Verizon Wireless recently announced the HTC Droid Incredible 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the the popular HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4 inch Super LCD display, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless in the US. Check out the specs below.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 features a 4 inch Super LCD touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, integrated noise cancellation technology and SRS WOWHD surround sound.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a global ready Android smartphone, which means that, it has both CDMA radio for operation on Verizon’s network in the US and GSM/HSPA radio for operation in more than 200 countries. This handset will be available for purchase from April 28th. HTC Droid Incredible 2 comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a two years service agreement.
Back in February, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. Most of the tablets announced this year runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, but the HTC Flyer runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Even though, it is powered by the 1.5 GHz processor, why would anyone go ahead and buy a device with outdated operating system?
To solve this problem, HTC has recently mentioned in a tweet that, the HTC Flyer will get the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update shortly after launch. This is definitely a great news for those, who are planning to buy this device, since they won’t have to wait much longer for the Android Honeycomb update.
HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb), HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Multimedia player, 32 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.
HTC Flyer is already up for pre-order in the UK for £600. This device is expected to be available from May 9th in the US. So, you can expect the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer during late-May or early-June. Stay tuned for more updates.
Microsoft started rolling out the NoDo update bringing the much awaited copy & paste feature to all WP7 handsets, at the end of the last month.
However, some carriers decided to delay the release of the NoDo update for WP7 based handsets including AT&T.
Nevertheless, AT&T has finally started rolling out the NoDo update for the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will get its NoDo update sometime in May, due to some software issues.
Samsung has also taken this opportunity to roll out a firmware update for the Focus. The new firmware update incorporates some useful changes and bug fixes.
The capacitive buttons on the Focus are temporarily disabled, if an app is open and a user drags his finger from the screen to the buttons. This will definitely be appreciated by all Focus owners, and will help in reducing all those accidental touches. No more going back to the previous screen, while playing Fruit Ninja!
Another nifty change brought by this firmware is the anti-shake setting being enabled by default for the Camera. Most users don’t really bother to check out the camera settings before clicking a snap, and this small change will definitely come in handy for them.
WP7 is a closed OS, still users need to wait for sometime before they can update their handset to the latest version of the OS. So much for being a closed OS!
The HTC Sensation runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it. The Sense UI in its latest version packs a very nifty lock screen with widgets, and new animations.
Now, rmk40 a popular developer over at Desire Z modding community, has ported the Sensation ROM for the T-Mobile G2/Desire Z.
The ROM is a highly experimental one and rmk40 recommends general users to stay away from it.
One of the major problems with the ROM is that most of the UI elements are not rendered properly. The reason behind this is the difference in the resolution of the devices. The Sensation has a qHD (960×640) resolution, while the Z/G2 has a WVGA (800×480) resolution screen.
At the moment, the developer has no intention to work and make this ROM fully-functional on the Z/G2. The Desire HD developers are also on the same boat.
If developers of any of the devices are able to solve this problem, the changes could be easily ported to the other handset. Intersted developers can download the ROM from here.
Just when we thought that the megapixel wars were finally over, and that the manufacturers would now focus less on the megapixel count and more on the overall picture quality, HTC seems to be getting back to bumping up the megapixel counts on its phones.
A new leaked ad suggests that HTC is working on a 16 MP camera phone powered by Windows Phone 7. The current camera megapixel standard seems to be be 8 MP, with most new high end smartphones featuring 8 MP cameras. Nokia’s N8, which currently offers the best camera in smartphones, has a megapixel count of 12. The Altek Leo, a relatively unknown phone, has a 14 MP camera. A 16 MP camera would beat all the existing devices, at least in terms of image capture resolution.
The HTC device in the ad, which looks very similar to the HTC Desire S, will have a dual LED flash, and likely autofocus. No other details about the new device have been revealed yet. I hope that the HTC device doesn’t just top the current generation of phones in terms of megapixels, but also in terms of overall image capture quality.
For more details about the 16 MP HTC WP7 smartphone, head over to Pocketnow.
The HTC EVO 4G was announced last year by Sprint and it still is one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.
The handset launched with Android 2.1 on-board, but received an Android 2.2 FroYo update pretty quickly. HTC recently confirmed that the EVO 4G along with a bunch of other handsets, will be tasting Gingerbread by Q2 or Q3 of this year.
Now, one of the XDA member wdfowty has managed to get his hands on the leaked RUU of the EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The leaked RUU has already been rooted, zip-aligned and de-odexed by another fellow XDA member.
Users who have flashed this ROM on their EVO 4G are reporting improved responsiveness, and increased free space in the internal storage of the device.
Sadly, the ROM comes with Sense v1.0, which means that the Sense version on the EVO 4G will remain the same even when the final version of Gingerbread comes out.
HTC EVO 4G owners should head over to this thread to know more about the leaked RUU.
It was only a couple of days ago that HTC announced its next generation super phone the HTC Sensation.
The phone packs a dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it.
Yesterday, HTC made it clear via their Twitter account that none of the current generation phones like the Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt will get Sense v3.0. However, they will get some of the features of the latest version of Sense.
Nevertheless, one of the awesome developers over at XDA forums, 911sniper, has already managed to bring Sense v3.0 to the Desire HD. His custom ROM is based on the HTC Sensation RUU, which leaked yesterday on the Internet.
As of now, the ROM is in early stages with most of the stuffs including Camera, and other features of the phone not working. However, I am pretty sure the developer will be able to fix most of the issues within a couple of weeks.
HTC Desire HD should head over to this thread for more information. HTC Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt and EVO 4G owners need to be a bit patient, before the HTC Sensation ROM gets ported for their handset.
Back at CES 2011, HTC and Verizon announced their first ever 4G LTE capable phone the Thunderbolt.
At that time, the Thunderbolt was advertised to come with a new Skype version, which would allow users to do video calls. However, due to some reasons the Thunderbolt did not ship with Skype pre-installed.
Even Skype did not release an updated version of their app on the Android Market, which supported video calls. In fact, Verizon removed all the advertisements from the Internet, which stated that the Thunderbolt will come with video-chatting capabilities via Skype.
Now, the awesomely awesome folks over at Droid-Life have somehow managed to get their hands on a leaked Skype APK, which allows Thunderbolt owners to make video calls!
Sadly, this APK file works only on the HTC Thunderbolt. I tried to install this file on my Samsung Galaxy S, but the app simply refused to install.
Thunderbolt owners can download the Skype APK file from here.
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.
The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.
The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.
The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.
The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.
While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.
At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.
Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.