How does a little insight into what Verizon may be bringing out in the coming future sound? Good? Well according to the folks over at Droid-Life and their inside sources it’s suggested that the HTC Fireball will be coming to us as the DROID Incredible 4G, LG will be bringing out the LG Lucid 4G and that the RAZR will be coming out in a new color, this time in blue.
While rumors for the Fireball/Incredible 4G have the specs as being underwhelming compared to that of the One-X and today’s standards (1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, 8MP Rear VGA Front cameras, and ICS) the Incredible line is usually quite solid. Plus with its rumored Global radios it could be a contender all of its own. HTC and Verizon seem to push this as a mid-range/budget device but if the Incredible 2 is any indication you will be hard pressed at finding a better bang for your buck.
There is also talk of LG releasing the Lucid 4G but there isn’t anything concrete in terms of details. The RAZR, not sure if they mean the original or the MAXX, will also be adding a blue color to add to its purple, white and original colors. Here’s hoping that Verizon drops some insight on us here in the near future. Given that the HTC device has passed Wifi FCC certification we may see it sooner than later.
We already knew that HTC had planned on releasing the Beats Audio API for developers to integrate the music tweaking software into their own apps. What we didn’t know was that HTC also planned on granting access to a few other APIs as HTCdev announced the availability of four important HTC APIs. The announced APIs are:
- Beats Audio API
- Lockscreen API
- Mobile Device Management API
- And soon a HTC MediaLink HD API
Now developers can better create apps that integrate deeper into the HTC device experience. For example, accessing various apps directly from the lockscreen, view/listen to an apps media on the stock HTC media player, and the ability to enjoy Beats Audio from within other music apps such as PowerAMP. In addition, HTC plans on listing newly created apps that leverage the HTC APIs within the HTC Hub. A place where consumers can go to find all the apps that are tailored to their HTC device.
It will only be a matter of time before the development community starts pumping out creative ways in which to use their apps. I would be stoked to see Beats Audio tied in with Google Music. What would you like to see come out of this?
HTC stole the show at Mobile World Congress with the unveiling of their HTC One series of phones. We’re talking specs spanning dual-cores, quad-cores, HD screens, polycarbonate unibodies, and more. One of the areas HTC focused on (pun intended) is the camera, with a new integrated custom HTC ImageChip, and big improvements to the lens, sensor, and software. This suite of imaging improvements is known as HTC ImageSense.
The specs sound great, but how does it perform in real-world situations? Androidandme managed to get a hold of sample pictures taken with an HTC One, and although they are not the full resolution originals, they show just how amazing ImageSense can be. The focus is sharp, the colors vibrant, and the contrast high. These rival many point-and-shoots in my opinion. Granted, these were probably shot by a pro under the best conditions, but they prove that the One series ups the ante significantly in the imaging department.
Check out the gallery after the break.
I don’t know if you’ve looked at any of the HTC One Series phones but if you have you may have noticed something peculiar. You can even see it in the promo videos we told you about the other day. You may not think that it’s peculiar given that this item has long been with most Android Devices before Android 3.0. I’m talking about the capacitive buttons of course.
While the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich made them a thing of the past it seems as if every phone coming out of MWC this year has them in one form or another but I digress. The peculiar item I am writing about is the three capacitive buttons on the One Series phones without their missing menu button. While yes Google did say it was going away from the menu button entirely, this begged the question, how does one access an application’s in-app menu?
I am sure many of you are familiar with Dr.Dre’s Beats Audio line and that HTC bought exclusive rights to integrating the audio improvement software in their devices. I’ve heard people say that their HTC/Beats device provides a sound that is unmatched to other devices they have owned and I’ve also heard folks say the improvement isn’t even noticeable. While I am still on the fence on whether or not this software actually makes a noticeable difference, at the same time I have yet to couple the experience with a quality pair of headphones. Either way, the Beats Audio software is no longer tied to just HTC devices and is now flashable for non HTC owners to enjoy. Now you can be the judge on whether or not HTC spent their money wisely.
Since Beats Audio is nothing but software, thanks to XDA members fuss132 and willblake13, we now have an easy way to flash Beats Audio to any rooted device running a Gingerbread ROM. It’s pretty simple really, all you need to do is hit up the XDA link at the bottom of this post, download the .zip file, and flash through CWM. Not much to it. The real question is whether or not you will notice a difference. Although fuss132 takes a similar stance as I do and says “I think at some ponts beats audio is only a audio marketing strategie,” he also claims “The sounds will be more natural, playing with more clarity.” However contradicting that may sound, he includes some test results that clearly show that there is some level of improvement to be gained. So if you’re the flash-happy type of person I think you are, you should check it out and decide for yourself. Test results after the break.
Beat on my friends… Beat on
Update: It looks as though this didn’t bode well with someone (most likely HTC) and the thread has been removed from XDA already. If you have more insight please let me know, I am curious.
A couple of days ago HTC unveiled its quad-core Tegra 3 based smartphone known as the One X. Immediately after that, AT&T announced that it would carry the LTE version with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Now rumors are starting to swirl that we may see the One X land on both Sprint and T-Mobile.
As to Sprint, we know they are launching their LTE service by mid-year, and they already announced the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that HTC will probably have something LTE as well. Pocketnow is reporting from a reliable source that the One X could land on Sprint under the EVO series. It could be called the EVO LTE, but for now it’s code named the Jewel.
The other interesting question is whether it will arrive with the Qualcomm dual-core chip (like AT&T) or the Tegra 3 quad-core chip? The reason the AT&T version has the Qualcomm chip is because the Tegra 3 isn’t compatible with LTE. We already know that NVIDIA is working on a LTE modem that will work with it, but it isn’t ready yet. Since the “Jewel” probably won’t launch till mid-year at the earliest, it’s possible the timing will work for Sprint to launch the Tegra 3 version. Again, this is all speculation.
And the race is on! The race to become Google’s new Nexus partner that is. We’ve already heard that LG is in the works to claim the next spot, but now HTC has chimed in as well stating that most, if not all, OEM’s find that position attractive and would love to house Google’s newest device and latest OS. HTC was the first manufacturer to create a Nexus device, in fact the first 1GHz CPU enabled device to hit the market if you’ll recall, with the Nexus One. And now it looks like the fight is on to see whos hardware will be the next to run with the Nexi status. And even though Ice Cream Sandwich has barely made it on to a handful of devices, if even that, Google is in fact determined to release the new OS possibly by fall. So, as of now, there’s still no official release date for the OS but it’s sure going to be fun watching all of these companies hash it out to be the next Nexus device. Jeff Gordon, a communications manager with HTC did note however, that when HTC devices do get ICS, such as the HTC Sensation XE, it will be with Sense version 3.6 instead of version 4.0. In addition, the company is all geared to launch the HTC One X with the updated Sense 4.0 and Nvidia’s highly anticipated Tegra 3 chipset. The only question remaining now is whether or not HTC will roll out Jelly Bean in timely manner. And if HTC is looking to claim the spot once more, we hope they’ll understand that the device shouldn’t have Sense on it all, as it should be a Google experience device (cough cough Verizon!)
Yesterday HTC unveiled the One series phones, but along with it came Sense 4 (not 4.0 like we thought). Previously HTC was partnered with Dropbox and offered HTC users 5GB of free cloud storage on Sense devices, but with HTC’s new Dropbox integration into the Sense 4 overlay, they have decided to bump the free storage space up to 25GB for two years. Yeah, 25!
Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense – HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
This is going to be pretty handy given Sense 4′s new features. HTC is including ImageSense with their new devices and is designed to give “perfect shots – every time.” Not only is it capable of snapping a photo in just 0.7 seconds with a 0.2 second auto-focus, it also adjusts flash brightness according to your subjects distance from the lens. Sense 4 even adds a three-finger swipe gesture for sending media to the newly announced Media Link, deeper Beats audio integration, and seamless syncing to your iTunes account.
Reports are showing that all these features will be included when current handsets receive the Sense 4 update, and are included in the newly announced One series devices. As many of you know, the future of storage is definitely located in the cloud. Keeping all your music, videos, and documents on your device can not only take up most of your storage space, it has a tendency to bog down performance. This is a refreshing move from HTC and one that will definitely appeal to new handset buyers. Good move HTC.
For those of you who have been highly coveting Apple’s Airplay, covet no more. HTC intro’d their new counter technology, HTC Media Link. Media link allows you, via a small black box, to seamlessly mirror content from your HTC smartphone wire free. The box allows you to stream photos, videos, music and more. To activate the technology all you have to do is perform a three finger swipe up on your smart phone and likewise to disconnect the service. In addition, while certain content is going on the big screen, the service allows you to still navigate and perform other functions on the device without interrupting what’s on the big screen. Want to stream Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go? Well, you’re all set my friend. So, what’s the difference from this technology and what HTC offered previously for mirroring? The company has stated with streaming on previous devices they used “DLNA” technology while the new application uses “proprietary wireless connectivity”. Stay tuned while we muster up price and availability for the service and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Check out the video courtesy of Cnet below.
Fresh off of the announcement by HTC regarding their new One Series devices at MWC, Clove has taken to the web to announce that the phones are now available for pre-order up on their web site. What’s also cool is that we finally get to see the retail branding we told you about over a week ago. With this announcement Clove has also given us an insight into when you can purchase these devices. The pricing is as follows:
HTC One X - Due Thursday 5th April: £410 ($651 roughly, £492 inc.VAT)
HTC One S - Due Thursday 5th April: £375 ($595 roughly, £450 inc.VAT)
HTC One V – Due Thursday 26th April £220 ($350 roughly, £264 inc. VAT)
So if you are one of those folks in the UK with an upgrade or contract renewal coming up then I suggest getting one of these puppies pre-ordered. You can do that by hitting the source below. You can add Clove to the growing list of retailers that will sell these devices that also includes both AT&T and T-Mobile. Hit the break below to check out the branding images for each of the devices. As always, keep it locked here for all your MWC 2012 news. It’s shaping up to be a great show. Stay tuned!!!!