HTC Desire HD and Incredible S Get Updated to Sense 3.0, Wildfire S Gets New Lockscreen

Even with releasing their new phones (like the Rezound), HTC is showing some love to their older ones. Multiple users have reported that the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.0, which puts them right up there with the likes of the Sensation and EVO 3D. Before this update, people were stuck with having to root these devices if they wanted these features. The Wildfire S also received some love. While it did not get bumped to 3.0 (it has Sense 2.1), it did receive the Android 2.3.5 push with the Sense 3.0 lockscreen.

While there is no word if the Incredible 2 will receive this update in the future or not. If you have any of these three phones however, and haven’t received the update just yet, head to Settings>About Phone>Software Updates to see if it’s available. For those that have it, what do you think? Is it amazing?


[via Android Central]

ZTE Tablet Passes Through FCC Trials

Do you remember the ZTE Tablet we told you about back in September? If not,  read this and catch up. OK, now that we are all up to speed, it looks as if ZTE has come through with making it a reality. The V66 just passed through the FCC, and has the 4G LTE stamp on the back, meaning it is heading for Verizon. Sprint will be getting the V55, so this must be Verizon’s version of the same tablet. There isn’t too much more information to give about it’s journey through the FCC, but we will be keeping our eye on ZTE as they make their way into the U.S. market. Who is ready to have 4-cores? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


DROID XYBoard Tablets for Sale on Verizon Website, Confirms December 12th In-Store Availability

Yesterday we saw DROID XYBoard shipments start to arrive in Verizon stores, now today you can officially purchase the tablets online. Also we finally got confirmation and they will in fact be available in-store on Monday, Dec. 12th.

The 8.2-inch version starts at $429 for 16GB of storage and goes up to $529 for 32GB. The 10.1-inch model is going for $529 for 16GB, $629 for 32GB and a rather steep $729 for 64GB of storage. All of these prices are on-contract and if you plan to purchase one outright you will need to add $170 to each price. Kinda pricy for my blood, but remember, although they launch with Android 3.2 they will get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the near future. Hit the source link below if you are ready to place your order.

[via Verizon]



Verizon Starts to Receive DROID XYBoard Demo Units, Launch Date Still Unconfirmed

With all the hubbub surrounding the Galaxy Nexus it can be easy to forget about the other great devices getting ready to drop. Take the Motorola DROID XYBoards for example. Although officially announced by Verizon, they are unofficially rumored to launch this Monday, Dec. 12, and haven’t received as much hype as they would have had the GNex not been clouding their release.

Like the Nexus, the XYBoard tablets are starting to arrive and demo units might actually start showing up on Verizon displays soon. So if it’s the latest Verizon 4G slate you’re after, maybe try calling your local Verizon store and ask kindly if they have one of the demo units for you to check out. As far as launch goes, with all the shenanigans we have been seeing from Verizon lately it’s really hard to say. If we get any more news on their release you can bet you will be the first to know.

[via Droid Life]

Huge Bug Fix For Droid Bionic On The Way, Brings Build To 5.5.893

We know what you’re thinking….”damn, finally!”  We hear ya.  Verizon has finally stated that the long awaited bug fix is underway and requests for your patience.  The update will provide improved stability by avoiding power cycles, add fast auto focus on the camera functionality and offer better handshakes between 4G/3G connectivity.  In addition, the device can now support up to eight other devices when using the mobile hot spot.  Usually only a max of five devices are able to hop on due to supposed hardware limitations.  And supposedly now if you power the handset off it doesn’t turn on by itself.  In addition, SIM cards should activate much quicker than before.  There are quite a few other features added and other enhancements made so check out the info graphic below to get a better idea of the full change log.  No word yet on an exact date the update will be pushing out but usually we see something within a week or two when a support document has been rendered.  So keep a look out and don’t forget to let us know you think of it when it arrives.  The update should bring your device’s build to 5.5.893.

[via Verizon]



Verizon Galaxy Nexus Pricing Revealed: $299 at VZW and $289 Bundle at Costco

Although no official launch date yet, we have some official pricing for those who need to balance their checkbooks before they make the big Galaxy Nexus purchase. This is as official as it gets I think (although it could doubtfully get reprinted), a leaked image of a Verizon in-store price tag has appeared on line and clearly shows the device at $299 on contract, just as we suspected. Although not shown in the picture, the retail price is going to be $649 for those who want to purchase the phone out-right.

If you are harboring a great hate for Verizon and refuse to give them money directly you could always go to Costco where none the wiser. According to Droid Life, they have heard from Costco insiders that the device will be sold with their commonly offered accessory bundle. Unlike the great goodies you got with the Bionic and the RAZR, the Galaxy Nexus will only come with a generic leather case, car charger, and a few screen protectors, but will be cheaper than Verizon at $289.

You know we are most definitely keeping our eye on the latest release rumors and we will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

[via Droid Life]


T-Mobile Begins Roll-Out of HTC Sensation 4G Update

If you are the owner of an HTC Sensation 4G then you may be pleased to know that T-Mobile has begun to roll-out a new update bringing the device to Android 2.3.4, and software version 1.50.531.1. The roll-out started yesterday, Dec. 7, and continues through Jan. 15. Quite a widespread time-frame given the fact the update is random and you don’t really know when to expect it to hit. I guess you should just keep checking your notification bar for a software upgrade message. If you are antsy like me, you can manually check to see if the update is available by pressing Menu–> Settings–> About Phone–> System Updates. If your device is ready for the update you will see a download option and you should definitely press ‘yes’. The features and improvements you can expect are as follows:

New Features

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life


  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Screen  unresponsiveness resolved
  • Device taking screen shots resolved
  • Lock screen shifted up resolved
  • Icon pixilation  resolved
  • Improved Wi-Fi  connection
  • Green lines on  photo resolved

Hit the source link below to see the full announcement from the T-Mobile Support Community.

[via T-Mobile Support]

ZTE To Hit U.S. Market Hard With High-End Smartphones

As we all know, Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola are locked in a furious battle for U.S. market share. According to the Wall Street journal it appears that the Chinese company, ZTE, will be throwing their hat into the ring as well with a new line of high-end smartphones that look to debut sometime next year.

It’s a surprise move considering they mostly sell budget devices and broadband modems. ZTE America President Lixin Cheng is optimistic about pushing forward into the U.S. market. He was quoted to say:

“By 2015, we expect the U.S. to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE. Next year, we’re going to launch LTE and high-tier phones in the U.S.”

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Bell And Virgin Mobile Launch The Galaxy Nexus Today, U.S. Still Waits Patiently

Looks like everyone but the US is getting their sweaty palms on the Galaxy Nexus device.  Next on the list to receive the flagship device is Bell and Virgin Mobile, who’s now offering the device for $159 with a three year contract (ouch).  If you’re not looking for a contract both carriers are offering the device right out for $649.99.  If you’re on Rogers or Telus, be patient, as you’ll be receiving the device sometime early 2012.

[via Bell & Virgin]