HTC Supersonic an Android based phone has reportedly made its way into the Sprint inventory. The inventory lists the phone as HTC A9292 WiMax, which is also known as HTC Supersonic.
The phone was spotted by an AC forum member while checking the Sprint inventory. WiMax based phones will supposedly run on the Spring 4G network, so does this mean that HTC Supersonic will make its debut soon considering that Sprint is busy promoting their 4G network with introduction of new phones?
HTC Supersonic might have a 4.3 inch touchscreen display and will run on Android 2.1 and will run on HTC sense.
We will keep an eye on this phone, in the meantime you can check the original Sprint inventory image here.
According to a HTC forum member, who spoke with a Sprint executive to troubleshoot his HTC Hero which did not have service, the Android 2.1 update may arrive on March 26th, 2010 for Sprint users instead of the late April. The conversation below: (emphasis added)
I just got of the phone with the advanced support at sprint becuase my phone did not have any service since this morning. They tried all the basic trouble shooting and then said that they had seen this issue before but that the new firmware will address this issue they also stated that reactivating the phone is a work around for now. I kept on asking about the firmware release and they finally released a date for the 2.1 firmware. He stated and confirm that this update will come on 03/26/2010.
However, this update is not officially confirmed, and if released will only be available for Sprint users right now, other HTC Hero users might have to wait till April end to receive official OTA updates from HTC directly.
We will keep our eyes open for any official confirmation from Sprint with regards to this. In the meantime you can call the Sprint support and let us know if they do confirm this with you.
Update: Commentator @Nasty confirmed with Sprint that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero will be released in late March, which confirms our earlier date March 26th, 2010. Have fun.
Update 2 – March 22nd: We just came across a voice message from a Sprint representative to a customer which confirms the OTA update for HTC Hero and HTC Moment on March 26th, you can read about it here.
T-Mobile UK users of HTC Touch2 have just received a new ROM update versioned 18.104.22.168. The ROM has been officially released by HTC UK and can be downloaded on the official HTC site.
Users are cautioned to update their ROM only if they are using a older version than the new one. To check your current ROM on the Touch2, click Start > Settings > System tab > Device Information >Version tab, and note the ROM version, CPU, and Radio version.
Users can update to the new ROM using the ROM Upgrade Utility (RUU). The new update will erase your all your old data, so as always make sure to backup your data before you update to the new ROM.
You will have to provide your phone serial number before you can download the Version 22.214.171.124 ROM update.
The new ROM for HTC Touch2 does not come with any changelog, so we will update the post with the changelog once we get our hands on it.
The information was passed on to a XDA Modaco member and re-posted by a XDA member, when questioned about the latest firmware for HTC Hero. (emphasis added by me)
Thank you for your enquiry about htc hero.
Some of the phones in our Android line up including your Hero are due to receive an upgrade, and it is scheduled to be released starting at the end of April. Your phone should be upgraded Over-The-Air. You can expect a pop-up message on your phone when connected to the internet once it is ready. When the upgrade is ready, we will notify you via our website and on various social media networks including Twitter and Face book.
If these steps have not helped, please let me know by responding using the link provided and I will be happy to check again for you.
Best regards, Name removed HTC customer support team HTC Corp. Global Service Division
This could also mean that most of the HTC Android based phones will start receiving OTA updates to their device for Android 2.1 in late April.
If the rumored concept is really true, then the HTC HD3 will be one of the best devices that will be in the market. The concept boasts that the HD3 will have a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM and 1GB ROM. The phone will also have a 16GB internal Micro SD with support for up-to 32GB. A 4.5 inch Amoled multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 800×1280 and a 8MP camera.
This configuration is definitely what dream devices are made up of, however, these are just rumors and some of the screenshots are definitely inconsistent and look to be cooked up by someone who had lot of time on their hands, specially the screenshot with the specs, where the RAM and ROM Memory are written as 1GB and 1 GB (emphasized) in the screenshot below.
Most likely the concept pictures of the HTC HD3 are fakes, we will keep an eye for the real deal and let you know when we come across them.
Welcome to the First Edition of Mobile Mondays. In this fast paced life, you may have missed something important, innovative and exclusive stuffs related to the mobile industry. We are here to keep you on track with some of the most interesting news, products launches and views. Don’t forget to start your week by catching us every Monday at Techie Buzz.
This week we saw some leaked images of Nokia C6, an affordable slider phone which runs on a Symbian S60 operating system. This handset looks like the slider version of Nokia 5230 and it is expected to be announced soon.
If you connect your Nokia phone to PC via. OVI Suite, then you should upgrade it now itself since Nokia launched the latest version of OVI Suite with some interesting features. Nokia recently launched OVI Suite 2.1 that allows you to pause and resume downloads via Nokia Music and OVI Store. Click here to download the latest version of OVI Suite.
This week LG launched three news handsets, Cookie Plus, Cookie Fresh and Cookie Pep. All the handsets comes with full touchscreen display and it is expected to be launched in 50 countries at the end of this month. LG Cookie Plus will come with a 3G connectivity, while LG Cookie Pep will sport a 3 megapixel camera.
There is a good news for HTC Tattoo users as HTC has confirmed that HTC Tattoo will be receiving the Android 2.1 update. HTC Tattoo users can take the full advantage of Multi-touch technology which comes with the Android 2.1 update.
HTC is also planning to launch the lighter version of Nexus One in India. The launch date and price of this handset is not announced yet, but the availability of this device is confirmed by Google India’s head, Mr.Shailesh Rao.
While everyone have kept their fingers crossed to know what’s new in the latest version of iPhone, we saw some fake images of iPhone 4G in this week. Lets hope the latest version of iPhone, which is expected to launch in June 2010, comes with support for 4G network, a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and full Bluetooth functionality.
Handset Of The Week – HTC Smart:
HTC Smart is the first Brew Mobile based handset manufactured by HTC. This affordable smartphone will be first launched in India at the end of this month and it will be available in other markets during April. To learn more about this handset, head over to this page.
Video Of The Week – Windows 95 Running On HTC HD2:
We will be back next week with some interesting news, rumors, handset leaks and detailed analysis. Don’t forget to catch us every Monday at Techie Buzz.
According to some unsubstantiated reports from a Chinese Daily newspaper, Economic Daily News, it is being reported that HTC has begun delivery of the CDMA version of Nexus One to Verizon Wireless.
The report also says that HTC has will also begin delivery of the Nexus One to another Google partner Vodafone.
However, the phones may not sell in the Verizon Wireless or Vodafone brick and mortar stores and will have to be purchased online at http://google.com/phone.
Right now the Google Phone sales page shows that the Nexus One will be available on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone in Spring 2010. There are rumors that the actual sale date will be March 23rd, this was also floated around to us by a VZ friend who said that Verizon will start selling the Nexus One in late March, however, the date is not yet confirmed.
The CDMA version of Nexus One reportedly does not have GSM support, so it will not work outside the country you are buying it in.
Android Mobiles OS has released a new package for the HTC Droid Eris to root the device and upgrade the device from Android 1.5 to Android 2.1.
The HTC Droid Eris root is only for Android 1.5 devices right now. If you use it for anything else, you might brick your phone. Instructions for rooting the Droid Eris can be found at the thefuzz4.net site.
The root for Droid Eris will update the OS to the latest version aka, Android 2.1. Users who run the root will not be able to rollback to Android 1.5 with the current root. Please make sure to backup your phone data and applications before you root the Droid Eris.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible if you brick your device, so root at your own risk.
Windows Phone 7 will not be launched until late this year, however, there are rumors that the HTC Touch Pro3 may make its debut in Europe in the 3rd quarter of 2010.
According to a post on XDA, there are indications that HTC Touch Pro3 will launch in the 3rd quarter of 2010 in Europe, this will definitely mean that the device will not be running Windows Phone 7 and may instead be loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5.
The rumors come from a XDA forum member who knows the main distributor of HTC Europe and claims that he received the HTC Touch Pro2 4 months before it made it to the market.
Just had a dinner with a friend of mine who is the main distributor for HTC in Europe, and he informed that they will receive the first shipment of Touch Pro3’s this summer and they will be on sale in Europe third quarter of this year.
The forum user also added that the device will be smaller and slimmer than the earlier versions of the Touch Pro. Considering that Windows Mobile phones are not doing that well, it will be interesting to see if HTC does launch the Touch Pro3 before Windows Phone 7 makes it debut.
However, the Pro3 might definitely get a Windows Phone 7 upgrade in the future even if it is released before it, considering that it is the future on mobile computing for Windows based phones.
The release date is mere speculation right now and Touch Pro3 might actually come out with Windows Phone 7, let’s hope for some official confirmation from HTC on that.
Nexus One will go on sale on the Verizon Wireless network in the next few days. However, the HTC Nexus One that will be sold on Verizon will have the Sense user interface (UI).
The Sense UI was spotted by Android Central in a leaked page from Verizon’s site, which has the specifications for the HTC Nexus One for Verizon.
I do have some internal news that the Nexus One is coming to Verizon by end of March, but we cannot confirm it at this point. However, the phone will not be sold in Verizon stores and will only be available online.
I do not really understand what Google has against brick and mortar stores, however, their "online only" problem has gotten forecasters to cut down the sales forecast of Nexus One from 3.5 million to 1 million in 2010.
Don’t forget to watch out this space for more details on the Google HTC Nexus One released date on Verizon Wireless.
Do you still remember the Brew Mobile based handset announced by HTC back in January during the CES 2010? If not, then you need not to worry as the same handset might be in your hands within few days, since this device is expected to be launched in India during the end of this month. If you are planning to buy this device, I would like you to check out the amazing specs of this device below.
HTC Smart is powered by Brew Mobile operating system and runs on a 300 MHz processor. It has a 2.8 inches TFT touchscreen display, 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, USB, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, 3G Connectivity and so on.
Other feature includes a 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, audio and video player, stereo FM radio with RDS, Sense UI, Accelerometer, 16 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, 1100 mAh battery, upto 450 hours stand-by time and 7 hours talk-time.
Sadly, this handset does not comes with a Wi-Fi connectivity. This handset will be first launched in India and then it will be available in European markets during April. This handset is expected to be available in India with a price tag of Rs.10,000. Since Samsung Star and Samsung Corby are quite popular in India, this handset may directly compete with Samsung’s touchscreen phones due to its affordable price and excellent features.
Rejoice HTC Tattoo users. HTC has confirmed that HTC Tattoo will be receiving Android 2.1 update. HTC Tattoo which comes with HTC Sense UI has resistive touchscreen, which means it can take full advantage of Multi-touch technology which comes with the Android 2.1 update.
In a statement released by HTC:
Kindly note that now we understand that a phone running Android OS 2.1 is available that you are excited to get an update for your Tattoo. We are still working hard to Sense for building this new version but we expect to have the upgrade finished and ready to go soon. Please understand that it takes time to customize any Android release to Ensure You Have The Sense provides intuitive experience, and we hope you can be patient for just a little while longer.
HTC HD2 is probably one of the most awaited Windows mobile device which will be released later this month on T-mobile. HTC HD2 has a 1Ghz Processor, 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 512 MB ROM, 448 MB RAM, EDGE, 3G, Windows Media Player, Digital compass, Pocket Office, HTC Peep, HTC Footprints, Facebook and Twitter integration, A-GPS and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.
A XDA forum member spotted the price of the HD2 in fine print on the T-mobile site. The fine print states:
â€ On approved credit. $112.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $112.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
â€ â€ On approved credit. $22.50 down payment, plus 19 monthly payments of $22.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
Totaling both of these puts the price of HTC HD2 at $450 without a contract. The HTC HD2 will be subsidized at $200 when you buy it with a 2 year T-mobile contract. An unlocked HTC HD2 sells for more than $700 on Amazon, so getting at $450 is definitely a bargain.
So would buy the HTC HD2 when it starts selling in the states? What would you prefer a contracted phone or a non-contracted phone?
Viruses and malware are not new to mobile devices, however, in a somewhat startling revelation, Panda Research blog discovered that Vodafone is distributing the Mariposa bot, Conficker and Lineage password stealing malware with HTC Magic phones.
The vulnerability was found in HTC Magic phone running the Android OS which was supplied by Vodafone Germany (based on the screenshots and German language used on the computer of the Panda AV employee). The alert was triggered by Panda Cloud AV, when the phone was plugged into the PC via USB.
Malicious code was found in the Autorun files, which automatically runs when a USB drive is connected to a PC. The malware in question was identified as Mariposa bot client, which is run by an unknown guy named "tnls". If users are infected with the virus it will automatically start contacting servers and sending data to them.
In addition to the above bot, the researcher also found traces of Conficker virus along with a password stealing malware called Lineage. There were no reports about the phone being affected by the above, but PCs without appropriate protection would definitely be vulnerable to these viruses.
It is really startling to see that both Vodafone and HTC allowed these phones to be sold without extensive testing and checks. It is not known as too how many phones are affected, however, it is a safe bet to connect your phone to your PC (with AV running), and running a quick scan on the contents of the phone.
We have contacted Vodafone and HTC for a statement, will update this post when more information becomes available.