HTC Bliss caught in the wild

by Jim Farmer on
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We’ve been keeping tabs on the Bliss here at Talk Android for a while now.  Earlier last week we told you about what to expect, specs and features wise from the Bliss. Late last week, we brought you news of the Bliss’s arrival to the FCC.  By this point, the HTC Bliss is all but on store shelves. Pictured below, thanks to our friends over at PocketNow, are photos of the Bliss out in the wild. Those being seen, it’s safe to assume that the Bliss will hit those store shelves before the holidays.

[via pocketnow]

Pictures of the HTC Pico surface

by David Laborde on
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Pictures of the HTC Pico sporting a blue outer shell have surfaced courtesy of the generous folks over at XDA.cn overseas.  Specification wise, the Pico is nearly identical to the Wildfire S:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Single-core 600Mhz CPU
  • 384MB RAM
  • 3.2″ HVGA 480×320 touchscreen
  • 5MP camera
  • 1230mAh battery

The 900/2100Mhz frequencies shown in the specs indicate that the HTC Pico is likely slated for a Eurpean release.   » Read the rest

HTC Bootloader Unlock Page Goes Live Starting With The Sensation 4G In Europe

by Joe Sirianni on
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That time is rapidly approaching folks and as promised, the moment you’ve all been banging on HTC’s door for is here.  The Bootloader Unlock page has gone live over at the HTCDev site and first up on the list, the European version of the HTC Sensation.
HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. We have heard your voice and starting now, we will allow our bootloader to be unlocked for 2011 models going forward. We plan on releasing the updates that will allow you to unlock your bootloader in the coming months, please keep an eye on this website for more details on which devices will be adding this feature. We are extremely pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm from our fans and loyal customers, and we are excited to see what you are capable of. HTC eagerly anticipates your innovations.

When you see the words Are you sure you wish to continue?  You are about to start the process of unlocking your device.  Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device. Be sure to hit the ‘hellz yeah!” button.  It’s been a long time in the making, but what’s important is that HTC heard us and is delivering.  If you’re a Sensation owner in Europe and ready to take the plunge, you can head on over to the HTCDev site to get started via the source link. The directions are simple and easy to execute and it appears that support for other devices like the HTC Evo 3D are currently in the works.  We too look forward to seeing what innovation comes out of this.
HTC, we both thank and applaud you.

[via htcdev]

The Smartphone Cold War: Is the Motorola Mobility Acquisition Google’s Greatest Move, Or Their Worst?

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It’s quite possibly the biggest mobile news of the summer. Google is coughing up $12.5 billion in order to buy out Motorola Mobility. The move is so controversial, even the great economists of our country have wildly differing opinions. Now, I’m not saying by any means that I have even close to the knowledge of the people picking this development apart, but I’m going to take a crack at it anyway. What I lack in formal education, I make up for in ability to research. I’ve spent all day combing through reports, websites, financial forums, and lord knows where else in hopes to present our readers with the possible benefits and pitfalls of this new “merger” as well as my own opinion. Let’s see what in the world Google has gotten themselves into.

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HTC Vigor to be a Major Contender in the Battle for Top Dog

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In the first Dr. Dre-approved smartphone this market has seen, the HTC Vigor is shaping up to be a major contender in the race to the top of the Android food chain. Briefly the Vigor appeared on an unnamed Dutch retailer site, but it was long enough to get some new specs. With a beastly 1.5GHz Qualcomm, 720p HD display, 1GB RAM, and the latest Version of Android + Sense UI, this forthcoming Verizon phone has a lot going for it.

Perhaps the the phone’s greatest feature is its Beats by Dre integration, bringing what once was limited to expensive hardware to your pocket. Being a Verizon customer whose contract is nearly ready for renewal, this phone has me very interested. Let us know your thoughts below.

[via pocketnow]

Android partners give their seal of approval for the Google acquisition of Motorola

by Robert Nazarian on
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With the major news dropping this morning of Google acquiring Motorola, where does it leave other Android manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and LG? We know that Android will continue to be open, and it appears that Motorola will have the upper hand, but Android is a very large pie. All three Android partners made statements supporting the acquisition:

Samsung’s Mobile Communications President J.K. Shin:

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”

Sony Ericsson president and CEO Bert Nordberg:

“I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou:

“We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

LG president and CEO Jong-Seok Park:

“We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

The bottomline is that Google needs patents, and Motorola had the most. In the end, all of these partners need a free and innovative marketplace which this deal accomplishes.

[via bgr]

Revolutionary 0.4pre3 Released – Additional Devices Added

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Revolutionary, the new unlock and root solution tool that was released in July, received an update today (0.4pre3) that added several previously unsupported devices:

•HTC EVO 3D GSM
•HTC Thunderbolt
•HTC EVO 4G running Gingerbread
•HTC MyTouch 4G Slide
•HTC Droid Incredible 2 running Gingerbread (was part of 0.4pre2 release)

In addition to adding support for these devices, today’s update also included fixed support for the HTC MyTouch 4G Slide (Doubleshot) 1.44.0007

[via androidpolice]

HTC Ruby Specs Leaked, 1.5GHz Dual-Core

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Previously, we showed you some pictures of a rumored T-Mobile device called the HTC Ruby. Now there seems to be some specs to chew on for your future device decisions. Let’s get on with the goods.

The Ruby will be chugging along with a 1.5GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display to please your eyes, an 8MP camera to capture your life, and a 2MP camera up front for your video chatting needs. Most interesting are two separate buttons for video and camera which may be useful if not in the way.

These are some pleasing specs to add to the list of upcoming devices this year. It’s also nice to see T-Mobile, even with the possible AT&T buyout, to still chug along with new devices on the horizon. Let’s hope this year we can step into the carrier stores and see more than a handful of yummy dual-core devices to choose from.

[via tmonews]

AT&T: Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread 2.3 this month

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According to AT&T via their official Twitter account, the Samsung Infuse 4G will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update at some point this month.

AT&T announced in July that all of its phones that were released in 2011 will be receiving an update to 2.3.x.  The Samsung Infuse 4G will join the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola ATRIX, Pantech Crossover and the Samsung Captivate as the AT&T models that have already received, or will soon be receiving, the Android OS update.

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HTC Stunning Really An Incredible S With NFC?

by Jim Farmer on
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Earlier this week we told you China would see HTC’s first NFC enabled device, dubbed the “Stunning.” Now we know that is partly correct. While HTC’s first NFC phone will debut in China, the phone is actually one we are already familiar with, the Incredible S. As it turns out, this was all simply lost in translation. As it is in the English language, the Chinese words for “stunning” and “incredible” also have similar meaning.. That being said, what we have actually been receiving news about is a refreshed Incredible S with an NFC transceiver and antenna.

For those of us in the Western World, this is still good news, as it is now more likely than ever that we will see an HTC device with NFC in the near future. Whether or not it will be in the form of an Incredible S is yet to be seen.

[via pocketnow]