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HTC Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a minor software update for the Droid Incredible 2. The update is mainly aimed at fixing some bugs, and also bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.4.

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The software update carries the version number 4.04.605.1, and weighs in at 31.068MB.

Below is the full change-log for the update-:

  • Improved Server connections for email sync. and Mail application stability
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application
  • Ability to dial the +1′ prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets
  • Option to set Data roaming for all tripsor for individual trips
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming

Sadly, the software update does not bring Google Talk with video chatting facility, even though the Droid Incredible 2 has a front-facing camera.

It’s quite ironic that the Droid Incredible 2 not only got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with Android 2.3.4 update before one of Verizon’s top-tier 4G LTE compatible Android handset, the Thunderbolt. I am pretty sure that the Thunderbolt owners must be pretty annoyed with HTC for this.

HTC reps have been telling Thunderbolt owners that they will be getting some Gingerbread love from the company by the end of September. Hopefully, this time HTC would be able to keep its promise, unlike the last time.

HTC Rhyme Unveiled; Female Droid Lovers Rejoice!

HTC has just announced a phone for all the female Droid lovers, the HTC Rhyme. The Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense UI 3.5 on top of it.

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For the female geeks out there, the Rhyme packs in a 1GHz MSM8255 processor, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also has 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The 3.7-inch S-LCD screen has a WVGA (480×800) resolution.

The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera and an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front accompanying it. Like the majority of Droids out there, the Rhyme is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.

The Rhyme comes with some interesting accessories to charm the ladies out there. The retail box comes with a docking station, an armband, a Bluetooth headset, and a Charm Cable. The Charm Cable has a small cube attached to it, which blinks when the user receives a new incoming calls and/or messages.

The Rhyme will release in lavender color, with many other colored variants being released soon.

The HTC Rhyme will be first available under the Verizon’s network in the U.S.A, with the launch in Asian and European markets following it.

HTC Flyer Bootloader Now Unlockable Using HTC’s Developer Portal

Last month, HTC released its much awaited web-based boot loader unlock tool for the HTC EVO 3D and the various variants of the HTC Sensation.

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While the boot loader unlock tool from HTC does what it states, it does not provide a user with S-OFF access. This does complicate matters a little, but thankfully modders have already found a workaround. Today, HTC has updated its web-based tool to add support for the various versions of its first ever Android tablet, the Flyer.

Flyer owners who are interested in unlocking the boot loader on their tablet should head over to HTC’s developer website. Flyer owners should keep in mind that by unlocking the boot loader on their tablet, they will be voiding its warranty.

Hopefully, HTC will soon add support for more devices like the HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible S and the Desire S to its boot loader unlocking portal.

The HTC Flyer will also get its Honeycomb update sometime soon. Recently, a Honeycomb based ROM for the Flyer had leaked on the Internet.

HTC Sensation XE With Beats Audio and a Faster 1.5Ghz Processor Announced

HTC has just announced a mildly updated version of their sensational handset (Sensation), the HTC Sensation XE. Compared to the Sensation, the Sensation XE boasts a powerful 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm. The Sensation XE is the first phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer stable to sport the Beats Audio’ tag.

Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.

The whole phone has a red and black color co-ordination, giving it   a very sexy look. Other specs of the Sensation XE remain similar to the original Sensation, which includes 768MB of RAM, and oodles of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of sensors are also present.

The back of the Sensation XE sports an 8MP camera, with a 1.3MP camera in the front accompanying it. The other major difference compared to the original Sensation, the Sensation XE sports a bigger battery. The handset will also come with an 8GB or a 16GB microSD card pre-loaded.

The Sensation XE will also come pre-loaded with an exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones, which also has an inbuilt microphone and a remote control to play/pause and to skip tracks. The handset will be available in Europe and Asia sometime in late-September.

Hopefully, the Sensation XE has a better inbuilt audio chip compared to the original Sensation. I am also pretty sure the Sensation XE announcement must have pissed off a lot of original Sensation owners.

HTC Uses Patents Obtained From Google in New Lawsuit Against Apple

Recently, Apple and HTC have been involved in a lawsuit regarding a patent dispute. Today, Bloomberg reports an interesting twist in the on-going patent dispute between Apple and handset manufacturers supporting Google’s Android operating system. The report says that HTC today filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple and modified an earlier complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), using nine patents recently obtained from Google.

HTC, Apple, and Google logo

The five patents used in the new lawsuit were initially owned by Motorola, but were passed to Google sometime over the past year before being transferred to HTC. Google is currently in the process of attempting to acquire Motorola Mobility.

The nine patents originated with Palm Inc., Motorola Inc. and Openwave Systems Inc., with Google taking ownership within the past year, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records. Mountain View, California-based Google recorded transfer of the patents to HTC on Sept. 1, according to the agency’s website.

HTC sued Apple today in federal court in Delaware, claiming infringement of four of those patents that originally were issued to Motorola. Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC also amended a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, alleging infringement of three patents first issued to Openwave and two others originally owned by Palm.

In addition, the other five patents added to the earlier ITC complaint first originated at Palm and Openwave Systems before being acquired by Google. Google transferred those patents to HTC last week.  Apple has yet to file a formal complaint against Google regarding the patent,  but does have an ongoing infringement case pending against Motorola Mobility on this matter.

These patent disputes seem to get more interesting by the day! *grabs popcorn*

HTC Runnymede 2 Outed; Boasting ‘Beats’

Well it looks as if the Runnymede 2 will be one of the many devices that HTC will be pushing featuring ‘Beats by Dre’. The partnership, which was announced in the beginning of August, is shaping up to be much more than HTC simply slapping a pair of earphones and ‘Beats’ stickers into a box.While the Runnymede 2 is purported to ship with a set of over-the-ear headphones, it will also be powered by “SRS surround sound with acoustic performance tuned by Beats”. In addition to local storage of 16GB or 32GB, the Runnymede 2 will have access to HTC Listen, which is an on-device digital download store with access to movies and music. According to the leaked documentation, the Runnymede 2 continues the Android tradition of equipping a Qualcomm Snapdragon – clocked at 1.5GHz. A large 4.7″ 800×480 and 1.3 megapixel camera sit on the front of the single-slab aluminum phone.

Pricing for the Runnymede 2 hovers around the regular £499/599 mark for the 16/32GB models, both of which include the iconic Beats Solo headset. Although the Runnymede 2 seems to be a regular phone in HTC’s timeline, the Taiwanese company is taking the initiative and branding the new device with Beats. HTC’s ‘Beats by Dre’ product marketing will hopefully serve as clear differentiator when it comes to selecting an Android-powered phone, which some see to be a serious issue.

Via AndroidGuys

HTC Radar Announced; Runs on Windows Phone Mango

HTC have just announced a couple of Windows Phone Mango phones at their on-going event in London. Firstly, the company  announced the much more portable, Radar. The handset comes with a 3.8-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The Radar is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, while an Adreno 205 GPU handles the GPU department. The handset has 512MB of RAM on-board, along with 8GB of internal storage, of which only 6.54GB is available to the end-user. Since, WP7.5 Mango does not support microSD card slots, the extremely low internal memory is going to be a concern for many future Radar owners.

Other than this, the Radar features the usual run-of-the-mill Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 3G/HSDPA support, and a bunch of sensors. Like the Titan, the Radar also comes with a decent camera, albeit with a lower resolution. At the back of the Radar is a 5MP camera with F2.2 lens, accompanied by an LED flash. There is also a VGA camera in the front. The phone is also capable of playing back and recording 720p HD videos.

Like the Titan, the Radar runs on the latest version of Windows Phone, Mango. Beside the improved SoC and cameras, the Radar is just another run-of-the-mill handset. Most of the caveats of the first generation WP7 phones like the lack of full HD video recording, no display resolution higher than WVGA, and no microSD card slot still remain.

HTC did not announce anything about the availability and pricing of the Radar.

HTC Titan Announced; Sports a 4.7-inch S-LCD Screen!

Along with the HTC Radar, the Taiwanese company also announced a giant Windows Phone Mango based phone, the Titan. The Titan sports a 4.7-inch screen, with a disappointing WVGA (480×800) resolution screen. Like all other recent HTC handsets, the Titan also has a unibody aluminium design.

The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz single core processor from Snapdragon, and comes with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and sensors like Gyroscope, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensors are also present.

The back of the HTC Titan sports an 8MP camera with a t/2.2 aperture, accompanied by dual-LED flash. The Titan is among the first Windows Phone to sport a front-facing camera. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 720p HD videos.

Except for a faster processor and an improved GPU, the Titan is just another run-of-the-mill Windows Phone. The only major difference is that the handset runs on Mango right out of the box, while other WP7 handsets will get the update sometime this month.

Overall, the Titan lacks a lot of features, which is now a common place in the Android smartphone world, including HDMI out, microSD card slot, FM radio and 1080p video recording.

While the improved 8MP camera on the back and a front-facing camera in the front is a welcome addition, a dual-core processor and/or more internal memory would have been highly appreciated by Windows Phone users.

 

AT&T Jetstream Announced; HTC’s First Ever Honeycomb Tablet!

HTC and AT&T have finally announced there first ever Honeycomb based tablet, the AT&T Jetstream. The taiwanese company’s first ever Honeycomb tablet is different from the other run-of-the-mill Android Honeycomb tablets out there.

Unlike other Honeycomb tablets powered by a Tegra 2 SoC, a blazing fast 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm powers the Jetstream. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Also, unlike most other Honeycomb tablets out there, the Jetstream will feature HTC’s popular custom UI skin, Sense UI, which will be optimized for tablet. The Jetstream will also feature HTC’s useful Scribe feature, which first made its appearance on the Flyer.

The Jetstream packs the standard connectivity features for a tablet including Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and most importantly its upcoming 4G LTE network.

At the back of the tablet is an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. The device is also capable of recording and playing back full HD videos.

AT&T’s Jetstream will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on-board, and will hit the retail stores on September 4. The disappointing part about the tablet is its price. The Jetstream will cost a wallet-busting $699.99 with a two-year contract. This probably makes the Jetstream the costliest Android tablet at the moment!

 

HTC Launches The EVO 3D In India For Rs.35,990

HTC EVO 3D is the company’s first 3D smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the CTIA show. HTC EVO 3D runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it allows you to record 2D videos in Full HD (1080p) and 3D videos in HD (720p), thanks to its 5 megapixel dual cameras. HTC and Qualcomm finally launched this amazing smartphone, at an event in New Delhi, India.

We are proud to collaborate with Qualcomm to present another technological breakthrough device from HTC, the EVO 3D-the first smartphone available in the Indian market offering a superior 3D viewing experience without glasses. We are confident that the HTC EVO 3D will set a benchmark for 3D viewing and our consumers will make best use of this offering,said Mr Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC-India.

At HTC, we believe in offering a wide portfolio of beautifully designed, powerful and highly customizable devices for our customers, and the HTC EVO 3D does just that,said Mr Lennard Hoornik, President of HTC South Asia Pacific. As HTC continues to push the limits of innovation, we are looking forward to deliver more and more innovative products such as the HTC EVO 3D to our customers.

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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.

The HTC EVO 3D comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,990 in India. On the other hand, the LG Optimus 3D, which comes with almost same specs, is available for Rs.37,000. Which handset you are willing to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

HTC Droid Incredible Official Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

There is quite a bit of confusion regarding the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Incredible. Originally, when a Gingerbread ROM leaked for the Droid Incredible, it was taken for granted that the handset will get some Gingerbread love. However, as time passed by, some HTC reps started telling Incredible users that the handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, after all.

Things however again took a U-turn when one HTC rep confirmed that the Incredible would be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Some documents from Verizon also leaked online, which stated that the Incredible would get the Gingerbread update. Now, a new Gingerbread ROM for the Droid Incredible has leaked online. From the look and feel of the ROM, it seems like this is the final version of the Gingerbread ROM for the Droid Incredible, which would be released to the public.

Visually, there are not many changes, except for a toggle menu and a task manager integrated into the notification bar. The Gingerbread update also brings some performance enhancements, and bug fixes. The usual Gingerbread goodies like an enhanced copy and paste functionality, and a Download Manager app is also on-board.

HTC Droid Incredible users who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, should head over to  this link  for more information.

HTC Sense UI 3.5 Gets Previewed In a Video

It is a well known fact that all the Android skins from Android handset manufacturers are just slow, look kiddish and downright ugly. The only exception to this would be HTC’ Sense UI. The Taiwanese company’s Sense UI has been popular right from its WinMo days, when it was known as the TouchFLO 3D. Sense UI is the  only  Android skin from a manufacturer, which makes the whole OS look pleasing and much more user-friendly.

Recently, with the HTC Sensation and the EVO 3D, the company unveiled the latest version of Sense UI (v3), which includes nifty lock screen widgets and shortcuts, along with an updated 3D launcher and animations. Now, it looks like HTC is again all set to give its Sense UI an update, with the launch of its upcoming Android handsets (Vigor and Bliss, in all probability).

The folks over at XDA.cn have got their hands on a 5min+ video, which showcases the upcoming version of the Sense UI on an unreleased HTC handset.The new version of Sense will not bring any major UI overhaul, but will bring some new animations and will also enlarge some UI elements. The lock screen has also been tweaked with new animations and features.

Below is the video of HTC Sense 3.5 in action on an HTC handset -:

Hopefully, this new version of Sense will also be faster and smoother  compared  to the current version of Sense UI. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the HTC Sensation, but still feels sluggish sometimes thanks to the Sense UI.  I am also pretty sure that most HTC Android handset users will also like an option to turn off the Sense UI.

Via Droid-Life

Sprint Rolling Out Software Update For HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G smartphone and one of the most popular Android device. This handset was launched in the US, during the Q2 of 2010. HTC EVO 4G is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sprint recently rolled out a software update for this powerful smartphone. The latest update comes with some fixes and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.

HTC EVO 4G

Changelog:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

The latest update changes the firmware version of this handset to v4.53.651.1. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. If you face any problem or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments.

HTC EVO Design 4G Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

We already know that, HTC has already organized an event to launch 2 new Windows Phone 7 Mango based smartphones on September 1. These devices are codenamed as Eternity and Omega. HTC might also launch a new Android Gingerbread powered smartphone at the same event, along with the Eternity and Omega. The new smartphone is called as the HTC Kingdom. Yes, this phone was already leaked a few months ago.

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It is rumored that the HTC Kingdom will be called as the HTC EVO Design 4G, later this year. This handset will be exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. HTC Kingdom will be called as the HTC Acquire for Alltel customers. It will runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The guys at AndroidAndMe has recently shared the leaked specs and picture of the HTC EVO Design 4G. Check out the leaked specs below.

HTC EVO Design 4G/ HTC Acuire Leaked Specifications:

  • 4 inch qHD display
  • 540 x 960 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S2 (MSM7x30)
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Support for 4G HSPA+

This handset comes with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, when most of the smartphones these days sports a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The HTC EVO Design 4G is not much powerful compared to the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D, but it will be definitely much better compared to the HTC EVO 4G in terms of speed and performance. Stay tuned for more updates!

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update At Vodafone UK

HTC Sensation is the company’s most powerful smartphone. This handset was released during the Q3 of 2011 for Vodafone customers in the UK. The HTC Sensation originally runs on the Android 2.3.3 Operating System. HTC has already rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for the unlocked HTC Sensation, but the owners of the locked HTC Sensation were left behind. Last week, T-Mobile USA rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for this handset, and now, the Big Red carrier has joined the bandwagon.

Vodafone UK has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3.4 update for the HTC Sensation smartphones. The latest update changes the software version of the device to 1.45.161.1 and it comes with stability and performance updates. It also reduces the heating problem by optimizing processor load. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

HTC Sensation

Changelog:

  • Number of fixes and improvements
  • Reduce heating in some scenarios by optimizing processor load
  • Improve browser performance
  • Stability and performance updates

This update will be available only via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. To check if the new update is available for your HTC Sensation smartphone, go to Settings > About phone > HTC software updates and hit the Check option. If you face any error or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments below.