Archive for: HTC

Leaked AT&T Roadmap Confirms Numerous Handsets Including HTC, Samsung, And More!

  • May 30, 2011 2:38 pm


Happy Memorial Day (U.S. readers) here’s a new leaked roadmap showing off AT&T’s upcoming ‘wares. Unfortunately you’ll notice a slew of Android 2.2 hardware stretching as far as Q3 — this despite the fact Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been out for nearly half a year. Moving on…

The “Facebook Phone” (HTC ChaCha — “Lele”) is confirmed for Q2 with Android 2.3.3, 480 x 320 display, and 512 MB of RAM. Also on tap for Q2 is the BlackBerry Torch 2 (shown as the Uwan 9810 above) as well as the Huawei Dola U8800 — Android 2.2.2 and 800 x 480 display.

The Samsung Habrok i897 looks to be an entry level Android device as is evident by Android 2.2 software build and 480 x 320 screen resolution. Venturing further downhill is the now possibly cancelled HTC Hydra. With that said, judging by the Hydra’s specs — Android 2.1, odd 400 x 240 display and lowly 384 MB of RAM — we’re pretty certain we won’t miss this particular device.

Overall, a bunch of devices we already knew about are now more or less “confirmed”. As always, however, things can certainly change. Anyone holding out for an HTC Hydra or ChaCha?

Claimed Nexus 3 Images Pulled. Likely Fake.

  • May 30, 2011 11:32 am


Previous images showing an HTC device that was claimed to be the next-gen Nexus 3 device have been pulled. This move adds fuel to an already growing fire for a number of reasons. First and foremost, all of the rumors we’ve heard thus far point to LG being the Nexus 3 hardware manufacturer. Second, having HTC jump on board just didn’t make much sense as it again contradicted numerous rumors from some pretty well-placed sources. And now that the original leaked images have been pulled, it creates even more questions. Were the images pulled because they were in fact found out to be fake? Or, were the images pulled because HTC is in fact the Nexus 3 manufacturer and doesn’t want their secret out in the open yet (too late)?

Unfortunately, a recent update by the original leaker, TechHog, points to an outcome nobody wants to hear — the photos were likely fake. The author of the post, Michael Blake says the original source that sent him the photos is no longer responding to questions via email or phone after talking to a couple of Google employees as well as hearing from two Adobe employees who claim the photo is fake. It certainly doesn’t look promising…

[Update] Possible Nexus 3 Image Leaks Out. Made By HTC.

  • May 27, 2011 10:27 pm

At Google’s recent Google I/O developer conference, lots of new and exciting things were revealed concerning the future of Android on the software side of things. But thanks to some excited employees, namely Google’s own Andy Rubin, we also got a few slight mentions of the next true “Google Phone”, the Nexus 3. Rumors surrounding the announcement pointed to an LG-made device. But new pictures that leaked out tonight show a device claimed to be a Nexus 3 — and it’s made by HTC.

What’s most interesting with the phone above is the lack of any physical or capacitive buttons. Though such a design goes along with Google’s grand plan to join the tablet (Honeycomb) OS and phone OS into one. As we now know, that joining together of big and small screens will take place starting with Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

If Google is to push the phone OS up to a new level and generation, we need only look to Honeycomb to answer the question as to why there are no buttons — because they aren’t needed. Having contextual menus in Honeycomb currently makes the overall software experience extremely adaptable.

The source of the images told TechHog that it is highly possible the device we’re looking at above will change (possible drastically) by the time it is released. Such things are expected when dealing with prototype hardware in all reality. With that said, we’re really diggin’ the buttonless face. Could you go button free?

Update: The images of the phone above have now been pulled. False claim. HTC-pushed initiative?

HTC Confirms Unlocked Bootloaders here To Stay!

  • May 26, 2011 10:33 pm

While it may seem like you as an individual have little to no chance of persuading a global company to change their ways, we’ll only provide you with this example — HTC has listend to “overwhelming” consumer feedback and just announced that they will return to unlocked bootloaders. Per CEO Peter Chou:

“There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.”

We know quite a few Android enthusiasts, developers, and people who just love to tinker with their phones who are going to be very happy. See, you can make a difference!

(Motorola and Samsung: Care to join in?)

User Agent Profile Outs HTC Thunderbolt Mini?

  • May 26, 2011 2:36 pm


In love with the HTC Thunderbolt’s sleek lines and blazing LTE speeds but find the size a bit unwieldy? You may just be in luck. A new user agent profile may have just outed the HTC Thunderbolt Mini.

Before we knew much about the original Thunderbolt, it carried the internal name of “Mecha”. In the UAprof above, a similar “Mecha S” is mentioned. The S likely denotes “small”, though we’re not sure of the exact screen size. Judging the rather low 480 x 320 figure, however, we can’t imagine HTC would make this device any larger than 4″. If they did, we can honestly say the display would look terrible as even 800 x 480 4.3″ displays look pixelated after spending time with the qHD and Retina Displays as of late. LTE isn’t mentioned but we can honestly rule that out. High-end devices are currently released without said feature so we can’t see this HVGA phone beating them out.

Would you be interested in a smaller, more pocketable Thunderbolt?

HTC Listens To Consumers, Promises Review Of Locked Android Bootloader Policy.

  • May 24, 2011 8:50 pm


For many years HTC has been “the” phone manufacturer for enthusiasts in that bootloaders and other digital nannies were at a bare minimum. But recently HTC changed their stance most notably with the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon Wireless.

In contrast to some of their competitors, however, HTC listens. New statements on the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages signals the company is having a change of heart.

Facebook:

Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we’re working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We’re reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.

Twitter:

Thanks for the feedback, we’re listening! We’re reviewing our bootloader policy. Stay tuned for more updates.

For the Android-loving root-happy individuals that we are it’s reassuring to know someone cares. Now if only Samsung would follow suit…

Leaked Document Says Best Buy Can Sell HTC Flyer Early.

  • May 20, 2011 10:36 pm


If an HTC Flyer 7″ tablet is what you desire, queueing up at your local Best Buy may be worth your while. While the original May 22nd launch date is still loosely standing, a leaked internal document (above) shows that BB stores have permission to sell HTC Flyer units as they arrive. Pricing starts at $499 and does not include the $79.99 stylus or other accessories.

As a refresher, the 7″ (1024 x 768) HTC Flyer features a 1.5GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera w/ auto-focus, and Android 2.2 w/ Sense UI 3.0.

We happen to love the 7″ form factor. With that said, how do you think the Flyer stack up against the Galaxy Tab and PlayBook in particular?

Verizon’s HTC Trophy WP7 Device To Cost $149 At Costco.

  • May 19, 2011 9:28 am


AT&T customers have been enjoying the fruits of Windows Phone 7 for several months now. Sprint followed not too long after. Meanwhile, Verizon users have had to look on in jealousy, longing for the day in which they could own Microsoft’s latest and greatest. That day is almost here. No, we don’t have any specific release (yet) but we do have something almost as important — a $149 launch price.

The screenshot above compliments of one daring Costco employee show that the retailer is even throwing in a leather case and car charger. Verizon’s website has the Trophy listed, though no date or price is mentioned and Best Buy’s HTC Trophy page only shows a $600 out-of-contract price. Looks like Costco may be your best bet for getting on the Verizon-based WP7 train if cost is of concern.

HTC Puccini Specs Revealed Via Leaked ROM.

  • May 17, 2011 11:28 am


HTC’s first tablet (Flyer) may have some novel features like the nifty (read: potentially gimmicky) stylus and “write anywhere” software on top of Android, but it’s the larger 10.1-inch Puccini tablet that has our attention. And thanks to a newly leaked ROM compliments of 911Sniper we’ve got a good understanding of what HTC is bringing to the table:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon
  • Display: 10-inch 1280 x 800
  • 4G: LTE
  • 3.0 w/ Sense UI
  • Availability: June 2011

While there’s a few other loose ends we’d like to see tied up, it’s a worthy start. Would you pick a Puccini over a Flyer?