It appears that HTC is planning on pushing Beats Audio anyway they can. While also planning a streaming music service to take on companies like Spotify it appears that the Taiwanese company is in the process of building a wireless boombox that could connect to your HTC phone over bluetooth to stream music. Currently the company sells a wireless boombox made by Monster however due to the recent break up of Monster and Beats Audio, HTC and Beats Audio may have to press forward on their own.
If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the
coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.
The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know.
There’s been a lot of concern in the Android community lately for how OEM’s will improve upon, or ruin, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a leaked RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the Endeavor, we have an early preview of what apparent enhancements HTC has planned for the latest Android OS and Sense 4.0. Also, after some sifting through the zip we came across nfc.img, all but solidifying the inclusion of NFC as well as indications that Beats Audio will be on board. Plenty of screen shots featuring the lock screen and home screen widgets await just past the break.
If you are in the market for a new smartphone and taking good pictures is an important factor in deciding then maybe these test photos will help you in deciding. This collection shows photos from six HTC phones and tablets, including a few that will probably be seen at MWC this month in Barcelona. What you may finding intriguing is the fact that some of the photos suggest that some of these devices have received codename changes from their original names. As you already know the HTC Edge became the Endeavor. Hit the break to check out these images. Also, make a note of the Quattro tablet name change… Enjoy!
- Photo courtesy of PhoneArena
HTC has been fairly mum to start the new year while quietly working in the background working on devices and not drawing any sort of attention. However, we are now seeing some of its work finally come to fruition in the form of an attactive new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone which has emerged from the wild. This mysterious phone comes fully-loaded too featuring the following:
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Sense UI 4.0
- 8MP Camera with VGA FF camera
- AMOLED screen
- 4G LTE connectivity
While the identity of the device is a mystery, we may have a hunch of what it will be. First off the specs seems to match up with a few existing HTC phones out there– namely the Rezound smartphone even though the processor is not clocked as fast. Also, The 4G LTE radio stands out in the featured specs as well. While we’re not certain by any means, this device seems to match up with a certain 4G LTE global phone Verizon does have planned for release at some point this year, especially since the phone has a giant 4G LTE logo as well which almost always is a dead giveaway for Verizon Wireless devices. So this could possibly be the HTC Fireball we’re looking at ladies and gentlemen.
There’s one unusual thing to point out about the phone. While ICS devices will generally use on-screen buttons, we see this mysterious device featuring not only the familiar hardware buttons, but four hardware buttons to be exact instead three. Of course this device is a prototype and will likely be modified and have a few changes once its formally released to the masses later in the year. You’d still think however, that the four buttons are still a bit of a head-scratcher even if it is a prototype.
There are no other additional details of this smartphone, but stay tuned with TA for further details or news.
(Photos courtesy of PhoneArena)
With the announcement of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS everyone was wondering if their current device would see it or not. Manufacturers were quick to announce as to what phones of theirs would see this brand new OS. HTC was no different as they announced what of their phones made the cut on their Facebook page way back in November. Well they continue their Facebook announcements by announcing specifics on upgrade timing as well as announcing other HTC phones that are going to make the cut.
According to this announcement the HTC phones that made the cut include the HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. They join the list of phones that will receive the update “later this year.” That’s right they join the likes of the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G.
HTC also announced that the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE will see their upgrade by the end of March this year. The Sensation XL will see its taste of ICS “soon there after.”
While you can get some unofficial ICS ROMs for those unlocked HTC phones it’ll be nice to see some of them getting it in an official capacity. Those with the Sensation, or a variation of, can look forward to some ICS goodness here in the next month and a half. Enjoy!
source: HTC Facebook
Today’s “unsurprising” news is that NVIDIA will show off at least one quad-core phone in a couple of weeks at Mobile World Congress. The press invite clearly states “Quad-Core firsts continue at MWC,” and the picture is of someone holding a phone while riding a roller coaster. We’ve already heard rumors of the HTC Edge and the LG X3, but who knows, there might be something else up their sleeve. If you’re still a non-believer, don’t forget that NVIDIA told us that quad-core phones would come out by the 1st quarter 2012. Mobile World Congress is shaping up to be one spectacular event, and as always, we’ll bring you all the latest and greatest so stay tuned.
Thanks to Vodafone, Germany will have their first LTE phone with the HTC Velocity in a few short weeks. In the US, we know this HTC phone as the Vivid, while in South Korea it’s called the Raider. In our review of the Vivid, we found it to be a solid device, although the small 1620mAh battery meant that you’ll be charging it more often than you’d like. Here’s a refresher on the specs:
- 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 8MP rear camera with 1080p recording and a 1.3MP front camera
- 16GB internal memory, expandable memory to an additional 32GB with microSD card
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI
While Vodafone declined to name a release date or price, they were certain the HTC Velocity would be in stores shortly. The official information will most likely be announced at a press conference next week.
Source: Computer Woche (German)
Via: The Unwired
We’ve already heard plans for a white HTC Sensation to launch in parts of Europe next mont, but now it appears that the larger version, the white Sensation XE, will be heading to the UK as well. UK retailer Clove will begin selling the SIM-free, alabaster XE from February 20, for £408 ($640) .
In case you had forgotten, the HTC Sensation XE comes equipped with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor (compared to the Sensations 1.2), a larger 1730mAh battery, a 4.3 qHD display, and an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. Beats Audio has been integrated into the device and it comes with a pair of in-ear Beats Audio headphones. HTC has also mentioned that the XE will be getting the Android 4.0 update sometime in the coming months as well. Currently the device is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
If you are in the UK and are looking to purchase a new dual-core Android phone, I must say this device isn’t a bad choice. One thing to keep in mind though, if you’re the type of person who always wants the latest and greatest I suggest waiting to see what HTC has up their sleeves for Mobile World Congress at the end of this month. Stay tuned as we will be giving a full report as the event unfolds.
Following disappointing revenue results in the last quarter of 2011, HTC is conceding that their phones were under performing. The company had previously announced that it would release fewer but more quality phones in 2012. HTC had spread itself too thin by releasing a constant stream of devices.
Earlier today, the company had announced that its revenue in the last three months of 2011 had fallen 2.49 percent year-on-year, and a full 25 percent from Q3. These dire numbers prompted HTC to reflect and improve on their previous strategies. With the new outlook, 2012 will likely bring increases to HTC’s revenues.
Chief Financial Officer Winston Yung noted in a conference call with investors that HTC plans to produce phones that combine a long battery life and attractive design with fast 4G connection speeds. In the past, HTC feels it had always sacrificed one of those components. Yung expects these problems to be resolved in 2012, and using a 4G LTE phone will not require a compromise in quality any longer.
While Yung declined to provide details on future products or release dates, rumors have been flying about the HTC Edge and the HTC Ville. Look for more details to emerge on these phones in the coming months.