HTC and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the release date of the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt. The launch of the handset was delayed numerous times because of unknown reasons. According to rumors, the launch was delayed because of the poor battery life of the handset.
The Thunderbolt was announced by HTC during CES 2011. The handset will be the first phone to support Verizon’s so called 4G’ LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt will be available on the Verizon network starting from March 17th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
The HTC Thunderbolt sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255) and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone also has 8GB of on-board memory, and a 32GB (!) card will come pre-installed as well.
The back of the handset houses an 8MP camera, while there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a kickstand at the back of the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it.
The HTC Incredible 2, also known as the Verizon Droid Incredible 2, is supposed to be launched soon. It will be one of the few new high end Android smartphones which will be powered by a single core processor. Other than that, the HTC Incredible 2 seems to have some really good hardware specs.
Today, images and specifications of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have leaked out.
It will come with a 4.0 inch Super LCD display with a WVGA resolution. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI (It is running Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get a upgrade to Gingerbread before launch).
It also has an 8 MP camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front facing camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8655 processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has 4 GB internal storage and has a 1450 mAh battery.
Compared to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 or the Motorola Atrix 4G, it seems a bit underpowered in terms of clock speed and RAM, but it is an impressive device nevertheless. Pricing details and launch dates should be announced soon.
The HTC Vision a.k.a the T-Mobile G2 in the United States, and the HTC Desire Z in the rest of the world has got its first Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.
TeamVillain have released a new custom ROM for the Vision SenseGinger which is based on Android 2.3 with the Sense UI running on top of it. The ROM is based on the Wildfire S ROM that leaked a few days ago.
As usual, the ROM does have some bugs including the Bluetooth function not working.
Here is the full bugs-list from the official SenseGinger thread at XDA :
* Camcorder hangs when pressing record
* Bluetooth does not work
* HTC Hub fails to log in
* The “card” mail widget does not work
* Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
* Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard
HTC Vision (G2/Desire Z) owners need to make sure that they are using ClockWorkMod 3.0 so that they can flash this ROM on their handset. I expect TeamVillain to squash most of the bugs in this ROM in the upcoming few days.
Yesterday, we reported that the WP7 NoDo update for the HTC Mozart leaked on the Internet. Today, a new RUU/ROM containing the NoDo update for the HD7 has surfaced over at XDA-Developers forum.
Microsoft will be releasing the NoDo update for all the WP7 handsets in the next couple of weeks. The NoDo update for WP7 will bring with it copy and paste functionality along with some other new features. The apps and games loading time have also been drastically reduced.
The ROM is apparently the final build, which will soon be officially released by Microsoft. The ROM is meant only for unbranded, generic HD7 handsets. Users who have a carrier branded version, can flash this ROM by converting their microSD card into a gold card.
HD7 owners who flashed this ROM reported improved overall performance and some sound improvements as well. HTC HD7 owners, who are interested in flashing the leaked ROM/RUU on their phone, can download it from here.
Android handset manufacturers have a horrendous track record when it comes to delivering Android OS updates. While some delay updates by months, others don’t deliver at all (yes Sony, I am looking at you). HTC has the best track record, and it looks like it will be living up to its reputation for now.
The Incredible S was one of the few handsets at the MWC to ship with FroYo (Android 2.2). Back then, HTC reps had promised a quick Gingerbread update. Now, they have confirmed that the promised update is indeed under development, and will go live by Q2 2011. While a four month wait is not “quick” under normal circumstances, I guess that most Android owners will take it.
We had already confirmed that the Desire HD, Desire Z, and Desire will be receiving Gingerbread updates. Now, thanks to Slashgear, we can confirm that they will also be getting the update in Q2 (and not in Q3, as we had speculated). This bit of news should cheer up the original Desire owners, who have already experienced one major version bump. Desire’s sibling – the HTC-made Google Nexus One, has already begun receiving Android 2.3.
It’s heartening to see HTC not abandoning the aging Desire, which was once its flagship handset. While Xperia X10 is yet to receive Android 2.1 in the US, many of Samsung’s Galaxy S models have just begun receiving FroYo. Although, we would like to see even faster update deployment, for now we will be happy if other manufacturers take cue from HTC.
Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.
The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Earlier this month, HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. It runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. Recently, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer has been emerged in the Germany. CyberPort, a popular online retailer in Germany, is currently taking pre-order for the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer. Check out the complete specs below.
HTC Flyer features 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.
HTC Flyer comes with the HTC Watch service, which allows you to download hundreds of HD movies from major studios. The original HTC Flyer is up for pre-order at Amazon Germany for â‚¬669 (approx. $915). The Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is currently up for pre-order at CyberPort in Germany for â‚¬499 (approx. $620/ Rs.28,000). Which version of HTC Flyer will you buy? Or you will go for other Honeycomb tablets? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Sprint recently announced its first Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone, the HTC Arrive. This handset comes with a tilt-up display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. HTC Arrive is also the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 smartphone. It offers well-known Microsoft services like Microsoft Mobile Office, Zune and Xbox LIVE.
HTC Arrive features a 3.6 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 5 mega pixel camera with flash and autofocus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, SRS WOW HD surround sound, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, full HTML Web browser with Bing search, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB internal memory, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Office Hub, Sprint Zone, Sprint TV, up to 6 hours talktime and a 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
HTC Arrive allows you to access latest apps, games, music and premium Xbox LIVE games from the Windows Phone Market. This handset measures 117.6 mm x 58.9 mm x 15.5 mm and weighs 184 grams. HTC Arrive comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. This handset will be available from March 20th. You can pre-order this handset from any Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card.
Google has kept its words and has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One and Nexus S owners, alike. When Google announced the Nexus S and the next version of Android Gingerbread, the company stated that they will release the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One within few weeks.
However, nearly 2 months later, the company has finally started rolling out the OTA update for the N1 (Nexus One). Android 2.3.3 contains some major changes as well, including API level 10, NFC enhancements, improvements to the graphics department of the handset and bug fixes.
Nexus S users should also keep in mind that updating their handset to Android 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact sync on their phone. The reason behind this as stated by Google is :
We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation â€” and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.
Hopefully, Facebook will soon update its Android app to use the Contacts API.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update will take a few weeksto complete so N1 owners need to wait patiently for the update to be pushed to their handset.
According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.
As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.
Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :
t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.
Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :
HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.