Great news for Australian Telstra customers! The provider finally flipped the switch on its broadband 4G LTE network today. After a successful soft launch in late August, select Aussie regions will now have access to Telstra’s LTE infrastructure allowing up to 40 Mbps download and up to of 10Mbps upload speeds. This is a 25% increase over the current 3G offering. Right now the service is available in all 8 capital cities and some 30 regional centers, with expected coverage to reach 80 sites by year end. Without the access to a 4G phone just yet, subscribers will need to purchase a new USB dongle from Sierra Wireless and be within a 5 km radius of an active LTE tower. Telstra currently has plans to release a 4G HTC handset by June of next year. While exact details of the “HTC 4G” device are unknown, it is said to sport a 4.5″ display, 8MP camera and have a dual-core processor.
Thunderbolt owners, the wait is almost over. Verizon has posted the full changelog for the Thunderbolt Gingerbread release that will take it to build 2.11.605.3. A big noticeable goodie included is a customization dock. Along with some bug fixes there’s a new Download Manager, an updated UI, and improved data connectivity. This should mean the update is right around the corner so hang in there. You can check out the full PDF from Verizon by hitting the source link below.
We have to be getting close to an official announcement for the HTC EVO Design 4G (aka Kingdom) with the above leaked press shot. We already have the full specs from the build.prop file in the ROM. It will have a 1.2GHz single-core processor, 768MB RAM, a 4-inch qHD display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, and Android 2.3.3.
There is nothing here to excite me, how about you guys?
We have heard reports that the HTC Runnymede would be called the Bass, but now a reliable source says it will be the HTC Sensation XL. It will of course be a Beats themed device, and HTC will offer two packages. The first one will come with iBeats earbuds and the other will come with over-the-ear Beats Solo headphones.
Why they would call this the Sensation XL is beyond me since it will only come with a single-core processor instead of a dual-core, which is in the original Sensation and the upcoming Senstion XE. Another difference is that it will have a 4.7-inch screen.
Like any other Thunderbolt owner, Twitter user kriegs has been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread update. Alright, so maybe by this point not all Thunderbolt owners are feeling patient. Perhaps this will cool you down. HTC responded to kriegs inquiry about the Thunderbolt receiving Gingerbread. Specifically they said that the update is “scheduled for later this month. Very soon.” Well today is the 26th , so apparently we’ll see a Gingerbread update within the next four days.
After the recent RUU leak for the Verizon branded HTC Vigor, I mean Incredible HD, I mean Rezound, plenty of perusing has been underway. Nothing especially juicy to report yet, but the “Guide Tour” video, part of Verizon’s bloatware app, has been extracted. At least the video below confirms a SIM card slot for 4G LTE.
Last week we showed you a really nice press shot of the HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby), and today we have a couple of nice shots of the T-Mobile version. The rumored release date is October 26th, and the specs include:
4.3 qHD resolution
1.5 Ghz dual processor dual core
8 MP rear camera dual flash
2MP front camera
HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.5
One more pic showing off the white back after the break.
The is no question that HTC is on a mission to differentiate itself from other Android manufacturers. First they teamed up with Beats by Dr. Dre, and now they are teaming up with Dropbox.
The deal will allow an extra 3GB of Dropbox storage for owners of HTC phones running Sense 3.5. Normally, Dropbox gives out 2GB of storage for free, but this deal will now bring the total to 5GB. At this point we don’t know if there are plans to make the offering to older versions of Sense, but lets hope so.
HTC promised the HTC Thunderbolt would get Gingerbread by the end of September. So far that target isn’t looking good, but we have another Gingerbread build (RUU 2.11.605.2) for you to try.
We aren’t sure if this will be the official build, but most likely it won’t. It can be flashed by non-rooted or rooted uses, but remember since this is a RUU file, your phone will be completely wiped, and you could fall off the update path.
We have already seen pictures of the HTC Amaze (aka Ruby), but now we have a stunning press shot. The Amaze 4G is rumored to launch October 26th on T-Mobile USA, and it’s expected to be available internationally under the same name. There are also rumors that it will land on Telus in Canada within a few weeks.
The Amaze 4G will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and NFC. We have seen it in both black and white, but we are not sure which version T-Mobile will get.