It was a month ago that HTC started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer in Europe. Today, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Honeycomb update for the Sprint’s version of the Flyer, the EVO View 4G.
The update with the version number 2.23.651.1 weighs in a little over 217MB in size, so EVO View 4G owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The jump from Gingerbread to Honeycomb was quite a big one, and brings in quite a lot of big changes including H/W acceleration, new web browser, new Google Apps, new launcher, a tablet optimized UI and much more.
Below is the full change-log of the update-:
- Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
- New Google search, available on every page
- System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
- Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
- The Action Bar–which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen–is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
- Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
- Google video chat
- Bluetooth capable in Airplane mode
The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take a while before the update hits your tablet.
HTC has just announced via a status update on Facebook that the company will start rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the GSM version of the Flyer, starting from today.
The Flyer was the first tablet from the Taiwanese manufacturer, and it is powered by a 1.5GHz single-core processor from Snapdragon. This 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and supports HTC’s Scrybe feature.
The HTC Flyer originally launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an enhanced version of Sense UI running on top of it. The Honeycomb update for the Flyer brings with it some much needed enhancements including a tablet optimized UI and hardware accelerated UI. All the basic apps like Calendar, GMail, Contacts and Google Talk have also got a redesign and are much more polished and take advantage of the big screen. Unlike HTC’s Android 2.3 implementation, the Honeycomb update for the Flyer is pretty free from Sense based modifications.
HTC is first rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for only the GSM version of the Flyer, which is available in Europe only. Wi-Fi only variants and Flyer owners in the United States need to wait for some more time before their tablet gets the Honeycomb update.
unrevoked was a very popular tool to get S-OFF and turn off NAND protection on older gen HTC Android handsets. However, the guys behind unrevoked have been out of action for nearly the whole of 2011.
Just when everyone thought that the folks behind unrevoked had given up, they team up with AplhaRev to release revolutionary. The team behind AlphaRev has been working on getting S-OFF on the latest batch of HTC devices, with a locked boot loader for quite sometime now.
revolutionary is an S-OFF tool which turns off the NAND protection on the 2011 line-up of Android handsets from HTC, which come with an encrypted boot loader.
Here is the list of devices which the tool supports :
Revolutionary currently supports the following Android phones and HBOOT versions:
- HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
- HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
- HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
- HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
- HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
- HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
- HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
- HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
- HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000
Revolutionary will permanently unlock NAND write protection by default on the following phones:
- HTC Sensation (pyramid)
- HTC Evo 3D (shooter)
Readers should keep in mind that S-OFF does not mean the handset is rooted. To get root access, users need to flash this file via recovery. The tool is in developer preview right now, so interested users need to provide their handsets serial number before they get a download link. Interested readers can find more info about revolutionary tool here.
Now, the wait begins for some awesome mods, kernels and custom ROMs for the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer begins!
HTC has started rolling out two new OTA (Over-The-Air) software updates for the recently released ChaCha and the Flyer.
The HTC ChaCha is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based phone from the Taiwanese company, which is aimed at Facebook addicts with a dedicated Facebook button. The update for the handset carries the version number 1.18.401.1, and the change-log from HTC states system and application enhancements.
HTC’s first tablet the Flyer software update has the version number 2.00.405.3. The Flyer sports a 7-inch screen, and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core Qualcomm processor. The tablet also has a pen input feature, which makes it handy for taking notes on the go.
While not the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update, which Flyer owners might be hoping for, the update does improve the system’s performance and stability.
At the moment, the updates for both the devices are being rolled out in U.K only. It is unknown whether HTC will roll out the software updates for the devices in other regions of the world or not.
HTC have just announced their next-generation high-end smartphone the HTC Sensation.
The Sensation sports a 4.3-inch S-LCD with qHD (960×540) resolution. The front of the LCD features a contoured glass along the entire edge of the screen, unlike the Nexus S.
The handset runs on the latest version of Sense which packs a lot of new features including widgets on the lock screen and new full screen widgets with animations.
The Sensation is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU along with 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of clicking pictures instantly’ and recording videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps with stereo sound recording.
Other usual features include D-LNA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi printing and HDMI-Out via MHL (Micro High-Def. Video Link).
The Sensation will also come integrated with a new service from HTC the HTC Watch. This service will allow users to download and watch movies instantly on their phone, either by purchasing them outright or by renting them. In fact, users can even continue watch the video on other HTC products e.g. the Flyer.
The HTC Sensation will run on the latest version of Android – Gingerbread – with HTCSense v3.0 running on top of it. HTC will launch the Sensation in ‘key’ markets by mid-May.