In commemoration of the availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Rezound, Verizon Wireless released a video on YouTube to celebrate the end of the long wait. The video is a cross between a music video and a flash mob. The storyline follows a buyer of a new HTC Rezound as she walks and dances her way through city streets unaware of a mob of dancers following behind her. The “flash mob” comes to an end when the main character receives a phone call. I’m not really sure this is effective advertising for Verizon. If you would like to judge for yourself, hit the break to view the video.
After many months and countless leaks, the HTC Rezound smartphone is finally getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update with a heavy dose of Sense 3.6. Of course HTC promised the update would be here by the end of July, but hey— better late than never, right? Early reports from XDA indicate the first wave of Rezound owners have gotten the coveted update notification and has since updated their devices. The OTA 3.14.605.12 update comes in at a hefty 299MB in size and will bring the software version. The update will bring all the ICS goodies along with a revamped UI.
If you’re a Rezound owner, feel free to check for the update now. But if you’re not— just sit back and relax as the update will come to you at any point from today.
Just when you think the storm had passed with the HTC One Series fiasco (which caused significant delays of anticipated devices), Apple has slapped HTC with yet another International Trade Commission complaint. Apple’s claim: HTC hasn’t done enough to avoid patent discrepancies and is still violating patents. The complaint identifies 29 devices which not only include the One Series smartphones, but devices dating back to 2 years ago including the EVO 4G, Amaze 4G, Rezound and Thunderbolt. In short– Apple is seeking “an emergency proceeding and enforcement action to prevent further infringement”. Essentially— if Apple gets its way, the ITC would essentially force HTC to modify its existing devices within a specific timeframe, while causing additional delays for devices that still have yet to be released.
Ladies and gents, be prepared for another round of the waiting game for the HTC One Series smartphones… whether or not Apple’s cause is heard or not.
source: FOSS Patents
Verizon Wireless has finally let the cat out of the bag. After previously seeing a hint that some of its devices would be turned into global handsets, Big Red has gone out and confirmed well… some of its devices would be turned into global handsets. It mentions certain devices will receive special software updates which would allow them to connect to GSM networks outside of the U.S. The specific devices that have SIM cards and will receive the update are the HTC Rezound, Motorola DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4.
Once owners of those devices receive the update, it should be a fairly straightforward process to use your phone abroad. All you need to do is add on a global plan to your existing service and slap on the new SIM in your host country and you’re in business.
source: Verizon Wireless
We’ve already heard about Verizon converting certain 4G LTE devices, namely the LG Spectrum and DROID 4, to become global phones by enabling international radios embedded into these devices. The folks at Droid Life have sources that tell them there may be more devices with this hidden capability.
Check out the info sheet above for the HTC Rezound, which was previously rumored to have hidden global radios. It clearly shows a “global feature” that enables an additional 185 countries. The source also states that the DROID RAZR will be getting a new info sheet with this feature added, and according to the tipster, this is coming soon. Sounds like a cool bonus if you own or plan to own one of these handsets.
source: droid life
We all know the HTC Rezound is inching its way closer to ICS glory, but in the meantime— we have some unofficial leaks to share with you all. The software build 3.14.605.5 brings another round of bug fixes and even more radios in addition to the following:
- Lock screen shortcut settings separated from launcher bar shortcuts
- 3G/4G icon displayed prior to entering decryption password
- Hidden menu (*#*#4636#*#*) removed
- Messages application – wrong sender displayed on occasion
- IPv6 solicitation timer value change
- New radios
If you’re an owner of the Rezound and are interested in giving the latest leak a whirl, hit the break for full download links and installation instructions.
The HTC Rezound has already had one or two of tastes of Ice Cream Sandwich in the past. Looks like the folks at AndroidPolice have uncovered build 3.13.605.7, the latest iteration of Android 4.0.3 for the rezound that not only fixes a bunch of bugs, but adds new radios as well.
Hit the break for instructions, download links, and changelog.
Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.
According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down.
First, Best Buy said the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and HTC Rezound would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on April 4th. When that didn’t happen, Motorola Mobility tweeted that yes, the RAZR and MAXX would indeed be getting ICS, but no official date had been announced. Right after that, a soak test for the two Motorola handsets started, but it was just a bug fix build… still not ICS.
Now, Best Buy has updated their systems with the following:
Updated April 4: The Motorola RAZRs (32GB and 16GB) and MAXX updates scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 have been delayed. Watch Employee News for more details.
Software updates are coming for Verizon handsets next week to bring the OS to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Updates will be delivered via standard Over the Air (OTA) update.
- Friday, April 6: HTC Rezound
It’s interesting that Best Buy would say that ICS has been delayed since Motorola is saying an official date has yet to be announced. More than likely, Best Buy knew of the April 4th soak test update and assumed it would be ICS, not the bug-fixing 6.12.181 build. But apparently the HTC Rezound is still on track for an April 6th ICS update. Or at least that’s when Best Buy thinks it will happen. That’s pretty much right now, so owners of the Rezound can start checking for updates! Did you get it yet?
If you folks on Verizon are in the market for a new device at a steal of a price then let me recommend the HTC Rezound. The once $299 Beats equipped device is now just $49 dollars on new contract. This could be a sign of the arrival of the Incredible 4G as Verizon may be attempting to make room for the new device or it could just mean that Big Red is trying to move some product. Either way folks this is a heck of a price for the device that sadly got overlooked in the wake of the Galaxy Nexus. If you’re wanting a great device with growing developer support and one of the best displays on the market then hit the source below to check it out. If you’re not sure maybe our review on this phone will sway you. If that doesn’t maybe the possible release of Ice Cream Sandwich this week will. Enjoy!