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HTC EVO 3D Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, HTC launched its first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset allows you to record 2D videos in full HD (1080p) and 3D videos in HD (720p), thanks to its 5 megapixel dual cameras. HTC EVO 3D was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Back in March, HTC has promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC EVO 3D.

HTC has already rolled out the Android 4.0 update in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. However, the EVO 3D owners in India were still waiting to get their hands on the Android 4.0 OS. Now, we have good news for the folks in India. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this unique smartphone in India.

The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked, re-sizeable widgets, data usage controls, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure, face unlock, home screen folders, improved battery life, improved text input and spell checking and much more.

The size of the update is 300 MB and it bumps the HTC EVO 3D to 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. If you have already received this update, then let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Desire V Goes On Sale In India For Rs.21,999

Earlier this month, HTC announced two new mid-range smartphones, the HTC Desire V and Desire VC. These handsets runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The HTC Desire V is the company’s first smartphone with dual-SIM capabilities. HTC has not yet released this smartphone in any of the major markets, but we have good news for the folks living in India. Flipkart, the popular online retailer has already started selling this handset, even before the company has officially launched it in India.

HTC Desire V features a 4 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, HTC Sense 4.0 UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 25 GB free cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0 and a 1650 mAh battery.

Sadly, this handset does not come with a front-facing camera for video calls. The HTC Desire V is currently available in polar white and stealth black colors. Flipkart is currently selling this device with a price tag of Rs.21,999 (approx. $390). You will also get an 8 GB Sandisk memory card for free with the purchase of this device.

We know that the price is too high and the device does not offer any extraordinary features. We would recommend you to wait for the official launch, since the device will be available at a lesser price at your local retail store. Alternately, you can buy the BlackBerry Torch 9860, Motorola Atrix 2 or Intel powered XOLO X900 which are available in the same price range. You can even get the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II or Nokia Lumia 800, if you are willing to spend a few thousand more. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

HTC Sensation XL Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, HTC launched a powerful smartphone in its popular Sensation family, the HTC Sensation XL. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. The HTC Sensation XL was bundled with the amazing Beats Audio headphones. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for 16 smartphones, including the HTC Sensation XL. This was definitely a relief for the owners of this device.

Last month, HTC rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in Romania and other European countries. However, the Sensation XL owners in India were eagerly waiting to get their hands on the latest version of the Android OS. Now, the wait has finally come to an end. HTC India recently tweeted that the company has started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the HTC Sensation XL in India.

The latest update brings the Sense 3.6 UI, system bar enhancements, re-sizeable widgets, lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked, data usage controls, face unlock, home screen folders, improved battery life, improved text input and spell checking, advanced voice and text input, improved menu structure and much more.

HTC Sensation XL owners can download and install the update directly from the phone using Wi-Fi. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge. It is also advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have already received this update or if you find something new, please let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Desire C Launched In India For Rs.14,999

Last month, HTC unveiled the entry-level HTC Desire C smartphone. This handset comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA display as well as a 600 MHz processor. It runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. HTC Desire C is already available for purchase in the UK. Now, the company went ahead and launched this handset in the Indian market. This handset allows you to access more than 400,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager HTC India, said:
“Listening to music is one of the most popular things people use their phones for, so it’s more important than ever that we deliver the power and emotion artists capture in the studio. The HTC Desire C offers customers excellent design, easy accesses to content and fast connectivity – making it the perfect all round devices.”

HTC Desire C features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, HTC Sense 4.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), 25 GB free cloud space from Dropbox for 2 years, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and a 1230 mAh battery.

HTC Desire C comes with 25 GB of free Dropbox space for two years, which allows you to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. This handset is available in red, white and black colors. The HTC Desire C comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,999 (approx. $265) in India.

HTC One S Now Available In India; Comes With Qualcomm S3 SoC Instead Of S4

HTC has finally released its upper mid-range One series handset in India, the One S. Sadly, the Indian variant of the One S comes with a different SoC that makes it less exciting. While the international variant of the One S packs a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 225 GPU, the Indian version packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 SoC along with an Adreno 220 GPU. Even though the Indian One S might have a faster CPU, it is slower and a battery guzzler compared to the international One S.

Apart from the change in SoC, the Indian version of the One S packs the same specs – a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD (960*640) resolution display, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed internal memory, no microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, an 8MP camera with ImageSense and AutoFocus, Zero-shutter lag, F/2.0 aperture with a 28mm wide lens, a 0.3MP front camera and a bunch of sensors.

The One S has a stunning unibody construction, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Sadly, the handset’s non-removable 1650mAh battery and the less-efficient Snapdragon S3 processor will make sure that the One S lasts less than a day under normal-to-heavy usage.

The pricing of the handset is also a let-down with a street price of Rs 32,4999. Just for a few extra thousand notes, one can get the One X and the Galaxy S III, both of which completely smoke the One S.

HTC Confirms Wi-Fi Connectivity Issue On Some Tegra 3 One X

Own the international variant of the HTC One X? Here is some bad news for you. Over the last few days, reports started flying around ont he Internet that some of the One X owners are facing strange Wi-Fi connectivity issue with their handset. The only weird and temporary way to fix this problem was to squeeze the handset at a certain place.

HTC has come clean on this matter and confirmed that the some of the Tegra 3 variants of the One X do suffer from poor Wi-Fi connectivity issue. The company has also issued an official statement to Android Central, where it states it has found a way to fix the issue in future One X handsets -:

After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.

What HTC however fails to mention is that what existing One X owners should do if they are facing the Wi-Fi connectivity issue. Hopefully, HTC will replace the One X for these people without any hassle.

HTC Unveils Two Low-End Ice Cream Sandwich Droids With Dual-SIM – Desire V and Desire VC

HTC has just announced two budget based Ice Cream Sandwich running handsets, the Desire V and Desire VC. The Desire V and Desire VC are identical to each other, except for the difference in their baseband. While the Desire V has SIM-card slots for two GSM based networks, the VC supports one primary CDMA network along with a secondary GSM based network.

Both the handsets pack a 4-inch screen with WVGa )480*800) resolution, a 1GHz Cortex-A5 based processor from Qualcomm, Adreno 200 GPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP snapper aided by an LED flash that is capable of recording videos in VGA resolution along with the connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, FM radio, 4GB internal memory, and a microSD card slot.

As stated earlier, the handsets run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense on top of it. The handsets wil also carry HTC’s Beats Audio logo and feature, which in practical usage is nothing but a marketing gimmick. The Desire V will launch in Asia sometime in July, while the Desire VC will launch only in China around the same time only.

AT&T’s HTC One X and Verizon’s LG Lucid Get Bug-Fixing Software Updates

HTC and AT&T have started rolling out a new software update for the One X that bumps up the software version to 1.85.502.3. The update is a pretty minor one that fixes some of the Wi-Fi related issues plaguing the handset.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Central -:

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity Improvement – improves operation when a device leaves Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Wi-Fi Throughput (Speed Increase)
  • AT&T Address Book fixes – Contacts formatting when synced to AAB
The update is being rolled out in batches and via OTA and is around 65MB in size, so make sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection before downloading the update.
Apart from the AT&T One X, Verizon and LG have also rolled out a minor update for their budget based 4G LTE Android phone, the Lucid. The new update does not bring any major changes, but instead fixes some bugs and enhances some of the existing ones. Below is the official change-log of the update -:
  • Weather Widget syncs correctly for more precise location coordinates
  • Improved Dialer Widget
  • Added “Instant Search” and “Add to Contacts” functionalities
  • Successfully dial VZW “#” shortcuts
  • Improved GPS Widget
  • Navigate Google Maps successfully
  • Threshold of battery temperature improved, so user will not see ‘over-heat’ when using Google Navigation
This 49MB VS840ZV6 software update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon to Lucid owners.

Sony’s PlayStation Suite Renamed To PlayStation Mobile; HTC’s One Series Get PlayStation Certified

Last night at E3, Sony announced that it is bringing its PlayStation certification to more handheld devices including the ones from HTC. The Japanese company has opened its PlayStation Mobile program, formerly PlayStation Suite, to HTC’s handsets.

“HTC is focused on delivering innovative mobile experiences for people everywhere and SCE’s immersive world of gaming will bring compelling entertainment to HTC One customers across the globe,” said Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer, HTC Corporation.

What this means is that HTC handset owners will get access to some of the classic and popular PlayStation games including Crash Bandicot etc. This move will also provide HTC handsets with exclusive access to some of the PlayStation certified games, and should give the company’s handsets a competitive edge over Samsung’s and Motorola’s.

As of now, only the One series of handsets from HTC will be getting the PlayStation certification which includes the HTC One X, One S and the One V.

The PlayStation Suite a.k.a PlayStation Mobile program was not really successful in the first place to begin with. The program did however manage to bring some games to the PlayStation Certified devices like the Xperia Play, which remained exclusive to the platform for quite a few months (FIFA). Hopefully, this move from HTC and Sony will help not only the program, but both the companies handset sales as well.

HTC Sensation XL Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out Now

HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation back in March, and followed it up with the ICS release for various variants of the handsets in the next couple of months.

Beginning from today, HTC has also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for another handset from the Sensation series, the Sensation XL. Unlike all other handsets in the Sensation series, the Sensation XL is powered by a single core but packs in a mammoth 4.7-inch display with a disappointingly low WVGA (480*800) resolution.

The ICS update for the Sensation XL will bring with it Android 4.0.3 on-board with all of its new features like data usage tracking, face unlock, GPU rendered UI and more. HTC’s Sense skin will also get updated to v3.6 post this update, which does not bring much visual changes.

Keep in mind that since the Sensation XL packs in a single core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich will not run as smooth on it as on the other Sensation branded dual-core phones. The performance will still remain pretty smooth except when the phone is under heavy load, thanks to the higher clock speed (1.5GHz) of the single core SoC.

The update is already available to download in Romania with the roll-out slowly expanding to other regions of the world.