HTC has made good on its promise and has launched its new developer portal. Although the developer portal is intended to cater to both Android and Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC, right now it is predominantly for Android users and developers.
HTCdev is designed to give you the inspiration to explore the possibilities within HTC devices, the resources you need to develop your ideas and applications, and the opportunity to connect with other developers and with HTC.
HTC is opening up aspects of its popular Sense UI to enable tighter third party application integration. Currently three sets of APIs are available: Common Controls API, Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) API, and Tablet Pen API. The first one encompasses UI widgets and components that will provide developers with the ability to deliver the Sense UI look and feel to their applications. The other two are for leveraging 3D display and Scribe pen functionalities. HTCDev also provides access to the kernel source code for pretty much all the current generation HTC Android smartphones.
Disappointingly, the bootloader unlocking tool, which is probably the most highly anticipated aspect of the new developer portal, is still not ready. HTC Sensation will be the first handset to receive the unlocker, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. The web based bootloader unlocking tool is expected to go live within the next couple of weeks. All future HTC handsets will continue to ship with locked bootloaders; however, they will be unlockable through the HTCDev portal.
T-Mobile has officially announced the HTC myTouch 4G Slide, the successor to the myTouch 3G Slide. The handset sports a 3.7-inch display with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Like other recent handsets from HTC, the Slide is also powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone has a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and there is an optical track pad in the front as well.
The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread out-of-the-box, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.
The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera, with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens. HTC and T-Mobile are laying emphasis on the camera performance of the myTouch 4G Slide. According to the press release, there is virtually zero shutter lag while taking pictures. The phone is also capable of capturing panorama shots right out of the box.
It’s pretty strange to see HTC market their phone as the most advanced camera phone, when ironically; their phones are known for horrible camera image quality.
As its name suggests, the myTouch 4G Slide also supports T-Mobile’s 4G network. The phone will be available sometime in July for $199.99, with a 2-year contract.
HTC has just announced the European version of the EVO 3D. The handset is similar to the recently released Sprint’s EVO 3D, except for a different radio.
For people who are unaware of the EVO 3D specs, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also packs in a 4.3-inch screen, with qHD (960×640) resolution, which is capable of displaying 3D content without glasses.
The phone also sports 1GB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. The back of the phone packs two dual-5MP cameras at the back with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 3D at 720p resolution, or at 1080p resolution in 2D mode. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.
Other key features of the EVO 3D include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3..0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port with MHL capabilities.
The handset is powered by a beefy 1730mAh battery, which provides up to 560 minutes of talk time. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense UI (v3) running on top of it. The handset also comes with HTC Watch pre-installed, which will allow users to watch high-quality movies on the go.
HTC did not mention anything about the pricing and availability of the handset. More details about the EVO 3D availability will be announced by various network operators in the future.
- Yesterday, HTC announced via their Facebook page that the original HTC Desire will not be getting the Gingerbread update.
The company cited that they were not able to bring Gingerbread to the Desire while maintaining the same Sense experience as found on other HTC devices. The reason behind this was the low internal memory of the Desire.
This news did no go down well with the Desire owners, and the company received a lot of publicity. The HTC Desire is HTC’s highest selling handset ever, and the company realized it cannot piss off so many of its loyal customers.
So, Today HTC has again announced via their Facebook page that the Desire will indeed be getting its Gingerbread update. It is possible that the Desire may feature a striped down version of Sense UI, in order to make sure that the 512MB of internal memory is not filled up.
However, the company has not mentioned when the update is scheduled to roll out. The Desire Gingerbread update was originally scheduled to roll-out sometime before Q2 ends.
HTC had earlier stated that most of their Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. This included the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, and the original Desire.
Last month, the Desire HD got its Gingerbread update along with the Incredible S. The Desire Z is slated to get its share of Gingerbread love by the end of Q2. The original Desire was also stated to get its Android update after the Desire Z.
However, HTC has now confirmed via their Facebook page that the original Desire will not be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The reason cited by HTC is that their engineering team has not been able to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience.This is all due to the low internal memory of the handset.
Original Desire owners should not be disappointed with this new though. There are a lot of Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROMs available for the handset over at XDA forums, including the all-time popular CyanogenMod 7.
Just root your handset using unrevoked, and install ROM Manager from the Android Market. Then simply use ROM Manager to download and install any Gingerbread ROM on your handset.
Last month, HTC announced its next super phone’ the HTC Sensation. Along with cutting edge hardware, the handset also features the latest version of Sense (v3.0). In its latest version, Sense 3.0 features a new lock screen, and some stellar animations.
When the HTC Sensation and the Doubleshot ROM leaked on the Internet, the Desire HD and Desire Z tried porting it over to the respected handsets. However, due to difference in resolutions and hardware, most of the stuff was broken in these ROM.
Now, two very talented developers from the Desire Z and the Desire HD modding scene rmk40 and capychimp have released a fully working Sense 3.0 ROM for Desire HD/Z. The ROM has been named as Virtuous Fusion ROM, and also supports the Inspire 4G and the T-Mobile G2. The ROM is based on the leaked HTC Kingdom RUU.
Compared to any other Sense 3.0 ROMs, this ROM has very minor issues. There are some graphics glitches in some screen, and the default Sense launcher does not work in landscape mode. Hopefully, these issues will soon be resolved by the developers!
Interested Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Desire Z and T-Mobile G2 owners should head over to this thread over at XDA, for more information.
Last month, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM with Sense UI for the HTC Desire Z leaked.
Today, the folks over at XDA forums have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the T-Mobile G2.
The T-Mobile G2 and the HTC Desire Z are exactly the same phones, except that the former runs on stock Android while the latter has Sense UI on top of it.
Users who have flashed this ROM on their handset, report that the performance and stability of this ROM is top-notch. Sadly, the ROM does not feature the screen-off animation, which Android 2.3 Gingerbread brings.
The leaked ROM works perfectly, which suggests that the T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread update is around the corner. Another HTC Vision’ developer rmk40 has already uploaded a de-odexed and rooted version of the ROM.
Interested T-Mobile G2 owners can head over to this thread to download and install the leaked ROM on their handset. The ROM will also work flawlessly on the HTC Desire Z.
A week ago, we had reported that the HTC Desire Z has got a taste of the Sense 3.0 UI, thanks to the leaked HTC Sensation ROM. However, the Sensation ROM port had many issues due to the difference in resolution (WVGA vs. qHD).
A few days ago, rumors were flowing on the Internet that HTC is already working on the HTC Desire Z successor, with the codename Doubleshot’.
Now, one popular developer over at the HTC Desire Z modding scene rmk40 has managed to get his hands on a leaked HTC Doubleshot ROM. He has even ported the ROM to the HTC Desire Z. Since, the Doubleshot’ will sport a WVGA screen, the ROM works without any graphical glitches on the Desire Z.
Early users report that most of the hardware is working on this ROM. However, some bloat ware apps are continuously force closing, which should be rectified pretty soon. The ROM will also work on the T-Mobile G2.
From the screenshots above, readers can easily understand why developers want to port Sense UI 3.0 to the HTC ‘Vision’. The Sense UI in its latest version looks gorgeous!
T-Mobile G2 and HTC Desire Z owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information about the ROM.
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.
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.