The HTC One X has represented a real return to form for the Taiwanese manufacturer. With strong sales and an overwhelmingly positive critical response, 2012 could well be the year that HTC brings the fight to Samsung and Motorola. With the recent Galaxy S III announcement, it’s possible that some One X owners may be suffering from new device envy however perhaps today’s news will address the balance again as HTC have now released the kernal source code for the flagship device.
The code is a sizeable 111MB and is available for software versions 1.26 and 1.28. Unlocked phones are covered as are most major carriers with the exception of AT&T. Here’s hoping the One S and One V aren’t too far behind. Check out the link below to grab the source code.
source : HTCDev
Feeling a little blue? Well we may have just the item to help cheer you up— a blue Motorola DROID RAZR possibly in the works by Verizon. Our friends at Android Central got a tip from an anonymous individual that Verizon may have its eyes set on marketing and selling the blue variant of the smartphone, according to a leaked inventory screenshot. If all goes well, this smartphone could possibly be launched next Wednesday, May 17th. While it looks like the 16GB model will be the one getting the blue treatment, there’s no word on how much the blue DROID RAZR will cost or whether the DROID RAZR MAXX variant will get some blue treatment as well.
While the DROID RAZR looks like it will likely don a shade of blue, we’ll have to treat this as a rumor until Big Red says its official— which should be too long from now.
Back in late November of 2010 we brought to you news that the FCC was looking into people being able to send SMS, photo, or video MMS messages to 911 services around the country. Since that time we have heard very little of these proposed plans going into action. Well Verizon appears to have had enough of waiting around as it made the announcement today that it hopes to enable this feature for its customers as early as 2013. It will be based on current CDMA SMS networks so the roll out should be fairly quick. Marjorie Hsu, Verizon VP of technology had this to say:
“Verizon is at the forefront of 911 public-safety innovations, and today’s announcement is another step in making SMS-to-911 service available to those who cannot make a voice call to 911.”
While Sprint did announce that it would be enabling emergency text alerts back in November of last year on its network, this is the first big push by a carrier in the text-to-911 ability. Some of you may be skeptical of its uses but this would be a huge benefit for those who are hard of hearing or for those who are in a situation where making sounds is less than ideal. So if everything works out correctly we can look to see this sometime next year.
Full press release after the break:
Android lovers will always look back fondly at the HTC G1, the device that started the love affair for many of us. The G1 and Android 1.0 launched with many distinctive features such as the slide out keyboard, home screen widgets, pull down notifications and curved ‘chin’, many of these features are still present in Android 4.0 today.
Meet the Google Sooner, the phone that might just have launched in place of the G1 had it not been for a late change in strategy from Google. With a full qwerty keyboard and non touch-screen design it’s clear that Google was initially chasing after Blackberry and Symbian before the huge success of the original iPhone positioned itself as a more ambitious target for Google to take on. Oh how different things may have been.
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been fortunate enough to get his hands on the Google Sooner and has posted some detailed commentary and high resolution screenshots to his blog for the rest of us to enjoy. You can take a look at Google’s own Sergey Brin walking us through this early build in the video below, we’ve also posted a few photos of the Sooner.
Those of you who bought the original HTC G1, would the Google Sooner have caught your imagination in the same way had it ever reached the market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
We kind of expected Verizon would kick off CTIA with the official announcement of the DROID Incredible 4G LTE and that’s exactly what they did. For the past month or two we’ve been getting rumors and leaks so there are no surprises here. It’s more of a variant of the One S as opposed to the One X, which is a little disappointing for DROID Incredible fans. Some of the differences are a smaller display and a micro SD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. Full specs include:
- 4-inch super LCD qHD (960 x 540) display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
- Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
- 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery
- Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0
No pricing was mentioned nor a definitive date, but they did say it would become available in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break:
Here’s some good news to get the morning started. Sprint has now opened up pre-orders for their highly anticipated HTC Evo 4G LTE that is rumored to be hitting shelves later this month. HTC has really knocked this one out of the park when it comes to specs and the unique design and color scheme are sure to make a statement to the rest of the world that Sprint truly has something special to offer this summer. The Evo 4G LTE can be had for the standard $200 on contract or $550 full retail price for those of you who are current Sprint customers that are lacking an upgrade. So jump on the source link below to pre-order HTC’s latest and greatest Evo!
Want another reason to grab that attractive new AT&T toy from HTC? Amazon is offering the One X smartphone for a cool $150 for both new and existing customers. Amazon’s listed price cuts AT&T’s offering by a full $50. What’s even better is Amazon is not only offering the familiar white version, but it will indeed be offering the sleek gray version as well.
Remember folks, we’ve told you before the One X is the best phone hands down. That means if you’re in the market for a new phone, you need to jump on this deal… today. Hit the source links for more details.
source: Amazon AT&T HTC One X White | Gray
So you’re in the U.S. and clamoring to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III, except there’s a little bit of a problem. We probably won’t see it on any U.S. carrier for a few months. Hopefully it won’t be like last year’s Galaxy S II when the first release in the U.S. didn’t take place until October. If you simply can’t wait, you still have a chance. It will cost you some dollars, but happiness is more important right?
Seems like Verizon is pushing potential customers into getting Android phones instead of iPhones. On the surface, this sounds great for Android. Verizon must love Android if they keep pushing it in favor of Apple’s handset. But the folks at CNNMoney have uncovered something interesting. It’s not that Verizon necessarily prefers Android. It’s that they need to push people into using their 4G LTE network and off of their heavily trafficked and clogged up 3G network.
Last year, Big Red started offering Double Data Deals for 4G users in an attempt to shift more users in that direction. Since the iPhone does not support 4G LTE and only runs on Verizon’s 3G network, and many iPhone users tend to not want to switch to Android, Verizon is seeing their 3G network usage remain relatively high.
I’ve been a gadget geek since I was around 7 or 8 years old and got my first calculator watch. This “nerd” watch, as some people call it, was my first foray into multi-function devices and advanced personal technology. This was followed by watches that played games, were powered by solar cells, and held all my friends’ phone numbers.
Even my latest watch had to have some sort of techie gimmick to it. It’s a good ol’ digital Casio watch that also has analog hands. If that’s not enough, it would also sync to the atomic clock in Colorado to ensure it was always accurate. This simple watch has been on my wrist for years now and I haven’t really had the itch to get something new until recently when more and more companies are starting to release interesting wearable gadgets like Motorola’s MotoActv, the Pebble, the Nike+ FuelBand, and the WIMM One.
Sony’s Second Try
Among that group of manufacturers toying with the idea of wearable tech is Sony. They started with their universally panned LiveView watch. This watch was not a commercial success by any means but showed that Sony was starting to think about how to integrate watches and mobile.
Even with the slow start, Sony climbed right back on and released the Sony SmartWatch. In this second iteration, does Sony up the ante enough to have a hit? I recently decided to plunk down the cash ($118 from Expansys during a special they were having) and see for myself.
Hit the break for my review of Sony’s latest SmartWatch.