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Interesting developments from the EVO 4G launch this morning: Sprint is releasing an OTA update to fix a bug in the reading of SD cards on the device, which would sometimes cause the phone to be unable to read anything put into the MicroSD slot. This small fix, however, has the added bonus of patching the root that was discovered and outed yesterday.
UnrEVOked, a person/site that has emerged to promote the root, is urging people NOT to download the OTA update if they mean to keep their root.
And the phone looks to be doing extremely well, judging from all the lineups around the US.
It was a shock to find out that Bell was getting the successor to the HTC Hero. But now that the shock has largely worn off, I can rest easy knowing that, on June 16th, I can bang out $400 for one of these bad boys off-contract.
The HTC Legend is one hell of a device. Leaving off where the HTC Hero succeeded, the specs are only slightly better, with a slightly faster processor, more RAM, better camera with flash; but the best part of the phone is the body. Crafted from one piece of aluminum, it feels about as sleek and robust as the iPhone 3GS. It’s a phone to believe in.
Not to mention that this will be the first phone brought to Canada with HTC’s updated Sense UI, which they brought to Android 2.1 earlier this year.
Telus probably saw this launch a mile away, and seeing that Bell was launching the Legend at $79.95 on a 3-year contract, they have dropped the price of the Hero to $29.99 to compete. The Hero is still a great phone, and I recommend it over the Legend if you’re into hacking and custom ROMs, as there is a very active development community around the Hero.
The comparison, however, to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is not really fair. The X10 has a much better screen than the two other devices, and runs stock Android (with a couple additions) over HTC’s entries. That doesn’t mean that I would recommend the X10 over the Legend, because I don’t. Even with its low-resolution screen, the fact that it is AMOLED gives it added brightness and clarify over the TFT equivalent.
Definitely looking forward to reviewing this unit!
(via Mobile Syrup)
Take this with a grain of salt, but several sources are saying that the HTC Desire, which runs on the company’s custom Sense UI over Android 2.1, will be upgraded to 2.2 by June 23rd. If this is true, there is no reason to believe that HTC’s other recent offerings, such as the Sprint EVO 4G and Verizon Droid Incredible, won’t receive the same upgrade treatment. Now, phones offered by carriers will be subject to the carriers’ upgrade discretion, so one company might release it while others may not. But it does bode well for the future of the Android upgrade path, which seems to be diminishing as vendors and carriers get used to the furious pace at which Google releases their Android versions.
Nexus One owners are still waiting for their official Froyo update: those who have received Android 2.2 over the air were tech journalists who received their phones free from Google. The version they received is purported to be a Release Candidate test version of the OS, used to hammer out any remaining bugs. I am using it, however, on my N1 with no problems to speak of, though because Google hasn’t officially released the update, the Android Marketplace is not functioning as it should.
HTC is unleashing yet another HTC Sense Android device on the world! This one is of little consequence to Americans, as it will only be available in Asian and European markets, and won’t have the necessary radio bands for 3G in NA, but it’s still significant. The Wildfire is a small, low-cost device with decent specs, and will hopefully bring Android to the mainstream in its host countries like it has in North America.
The phone comes with the same aging processor as the HTC Hero and Magic, but we know that it is capable enough to run Android 2.1 quite well (and has for months, ahem). A nice new feature debuting on this device is what’s called HTC Caller ID, which shows your caller’s Facebook information, profile picture, birthday, and any other relevant social networking info. Pretty neat!
Read on for full specs:
- Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor
- 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM
- Android 2.1 (Eclair) and Sense UI
- 3.2-inch QVGA TFT capacitive touch screen
- 5 megapixel camera w/auto focus, LED flash
- 802.11 b/g
- GPS, AGPS
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- 3.5mm audio jack; microUSB
- Proximity sensor
- Light sensor
- FM radio
- Optical joystick
Who wants a Sidekick with some kick? T-Mobile users have been hurting for a worthy successor to the aging G1 (and a new Android phone in general) and rumour has it that this phone, codenamed Project Emerald, will be that phone. HTC has been given the task of designing the phone, with the Sidekick handle, and will provide many of the same features previous sidekick owners are used to in a beefier package. TmoNews reports the Sidekick “Twist” will boast “Android 2.1, a 1 GHz Processor (Snapdragon?), with a front facing Camera, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and 16 GB onboard storage“. These specs are similar to the also HTC-designed EVO 4G, with the major difference being the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that Sidekick users are used to.
The problem with this rumour is that the Sidekick is aimed at the lower-priced crowd, and as a result, the brand is synonymous with texting teens. Bringing the hardware to the high-end spectrum will do two things: dictate a much higher starting price point for the hardware (anywhere from $150-$200 on a two-year contract) and force the user to pay a premium for data, something Sidekick users traditionally aren’t used to spending.
This rumour has some legs, however, as HTC is known for bringing some decent hardware at a pretty good price to most consumers, but I don’t know if this will check out. It’s entirely possible this phone will have all those specs described without the Sidekick name attached to it.
(via Android and me)
A tipster has generously forwarded us a few scans from the Radio Shack training manual employees are expected to peruse and get to know for the EVO 4G debuting next month on Sprint.
Not a lot of new information here, but it just reinforces what we already know: the HTC EVO 4G is going to be one screaming fast, sexy phone. Remember, this is going to debut just after the iPhone HD is announced, and the latter’s front-facing camera will likely influence other people to use video conferencing apps. The EVO 4G has a front-facing camera, and everything else about it screams HD quality: its kickstand; its HDMI out; its Flash support (though it’s only Flash Lite); its 8MP rear camera with 720p video capture.
And it has built-in 4G Mobile Hotspot! Allows eight devices to connect to its 4G connection through Wi-Fi.
This is going to be one kick-ass phone.
Hit the break the week two to four.
The HTC Legend was released earlier this year to much fanfare, mostly because it was an upgraded version of the extremely successful HTC Hero.
Telus got the HTC Hero in its unaltered form in late 2009, and has been advertising it quite diligently, along with the Motorola Milestone. Personally, I prefer the Hero, but I like Sense UI.
Now, the HTC Legend has passed the FCC with 850/1900MHZ 3G bands, meaning it will be compatible with AT&T, Rogers, Telus, and Bell. I find it unlikely that Telus will let the phone out of its reach when it does eventually come to Canada.
More at Engadget.
Apparently Android 2.2 will be rolled out next month, May 19 to be exact, at the beginning of Google IO, the Google-centric conference kicking off in San Fransisco on the same day. There are already test builds going around, and rumoured features include access to more internal RAM, FM Radio support and OpenGL 2.0 features. The Nexus One will likely get the OS first, but it should be rolled out to more phones as the OS gets more mature.
On the other front, there is a rumour going around that the Sprint HTC EVO 4G will ship with Android 3.1 (see picture), though I think that’s a photoshop and ain’t gonna happen. Take a look at the date: January 25th, on T-Mobile? Why would they be testing 3.1 on a T-Mobile device if it was supposed to go to Sprint, a CDMA carrier? But we’ll have to wait till June to hear about it.
And, while we’re on the subject, the HTC Hero update to 2.1 has been delayed again, this time till an early June timeframe. At this point I think it’s safe to say HTC hasn’t released the update to the wildly popular device as a strategic method to entice HTC fans to update to the Legend, which was released at the beginning of April in the UK and parts of Western Europe.
We have heard a lot about the multitouch issues that plague the Nexus One’s 3.7 inch AMOLED screen, and seeing how the newly announced Droid Incredible shares an identically spec’d screen I’m sure there was a bit of concern that the Incredible would also be hit with multitouch problems. Phil over at Android Central has just posted a video showing the Incredible’s multitouch in action and how it compares with the Nexus One in that department. It’s clear as day how much better the Incredible’s multitouch is than the Nexus One’s when used with an application that shows where you are touching the screen. But don’t take my word for it, hit the break for the full video.
(Via Android Central)
We knew this was coming, it was just a matter of days, but today Verizon and HTC have decided to make their highly anticipated handset the Droid Incredible (formerly know as just the HTC Incredible) official. All the specs are the same so there’s nothing really new here, except we finally have a price point and release date. Verizon will be releasing the Droid Incredible on April 29th for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with a two-year contract. If you were looking for an Android device on Verizon and weren’t ready to throw down for the other two Droid-branded options, perhaps now is your chance to spend your money. Hit the break for the full press release.
IT’S A DROID, IT’S INCREDIBLE, IT’S ON THE NATION’S LARGEST AND MOST RELIABLE 3G NETWORK
DROID Incredible™ by HTC Combines Power of Android™, Usability of HTC Sense™, Exclusively from Verizon Wireless
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK – Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29.
Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected.
DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch. Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market™ with more than 30,000 Google applications. DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an 8 megapixel camera.
Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
- Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
- Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
- “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
- 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
- Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
- Optical joystick for smooth navigation
- Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
- Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
- Integrated GPS
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
- DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.