Hot on the heels of the Jelly Bean update for the One X, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE. Apart from bringing all the usual Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, Project Butter, the update also brings Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense brings a slightly improved camera app, and toned down animations for an improved user experience.
Below is the full change-log from Sprint -:
– WiFi Authentication Improvement
– Personalized ringtones
– Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements
– Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer
– Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
– Improved Browser performance
– Face Unlock Improvement
– Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more
– Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities
– Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken
– Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers
– HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer
Since Sprint is rolling out the update in batches, it might not be available to all EVO 4G LTE owners immediately. However, users can manually pull the update from Sprint’s server by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.
HTC has been having a hard time competing with Samsung and Apple in the mobile phone industry. The Taiwanese maker has consistently failed to come up with hero devices and has been diluting its brand by releasing too many devices, even though it promised otherwise.
However, it looks like things are changing for good for the company with the launch of the HTC J Butterfly in Japan. The Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to pack in a whopping 5-inch 1080p display. Other specs of the handset are top-notch as well including a quad-core Snapdragon Krait processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 8MP camera, and LTE.
HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, commented that the J Butterfly has a huge demand in Japan and that the Taiwanese maker is working on making additional units of the handset available by December end.
“Based on our initial feedback, the phone has become very popular in Japan and we have been endeavoring to boost our shipments” said HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou.
The company also commented on its 2013 line-up of devices and stated that it is aiming to extend the life span of its flagship devices, whilst expanding the companies reach in the budget segment.
While Samsung and Apple will still continue to dominate the mobile industry for the foreseeable future, HTC might just bounce back and start making considerable amount of profit by the end of 2013.
Back in October, HTC announced the J Butterfly smartphone in Japan. It is the company’s first device which comes with a large 5 inch 1080p display. Last month, HTC launched Droid DNA in the US, which was noting but the Verizon’s variant of HTC J Butterfly. HTC was already rumored to launch the international variant of this device with a slightly different name. Today, the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer finally dropped the letter J and unveiled the HTC Butterfly smartphone for the rest of the world.
There are no major changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 5 inch Super LCD 3 display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2020 mAh battery.
This handset will be first available in China from mid-December. HTC Butterfly is also a dust-proof and waterproof smartphone. This handset will be available in white, black and red colors. The company has not yet announced the availability of this device in other markets. HTC Butterfly comes with a price-tag of 4799 Chinese yuan (approx. $770). Check out the video advertisement, after the break.
HTC One X was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating system. As promised, the manufacturer has already started rolling out the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. However, this update was limited to Korea, Taiwan and select regions of the world. Now, it seems that the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer has rolled out this update in almost all of the regions in Europe and Asia.
The size of the update is around 365 MB and it bumps the OS and HTC Sense to Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+ respectively. The latest update bring the usual Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications. The update for Indian version adds support for Punjabi, Oriya, Malayalam and Kannada languages.
The latest can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.
The HTC DROID DNA is the first smartphone to be available in the United States to feature a 5-inch 1080p HD display. The handset is the big red’s flagship handset for the holiday season. However, like all other handsets released on Verizon’s network in recent times, the DROID DNA also has a locked down bootloader.
HTC has a web-based bootloader unlocking system in place, but that does not support the DROID DNA and other recent DROID branded handsets from the Taiwanese maker.
Thankfully, some of the talented Android developers have managed to find a way to unlock the DROID DNA using HTC’s own bootloader unlocking tool. The ‘softmod’ changes the carrier information ont he DROID DNA allowing it to be unlocked easily.
So, if you own a DROID DNA and are interested in unlocking it, head over to this post on Android Police for a step-by-step guide. Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your brand new DNA so decide if the risk is worth it or not, and proceed with caution.
Remember the beautiful Apollo music player that a CyanogenMod developer released earlier this year? The music player was eventually included in CyanogenMod 9 and 10 builds. However, the development of the music player pretty much stopped from Andrew soon after.
Today, Andrew Neal has released an updated version of the Apollo Music Player on the Play Store — Apollo+. The new version has been completely written from scratch and contains lots of under-the-hood enhancements and bug-fixes. He will also merge the updated app with CyanogenMod sometime soon.
However, the version of the app included in CyanogenMod will be different from Play Store one. The latter will be updated more frequently and contain more features. The app also comes in two versions – a free, ad supported version and a paid one for a mere dollar.As of now, the app is not optimized for the tablet layout, but Andrew is working on it and expects to add it sooner than later.
The developer is eagerly responding to all feedbacks, including negatives ones and feature requests, over at Reddit. So head over and directly give him your feedback!
Sony has been struggling with its mobile division for quite sometime now. The company has failed to release remarkable handsets that woo in customers. Sony, however, aims to change all that with its next flagship Android smartphone that will be competing directly with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.
Sony CVP of Sales & marketing, Dennis van Schie said “We will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III”.
In all probability, Sony is talking about its already leaked smartphone – the Yuga – which will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and more. Sony expects to unveil this handset sometime at CES or MWC early next year.
What Sony fails to realize here is that the Galaxy S III has already been in the market for nearly 6 months, and by the time Sony actually releases its Galaxy S3/iPhone 5 competitor to the general consumer, the iPhone 5 would also be nearly 6 months old.
People would be eagerly waiting for the One X successor from HTC and the Galaxy S IV will just be around the corner. By then, no one would be interestedin this Galaxy S3 competitor from Sony. The company’s phone has been consistently behind HTC and Samsung in terms of both software and hardware, which has what led to its downfall.
Even now, the latest and greatest phone from Sony — the Xperia T — comes with a dual-core Krait processor and 1GB of RAM, while Samsung and HTC phones are coming with quad-core Krait processors and 2GB of RAM. Before you guys jump in and say that hardware is only one part of the story, let me tell you Sony is not really doing well on the software side. The company expects to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to the majority of its devices only in early-2013. By that time, Samsung and HTC would have already updated their flagship handsets to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
HTC and Verizon have teamed up to announce the first Android smartphone — Droid DNA — in the United States that will sport a 5-inch S-LCD3 display with a mind-numbing full HD (1920×1080) resolution.
Inside the Droid DNA is a beefy 1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU and more. Other features include the same 8MP BSI F/2.0 camera on the back, a Smart LED flash, an ImageSense chip, and a 1.3MP camera in the front. All the usual features that are present in HTC phones like GPS, bunch of sensors, NFC, non-removable battery, no microSD card slot are all present.
Like all other HTC’s, the Droid DNA runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ on top of it. The handset also sports the Beats Audio logo, and thankfully, beefed-up amps for the rear speaker and handset.
HTC Droid DNA will be coming on Verizon’s LTE network on the 21st of November for $199 with a two-year contract. The handset will go on pre-order from today itself.
Earlier this week, HTC announced the new HTC One SV smartphone. This handset looks quite similar to the previously launched HTC Desire SV. It comes with a 4.3 inch display as well as 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. HTC One SV is a single-SIM smartphone, which runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The company has also promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in the coming months.
HTC One SV features a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS and a 1800 mAh battery.
This handset measures 128 x 66.9 x 9.20 mm and weighs 131 grams. HTC One SV will be first available in Singapore and Australia, followed by other European and Asian markets. This device will be available in Stealth Black and Glacier White colors. It comes with a price tag of S$688 (approx. $560).
HTC and Verizon have just sent out invitations to a press conference which is set to take place on November 13th in New York City. Neither Verizon or HTC have commented on what will be introduced at the event, but rumors are pointing towards a large smartphone with a 5-inch, 1080p screen. The phone will likely feature 2GB of RAM and run on Android 4.1.1 “Jelly Bean”. We should see this phone go under the name “Droid DNA”, but it will likely show strong similarities to the HTC J Butterfly. Androinica expects this phone to start shipping on November 20th.
HTC desperately needs to work with Verizon on this launch as HTC just reported a 60%, or $588 million, loss last month. If this collaboration with Verizon is successful, we could see HTC get back into the handset making game in full force. HTC has also been working on their latest Windows Phone 8 devices which they are hoping will take off better than their Windows Phone 7 predecessors.
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