T-Mobile’s HTC One S Plagued By Wi-Fi Calling Battery Drain Bug

Wi-Fi calling is a lifesaver for all T-Mobile customers, allowing them to make calls when they are in a no network zone or in areas with spotty T-Mobile coverage. However, the Wi-Fi calling feature has turned out to be a curse in disguise for owners of the recently launched HTC One S.

Apparently, there is a power management bug connected to the Wi-Fi calling feature of the One S that drains the battery of the handset. While most Android phones already suffer from poor battery life, the One S uses Qualcomm’ newer generation S4 processor which allows the phone to easily last through a day of heavy usage. However, this Wi-Fi calling battery drain bug effectively reduces the One S battery life to a few hours, thus making lives of its owners tough.

The silver lining is that a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that the bug indeed exists and that it will be fixed in a future software update. Now, all T-Mobile One S owners need to do is make sure they always are near a power outlet with their phone’s charger and pray that T-Mobile rolls out the update ASAP.

 

HTC Announces The HTC J; Japanese Variant Of The One S

After releasing a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market, the company has released a new handset targeted towards the Japanese market. The handset, HTC J, comes with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with qHD (640*960) resolution, a GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU.

There is also an 8MP camera in the back, along with a 1.3MP snapper in the front. All the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors and 4G WiMAX are also present. If you have not guessed it by now, the HTC J is nothing but a re-branded HTC One S. This means that the phone will also carry the Beats Audio logo and HTC’s ImageSense feature. It is not yet clear whether the J will keep the same micro-arc oxidation build as its European sibling though. The handset will be running on Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it.

The J should hit the Japanese carrier – KDDI – network sometime by the early next month, at an unknown price.

Via  – The Verge

Sprint’s EVO One X Leaks In Pictures; Comes With a Kickstand!

Back at MWC, HTC re-invented itself and tried to regain its lost marketshare by announcing the HTC One series. The One series from HTC consists of three handsets, the One X, One S and the One V. All the three phones cater to the different needs, budgets and sizes of people, but have three things in common – an amazing camera, authentic sound with Beats Audio and an awesome build quality.

The One X and the One V have already hit the retail stores of quite a few major markets in various regions of the world. The early reviews of the One X also suggest that the phone is a very decent handset, with a stellar SLCD2 screen that runs circles around the HD Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Nexus, and that is saying something!

Nevertheless, like the previous two flagships from HTC, it looks like Sprint is all set to launch its EVO version of the One X. While the final name of the handset is still not known, the folks over at Droid-Life managed to spend sometime with the handset and they came impressed with it. The EVO One from Sprint will sport similar specs as the European version of the One X, except that it will come with a LTE radio to support Sprint’s upcoming LTE network. The EVO One is going to the first phone from HTC to support’s Sprint’s upcoming LTE network. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO One will also sport a kick-stand at its back, and will come with red accents to give the handset a sporty look.

For more pictures, readers can head over to an.droid-life.

HTC Agrees That Sense UI Got Too Bloated And Complicated!

HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. None of the product from the company managed to leave a mark on the consumers or the market, or offered anything innovative. One of the strong points of HTC phones, Sense, also felt bloated and lagged even on a dual-core handset like the HTC Sensation.

Thankfully, HTC realized its mistake and has since taken some corrective actions as well. At the recently concluded MWC, the company released three new handsets, all very different from each other, under a single brand – One. Now, HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, told in an interview to Pocket Lint that the company “added too many things” which made Sense feel bloated and “cluttered”.

Kouji even promised that Sense 4.0 changes all and will make things simpler. He also promised that Sense 4.0 strikes the perfect visual balance between Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI itself. It’s nice to see a company like HTC coming clean on its mistakes, unlike some other Android manufacturers (Hint: Motorola).

The company also said that users will be hearing less from the company this year, as the company aims to keep its focus on a few products only. Definitely a good move HTC!

 

HTC One V Announced; A Mid-Range Android Handset For A Decent Price!

Along with the HTC One X and the One S, the Taiwanese handset manufacturer also announced a mid-range handset the One V. Being from the One series, the V shares some of the same features as its two older siblings including 25GB of free storage space on Dropbox, a 5MP camera with an aperture size of F/2.0 and with all the features found on the One X. THe handset is recording videos in 720p HD resolution, but sadly lacks a front-facing camera. There is also Beats Audio which will help improve the overall music quality of the phone.

Other than this, the One V is a pretty much mediocre handset and comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, a 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The phone has a little hump at its bottom, which reminds me of the HTC Legend. Like the Legend, the One S has a unibody aluminum construction. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options inlcuding a quad band GSM radio, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc.

The One V will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. While HTC did not mention the price of the handset, reports suggest that the One S will cost around $400 which certainly is a good deal.

HTC One S Announced; 4.3-Inch Super-AMOLED Screen And 8MP Camera

Along with their ‘hero’ handset of 2012, the One X, HTC also announced the One S here at MWC in Barcelona. The handset has a unibody aluminum construction, which is toughened using microarc oxidation. The One S is also the slimmest phone ever from HTC with a waistline of a mere 7.6mm. Yeah, its not RAZR thin but it still is thin!

The handset comes with a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the One S packs in a blazing fast dual-core processor from Qualcomm (S4) clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM.

Like the One X, the One S sports an amazing 8MP F/2.0 backside-illuminated sensor, with a blazing fast auto-focus time of a mere 0.2 seconds. The camera app on the handset also takes only 0.7 seconds to start up! All the other camera features present in the One X are also present on the One S.

The One S also runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Like the One X, the One S also comes with 25GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, Beats audio and others! The handset will be available in most of the regions of the world within the next 2 months.

 

HTC One X Unveiled; Tegra 3, 8MP F/2.0 Camera, And 25GB Of Free Storage Space on Dropbox!

HTC’s MWC event has just started here in Barcelona, and the company has unveiled what apparently is its “hero” device for 2012, the One X. The One X is the first handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer to use the One series naming scheme. The handset comes with a 4.7-inch Super-LCD2 with 720p (1280×720) resolution. The One X is also the first phone from HTC to have a poly-carbonate unibody construction aided by a new micro drilling technique.

The One X is powered by Nvidia’s 4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 SoC, which makes it the first handset from the company ever to use a non-Qualcomm SoC. Other than the SoC, the One X comes with 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage. At the  back of the One X is an ultra-fast 8MP Back-side illuminated sensor with an aperture size of F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, aided by an ‘smart flash’. The ‘Image Sense’ feature in the phone makes sure that users always get that perfect picture without any blur, with an ultra-fast auto-focus time of 0.2 seconds and a shutter capture time of 0.7 seconds. Another nifty feature of the One is its ability to capture photos continuously at just the press of the digital camera shutter button.

The One X runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the latest version of Sense (v4.0) making sure users never really get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. There is also Beats integration with all applications including third party apps, the ability to wirelessly sync your phone with iTunes or Windows Media Player, and best of all 25GB of free storage space on Dropbox for 2 years!

The downsides? No microSD card slot, a non-user accessible battery, and a microSIM card slot. HTC says that the One X will be available in Europe and other regions of the world “within 60 days” from today’s announcement.