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.

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.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Coming Soon; Will Bring Video Chatting Via Skype And Google Talk

When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.

Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.

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The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.

The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with HTCSense.com. The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.

Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update To Be Available From Tomorrow

The HTC EVO Shift 4G might not be as popular as other high-end Android handsets available from Sprint. However, this does not mean that the Shift 4G is a bad handset.

The EVO Shift 4G is one of the best handsets in the dying breed of hardware QWERTY phones. The handset might not have exactly set the sales chart on fire, but Sprint is still supporting the handset by releasing its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will bring a new Downloads application, and performance and stability improvements. The software update will also squash some bugs including the bug which prevented the Shift 4G to stream media via certain applications. Swype keyboard will also be installed on the handset, post the update.

The software update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, and Sprint will start pushing it to all Shift 4G handsets beginning from June 20th. For the impatient, the update will be available for manual download from Sprint’s server, starting from tomorrow (June 17).

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HTC Sensation Launched In India For Rs.32,700

Back in April, HTC announcd its fastest smartphone, the HTC Sensation. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. LetsBuy is already selling this handset in India from last week, but the company today officially launched the powerful HTC Sensation at an event in New Delhi, India.

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HTC is known for its innovation! We believe in constantly broadening the range of devices offered introducing technology to support specific applications and new form factors that meet the increasingly diverse needs of its customers,said Mr Lennard Hoornik, President, South Asia, HTC Corporation. The Smartphones have become a way of life – an office on the move for corporate executives and business professionals and its many user-friendly features make it truly desirable. Therefore we are pleased to bring the innovative HTC Sensation experience to our Indian customers. HTC Sensation is an exceptional Smartphone that will win customers with its unique blend of functionality, usability and style.

The technology offered by HTC is unique and revolutionary which symbolizes the spirit of innovation and inventive genius. HTC Sensation will create a paradigm shift in the overall Smartphone category with a refreshingly brilliant experience. In a market that is cluttered with many confusing options, we aim at offering a solution that solves our day-to-day requirements with simplicity and convenience,said Mr Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head HTC India.

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HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 1 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 495 mins talk-time, up to 400 hours stand-by time an a 1520 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation comes with a MOP (Market Operating Price) of Rs.32,700. You can easily purchase this handset from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country. This handset will compete with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S II in India. Which handset will you are planning to buy – HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II?

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Mugen Batteries Review For The Samsung Galaxy S And HTC Desire Z

Poor Battery life is one of the major issues with most of the Android phones out there. Previously, I wrote about an app called Juice Defender which helps in increasing the battery life of Android phones. However, tweaks and apps alone cannot make up for low capacity batteries in Android phones, especially from HTC.

Under heavy usage most of the Android phones will hardly last a day. Due to this, many hardcore Android handset owners buy a third party higher battery for their handset. These third party batteries come in two flavors one without an extended back cover and another one with a back cover, which usually adds a couple of inches thickness to the phone.

Mugen Battery is one popular third party high capacity battery manufacturer. The company has high capacity batteries available for nearly all Android, WP7 and Symbian handsets.

Recently, I got trial units of Mugen battery for the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire Z.

For the Samsung Galaxy S, Mugen offers two batteries one with a 1650mAh capacity, and another one with a whopping 3200mAh capacity and an extended back cover. Similarly, for the Desire Z, Mugen offers an 1800mAh battery along with a 3600mAh battery and an extended back door.

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First up, the review of both the Mugen batteries available for the Samsung Galaxy S.

The 1650mAh battery from Mugen only has a slightly higher capacity from the OEM Galaxy S battery. I tried the battery with several different ROMs including CM7 and the stock ROM, and managed to squeeze out couple of hours worth of extra battery life compared to the stock/OEM battery. With the stock 1500mAh battery from Samsung, I get around 11 hours of battery life on 3G without Juice Defender.

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The second 3200mAh battery from Mugen for the Galaxy S is the real show-stopper though. The extended back cover with the 3200mAh battery does make the Galaxy S noticeably thick, and heavy. However, the build quality and texture of the Mugen back cover is also better than the stock back cover from Samsung. It also helps in improving the grip on the SGS.

With this battery, I managed to get more than 2 days of continuous usage or heavy usage. With more than 4 hours of voice calls, a couple of hours of Tank Hero and Tilt Arena, and an hour of browsing on 3G, the battery lasted me 2 days 10 hours before dying.

The 1650mAh battery is a great buy for anyone who is looking for a spare or a replacement battery for his Galaxy S, without increasing the bulk of the phone.The 3200mAh battery is an easy recommendation to any Galaxy S owner who travels frequently, and is rarely around a power source.

Now, here is the review of the Mugen batteries for the HTC Desire Z.

The 1800mAh battery for the Desire Z from Mugen is a pretty big improvement over the stock 1300mAh battery, capacity wise. With the stock battery, the Desire Z lasts me around 14 hours on 3G with some heavy gaming and tweeting with 1 Gmail, Facebook and Twitter account syncing in the background. With the 1800mAh battery from Mugen, I was able to squeeze around 21 hours of battery life on more or less the same usage as stated before.

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An increase in battery life by a whopping 7 hours, without replacing the battery cover is a huge improvement. I wonder if Mugen can fit in an 1800mAh battery, why does HTC ship a measly 1300mAh battery with the Desire Z.

The 3600mAh battery along with the extended back cover, when installed gives the Desire Z a very weird look. Unlike, the Galaxy S, the extended back cover on the Desire Z only covers a part of the handset. This is not a fault of the Mugen though. The Desire Z was never made with an extra-thick battery door in mind. The Mugen battery door is made up of plastic, unlike the original metal back plate found on the Z.

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Now, like its lesser capacity sibling, this 3600mAh battery packs some serious punch. The Desire Z lasted a staggering 3 days and 5 hours, with still 10% of charge left. I used the phone for around 6+ hours of music via earphones, nearly an hour of Internet browsing on a mix of 3G and Wi-Fi, lots of tweeting with 1 Gmail, Facebook and Twitter account syncing in the background.

Readers should keep in mind that battery life will vary depending on their usage, but even then they can easily squeeze out more than 40+ hours of battery life from the 3600mAh battery.

I can easily recommend both the Mugen batteries 1800mAh and 3600mAh for the Desire Z. The former costs $44.95, while the latter costs a whopping $96.95.

At the end of this review, I can easily say that Mugen Battery is the best third party battery available for your precious phone. Not only do they increase the battery life substantially, they are also available in different sizes according to a users need.

HTC Does A U-Turn; Desire To Get Gingerbread Update

  • Yesterday, HTC announced via their Facebook page that the original HTC Desire will not be getting the Gingerbread update.

The company cited that they were not able to bring Gingerbread to the Desire while maintaining the same Sense experience as found on other HTC devices. The reason behind this was the low internal memory of the Desire.

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This news did no go down well with the Desire owners, and the company received a lot of publicity. The HTC Desire is HTC’s highest selling handset ever, and the company realized it cannot piss off so many of its loyal customers.

So, Today HTC has again announced via their Facebook page that the Desire will indeed be getting its Gingerbread update. It is possible that the Desire may feature a striped down version of Sense UI, in order to make sure that the 512MB of internal memory is not filled up.

However, the company has not mentioned when the update is scheduled to roll out. The Desire Gingerbread update was originally scheduled to roll-out sometime before Q2 ends.

HTC Desire To NOT Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

HTC had earlier stated that most of their Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. This included the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, and the original Desire.

Last month, the Desire HD got its Gingerbread update along with the Incredible S. The Desire Z is slated to get its share of Gingerbread love by the end of Q2. The original Desire was also stated to get its Android update after the Desire Z.

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However, HTC has now confirmed via their Facebook page that the original Desire will not be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The reason cited by HTC is that their engineering team has not been able to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience.This is all due to the low internal memory of the handset.

Original Desire owners should not be disappointed with this new though. There are a lot of Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROMs available for the handset over at XDA forums, including the all-time popular CyanogenMod 7.

Just root your handset using unrevoked, and install ROM Manager from the Android Market. Then simply use ROM Manager to download and install any Gingerbread ROM on your handset.

HTC Salsa Launched In India For Rs.22,000

Recently, we posted that the HTC Salsa is available for purchase at Flipkart. But, the company finally launched its Android powered smartphone, the HTC Salsa in India. This handset was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Salsa comes with a dedicated Facebook button and it allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click.

According to Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India, HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC Salsa offers special new ways to socialize through a mobile device. With Indians increasingly getting hooked on to the social web, we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phone which makes this experience simple and convenient.

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HTC Salsa comes with a 3.4 inch touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, HTC Sense UI, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, internal GPS antenna, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, micro-USB, microSD card slot, up to 540 mins talk-time, up to 530 hours stand-by time and a 1520 mAh battery. This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams.

The HTC Salsa comes with a price tag of Rs.22,000. You can purchase this handset from all authorized HTC resellers across the country or you can even get this handset for Rs.20,499 at Flipkart.

HTC Sensation Now Available In India For Rs.30,699

Back in April, HTC announced the Android powered HTC Sensation. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and so on. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting to purchase this smartphone in India.

LetsBuy, a popular Indian retailer is currently selling the powerful HTC Sensation. This handset have not been officially launched in India. HTC Sensation is expected to launch in India, before the end of this month. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, then check out the complete specs, after the break.

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HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 1 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 495 mins talk-time, up to 400 hours stand-by time an a 1520 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation is currently available in India for Rs.30,699. This handset is priced much lower than the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at LetsBuy.