While HTC certainly isn’t happy about this tidbit of news, we know that you all will be: the mysterious HTC M7 smartphone that we have been harking about is finally out in full view and ready for us to drool over– despite us seeing another possible rendering recently. As you can see, the render above highlights the device’s sleek and jet black design… which is something that we were already expecting before. In addition, the display and Sense (5.0) UI seems to match up not only in the overall design and layout, but the iconography as well. The great thing is about this design is that while HTC is expected to launch the smartphone in various markets around the world, there should be minimal cosmetic differences of the smartphones— save for items like carrier
tramp stamps branding.
All in all if this rendering is indeed legit and the real deal, it appears that HTC will more than likely have yet another hit on its hands. We just hope that the world is ready for another hit when the time comes.
source: HTC Source
HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.
As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days…
source: HTC Source
During today’s unveiling of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, Sprint outed its upcoming HD voice service. HD voice is exactly what it sounds like… better audio quality during phone calls with background noise reduction. The technology has been available for years. It’s essentially what we get when we use VoIP services, and some European networks have been using it for a while.
In true Sprint fashion, they’re not waiting to roll this out with voice over LTE (VoLTE), but rather they are launching it later this year on its 3G network in areas that have already been upgraded to the newer 1X Advanced CDMA standard. Sprint has been in the process of upgrading their entire 3G network to this newer, faster standard as part of its Network Vision strategy.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE (see our hands-on video here) will be the first phone to support HD voice. But there’s a catch.
Sprint, HTC, and Samsung, have finally got together to release some updates. Better battery life is going out to both the Evo 4g and the Evo Design 4G, and Samsung is removing some preloaded apps from the Epic 4G, and all three phones are getting security updates. Could this is be code for Carrier IQ removal. I guess we will just have to wait and see as the updates start today. Check out the break down of each device after the break.
We have good news for you folks that have an EVO View 4G running Android 2.3. It appears that folks are receiving an over-the-air update pushing software version 2.23.651.1 (Honeycomb). This update comes in at 217MB and brings Android 3.2.1 to the 7-inch tablet. Not only that, but it adds a slew of enhancements and bug fixes. You will officially see the update roll out starting tomorrow but a lucky few are reporting that they are seeing it now. You can always check the system updates tab in the settings>about tablet section to see if you have it waiting for you. If you are still waiting anxiously you can also check out the change log after the break. Anyone out there lucky enough to receive this update yet?
Now, as catchy as my title may sound, all of us HTC owners can think of a more and to the point, (vulgar) thing to say about the Sense UI. Believe me I wrote a few different tittles that said exactly what I was thinking, but alas, this is still a publication and I must refrain from being vulgar, no matter how called for, it really is.
I’ve had the HTC Evo Shift 4G for about a year and a half now. I really do like the phone. Excellent hardware for what I need, and I’ve never had any major issues with it, that didn’t involve the Sense UI. I’ve had to replace it twice, once when it was stolen, and the second time I droped it and broke the screen. I would like to say that it still functioned like it was brand new. It had a screen protector over the screen when it broke, so I never lost any of the glass pieces, which allowed it to still work for another 3 months, when I could afford to replace it. My beef is in no way with the phone, or its quality, it is a solid piece of hardware, in my opinion. Sense on the other hand is half-crap, half-decent start.If you want to hear more and find out my solution to the Sense UI, continue reading on past the break.
We recently wrote about the HTC Kingdom coming to US Cellular under the title HTC Hero S. The Hero S is supposed to come with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing cam. The photo above is US Cellular’s first press shot of the Hero S. It’s pictured beside the Motorola Electrify; a US Cellular variant of Sprint’s Photon. The Hero S is also planned for Sprint under the name HTC Evo Design 4G. Alltel is also expected to carry this phone as the Acquire. Obviously the device is attractive to carriers, we’ll see how it fares with the consumers.
Not in cruelty, not in wrath, EOLs leaked today; the Kyocera and Evo 4G, Sprint has planned to slay.
Ladies and gentleman, tonight we bring sad news. As evidenced by the photo above six phones have been discontinued this evening, two of which are our own; the Kyrocera Echo and the Evo 4G. We remember the Evo 4G having had a long wonderful life; reaching a ripe old age of one and a half years. In that time it was able to win the hearts and minds of many an Android user. The poor Echo however has left us a mere 5 months young, and was looked upon as an outcast by many of the community for its unique dual screen architecture. The world wasn’t ready for you Echo!
While we mourn the loss of these prominent Android devices and pray they may be recycled correctly, we should also find room for happiness. From the plastic and metal of old will rise the shiny new stuff. Customers will again shout “Shut up and take my money!” and it will be a joyous occasion.
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While not officially confirmed, OnLive dropped strong hints today that its streaming game service is likely to make its debut on smartphones at some point in the future. The first handset to receive the device is also unconfirmed but the HTC Evo 4G was mentioned by name during discussions with the firm.
Despite having a 4.3″ screen, 4G , and a kickstand for viewing, the Evo 4G may seem like an odd choice – considering other options, such as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II. However, it does stand to reason that an HTC product may get the coveted first spot, especially in light of HTC’s $40M investment into OnLive back in February 2011.
For those who may not be aware, here’s a description of OnLive from their website:
“OnLive delivers high-end video games from the cloud to your PC, Mac®, TV and even mobile devices at blindingly fast speeds, so you can play the games you want, the second you want them. No discs. No downloads. No fancy hardware. Just you, the Internet and the games you love. “
Cloud gaming at blindingly fast speeds on my Android? Yeah, you can count me in.
Revolutionary, the new unlock and root solution tool that was released in July, received an update today (0.4pre3) that added several previously unsupported devices:
•HTC EVO 3D GSM
•HTC EVO 4G running Gingerbread
•HTC MyTouch 4G Slide
•HTC Droid Incredible 2 running Gingerbread (was part of 0.4pre2 release)
In addition to adding support for these devices, today’s update also included fixed support for the HTC MyTouch 4G Slide (Doubleshot) 1.44.0007