Archive for: HTC

HTC Security Flaw: HTC Responds.

  • October 4, 2011 8:14 am

In the last few days it was made known that a rather serious security flaw was found on several of HTC’s newer Android phones. This flaw allows users’ private information (SMS messages, contact data, system logs, location information and more) to be snapped up by the phone and stored in a very insecure, unprotected way. Yes, bad news. But fret not. A fix is on the way according to HTC.

HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability.

HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices. Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it. We urge all users to install the update promptly. During this time, as always, we strongly urge customers to use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications from untrusted sources.

Given the potential seriousness of the situation should some malicious 3rd party dev/app exploit this security hole, we expect HTC is double-timing the needed employees to get this patch finished, tested, and released.

With that said, we’ll reiterate HTC’s reiteration: Be careful what you install and make note of what permissions it has and what data it can access.

Claimed HTC Holiday Slides Through FCC With 4.5″ Display And AT&T LTE.

  • September 29, 2011 4:20 pm

We can’t be sure this is the 4.5″ gigantor phone that’s said to pack a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and LTE, but the FCC filing above certainly seems to point that direction. For now we’ll just have to drool over the image above, depicting the cryptically identified “PH39100″.

HTC Files U.S. Patents For Honors And Top Honors Reward Programs.

  • September 28, 2011 7:25 pm

HTC is looking to make the world a better place one technological achievement at a time. Four recent U.S. trademark filings hint at new “Honors” and “Top Honors” programs that will ultimately reward the brightest and most unique ideas/persons the U.S. has to offer.

The patents in question were filed just a few days ago on September 23rd. While not much is given up in the patent filings, the small amount that is described has us intrigued. What will HTC reward people with: Jobs, scholarships, money?

Hop past the break for the full rundown on the patents in question…

HTC Wildfire S, Hero S, and Flyer Coming To U.S. Cellular Next Month.

  • September 28, 2011 3:17 pm

U.S. Cellular recently scored a big win with the Motorola Electrify. And starting next month the Android festivities continue with three new Android devices: the HTC Wildfire S and Hero S smartphones as well as the and Flyer tablet.

Starting things off is the Wildfire S with a smallish 3.2-inch 480 x 320 display, Qualcomm MSM8227 processor @ 600 MHz, 512 MB RAM/512 MB ROM, 5mp camera w/ LED flash, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense. Pricing will be set at $79 when paired with a new 2-year contract or for customers on one of the carrier’s “Belief Plans”.

The Hero S ups the ante with a single-core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapragon processor, 4-inch Super LCD qHD (540 x 960) display, 768 MB of RAM, 5mp rear-facing camera with LED flash and f2.2 lens + VGA front-facing camera, and Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). Pricing is set at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new 2-year contract and to customers subscribed to a Belief Plan.

Finally, the 7-inch HTC Flyer will swoop in @ $399 packing a peppy 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and ample 32 GB of internal storage. HTC has also bundled the “Scribe” stylus with the Flyer meaning on-screen doodling (and whatever else you do with a stylus these days) can be had right out of the box. The $399 price tag is after a $100 MIR and 2-year contract (with $54.99/month data plan) renewal/sign-up.

For now release dates for all three devices is listed simply as “next month”.

T-Mobile Outs The HTC Radar 4G With Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

  • September 27, 2011 2:35 pm

If the Android packin’ Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Amaze 4G aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps T-Mobile’s just announced HTC Radar 4G will tickle your geeky fancy. The Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) powered device comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB or RAM, 3.8″ 480 x 800 display, 5mp and VGA cameras (front/rear), DLNA support, FM radio, and support for T-Mo’s speedy HSPA+ network. The only blanks left to fill are price and date, which we expect to make their presence known shortly.

The specs aren’t exactly record-setting — look no further than two new Android devices such as the DROID Bionic and Motorola Electrify which both feature 1 GHz+ dual-core processors and 540 x 960 qHD displays. As the saying goes, however, “specs aren’t everything”. So far the few WP7 devices we’ve played with have performed far better than Android devices with specs considerably faster. Make of it what you will.

Is a Radar 4G in your future?

Crack A Smile, Not The Bank: The Evo Design 4G.

  • September 26, 2011 11:32 pm

Not interested in a phone that could take out NORAD, solve world peace, and perhaps reverse the declining population of Beluga Sturgeon?. You’re in luck! HTC has a more mid-range device that will be right up your alley — once they announce it.

The Evo Design 4G doesn’t go all out in the specs department, but will still hold its own thanks to a single-core 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, 4″ qHD (540 x 960) display, 5mp camera with 720p video recording and Android 2.3.3 with Sense UI. The carrier is pretty much confirmed to be Sprint.

For now, any release and and/or pricing information will have to remain a secret. (We honestly don’t know.) But if we had to wager a guess, we’d say $149 on a 2-year contract. Of course we certainly wouldn’t mind if HTC was feeling generous and decided to toss us this little bone at $99 with the necessary contracts. You?

T-Mobile Announces Galaxy S II And Amaze 4G.

  • September 26, 2011 3:41 pm

T-Mobile has been teasing us today with several tweets alluding to some exciting mobile news. The most exciting news turned out to be two (previously leaked) devices: The Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G. Hop past the break for the full rundown…

HTC Vigor Specs Confirmed Thanks To New Round Of Leaked Images.

  • September 26, 2011 1:48 pm

The HTC Vigor has been rumored to pack a dual-core 1.5 GHz device amongst other powerful goodies. But now we can be sure thanks to these newly leaked, unofficial HTC Vigor shots from an unnamed source of TeamBAMF. According to the “about phone” screen, the processor is in fact a dual-core humming along at 1.5 GHz and the display packs that oh so succulent 720p (720 x 1280) resolution. Other notable mentions include 8mp (rear)/2mp (front) cameras, Sense 3.5, and LTE. Hop past the break for a few more snaps…

HTC Sense 3.5 Devices Get 3 Free GB Of Dropbox Storage Under New Partnership.

  • September 22, 2011 6:49 am

Good news for owners of HTC devices running the new Sense UI 3.5: You get free Dropbox storage! A new partnership between HTC and Dropbox will see 3 free gigabytes of storage allotted to Sense 3.5 devices. Combined with the free 2 GB of initial storage, specific users will now start out with 5 GB of free storage.

While only two phones currently run Sense 3.5 (HTC Rhyme and Sensation XE) the list will continue to grow through the rest of 2011 and into 2012.

The partnership is a great one for customers as it will allow them to easily save data to “the cloud” and prevent data loss situations when their phone is lost/stolen. The only hurdle now is to actually educate users on how to differentiate between where the data is being stored.