HTC Desire Z owners can get a taste of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handsets, thanks to a RUU leak of the Gingerbread test ROM from HTC.
The leaked RUU is based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it. The leaked RUU also brings with it a new radio which improves signal reception and 4G’ download speeds, but at the expense of higher battery consumption.
One of the developers rmk40 has already gone ahead and released a custom ROM based on this leaked RUU with root access and busybox installed.
Sadly, unlike the Nexus S which uses the ETX4 file system, the Desire Z Gingerbread ROM uses the EXT3 file system. Users who flashed this ROM also reported ultra-quick boot-up times and improved battery life.
T-Mobile G2 owners can also flash this leaked RUU on their phone, since the handset is similar to the Desire Z. HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2 owners can download and install the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU on their phone from here.
Verizon and HTC recently released the first 4G LTE capable phone on the big red’s network the HTC Thunderbolt.
The Thunderbolt is powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The handset runs on Android 2.2 FroYo with the beautiful HTC Sense UI on top of it.
Even though, the Thunderbolt runs on the latest version of the Sense UI, it lacks the HTCSense.com integration which the Desire HD and the Desire Z enjoy. However, the folks over at XDA have found a way to enable the HTCSense.com integration on the Thunderbolt.
First of all, Thunderbolt owners need to download and install this APK. Once done, they can simply add an HTC Sense account by navigating to Settings > Accounts and Sync > Add Account > HTC Sense.
All the goodies offered by the Sense integration works like a charm including text message forwarding, remote GPS location, Remote ring, remote lock and backup of user’s messages and contacts. Only the remote wipe and forwarding calls option don’t work at the moment.
HTC and Sprint have just announced the successor to the highly successful EVO 4G the EVO 3D. As the rumors suggested, the EVO 3D packs a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) glasses-free 3D display.
The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports dual-5MP cameras with dual-LED flash, which are capable of recording 720p HD videos in 3D mode (glasses free), and 1080p in 2D mode. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network. The handset will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with the latest version of Sense running on top of it. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The handset also sports a mini-HDMI port and DLNA capabilities.
Users can connect their EVO 3D to their 3D enabled HDTV and enjoy 3D content. Sadly, the kickstand found at the back of the original EVO 4G is nowhere to be found on the EVO 3D. HTC also states that they have improved the battery life over the EVO 4G, and will ship the phone with a 1730mAh battery.
The EVO 3D will be available starting this summer. Sadly, HTC and Sprint did not mention anything about the pricing of the EVO 3D.
Rumors suggest that Sprint and HTC are going to launch the successor to the EVO 4G’ at the on-going CTIA, to be known as the EVO 3D.
Now, the folks over at PocketNow have managed to get their hands on some leaked documents, which reveal the specs of the EVO 3D. The handset will be sporting a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) display with 3D capabilities.
The EVO 3D will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8660) and pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport dual 5MP cameras with Flash. These cameras will be able to record videos in either 720p 3D format or at 1080p in 2D.
The front of the phone will also house a 1.3MP camera for video-calling. The EVO 3D will run on Android OS with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. However, the Android version which the handset will release with is unknown.
PocketNow also managed to confirm the specs of another EVO branded device coming to Sprint the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G is the Sprint version of the recently announced HTC Flyer.
The 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core Snapdragon CPU. The EVO View 4G will run Android 2.4, with HTC Sense UI which will be optimized for tablet use.
All the handsets announced by HTC at the MWC 2011 were met with lukewarm response. None of the handsets really offered anything new or innovative and were just run-of-the-mill Android handsets.
Now, it looks like HTC is all set to change that with its next high-end flagship the HTC Pyramid. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Pyramid will sport a qHD resolution display, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The folks over at GSMArena have received a front pic of the Pyramid comparing it to the HTC Desire HD. The picture confirms the rumor of the Pyramid featuring a high-resolution qHD (960×640) display. From the abovepicture, it looks like the size of the display will be 4.3-inches.
Other rumored specs of the handset include an Adreno 220 GPU, 768MB of RAM and a front-facing camera. The Pyramid might be the first dual-core handset to be announced from HTC.
Rumors also suggest that the Pyramid will be the first handset to be released with Android 2.4, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.
HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.
Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.
The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.
Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.
However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!
HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.
The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.
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.
Along with a bunch of handsets, HTC also announced their first tablet the HTC Flyer at MWC 2011. The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution.
The tablet is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz single core CPU from Qualcomm. The handset also packs 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal memory.
The tablet will be made of aluminum and will weigh in at 415grams. The back of the Flyer features a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front. The Flyer also supports HSPA/WXDMA network along with quad-band GSM support.
The usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and all other relevant sensors are also present. It will also have a microUSB port for docking, charging and connecting to PC purposes. The Flyer will ship with a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Scribe as well.
The tablet will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread when launched. According to HTC, there are not much has changed visually in Android 2.4. The Flyer will also have a tablet optimized version of Sense UI on top of Android 2.4. The tablet will be powered by a 4000mAh battery which will provide users with up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.
The Flyer will hit the retail stores sometime in Q2 of 2011. HTC did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet though.
HTC announced three new handsets at the MWC 2011 the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is the successor to the low-end budget oriented Wildfire. The company has just beefed up the specs and the resolution of the Wildfire S, compared to the original Wildfire.
The new Wildfire will sport a 3.2-inch display with HVGA (320×480) display. Like the Desire S, the Wildfire S also lacks an optical track pad.
The phone will be powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM and ROM, on board. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and other relevant sensors are also present. The back of the Wildfire S sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. Sadly, the front of the phone lacks a video calling camera.
Apparently, the Wildfire S will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread with Sense UI on top of it. The phone will be available in a variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone will be available in the Asian and European markets by late Q2.
Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.
The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present. The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.
Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.
I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!