We've been waiting on it since late September, and now there's finally a release date: the HTC Velocity 4G, the first phone to utilise Telstra's 4G/LTE network, goes on sale from next Tuesday.
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Sadly it's not a shift to Ice Cream Sandwich, but Vodafone is pushing out an over-the-air update for the Desire HD and Cha Cha to shift them to Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0, as well as smaller bug fix updates for the Sensation and Salsa, from 4pm today. You'll get a notification on your device when the update is available. Not a concern if you've already shifted to a custom ROM, obviously.
We had a lot of entrants trying to win the HTC Sensation XE courtesy of HTC, and many of them made us laugh out loud. But there can only be one winner, and that winner is Jase, for his simple, to-the-point and effective caption.
We're in a generous mood as Christmas approaches, so we'll be giving away some awesome prizes all week. First up: thanks to HTC, we've got an HTC Sensation XE Android phone, valued at $999, for one lucky reader. So how can you win this phone?
We mentioned last week that Kmart was selling the Incredible S for $299. That phone is now showing up in a bunch of places, but Optus itself has the cheapest deal, with the Android 2.3 device selling for $269.10 including postage.
Optus has been selling the HTC Incredible S on contract since April, but if you'd prefer it as an outright option, Kmart has it for $299 this week. The case design isn't to everyone's taste, but it's a possible choice if you want a recent Android phone running Gingerbread.
I can't decide if this is a win or a disaster in the making: Telstra will be selling the HTC EVO 3D Android phone from September, and Vodafone is also going to sell the phone "soon". On the plus side, it's a high-powered Android Gingerbread phone with a 4.3 inch screen and an excellent camera. On the minus side, it sports a 3D effect which Gizmodo's reviewer described as so bad he wanted to look away.
HTC's flagship phone for 2011, the Sensation, officially goes on sale as a Telstra exclusive from today. You can buy it for $792 outright, or get it for $79 a month on a 24-month contract.
HTC's two latest entry-level Android phones, the Salsa and ChaCha, go on sale through Vodafone from July 6. With both phones being available on contract with no additional handset fees on Vodafone's entry-level 24-month cap plans (the $45 Infinite plan and the $29 standard cap), they are two of the cheaper Gingerbread-running phones out there right now.
The Gingerbread version of Android has lots of neat features, so it's good to see the ranks of phones shipping with it expand. Optus will begin selling the HTC Incredible S in stores from this weekend, and will offer it online from May 6.
Telstra has been selling the HTC Wildfire since August last year, but has only just gotten around to offering an over-the-air upgrade to Froyo for the device. Still, better sometime than never.
Telstra has snaffled another of the Android phones announced at Mobile World Congress, confirming it has an exclusive on the HTC Desire S. Annoyingly (and typically), we haven't got a more specific release timeframe than "the first half of 2011", and there's no pricing. Gizmodo has the full specs for the phone and where it fits in HTC's range.