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Now before I go into too many details, this report came to me this morning, from an AT&T employee who gave me zero evidence to support this other than his/her claim. This makes me incredibly wary of it’s factual basis. Here’s what I was told: the antenna bands on the iPhone will basically be rotated, clockwise, 180°. This would put the “bottom antenna” on the top of the phone. Now the bridge between the two bands would be on the top right corner of the handset…, similar to where the vibrate switch is but on the other side. Since no one grips their phone on the top half, this would “recitfy” the supposed issue and bring it more in line with other devices that have the same problem. It’s been mentioned that many phones lose signal when the top of the phone is gripped.
We’d see it “within 30 days” and all iPhone 4′s can be replaced with the rotated version, if taken back to the store. This somewhat contradicts earlier reports that the antenna band composition would be changed because of a recall. Still, it makes sense. Signal loss when a phone is touched is real, for every handset. The thing that gets me is that it doesn’t seem to be completely comprehensive. Some people appear to have no trouble at all and that the real fault is AT&T’s network.
Take this report lightly, I’m not totally convinced this person is right, based on how wonky it sounds. It is worth sharing, however, and I’d be delighted if it ended up to be true. I hope everyone gets some resolution on this matter quickly. It’s now become so trite – I can’t stand reading about it anymore.
Everyone knows about the Droid Incredible on Verizon and the HTC Evo on Sprint, and how, because they both run on CDMA-spec networks, they are incompatible with any other network. Contrast this to, for example, a Nexus One, which out of the box comes unlocked and compatible with multiple GSM carriers around the world (in two versions, however) as long as the radio bands are compatible. That means that if one should need to travel overseas, his or her Nexus One (or any other GSM-compatible device; I am just using the N1 as an example) should work to make phone calls and send text messages on a local network, as long as one buys a SIM card.
Up in Canada, we have are in an Android drought. Sure, the HTC Desire is coming to Telus shortly and the HTC Legend was just released on Bell, but it is unlikely that any Evo or Incredible-like devices are going to make their way up north any time soon. Canada’s carriers are phasing out their CDMA infrustructure, and it seems that the two aforementioned CDMA devices are US-exclusive.
So what happens when HTC decides to take those designs and port them over to make them GSM compatible? They could potentially go to a lot more places around the world. Sure, the EVO 4G will likely just be an HSPA device, but the world could use more Android handsets, period. According to Pocket-Lint, one of their tipsters mentioned that an HTC device, code named “Ace,” is going to be released later in the year in the UK, and has a striking similarity to the HTC HD2 (a sexy, Sense-covered Windows Mobile 6.5 device). Whether this is going to be a strict port of the Incredible or EVO, or a unique device altogether, we don’t know, but if it’s released in the UK, a Canadian/South American/European release can’t be too far off.
One has to wonder whether, by the time these ports are completed and released, the high-end specs (1GHZ Snapdragon 512MB RAM, etc.) will seem a bit antiquated. Newer dual-core Snapdragon processors are being released later in the year, and HTC surely has them already planned for devices. Personally, I’d like to see the EVO ported to GSM to run on Bell or Telus’ new HSPA+ network. That would be hot.
While the HTC Incredible may be immune to the screen issues that affect the Nexus One, it looks like there is a new and potentially more annoying issue which affects not only the Incredible, but it’s new big brother, the HTC EVO 4G. The new problem has to do with faulty grounding in the screens of both HTC devices causing the upper portion of the screen to become unresponsive when not being held. As you can see from the picture above, this causes some serious problems when you’re not actually holding the device and can make simple tasks like pulling down the notification shade impossible.
Hit the break for the depressing footage.
There have been some interesting developments of late in regards to Android and the increasingly important role it is playing in the current lineup of high-end smart phones. The Sprint Evo 4G is so anticipated that employees are executing lineups outside Sprint stores on the morning of June 4th. I have seen the device and it is probably the most attractive piece of technology I’ve ever used.
But advancing to what isn’t for sure yet: what is the Motorola Shadow? Is it the equivalent of the Droid 2? Will it have a slide out keyboard? There are a lot of signs that point to, “Yes” for both questions. That it will be coming to Verizon is a given. This is disappointing but not unexpected. The carrier seems to be quite adept at getting OEM manufacturers to create for them some wonderful exclusive devices. When the Droid emerged in September 2009, it was unknown when the GSM equivalent would emerge for the rest of the world. Telus did end up bringing the phone to North America in February, but by then the King of Android had been dethroned by Google’s own Nexus One. The second iteration of the Droid should up the game by quite a lot: Snapdragon processor (1GHZ), 8GB internal storage, HDMI out, 4.3″ screen. Beauty.
As for the EVO 4G and Droid Incredible, Sprint and Verizons’ flagship Android devices, they have both been rooted recently, which is a lovely surprise, considering how close to Froyo we are getting. I have been using Froyo for a week or so now on my Nexus One, and it’s lovely. Very quick, stable and the wireless tethering option is oh-so-sweet.
Plus the EVO 4G has had paid video conferencing, and then it didn’t anymore. Apparently, that supposed $5 cost for the two-way video conferencing via Qik is only for premium features, and the core functionality will always be free.
The Samsung Galaxy S is also headed to AT&T in one form or another. This device, with its SuperAMOLED screen, promotes better brightness and daylight viewability over regular AMOLED screens, currently seen on the Nexus One and HTC Desire, among others.
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)