HTC tells Facebook friends to expect ICS updates in the future

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With the recent announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems that all the device manufacturers are jumping on the upgrade bandwagon. Many are reporting future plans to incorporate Android 4.0 onto devices that are currently on the market.

Earlier today, HTC posted on their Facebook page that they too were going to be upgrading some devices to ICS as well. It seems that they are evaluating the functionality of the new OS and determining it’s usability on current HTC devices. The following excerpt explains the future upgrade plans and was taken from HTC’s Facebook page:

Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.

Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!

Thanks!

We will most likely see a lot of this type of thing from here on out. It makes sense to address the issue before customers jump to another Brand just because they have the next best thing. You can bet ICS updates will come to all manufacturers, some with more devices than others. Bring it on because we will take as many as we can get!

[via facebook]

Official HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) image shows up along with hard shell case

by Robert Nazarian on
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We are hoping to get our hands on the HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) on November 10, but for now we have this beautiful image that shows off this beast along with its hard shell case accessory. It was originally rumored to drop in October, and on the device’s home screen you will see October 4 which probably means that it might have been the original release date. Maybe it had something to do with the iPhone? Either way, we are looking forward to November because we have this one to go along with the Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR. We will have some great choices for our holiday shopping this year. What’s on your wish list for this year?

[via htcpedia]

HTC wants to release Beats Audio API for developers to do as they wish

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If you are familiar with HTC and keep up with the latest Android news you probably already know that HTC has teamed up with Dr. Dre and added Beats Audio to some of their newer devices. You might also know that HTC even invested in Beats Audio stock and probably wants to see it succeed just as much as Dre does. Reports are saying that HTC will be releasing a Beats Audio developer API and HTC says the tools will “allow third-party developers to harness the potential of Beats Audio and bring that top-notch audio experience to their own apps.”

At this time there is no word of a release date for the tools, I am sure excited to see what developers can come up with though. What app do you think could benefit from a little Beats Audio integration? Let us know in the comments below.

[via endgadget]

HTC Gives Unhelpful Answer About Upgrading Phones to ICS

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When asked about what phones HTC might be considering upgrading to ICS, HTC gave a typical wordy, yet unhelpful answer.

“We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone’s unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.”

Google had said before that it wanted ICS to be more unified than previous versions, and many people took that as custom skins (Sense, MotoBlur, Touchwiz, etc) would have to either be removed or scaled back considerably. Here’s to hoping that HTC upgrades all of it’s older phones to ICS while it figures out what to do with its world renowned Sense skin. Like that’ll happen. That being said, would you want Sense elements or just stock AOSP for ICS? I’m back into my “Sense phase” on my Evo (I often switch between AOSP and Sense depending on my mood, the month, and the lunar cycle), but I can’t say I would want a lot of Sense elements if the Evo gets ICS. It looks rather polished as it is now. What about you guys?

[via androidcentral]

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update “Anticipated To Be Coming Soon” (Again)

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We can’t blame you if you’re a Thunderbolt owner and still a little PO’d at the failed OTA attempt to push Gingerbread your way. HTC and Verizon want to make it up to you.  Word on the Twit over at @HTC revealed the following:

“VZW & HTC anticipate the update being available soon.  You will be notified directly on your device when it is ready to d’load”

Here’s to hoping “soon’ is within the next couple of weeks and that all of the bugs will be squashed when the release rolls out.  Talk Android will be keeping our ears open and or eyes peeled when word breaks of the OTA hitting devices.  At that time you’ll be the first to know.  Though it’s not required, your best bet for a successful download is to wait until you are sitting pretty in a WiFi hotspot.  Good luck and don’t forget to report back when the OTA hits your device.  Enjoy.

[via Android Central]

T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

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The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.

Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.

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Samsung won’t be the only manufacturer to have a stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich device in 2011

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Our favorite Panda (@black_man_x) is at it again, giving us tips and clues to what’s coming soon. He sent out three particularly interesting tweets tonight about Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS):

  1. If I told you that the Galaxy nexus is not the only one… Just the samsung one.. How you love that moto, HTC fans?? #justsaying
  2. Meaning that those that do not prefer Sammy hardware will not have long to wait for ICS hardware from other partners..
  3. All I can say is this… Sammy will not be the only ics stock device by year end.. #fridaybombdroppin #pandanation #sneakypanda

This is a good as any inside information anyone can get. If you look at the hints, the other manufacturer(s) are probably either or both Motorola and HTC. We know HTC has the Rezound coming up and Motorola has the RAZR, which will be announced this Tuesday. Could either of those devices be stock ICS? Actually, I think I prefer Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

One other thing to point out is his choice of wording which is “device” instead of phone. He could be implying a tablet, and Motorola has two XOOM 2 tablets on the way.

Stay tuned because the 4th quarter could be the most exciting time for Android ever.

[via black_man_x]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound show up in Verizon MAP

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Verizon’s latest Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list came out and guess what’s on it? If you guessed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the HTC Rezound, you would be right in either case because both of them are listed with a price of $299. We can’t be surprised at the price tag since it seems to be the standard for 4G LTE phones.

All phones eventually show up on MAP so this isn’t really news, but what’s news is the MAP period. Both phones show 11/10 /11 – 5/10/12. I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see either device before November 10th. The Galaxy Nexus was rumored for November 3rd and the Rezound was October 20th. We are not implying that the release date will be November 10th either, we’re just saying that we won’t see them before.

If you wondering what the chances are that November 10th ends up being the date, you will notice the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is listed as starting 7/12/11, but it didn’t released until 7/28/11. On the other hand, the DROID Bionic and Motorola XOOM LTE is listed as starting 9/8/11, and its release date was the same date.

We should find out more next week in Hong Kong.

[via droid-life]

HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) shows up in Verizon Device Management system

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The Vigor has been one interesting device as far as revolving names. We heard rumors that it would be the Thunderbolt 2, Incredible HD, Rezound, and even the Vigor. It looks like the Rezound is the winner as it just showed up in the Verizon Device Management system. This isn’t surprising with the Beats Audio marketing program.

Other confirmations is that it will be a 4G LTE phone and will have global capabilities unlike the Galaxy Nexus. This one is going up against some serious competition in the Galaxy Nexus, but it does sport some serious specs with an HD Screen, dual-core processor, and Beats Audio.

The latest rumors have it releasing October 20th, but it just doesn’t seem possible. We’ve been surprised before and we wouldn’t mind to be surprised again.

[via droid-life]


Google Speaks to ITC on HTC’s Behalf

by Mitch Wright on
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It should be considered rather common-sensical that competition in any industry is healthy for innovation and in the end customer’s best interest, but as we’ve seen before, common-sense doesn’t exactly run rampant. Google wants to make their stance clear on this very topic and to do so, they’ve spoken their case to the ITC regarding the HTC vs. Apple lawsuit. “Apple is the largest seller of mobile computing devices in the U.S.,” quoth the big G in their recent filing. “Allowing this supplier to eliminate the competition from a fast-moving maverick competitor (HTC) could drive up prices, diminish service, decrease consumers’ access to the technology and reduce innovation.” Sound familiar? Google went on to say that HTC Android devices (and any non-iOS devices by extension, I’m sure), “are helping prevent Apple’s iOS from becoming the sole viable mobile platform.” Google related the case to the other patent cases that the Apple monolith currently has going against the likes of Samsung and Motorola. We’ll know for sure on December 6th, when the ITC is scheduled to announce its decision, but any trade block raised against HTC by a negative decision would only be able to be removed by the President (which could potentially get someone some Android fan votes, just sayin’).

It’s an interesting decision by Google to make this statement so late in the game, which makes me wonder how strongly Google feels about HTC’s chances in the legal battle. Does Google have a nagging doubt as to the outcome? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

[via businessweek]