Canadian carrier TELUS had mentioned last week that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the HTC Desire HD had been canceled, citing “poor device performance in testing.” Since Ice Cream Sandwich has been known to run fine on many devices with lower specs, this raised a few eyebrows. The fine folks over at Android Central felt the same way and decided to reach out to HTC to get the skinny.
Here’s what HTC told them:
“We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S.“
So TELUS apparently didn’t get that memo. Looks like the Desire HD and Desire S both have a little more life left in them. That’s good news.
source: android central
It seems that HTC is always in the news for one security scare or another. Well you can add this to the pile as HTC has acknowledged that a bug/exploit can expose security credentials on wifi networks when their devices handle specific Android requests.
It was found that applications on affected HTC devices with the android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission would be able to exploit the .toString() command via the WifiConfiguration class to view all of a wifi network’s credentials. Combine this with the android.permission.INTERNET permission and hackers could have a field day in harvesting these details and sending them off to a remote server. These exploits happened to be found by researchers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan.
The CyanogenMOD team continues to remain hard at work with gracing every device possible with their popular hit ROM. The latest and greatest to join the ranks are the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Desire S aka the HTC Saga. It’s clear the team won’t stop until they’ve made a world wide recognized brand, if they haven’t done so already, and we’ve got no complaints here. You can hit up our previous posts to get an idea of the slew and variety of different devices they’ve been working on. The LG Optimus 3D has been given a very early build of CM7 and we highly look forward to seeing a finished and stable release. In addition, the HTC Saga/Desire S has made the list of CyanogenMOD nightlies. If you’re feeling frisky and want to get in on the action, we won’t stop you. Just be aware of the possible bugs you’ll experience until it’s stable. If you’re still willing, then head on over to the CyanogenMOD page via the source link and be a part of the success. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via Ricardo Cerqueira & CyanogenMOD ]
We’ve mentioned before that, despite having a locked bootloader, development for the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D has progressed at a surprisingly rapid pace. That progression has reached a breakthrough. Through the culmination of efforts by developer groups unrEVOked and AlphaRev, S-OFF has been achieved for several newer HTC devices through a tool called Revolutionary. For those unfamiliar with S-OFF, it represents unlocking a device to enable modifications to elements in its system. In other words, for those looking to truly make your new HTC device your own, the moment is nigh. I say “nigh” simply because the Revolutionary tool is currently directed towards developers and Android users familiar with higher system functions. There’s still enough bugs and unknowns in the process to not release it to the general public. Still, the tool itself represents an impressive achievement and a big step in the development of some of our favorite phones. Click in after the break to see the group’s message, a full list of devices supported, and a link to the tool’s webpage. Here’s to the future!
Skype has been updated to include video calls, but only for a few phones. They are:
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
- HTC Desire S
- Google Nexus S
For the rest of us you will find a redesigned interface and you can now use SMS from Skype. For the interface, there is a new main menu where users can navigate easily though their contacts, access their profile, and check Skype credit. There is also a new mood message box at the top so you can share how you are feeling. Right now I am a little depressed because the above list of phones is rather pathetic, but you have to start somewhere.
Full press release after the break.
HTC has just updated their Sync service to include the Desire S and the Incredible S. For those of you that don’t know what HTC Sync is you’re missing out on quite a lot. HTC Sync allows you to connect your phone to your computer and use it almost like a flash drive (think iTunes and iPod). You can manage files on your phone, add files to them, manage playlists, add videos and pictures, etc. While there are some cloud based options out there (Dropbox), there are a lot of people who still prefer to do it the old fashioned way (if my computer is near me that’s me). Worry not, HTC has not forsaken you and is still offering Sync updates for their new phones.
HTC released a software update to its popular sync client allowing you to sync data between your Android device and your PC or laptop. Now, the update supports those using a Desire S and Incredible S smartphone. Transfer photos, docs, music and videos seamlessly and without effort as well as your bookmarks and contacts. You can even install Android applications from the program when your connected to a PC. Consider it sort of an iTunes or Active Sync program if you will, only better. So, if you’re rocking one of these devices, your back up options just got a little better. And lets not forget about DoubleTwist too. What are your thoughts, do you prefer this method over cloud based services? Feel free to fire away in the comments section below.
After HTC had a HUGE day at MWC in Barcelona, we now have several UK carriers jumping on the HTC train. Three and O2 announced on their Twitter pages that they’ll be launching the HTC Desire S, while Orange and Vodafone will be adding the Desire S, Wildfire S and ChaCha (a facebook phone) in Q2 of this year.
Three in the UK will also be carrying the HTC Flyer tablet, and thus far is the only carrier to announce the launch. Surprising we haven’t heard anything from T-Mobile UK yet.
[via O2 on Twitter, ThreeUK on Twitter, conorfromorange on Twitter, VodafoneUK on Twitter, Three Media Centre]
It’s been a busy day over at the HTC camp and they are certainly not pulling any punches this year at MWC. HTC has revealed quite a number of products, so much, that we decided to roll it all up in one huge mega HTC release post for your convenience. So, without further ado, lets jump right into it.
HTC Flyer Tablet – First up to bat, the highly anticipated and talked about product expected from the Taiwanese handset maker is the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch tablet with a 1.5 GHz single core processor. Yes, you read that right, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm CPU will power this huge Desire looking tablet. The device will house a 4,000 mAh battery, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 5 MP camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and support WiFi b/g/n protocols. In addition, it will support Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, HDMI output support, DLNA technology and come pre-loaded with Android 2.4 as it’s primary OS version. No word on price or availability yet, but we’re told we can expect a Q2 release. Check out the great snapshots of the device below along with a hands on , courtesy of our friends over at IntoMobile. Also note, the device will come equipped with a capacitive stylus to give it that true tablet spirit.