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Microsoft gets $5 for Every Android Phone by HTC

When I ask you this question: ‘When HTC sells an Android smartphone, who profits?’, the most common logical answer would be HTC, and probably Google, which also benefits indirectly when phone buyers use the Android OS.

Surprisingly, one more company makes a neat profit for every Android phone that is sold by HTC. It’s Microsoft. Thanks to a patent infringement lawsuit settlement with HTC, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone which runs Android.

According to Walter Pritchard, the Citi analyst who revealed this information in his report, Microsoft is also planning to go after other Android device partners, looking for up to $12.50 per device.

While its own mobile division is bleeding money, Microsoft is actually planning to make money from the sales of its biggest competitor – Android.

If every Android manufacturer has to pay a fee for using the Android OS, the OS is not actually ‘free’. This may push manufacturers to skip Android (which is unlikely, but not impossible), and go with Windows Phone 7, to avoid litigation fees and stop paying patent fees to Microsoft.

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HTC Will NOT Be Locking Bootloaders On Their Devices From Now

HTC’s smartphone sales and profits have risen up sharply, with the growth of Android. Last year, HTC Android phones were among the most popular ones among the consumers as well as developers. Developers used to buy a HTC based Android phones, since it was easy to get root access and flash custom ROMs on their phones.

However, since the beginning of this year HTC changed their agenda and started shipping Android phones with encrypted boot loader. This meant that rooting and flashing custom ROMs on HTC phones became nearly impossible. The company received a lot criticism on their move of encrypting the boot loaders on their handset.

Many people who had previously thought of buying the HTC Sensation went ahead and got the Samsung Galaxy S II, just because the SGS II does not have a locked down boot loader.

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A few days ago HTC said that they are reviewing their policy on locked down boot loaders. Today, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced that HTC has listened to its customer feedback, and they will no longer be locking down boot loaders on their devices.

This definitely is music to my ears, and as well as every developer out there. This move from HTC clearly proves that ignoring the developer community can lead to negative PR and lot of criticism (Psst Motorola).

However, HTC has not mentioned anything whether their current devices with locked boot loaders like the Sensation, Incredible S will be unlocked or not.

First Sony Ericsson, then Samsung and LG and now HTC all have realized that they are adversely going to affect the sales of their handsets by locking down its boot loader. Now, only if Motorola could realize this!

Red HTC Desire S Now Available At Vodafone UK

HTC Desire S is the successor of the highly popular, HTC Desire smartphone. This handset was announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is already available in black, but HTC have recently released this smartphone in red. The Red HTC Desire S is exclusively available on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK.

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HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

You can get the Red HTC Desire S for free on contract with a £30 montly plan, which comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data. If you are planning to purchase this smartphone, then just head over to this page.

HTC EVO 3D Price Revealed

HTC EVO 3D is the company’s first 3D smartphone. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch QHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 3D video recording at 720p and much more. HTC EVO 3D runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Recently, we posted that the HTC EVO 3D is available for pre-order at Sprint, but the price of the device was a mystery.

Now, the price of the much-awaited HTC EVO 3D have been finally revealed. The RadioShack flyer posted below, clearly shows the price of this amazing smartphone. HTC EVO 3D will be available for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also purchase this smartphone for $499.99 without any contract.

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HTC EVO 3D features 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.

You can even trade in your HTC EVO 4G or HTC EVO Shift and get $100 discount, while purchasing the HTC EVO 3D at RadioShack. This handset is also up for pre-order at official Sprint Stores. To learn more, head over to this page.

HTC Flyer Wi-Fi Available At Best Buy For $499.99

HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.4 Operating System, instead of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS for tablets. Last week, we posted that, the HTC Flyer is available for purchase in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries. Now, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is finally available for purchase in the US via Best Buy. The 3G version is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

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HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Sadly, the Wi-Fi HTC Flyer will not come with the stylus. To take advantage of the HTC Scribe technology, you will need to purchase the stylus separately for $79.99. The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. The Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer can be easily purchased from the Best Buy stores for $499.99 without any contract.

HTC EVO 3D Up For Pre-Order At Sprint

HTC announced its first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D at the CTIA show. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and more. HTC EVO 3D will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. If you are eagerly waiting for this handset, then we have a good news for you. The powerful HTC EVO 3D is currently up for pre-order at the Sprint Stores in the US.

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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, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D is also available for pre-order at RadioShack, but if you prefer to buy from the official Sprint Stores, then you will have to visit a Sprint retail outlet and purchase a $50 gift-card. After purchasing the $50 gift-card, your name will be added on the pre-order list. The price of this device have not been announced yet.

HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Up until now, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, Desire Z, Desire and the Thunderbolt, all thanks to the guy behind 911HTC.

Now, 911HTC has managed to get his hands on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Droid Incredible. HTC did promise to release the Gingerbread update for a bunch of their handsets, including the Incredible, by the end of Q2.

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All these leaks indicate that the company is working hard on keeping it’s word. Sadly, unlike all other Gingerbread leaks for various handsets, this leak is not in a flashable state as of now. However, with so many talented developers out there I am sure its just a matter of hours, before a flashable version is out.

This leak will also help developers to port other Sense based Gingerbread ROMs to the Droid Incredible. Readers should keep in mind that this leak is not compatible with the Droid Incredible’s successor the Droid Incredible 2.

Interested developers and Droid Incredible owners can head over to this link to download the leaked Gingerbread ROM.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

In the last one week or so, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, and the Desire Z have leaked on the Internet. This is all due to only one man 911Sniper.

He also released the ROMs of un-released handsets like the HTC Doubleshot, and the Sensation, due to which many Android handsets got a taste of Sense 3.0 UI.

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Now, 911Sniper has just released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread test build for the HTC Thunderbolt (codenamed Mecha). HTC had earlier announced that the Thunderbolt will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by Q2 of 2011.

A leaked test build suggests that the company is already working on the update, and in all probability the update is in its final stages. Sadly, the leaked test build is based on Android 2.3.3, which means video calling via the front facing camera using Google Talk will be a no go!

The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G LTE compatible handset to hit the Verizon network. The handset packs a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD, and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Thunderbolt launched with Android 2.2 Froyo on-board, with HTC’s Sense UI (v2.0) running on top of it.

The Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt will bring with it performance improvements, usability improvements, and native SIP calling etc.

I don’t own a HTC Thunderbolt myself so as to test the leaked Gingerbread build. However, I would suggest readers to check out Droid-Life for a small preview of the Gingerbread leak.

HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.

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Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

HTC Flyer Now Available In UK

HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This device is powered by the old Android 2.3 Operating System. HTC recently announced that, the Flyer tablet will be available for purchase from today in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Both the versions of HTC Flyer will come with the HTC Scribe digital pen for note-taking, annotation and sketching.

HTC Flyer

We are delighted by the positive reactions that HTC Flyer has received since we first unveiled it in February and are pleased to be able to bring it to major markets across EMEA,commented Florian Seiche, President HTC EMEA. HTC Flyer is completely different from any other tablet on the market and we look forward to hearing about the different ways in which our customers use HTC Flyer in their daily lives for both work and play.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.3 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. You can easily purchase this device from retail outlets or you can even purchase it online from the HTC’s website. The Wi-Fi + 3G variant has an internal memory of 32 GB and it comes with a price tag of €649 (approx. $930). On the other hand, the Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer has an internal memory of 16 GB and it comes with a price tag of €499 (approx. $715).