Gamescom 2011 Rumor – HTC Evo 4G getting OnLive for smartphones first

by David Laborde on
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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.

[via pocketgamer]

HTC’s London “See What’s Next” Event Isn’t For Android Devices After All

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When HTC announced a “See What’s Next” event in London on Sept 1st, speculation began on what “phone treats” the Taiwanese giant had in store. It now appears that while HTC will be unveiling two new phones, neither of them will be Android based but will be running the latest Windows Phone OS, Mango.

The HTC Eternity, a Mango phone with a 3.7-inch display, is reportedly heading to AT&T while the HTC Omega, a 4.5-inch Mango, is slated for T-Mobile USA. Additional phone specifications are spotty right now but it’s worth noting that the Eternity is being listed as having a 3.7-inch display while early reports were saying it was going to be a full inch larger at 4.7″.

There are no exact launch dates at this time but don’t be surprised if they come sooner than expected. Microsoft knows what’s at stake here and will put its considerable weight into getting a Mango based phone into as many hands as possible. With a little luck, Microsoft might actually make more money from its Windows Phone platform next quarter than it does from Android.

Now that would be something worth holding a press conference for.

[via bgr]

Sprint now offering day, week, or month data packages for HTC EVO View, No long-term contract

by Robert Nazarian on
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Sprint wins the flexibility award for today. They just started offering À la carte 3G/4G data packages for the HTC EVO View with NO long-term contracts. I know there are a lot of you that only need carrier data at certain times because you mostly have access to WiFi. This is an awesome addition and hopefully other carriers will follow.

You now have the following choices without the hassle of a commitment:

  • Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)

Once you hit the data limit for the time frame you have, you data will be cut off.

If you have a Mobile Broadband device, than you will be happy to know that in the near future you will have access to these same deals.

[via sprint]

For those of you trying to keep track at home – Who’s Suing Who? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Jim Farmer on
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There are so many patent infringement accusations in the air right now that if you were trying to keep track, you’ve likely either lost track or given up. Reuters, however, has made an info-graphic to help keep it straight. Even so, the diagram is still a bit convoluted by the patent chaos so hope it helps! Please note the graphic was produced August 17th, no doubt with the rate at which things are going there are plenty more patent claims not factored in.

[via Eurodroid]

HTC Will Hold A London Meet Up Event, Says To Come Out And “See What’s Next”

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If you’re going to be in the London area in a couple of weeks and want to experience “a few phone treats” then HTC has got a little something for you.   The Taiwanese giant is holding a meet-up event on Thursday, Sept 1st from 6:30pm-11:00pm.  The company issued the public invite via its official UK Facebook page.  As the company touts to “come see what’s next”, one has to wonder what’s in store for us.  Is it possible we could see devices like the HTC Ruby or the Puccini tablet aka the Jetstream?  There’s only one way to find out, be there or be square.   Hit the break for more info and feel free to leave your predictions in the comments below.   » Read the rest

EVO 3D Unlock Bootloader Tool Available on HTCDev Website (Next Up T-Mobile Sensation 4G?)

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Following the Sensation 4G in Europe, now owners of the EVO 3D on Sprint can join the party and unlock their bootloaders via the HTCDev website tool. You can head over to the HTCDev site and get started by the source link below. Remember, running this tool will void your warranty, so proceed with caution. It also appears the HTC Sensation 4G from T-Mobile is listed on the site too, however, it’s grayed out.  Keep checking back with us and we’ll let you know when it’s live! HTC deserves a big applause for this so let’s give it up for them. Hit us up in the comments and let us know if you’re excited!

[via htcdev]

It’s Official: White DROID Incredible 2 will be a Best Buy exclusive starting August 21

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We have known about the White DROID Incredible 2 for a while now, and the recently leaked Best Buy buyers guide gave us further confirmation. Now all we need is the official announcement, and that has now been completed since Best Buy just gave us a press reelase. The only thing left is to head over to Best Buy starting this Sunday, August 21st, and hand over $149 for this gorgeous phone. The specs are the same as the black DROID Incredible 2, but lets face it, white is the new black.

Full press release after the break

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HTC Puccini will be branded as the ‘Jetsteam’ on AT&T

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We have been hearing a lot about the first HTC 10-inch tablet codenamed the Puccini. With the FCC approval, it is a matter of time till we see this LTE beast. The latest information is that we will see it by September or October. The official unveiling could be on September 1st, but for now we know it will be branded as the Jetstream on AT&T as the above picture of the settings menu provides confirmation.

We also expect that it will carry a different brand when sold internationally. We do not have confirmation, but looking at trademark filings there is a good chance that it will be the Skyrocket.

Who is looking forward to the HTC Jetstream or the Skyrocket?

[via pocketnow]

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation now live

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Earlier in the week Vodafone users started enjoying the Android 2.3.4 update for the Sensation, and now the fun begins for T-Mobile users. The biggest improvement 2.3.4 gives you is the capability to video chat through Google Talk. This update is version 1.45.531.1, and will be pushed to all handsets by the end September. If you don’t want to wait for the automatic push, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if it is available for you to download.

New Features

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life

Improvements

  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

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Gingerbread update for the Droid Incredible has been delayed

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The Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) update for the Droid Incredible has been delayed according to VZW Support. The reason given was that additional testing was being done by the production team, and a new release date will be posted once they know when it is coming.

This is disappointing news to those hoping to update to Gingerbread this week, but at least it’s not as bad as when we thought the Incredible was not going to get a sniff of Gingerbread at all.

[via verizon forums]