A while back HTC made a promise saying that they would begin to offer the online ability to unlock bootloaders of HTC devices. While they have been slow to increase the number of unlockable devices, HTC is keeping true to their word and has added the EVO View 4G and myTouch 4G Slide to the list. If you are the owner of either of these phones and have been dying for an easy way to unlock the bootloader, your in luck! You can now head over to the HTCDev website to get your unlock on.
[via Android Central]
We’ve been hearing about the LG Spectrum and the HTC Fireball, two upcoming 4G LTE phones for Verizon Wireless. Now the latest news is that both of these phones may have global capabilities which is a first for Verizon, at least for 4G LTE phones. The above leaked document shows an “O” under “Global Phone” for both devices. There’s usually a “N” when the device isn’t compatible. Why there wouldn’t be a “Y” is a mystery to me, but this appears to be good news for the hardcore travelers.
The LG Spectrum is supposed to be much like the LG Nitro HD which recently launched on AT&T. Little has surfaced about the HTC Fireball, but the model number of ADR6410 puts it in between the Thunderbolt and the Rezound spec-wise. No release dates to tell you, but hold on as this is Big Red, so we will probably have about five or so rumored dates for you soon!!!
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?
If you are like us, then you are curious as to what Sense would look like on Ice Cream Sandwich. If you have a Sensation that’s rooted then you may be in luck as a leaked ICS ROM has surfaced. Even with the fact that HTC has promised ICS for the Sensation and that it appears it could be gracing the phone as early as February, folks are still chomping at the bit to get some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness on their devices.
The ROM is RCMix ICE v1.0 and it appears that it is based on a early official build that was leaked. As you can see, the standard Sense dock has been replaced with a more generic dock bar. It shows the ability to have folders but I feel this rendition of it is somewhat less amazing than the ICS folder visuals. I am also a little sad to see the standard Sense icons and polish as I think ICS is polished well enough to begin with, but Sense lovers will rejoice at the fact that it comes with most of ICS’ features. They are:
In a ruling issued by the International Trade Commission, HTC was found in violation of two patents belonging to the Cupertino company; a ban will go into effect for all affected HTC devices on April 19, 2012. The patents cover a UI feature of sorts that basically turns computer text data into a link or other usable interaction in another place, like for dialing a phone number through a link in an email.
The victory for Apple was accompanied by some losses however, with rulings that found HTC did not violate more crutial patents involving real-time signal processing that would have caused the most severe blows to HTC’s ability to make brisk changes and avoid major losses.
Wasting no time at all, HTC released a statement deflecting from their minor defeat and focusing more on the their decisive wins. They also lay out their next course of action and outwardly express a sense of gratification for the end results:
“This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ’721 and ’983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ’263 patent and partially on the ’647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. The ’647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.”
Hit the break for full ITC ruling in PDF.
Our friends over at BGR are claiming, thanks to a trusted source, that HTC is all geared up to change strategy in 2012. The company is reportedly going to be “shockingly quiet” for most of the first quarter and will release fewer devices overall next year as opposed to what we’ve seen this year. It’s also been reported that the Taiwanese based handset maker will be delivering a flagship Android handset aimed for AT&T”s network dubbed the HTC Elite. The handset will join the ranks of the HTC Ville and the HTC Edge sporting the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, it’s said that the device will come with Beats Audio on board and could be called the ‘HTC Congressional”. However, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping not. According to the source, we should see the launch of the device the first or second week of April 2012. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we dig a little deeper and feel free to speculate some more in the comments below.
Ice Cream Sandwich is undoubtedly Google’s best OS yet. The notable enhancements and improvements seen here over the previous versions are no doubt welcomed and loved by even the most advanced Android users. While the Android 4.0 build is seen on the Galaxy Nexus (and now Nexus S) only, we can expect the new OS to be fired up on new and existing devices from other manufacturers within the next few weeks. However, while we can look forward to ICS being on our favorite OEMs such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung, we also will not be looking forward to the customizations– also known as “skins”– each brand will place on the OS. Whether we like it or not, we will see Sense, (MOTO)BLUR, and TouchWiz which most agree detracts from the overall Android experience. It’s no secret that most of us strongly dislike the different skins each manufacturers place on otherwise stellar devices, but what do the head honchos of Android development think? Well, you’re about to find out. The Daily Beast hosted a Google+ hangout featuring Matias Duarte, the Android UI Lead Developer. Duarte was kind enough to take questions from a lucky few who were invited in the Hangout and was posed a question by Andrew Kameka of Androinca:
“So much work goes into producing the UI and the changes that you make, and then typically what happens is that the OEM’s put their skins on it and put their own touch. Does it bother you that so much work goes into it and in the end, a lot of consumers don’t interact with the UI as you intended it?”
Great question and one that many like us here at Talk Android would have asked as well. Read on for Duarte’s response and follow-up after the break.
Senator Al Franken has received letters from from Carrier IQ as well as; AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC. All explaining how carrier IQ works and their involvement in it’s use. With all of theses responses it still leaves the Senator with some questions and concerns.
As it should you too. Here is a quote from the Senator’s press release;
“I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s going on, people have a fundamental right to control their private information. After reading the companies’ responses, I’m still concerned that this right is not being respected. The average user of any device equipped with Carrier IQ software has no way of knowing that this software is running, what information it is getting, and who it is giving it to-and that’s a problem. It appears that Carrier IQ has been receiving the contents of a number of text messages-even though they had told the public that they did not. I’m also bothered by the software’s ability to capture the contents of our online searches-even when users wish to encrypt them. So there are still many questions to be answered here and things that need to be fixed.” said Sen. Franken.
This is just a little snip-it but, if you want to read all he had to say, as well as what Carrier IQ, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC’s use of Carrier IQ and the phones it is installed on. Click on the links below to read their letters to the Senator. Motorola and T-Mobile have until December 20th to respond.
Senator Al Franken’s Press release;
Also responses from;
· Carrier IQ: letter and attachment.
Alright Incredible 2 owners, today is update day! That’s your cue to head to Settings>System updates>Check new.
In a somewhat surprise update, a handful of security bugs have been addressed as well addition of some new capabilities, including playing video in airplane mode. Of course that’s not all. Here’s the gist of it, straight from Verizon:
- Includes Google BT/DigNotar security patch
- Includes Google security patch for upgrading libpng to 1.2.46
- Includes Wi-Fi password security patch
- Support local video playback when in Airplane Mode
- 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indicator (R55I) support
- Improvements to Clock and Alarm Features
- The “Disable While Roaming” selection will work accurately when roaming in Canada
- Update Sync & Connect configuration to enable Push email sync during off-peak hours
So there you have it. The update is 29.35MB.
Even with releasing their new phones (like the Rezound), HTC is showing some love to their older ones. Multiple users have reported that the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.0, which puts them right up there with the likes of the Sensation and EVO 3D. Before this update, people were stuck with having to root these devices if they wanted these features. The Wildfire S also received some love. While it did not get bumped to 3.0 (it has Sense 2.1), it did receive the Android 2.3.5 push with the Sense 3.0 lockscreen.
While there is no word if the Incredible 2 will receive this update in the future or not. If you have any of these three phones however, and haven’t received the update just yet, head to Settings>About Phone>Software Updates to see if it’s available. For those that have it, what do you think? Is it amazing?
[via Android Central]