's WinMo finest.
HTC's range of accessories for the HD2 pales against the array of options from which you can outfit your iPhone 3GS, but the company do have at least a few interesting things in the works. We've already heard about the HD2 car-kit, which automatically kicks the Windows Phone into a finger-friendly navigation mode, but now they've apparently confirmed a special stylus for use with the capacitive touchscreen is coming, together with an extended battery.
T-Mobile UK are the latest carrier to offer the HTC HD2, with the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone priced from free with a £35 ($58) per month, two-year agreement. It makes T-Mobile the third carrier to offer the device in the UK, following launches by Vodafone and O2. As usual, buyers get a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, and Windows Mobile 6.5.
Pinch of salt time, but msmobiles have heard from an unnamed source that HTC are planning to offer an official Windows Mobile 7 upgrade for the HTC HD2 as soon as Microsoft formally announce the new smartphone platform. The site is declining to reveal who their source is, and HTC have never confirmed that they plan to bring the HD2 up to speed with WM7, which is expected to arrive near the end of 2010.
As if the HTC HD2 needed any more hyperbole, it's now emerged that the Windows Phone can actually be coaxed to use WiFi 802.11n networks rather than just the advertised b/g support. The tweak was identified over at xda-developers and requires a registry hack; however some users have reported significant increases in battery consumption when the higher-speed wireless is switched on.
UK carrier O2 has announced that, as of today, would-be owners of the HTC HD2 will be able to drop into their nearest O2 store and pick up the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone. The launch follows rival carrier Vodafone, who released the HD2 last Thursday. The HD2 is available from free on certain monthly contracts, though you should probably expect to be tied down for at least 18 months.
A week ago we described HTC's HD2 as the poster-child for Windows Mobile 6.5, despite HTC having to replace, rework or generally junk a lot of the Microsoft OS' native functionality and replace it with their own. One such change - and a particularly welcome one at that - is multitouch support, but HTC have limited its use in the final build to the browser and a few other apps. Now there's a nifty app which unlocks multitouch support in every app system-wide.
Zooomer for the HTC HD2 will work with any .exe executable file on the Windows Phone, and basically add in multitouch control. That's going to be of mixed use, of course, since not all apps will really benefit from it, but we're glad to at least have the choice ourselves. The functionality is selective, too, which means you can turn off Zooomer's multitouch on an app-by-app basis if you're experiencing problems or just find the zooming frustrating (such as in certain games, perhaps).