Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Android Phones" @ 10:00 AM
Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Android Phones" @ 10:00 AM
Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:44 AM
"NEW YORK CITY - September 20, 2011 - HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, today unveiled HTC Rhyme, a new kind of phone created for people who require advanced features but want a phone that is sleek and fits seamlessly into their lives. The result is the elegant HTC Rhyme that delivers a fresh approach of integrating distinct colors, HTC SenseTM and complementary accessories for a natural personal experience." Read more...
Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 01:00 PM
It's here and it's real! The HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio will be launching for Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East sometime this month. Unfortunately, no price or launching date is available for the US, but it will probably make its way over the giant pond at some point. But if you do manage to get your hands on one, it will come stocked with awesomeness! Included are custom made Beats headphones, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera (including dual LED flash and auto focus, as well as a separate front facing camera), Bluetooth, tethering and GPS capabilities and the ability to support multiple audio formats. If you like your music to go, this would be the phone for you!
Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 02:00 PM
"It looks like HTC is about to put a new kid on the block with some serious horsepower and bandwidth capabilities."
Ah HTC, you and your big beautiful phones. The Amaze G4 / Ruby is getting closer and closer to a reality for us HTC phone fans!
Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM
"Hello, HTC Vigor. You have eluded us for the most part up until now, but we are excited to finally get a clean look at you. With your red accents, big beautiful screen, and black rubbery Incredible-esque contoured back, we would gladly accept you into our everyday lives."
Droid-Life has two pictures of the upcoming HTC Vigor. This is a high-end phone with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core CPU that has the Adreno 220 GPU. It also has a 4.3" HD (I'm guessing they mean 720x1280) screen, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Oh yeah, and it has LTE if you're wanting the latest and fastest thing out there.
My biggest question would be how's the battery life? Other than that, this looks like a great phone! Questions, comments, more info...we would love to hear from you!
Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 07:30 AM
"Looks like AT&T's fall lineup will include at least one slab of irresistible. The so-called HTC Holiday is indeed real, and it'll soon be gracing Ma Bell's airwaves -- and not just the HSPA+ ones, either. We've confirmed that the Holiday will be amongst the first handsets to launch in AT&T's LTE markets, bringing with it a rather gargantuan frame, a 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of memory, an 8 megapixel rear camera (with flash)..."
A pretty tasty leak of the HTC Holiday which is rumored to be hitting AT&T in the near future. Engadget has a few more pics of this soon-to-be-the-hot-thing device!
Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM
"Have a gander. Take as long as you need. That, friends, is the AT&T-bound HTC Puccini, and it'll be the first tablet to hit Ma Bell with inbuilt LTE support. According to our sources, the Android-based slate is currently in testing, and should be hitting the markets in the not-too-distant future."
Can you imagine if we were all still stuck with GPRS speeds? As good a start as it was, the increase in speeds for our mobile wireless activities has payed a really large role in our adoption of smartphones and what they are capable of. Of course, we now see speeds where we can stream HD movies, share pictures in the blink of an eye and exceed our data caps in mere hours. The only complaint that I have with tablets and netbooks having built in LTE or wireless data connections for that matter is that they usually tend to be tied to specific carriers. Yes, each carrier uses different technologies or frequencies, but if an expensive device like a modern tablet is going to have wireless connectivity, why not make it compatible with more carriers so that if one does not fit your liking, you can always change?
Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM
"While the HTC Ruby is a bit of a mystery device a ninja source of ours we’ve been able to gleam a little bit of intel surrounding the specs and eventual launch. First and foremost this is not a myTouch device but will launch with a set of impressive and sure to please specs."
Wow, this looks nice to me! The HTC Ruby will supposedly have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3" qHD (that's 540x960) screen, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and 1GB of RAM. One interesting design feature is it will have two dedicated camera buttons. One is for stills and the other is for video.
I'm usually not too excited about devices on T-Mobile but this one looks sweet! I would take this over the Galaxy S II any day because of the screen with higher resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio if nothing else. I'm guessing the CPU is the latest Snapdragon which uses the Adreno 220 GPU, which is supposed to be faster than anything else out from what I've read. My only concern would be battery life since this is coming from HTC and it's got some newer hardware. HTC doesn't have a very good track record with battery life on bleeding edge phones (Evo, Dinc, and Thunderbolt come to mind). What do you think? Is this the phone you've been waiting for?
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Android Talk" @ 01:00 PM
I've been really enjoying my HTC Inspire since getting it last week, and wanted to load it up with some music. It came with an 8 GB microSD card, but unlike other platforms (cough, cough) Android is designed with easy user-replaceable storage in mind. Being able to remove the 8 GB card and pop in a 32 GB microSD card is fantastic. Devices that lack user-accessible storage card slots irk me <stares at iPad>.
I connected the HTC Inspire to my computer and transferred over a couple of files. It wasn't immediately obvious where I should put the music (comon' HTC, help a brother out and put a Music folder at the root level) but I realized after a moment that the software scans the entire microSD card for music and it doesn't matter where you put it. I was surprised at how slow the transfer was when I grabbed a few MP3s and dragged them over.
How slow was it? As a test, I grabbed an album with 14 songs (256kbps MP3s) that was 98.4 MB in total. First I dragged and dropped it onto the phone via USB; it took 55 seconds for the transfer, which works out to 1.78 MB per second. Next I removed the microSD card from the phone and put it into my SanDisk memory card reader that's hooked up to a USB 2.0 port on my computer. The transfer took 29 seconds, which works out to 3.93 MB per second. Using the card reader is just over twice as fast as a direct connect method.
Doing a direct-connect transfer of a few songs or albums is still going to be faster than un-mounting the microSD card via software, prying open your phone, taking out the microSD card, putting it in a memory card reader, and reversing the process when you're done. But if you're loading up a big memory card with a lot of music, it's worth the added effort for the time you'll save on the transfer.
Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He's enjoying learning how to use Android.
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Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 04:00 AM
"As you can imagine, AT&T was eager to show off its newly minted HTC Status at its holiday preview event, right up there along with a blue Xperia Play and the HP Touchpad 4G."
Another great phone has hit the market for AT&T! The HTC Status is AT&T's first Android 2.3 phone and delivers some great features. Check out the video and review for a comprehensive look!
Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM
"Earlier this year, we gave a positive review to the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T. Well, if you liked what that phone had to offer, you're going to love this one."
The HTC Sensation 4G is already available for purchase but if you are still debating whether to pick it up or not, check out the review. It will help you decide whether you want to plunk down some change on the new phone!
Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 11:00 PM
"HTC Status brings a Facebook experience to people who want to share their experiences with their friends faster and easier than ever before," said Jason Mackenzie, President, HTC Americas. "With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them."
Looks like HTC has a Facebook page setup and ready to go for their new Facebook phone which isn't so setup or ready to go. The cleverly named HTC Status will be the first phone on the market with a button dedicated to sharing things on Facebook. I know, it's built into the share menu on any Android app that uses the standard share method... but this is a button!! As popular as the Facebook is I imagine that this phone will sell fairly well if priced low enough. Oh, and here's a pro tip for you kids. Get a degree in marketing. People get payed to think up these product names.
Posted by Kevin Jackson in "HTC Android Phones" @ 09:00 AM
"The myTouch 4G Slide also features a full HD 1080p camcorder with audio recording and the ability to edit your videos directly on the device. The 4G slide comes with a 3.7″ WVGA Super LCD touchscreen display, slide-out full qwerty keyboard, Android 2.3, Sense 3.0 and partners up with T-Mobile's super fast 4G network with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor."
I must say that the MyTouch line has come along nicely from its humble beginnings. For anyone looking for a full QWERTY keyboard in an attractive package with compelling features, this is your device. The inclusion of full HD video recording with on-board editing and an 8 megapixel camera make this device worth looking at if you like to take lots of video and pictures.
HTC continues to impress me with their devices and I look forward to finding out more about this guy in the near future.
Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 07:00 PM
"Recently two new 'super phones' have been unleashed into the marketplace on the Android platform and thanks to our good friends at O2 UK we've been given the chance to produce a head-to-head review of both machines. We are of course talking dual core here and that means the Sensation from HTC and the Galaxy SII from Samsung."
I don't think you'll find a better source of information if you're even remotely curious about the Galaxy S II or the Sensation. The folks over at Smartphone Gurus have put together quite the extensive comparison/review of these two amazing devices. If you're in the market for a new Android device I strongly recommend heading over and reading through this extensive write-up. I really want to replace my poor old Nexus One with a Galaxy S II. Reading this sure didn't help my restraint any. :)
Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 01:30 PM
"HTC has entered the final stages of testing for its 10.1-inch Puccini tablet PCs, with volume production slated for June 2011."
Mass production of the HTC Puccini tablet is scheduled to start in June. This will be an interesting device for a few reasons. First, the hardware. It is the first tablet I'm aware of with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor (I'm pretty sure that's dual-core). It also has a resistive/capacitive screen so it can use touch people are now used to on these devices as well as an old-school stylus. This makes a lot of sense for data entry, note taking, or editing on a tablet device. It will be interesting to see how practical or needed a stylus really is these days. Second, the software. It apparently will ship with Android 3.0.1 which I'm hoping is a typo and it will have 3.1 instead. Either way, as you can tell from the screen shot above HTC has built a new UI for Honeycomb devices. A lot of people seem to like Sense on their phone. I really wish OEM's would stop changing the stock interface and just let you download a different launcher if you want instead. Have you been waiting for the Puccini? What do you most like, or not like, about it?
Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 06:00 PM
"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."
After all the backlash Motorola got for it's device locking down policies this can only be a good PR move for HTC. A short message from Peter Chou himself states that HTC will no longer be locking the bootloaders on it's Android devices. This change doesn't hurt HTC in any way. Anyone who would want to unlock their bootloader already knows how to do it. Those that don't won't notice any difference. Way to make some friends in the Android community HTC! Now just sell me a phone without sense, please. ;)
Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM
"Yes, we're talking about the 7-inch Flyer, the most unique of this year's Android tablet offerings, opting for a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a sturdy aluminum construction that doesn't even try to compete in the race for extreme thinness, and a Magic Pen to make you forget it's running Gingerbread and not Honeycomb (yet). Also set for release under the EVO View 4G moniker on Sprint in the US, this tablet is the sum of a set of bold choices on the part of HTC."
HTC has really made a name for themselves in the Android marketplace, coming up with some innovative designs and features and their Flyer tablet is no exception. Check out this review to see if it's the right tablet for you. As far as I'm concerned, this one is right up there on my wish list.
Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM
"Details on what could well be HTC’s second Android tablet of 2011 have leaked, codenamed the HTC Puccini, and expected to be the company’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate complete with AT&T LTE 4G support."
One thing that sets this tablet apart from the others is that instead of a Tegra 2 HTC chose to use a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. That CPU uses an Adreno 220 GPU which should be very fast. With that high clock speed and good GPU it will be interesting to see if this is a Tegra 2 killer. It will also have AT&T 4G LTE support built in. One plus or minis depending on whether or not you like the HTC Sense interface is that HTC has it on the Puccini. Personally, I would much rather have the original Honeycomb interface but I shouldn't knock it until I try it. Make sure to hit the "Read" link below for the rest of the details. What do you think of the HTC Puccini? Does it seem to be a tablet that you would consider?
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 08:00 AM
"Over the past couple of years, HTC has rapidly built up an enviable reputation (and bank balance) in the smartphone space with a succession of feature-rich, smartly designed, and innovative handsets...Today, the company's Android assembly line is turning out yet another groundbreaking device, though this one's closer in size to the Athena than the Aria. Yes, we're talking about the 7-inch Flyer, the most unique of this year's Android tablet offerings, opting for a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a sturdy aluminum construction that doesn't even try to compete in the race for extreme thinness, and a Magic Pen to make you forget it's running Gingerbread and not Honeycomb (yet)."
I have a soft spot in my heart for HTC products - I've watched this scrappy company grow from being a fairy small ODM making Pocket PCs for the likes of HP to being a powerful phone brand making phones for practically every carrier in the world. It was with great interest that I read this review of the HTC Flyer, because I've been wondering how this latest foray into the bigger-than-a-phone world would go for them this time. This isn't their first time at the plate - remember the HTC Advantage? Or the HTC Shift? Both were products that had a gem of awesomeness at their core but were ultimately limited by the hardware at the time.
So did the Flyer do any better? Yes and no. I was relieved - and quite impressed - that the battery life of the Flyer was tested at being 12 hours. There were rumours for the past couple of months that they battery life on the Flyer was a meagre four hours...I read it time and time again in forum comments, Tweets, etc. Why HTC didn't step up and correct this fallacy is beyond me - I was initially quite interested in the Flyer because I'm a fan of the 7 inch tablet form factor, but when I read about the four hour battery life I immediately axed this from my list of potential non-iPad 2 options.
It looks like the HTC is a strong contender in a field of competition - can it stand out, and can HTC slim it down in the next generation?
Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 04:00 PM
"Now Android users can browse movies, manage their instant queue, and watch movies right from their phone. You can even pick up watching movies from where you left off on your TV or computer."
Awesome news from Netflix today! Even though the number of devices is currently pretty limited (mostly HTC devices, with the Nexus S thrown in for good measure; all running 2.2 and up), Netflix says that they are working to bring access to as many devices as they can "in the coming months."
Are you excited about this development? Or are you waiting for it to start working on the tablets before getting too excited? Let us know in the forum.