HTC Rezound And Other Handsets Get S-OFF Thanks To ‘JuopunutBear’

Until 2010, HTC was the favorite Android device maker among the third party community. Then in 2011, HTC went insane and started locking down bootloaders on its handset. This not only led to a downfall of company’s handset sale, it also affected its popularity among third party developers.

Thanks to all the negative publicity, HTC gave in and released a bootloader unlock tool so that advanced users and developers could unlock tinker around with their phone. Sadly, this bootloader unlock was only a partial solution, since it did not S-OFF the device thus making development tough for the phone.

Now, thanks to a method called JuopunutBear from the Unlimited Team, owners of selected HTC handsets can easily get S-OFF on their handset. These handsets include the HTC Amaze, the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Rezound, Sensation, Sensation XE and the Vivid. The method is a bit tricky though. Firstly, users need to unlock the bootloader of their handset and backup the contents of their phone’s SD card since it will be wiped clean during the process.

Secondly, and the most tricky part is that the process involves a “wire trick”, which can be quite overwhelming for newbies. The wire trick is different for each phone, but the folks at Unlimited Team have uploaded detailed video guides for each handset. Head over to their official website for more information and a proper step-by-step guide.

HTC Vivid Announced; AT&T’s First Ever 4G LTE Phone

AT&T has just announced two new Droids for its ever expanding Android family – the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both the phones are the first ever phone from AT&T to sport a 4G LTE radio.

THe HTC Vivid sports a gigantic 4.5-inch LCD with qHD (640×960) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

At the back of the phone is an 8MP camera aided by an dual-LED flash. Accompanying the 8MP camera is a 1.3MP camera in the front. This 8MP camera uses the new sensor found in recent HTC phones, including the myTouch 4 G Slide, which is way better than its predecessor. The press release from AT&T also says that the Vivid is capable of recording videos at Full HD (1080p) resolution at 60 FPS. I am assuming it is a typo, since as far as I know the  technology  to capture full HD videos at 60FPS is umm…not coming until the next year or so.

Other key specs of the Vivid include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HPSA+ and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense 3.5 UI on top of it.

The Vivid will be available starting from November 6th, on both the online stores and retail stores. The phone will cost $199 on a two-year contract.