The HTC Butterfly, which appears to be a variant of the HTC J Butterfly and the HTC DROID DNA, has surfaced on HTC’s web site. With the slight name change comes a couple other differences. Most notable is the absence of LTE capability. Although that may be a negative, on the positive side the Butterfly’s storage is expandable via microSD cards.
According to an HTC spokesperson, the HTC Butterfly is slated for release in China. However, no information regarding availability in other countries or markets has been released. At the bottom of HTC’s page for the Butterfly, there is an offer for 25GB of Dropbox space for two years if you sign-up or log-in to Dropbox using an HTC phone. The footnotes to that offer indicate the offer is only available on the HTC Butterfly device, but not in China. This would seem to imply the Butterfly will be available in other markets.
source: Android Central
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Since HTC and Apple reached an agreement to cross-license patents and end their litigation, many have wondered just what kind of deal was made. One party that was particularly interested is Samsung, who argues the agreement shows injunctions are not needed as a value for patent infringements can be determined. Samsung went so far as to request one of the courts hearing one of the many Samsung v. Apple disputes to force Apple and HTC to reveal the details of the agreement. As a result of that request, which the court approved, a heavily redacted version of the agreement has surfaced in the public court filings. Read more
Despite the critical acclaim of the new DROID DNA, HTC’s profits continues to tumble, putting the company in a bigger financial hole than expected. According to news from Reuters, HTC’s consolidated November sales were a mere T$21.23 billion ($732 million USD), which is down 31.4% from November 2011. All in all– the latest news doesn’t help HTC’s financial outlook for the time being – but hopefully those newfound ambitions will help to get the company out of its financial slump sooner than later.
HTC has released some excellent phones over the last year, but word on the street is they are planning to up the ante in early 2013. Several sources have begun mentioning a mysterious flagship phone with the code name of “M7″. According to the tipsters the M7 will come equipped with a 5-inch HD display (probably the same 1080p monster found on the Droid DNA), a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a high quality uni-body aluminum shell that HTC has become known for. The device is said to be slated for a Q1 release date, and HTC is currently working with parts suppliers to ensure a delivery of 4 to 5 million units. It sounds like HTC is working hard to turn around its falling financial numbers.
It’s safe to say HTC’s Droid DNA is the top pick for a high-end handset on Verizon, but its $200 price point may have seemed a bit steep for the average customer. Well, Amazon appears to have taken this into account and has subsequently shaved $50 off of the initial price. This means customers can pick up the device for just $149.99 with a new two-year commitment.
The offer is good for both new and existing customers eligible for upgrades. Currently, however, the device is listed as being backordered, and won’t ship for 1-2 weeks. If waiting isn’t an issue, interested parties can hit the source link below to get their unit ordered.
It’s pretty obvious that handset makers think the bigger the phone, the better. We’ve seen phones slowly climb in screen size, up from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to 4.7 inches, and now even past 5 inches. These bigger screens are fantastic, but it’s easy to see how people who prefer smaller phones may feel a little left out. So the point of this guide is going to help you find the right size phone on your carrier without carrying around what you consider a small tablet. Read on to find our best pick after the break. Read more
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000’s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
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Good news for Sony, bad news for HTC. The latest figured show the Xperia manufacturers outselling HTC over the past summer in the UK. Sony moved 500,000 Android phones compared to HTC’s 440,000. They both lost market share to Samsung, however, who maintains first place with a whopping 3.2 million Android phones for comparison.
This news shows Sony’s new intense smartphone drive appears to be having some success, and if Sony does announce their new flagship in early 2013, they stand a good chance to eat up even more market share. Sony did say they though its recent restructuring to become Sony Mobile, as well as the James Bond marketing tactics, has caused a “positive reaction” with consumers, and the numbers seem to agree.
source: Mobile Today
The HTC One VX was originally poised to arrive on AT&T alongside the HTC One X+ on November 16th. The problem is that only one of the devices made that scheduled launch date. And while the HTC One X+ is currently available both in carrier stores and online, the HTC One VX is nowhere to be found.
According to an AT&T spokesperson however, that’s set to change in just a few short weeks, confirming that the carrier “expects to be fully stocked in all channels by Dec. 7.” So, if you’re currently on the holdout for HTC’s budget handset, you shouldn’t have too much longer to wait.
Source: Android Central
HTC’s DROID DNA has earned tons of praise from the Android community, but it’s certainly apparent that all the hardcore tinkerers out there have been itching to get down and dirty into the real guts of the device— and HTC has delivered by releasing the open source code and binaries to the masses. The code is based off Android 4.1 and is specifically meant for developers and should allow for some slight
‘modifications’ improvements to the device and subsequently, the various custom ROMs out there. This should especially be of major importance to those of you who went ahead and unlocked the DROID DNA’s bootloader as well.
Interested parties can grab the source code (version 1.15.605.4) at the source link below.