New image reveals HTC’s rumored Proto smartphone

Earlier this month, we heard about the HTC Proto — a supposed refresh of the company’s budget-oriented One V smartphone. Today, the device has re-emerged in a set of leaked press photos. As it stands, the device appears to have lost its unique chin styling that was apparent on the One V, opting for a more rounded and curvaceous look. Rumored specs include a 4-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel shooter, and a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor all stuffed into a 9.62mm body.

As with anything unofficial, be sure to take this rumor with a hefty grain of salt. However, with IFA 2012 just around the corner, it’s entirely possible that we could see HTC introduce a new lineup of One devices. The event kicks off next week, and we’ll be bringing you the latest news.

Source: The Verge

HTC One V arriving at Cricket on September 2nd

Cricket customers can start expecting the HTC One V next Sunday, September 2nd. The One V is HTC’s entry level phone and is the lowest tier of their 3 One series of phones. The One V packs a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera at the back and powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all skinned by HTC’s Sense 4.0.

Sadly, Cricket has yet to announce the price of the device. Any Cricket fans out there interested in this device? You can read the full press release after the break.

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Android 4.0.4 Update Hitting Dutch and German HTC One S Phones

Reports are coming out of Germany and the Netherlands of an over the air update for the HTC One S, which show the device getting bumped up to Android 4.0.4 and HTC’s Sense getting bumped to version 4.1. This update brings a number of bug fixes, and since it reduces Sense’s footprint, things should be a little speedier.  It also comes with a couple of new features such as the EA Gamebox gaming hub and something described as “a remote control unit to repair by HTC,” which is likely a diagnostics tool.  It’s still unclear as to when other One S users around the world can expect to receive the update, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

source: theverge

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gets an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM based on the Leaked RUU

Looks like another HTC phone is getting some love from the Android development community. We previously saw a leaked ICS build for the HTC Thunderbolt, and now you can get your hands on a Sense-filled version of ICS for the Droid Incredible 2. This comes thanks to XDA user nitsuj17 for posting a ROM that is allegedly based on another leaked RUU (a stock software package HTC uses on their phones) from HTC. The timing of this leak shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because the Droid Incredible 2 is officially slated to get ICS “by the end of August”.

As I mentioned, the ROM features HTC Sense 3.6 built over Android 4.0 ICS and is mostly stock except for a few tweaks. You can see a full list of the tweaks and alterations after the break.

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HTC Thunderbolt Official Ice Cream Sandwich build leaks, Hackers rejoice

An official Ice Cream Sandwich build for the HTC Thunderbolt just leaked. What does this mean?  All of the adventurous Verizon-ites out there can flash the ROM before Verizon gives the official thumbs up.  The  build number is 7.00.605.2 which bumps the device up to Sense 3.6 and greatly improves the user experience.  HTC even includes an awesome “Quick Settings” tab and a completely revampted settings menu.

The ROM itself is stock and deodexed, but does include root.  HTC’s “spyware” was also removed.  You can grab the file from the source link below.

Until HTC and Verizon finalize everything in the hopes of meeting their self-imposed August deadline, this will have to do.

source: teambamf

[Rumor] Xperia Nexus from Sony, Optimus Nexus from LG and Galaxy Nexus II from Samsung might be in the works

If you remember, several months ago it was reported that Google would offer several Nexus devices later this year, and we reported that they would announce five such devices on Android’s 5th birthday. Since then the rumormill has been quiet except for this morning’s news on a Galaxy Nexus with some minor spec bumps. Just like last year at this time, the rumors started flowing hot and heavy, and it appears we are in for another ride.

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When It Rains… It Pours: HTC To Lose $40 Million Because Of OnLive Restructuring


It’s no secret online gaming service OnLive isn’t doing too well, but it’s affecting other companies as well. HTC (which isn’t doing so well financially itself) has recently announced it will have to book a $40 million loss from its investment in OnLive because of a “lack of operating cash and an inability to raise new capital“. Both HTC and OnLive are no stranger to one another either, as HTC made a $40 million dollar investment, yet OnLive was noticeably absent on most HTC devices released in the past year— despite the service streaming games over the internet on PC computers. OnLive has not made any follow-up statement regarding HTC’s latest announcement.

First the Beats Audio fiasco and now this— HTC just can’t catch a break this year. Here’s hoping it will continue to push the envelope with devices like the HTC One Series of smartphones.

source: PC Mag
via: Android Central

Droid Incredible 4G LTE kernel source code released by HTC

Developers interested in working on the Verizon Droid Incredible 4G LTE smartphone have a new tool available today. HTC has released the kernel source code on their Developer Center web site. Verizon’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE, while based on an HTC One S, from a hardware standpoint is downgraded in some key areas like screen size. Maybe the community of developers will be able to close the gap a bit, substituting software goodies for hardware prowess, with access to the kernel code.

If you are a developer and interested in obtaining the code, just hit the source link below.

source: HTCDev

Ex-Motorola employee claims it was harder to work with Google after acquisition

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google sent shock waves throughout not just the mobile industry, but the tech industry as a whole. The purchase raised numerous questions regarding the effect that this would have on Google’s other Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC. Many were concerned that this would most certainly give Motorola “special” privileges when it came to Android considering they now belonged to Google. To my surprise, and probably to most others, that’s far from the truth.

According to an ex-Motorola employee, ever since they were acquired by Google it was harder to work with them as Google didn’t want it to seem like they were giving Motorola “preferable treatment.”  This all actually makes sense because Google knows that they are now walking a thin line and has to be careful to not anger their other big Android vendors.

In time things could very well change, after all there is an ever going rumor that Google will someday follow in suit of Apple and manufacture their own phone. If Google were to actually do that, then imagine the position they’re putting their Android partners such as Samsung and HTC.

Do you guys think Google should pull an Apple and use Motorola to manufacture their own Android phones? Or do you all like the way things are with Google’s strong and ongoing relationship with Samsung, HTC, LG and others?

source: Business Insider

Update to enable global roaming going out to HTC Rezound devices

Owner’s of an HTC Rezound smartphone on the Verizon network have been patiently waiting for an update to their devices that would enable global roaming. Based on reports that came in over the weekend, it looks like their patience may finally be paid off. Users have reported a 103MB update for the HTC Rezound started rolling out to their devices. This comes a couple weeks after Verizon pushed out the ICS update for the devices.

The update keeps the Android version at 4.0.3, but increments the software up to Global roaming functionality appears to be active after the update. It is not clear what else may have changed as Verizon has not released any official information.

Let us know if you have received the update on your HTC Rezound and if you have noticed any other changes.

source: Phandroid