HTC EVO 3D Officially Headed To Europe

HTC has just announced the European version of the EVO 3D. The handset is similar to the recently released Sprint’s EVO 3D, except for a different radio.

For people who are unaware of the EVO 3D specs, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also packs in a 4.3-inch screen, with qHD (960×640) resolution, which is capable of displaying 3D content without glasses.


The phone also sports 1GB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. The back of the phone packs two dual-5MP cameras at the back with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 3D at 720p resolution, or at 1080p resolution in 2D mode. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.

Other key features of the EVO 3D include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3..0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port with MHL capabilities.

The handset is powered by a beefy 1730mAh battery, which provides up to 560 minutes of talk time. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense UI (v3) running on top of it. The handset also comes with HTC Watch pre-installed, which will allow users to watch high-quality movies on the go.

HTC did not mention anything about the pricing and availability of the handset. More details about the EVO 3D availability will be announced by various network operators in the future.

CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 Based On Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Released

The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first release candidate of CM7.1, which is based on Android 2.3.4.

Along with the latest version of Gingerbread, the CM team has also added some new features and support for more devices. With the release of CM7.1 RC, the CM team supports more than 44 Android powered devices. New inclusions include the Motorola Cliq XT, LG Optimus 2X, Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Incredible S.


CM7.1 RC1 also includes some nifty new features like the ability to control screen brightness by swiping your finger across the notification bar (ala TouchWIZ). The browser JavaScript engine has also been updated to V8, so expect improvements in website rendering, and smoother browsing experience.

The whole change-log of CM7 RC1 can be found here. The default ADW launcher has also been updated to support transitions.

Since the ROM is still in RC, there might be some bugs and issues with it. Do report the bugs you find, to the CM team, which will help them in getting close to the final release.  CM7.1 RC1 can be downloaded from ROM Manager, or directly to your PC from here.

For the unknown, CM7 is the most popular AOSP based custom ROM out there. The amount of features and personalization offered by CM ROMs is unmatched. It includes some very useful features like DSP Manager, Theme Manager, Notification toggles in the notification bar, multiple lock-screens etc.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid Incredible from Verizon and HTC. The phone was released exactly a month ago under Verizon’s network.

Sadly, the phone shipped with Android 2.2 (FroYo) on-board. At the time of its launch, HTC and Verizon did not mention anything about the Gingerbread update, for the handset.

Now, a member of MobileUnderground has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU for the Droid Incredible 2. I will not suggest any Droid Incredible 2 owner to flash this leaked RUU, as no known rooting and unlock method works on the firmware.

However, the folks over at Android Police have released a rooted version of the RUU. The re-packed RUU can be downloaded from here.

Below is a video of the Droid Incredible 2 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread :

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Incredible 2 brings some much needed bug fixes, apart from the bump in the Android version. The Smart Dialer and Notification LED settings work properly on this RUU, and so does the Sense Calendar widget.

The RUU also comes with a new radio, which should hopefully improve the network reception and data transfer speeds.

Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Get Sofware Updates

Sprint has released a maintenance software update each for the recently released HTC EVO 3D, and the EVO View 4G.

The maintenance software update for the EVO 3D is mainly aimed at fixing the force close which occurs while entering calendar entries in certain formats. There is also an application update which solves the missing Phone’ shortcut icon on the lock screen.


The update is an OTA one, and can be manually pulled from Sprint’s server. EVO 3D owners can do so, by going to Settings-> About Phone-> System Updates->HTC Software updates. Select the Check Now’ option and the handset will automatically download and install the update.

The EVO View 4G software update bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4. Along with it, the update also fixes some bugs with Google Maps, Google Navigation and the built-in Mail app from HTC.

Sadly, the update also disables video chat via Google Talk. Sprint does state that they will enable this feature sometime in the future, though.

HTC EVO 4G+ Announced; Korean Version of EVO 3D Minus the 3D Capabilities

HTC has just announced a variant of the HTC EVO 3D, which will be heading to Korea, known as the EVO 4G+. The EVO 4G+ is similar to the EVO 3D, except for the lack of 3D display and 3D camera (s ).

Instead, the handset sports a normal 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Unlike the EVO 3D, which sports dual 5MP cameras, the EVO 4G+ sports a single 8MP camera with an LED flash.


The EVO 4G+ will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm, and packs 1GB of RAM. The handset will also be capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD resolution. Like the EVO 3D, the 4G+ is powered by a chunky 1730mAh battery, and also sports a physical camera shutter button.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense (v3.) running on top of it. HTC has not announced anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset. Hopefully, more details about the handset will be made available in the coming weeks.

Here is the official product page of the HTC EVO 4G+.

Sprint Launches The HTC EVO 3D for $199.99

Sprint recently launched the HTC’s first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it is exclusively available to the Sprint customers in the US. The much awaited HTC EVO 3D smartphone will ship with 3D games, 3D movies and exciting apps. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel dual cameras with 3D video recording and playback at 720p and so on.

HTC EVO 3D brings to life a visual experience that comes alive in front of the viewers’ eyes and offers crisp, clear pictures on the large display that showcases yet another new innovation from Sprint; and HTC EVO View 4G combines a wonderful tablet experience with the ability to use the optional HTC Scribe digital pen to take notes on web pages, e-books, PDF documents and more, in an easy and natural way,said Fared Adib, vice president Product Development, Sprint. We’re looking forward to seeing our customers’ reactions to the glasses-free 3D experience when they get their hands on these exciting new devices today.

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HTC EVO 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D will ship with the blockbuster movie -The Green Hornet 3D, HTC’s Watch movie application, Blockbuster On Demand mobile app, Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D (demo version) and much more. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Are you planning to buy this phone? Or you will go for the LG Optimus 3D? Let us know your answers and views in the comments below.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Coming Soon To Three UK

Earlier this week, Sony Ericsson announced the amazing Xperia Ray at the CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Three UK has recently announced that, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be exclusively available to Three’s customers in the UK.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, with the latest in Android software, is an excellent addition to the Three smartphone range. The sleekly designed and technology-laden device will appeal to people who not only want a great looking handset but also the most up-to-date in terms of technology.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes with a 3.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1Ghz processor, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 8.1 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom and Auto focus, Front-facing camera for video calls, HD (720p) video recording, Micro USB support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, FM radio with RDS and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, DLNA Certified, 300 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3 GB microSD card included, 3D games, Motion gaming, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Sony Ericsson Music Player, TrackID music recognition, xLOUD, up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 440 hrs standby time, up to 36 hrs music playback, up to 6 hrs 45 min video playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available in 4 colors Black, Gold, White and Pink. The price and release date of this handset will be announced soon. This handset is expected to be available for free with a two year service agreement and a £30 per month plan.

AT&T To Launch HTC ChaCha Facebook Phone As HTC Status

Earlier this year, HTC announced the Facebook-centric HTC ChaCha phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. The HTC ChaCha is the first Android smartphone with one-touch Facebook access. HTC ChaCha allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button.

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Last week, the guys at PocketNow posted a leaked press shot of the new HTC ChaCha phone with the AT&T logo and a sightly different Facebook button. This clearly pointed us that, the HTC ChaCha phone will be soon available to the AT&T customers in the US. Now, the folks over at BGR claims that, the AT&T’s HTC ChaCha phone will be called as the HTC Status in the US.

HTC ChaCha features a 2.6 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, micro-USB, microSD card slot, up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 660 hours stand-by time and a 1250 mAh battery.

This handset is expected to launch soon in the US. Are you planning to update your Facebook “status” with the upcoming HTC Status? Let us know, what you think about this phone, in the comments below.

Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked!

Motorola Atrix 4G owners, this is the day you all have been impatiently waiting for. Yesterday, we reported that Motorola might unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

However, the awesomely talented folks over at XDA have managed to beat Motorola, and have unlocked the boot loader on the Atrix 4G.


The whole method to unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G can be found here. Do make a backup of your data, since the handset will be wiped clean of any data when the boot loader is unlocked. Sadly, there is a catch though. The method only works on AT&T branded and OLYFR branded version of the Atrix 4G.

Other branded version of handsets threw an error when users tried to unlock the boot loader. The phone did not brick itself, so there is no issue in trying.

The unlocked boot loader means we should start seeing custom kernels and true custom ROMs for the handset. In fact, ClockWorkMod Recovery is already available for unlocked Atrix 4G handsets. Here is the link to the appropriate thread over at XDA forums.

Motorola Atrix 4G Boot Loader To Be Unlocked With Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update?

Motorola has been heavily criticized by developers and consumers for locking down the boot loader on their devices. In its defence, Moto said that carriers also play a part in locking the boot loader on their phone, and that they will unlock boot loader on their handsets sometime in the 2nd half of this year.

Now, the folks over at BriefMobile, have somehow managed to get their hands on a test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G. The test build allows them to unlock the boot loader on their Atrix 4G, by simply using the fastboot oem unlockcommand.

Below is a video of the Atrix 4G boot loader being unlocked :

It is not confirmed whether the final build of the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G, will allow users to unlock the boot loader on their handsets.

BriefMobile does state that they have confirmed with representatives from Motorola, about the possibility of unlocking the boot loader in the final build of the Gingerbread update.

If Motorola remains true to their words, then this move will definitely please all the Atrix 4G owners out there. An unlocked boot loader would mean faster un-official Android updates, AOSP ROMs, custom kernels with Overclocking and under-volting support etc.