HTC DROID DNA already rooted ahead of next Tuesday’s launch

It hasn’t even been released yet, but that hasn’t stopped the incredibly efficient developers over at XDA from rooting HTC’s new superphone, the DROID DNA for Verizon. The phone itself is quite the powerhouse, sporting a 5-inch 1080p HD display (the highest resolution display on a smartphone to date), a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 Processor, a capacious 2020 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and basically every other incredible spec that an Android fan could ask for! Combine the awesome hardware with the great custom ROMs that developers will be pushing out thanks to the newly achieved root, and you have yourself quite the handset!

Surprisingly, you will be able to open the bootloader using the HTCDev tools, unless Verizon puts a stop to it with some sort of update. After that’s accomplished, you flash an unsecured kernel and ClockworkMod recovery via fastboot, and finally flash the root.zip file.

If you’re planning on picking up the DROID DNA when it comes out, make sure to head over to the source link to do some reading before you dive into the wonderful world of root!

Source: XDA

 

HTC DLX will become the HTC Deluxe globally

A month or so ago it seemed the HTC J Butterfly was going to be a very limited device, but it’s just too good to limit this bad boy. I finally got my hands on the DROID DNA, which is essentially the same phone, and I must tell you that this might just be the finest phone ever made. We also heard that it will be known as the DLX in other Asian markets, and now it seems as though it will actually be called the Deluxe globally at least according to @evleaks. I know that many of you in Europe were wondering if it was every going to arrive, and it looks like it will. Unfortunately we don’t have a time frame, but we are hopeful it will happen by year’s end. This is just too good of a phone to not share the love everywhere.

source @evleaks

White 64GB HTC One S with Android 4.1 now available in Taiwan

In what appears to be a regular HTC One S in one photo is in fact a white 64GB One S beast rocking Android 4.1 out of the box that we mentioned last month. It looks like Taiwan is the lucky country to land this beast, at least initially. Along with 4.1 out of the box, this device also rocks the  latest version of HTC Sense (4+). Not to mention that mammoth storage weighing in at a hefty 64GB. All other vitals are the same as the One S we know and love as far as RAM, processor, and display. No word on any other countries landing this bad-boy. Pricing will come in at 17,900 Taiwan dollars, or about $616 or €485.

source:  Unwired View

Gartner Q3 2012 Reports Are In: Samsung And Android Platform Continues To Dominate Smartphone Share

 

It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.

While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.

source: Gartner

Hands on with the HTC DROID DNA for Verizon Wireless [Video]

 

This morning in New York City, HTC and Verizon introduced the DROID DNA. There really weren’t any surprises since all the leaks seemed to be spot on. It will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) Super LCD 3 display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, NFC, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. My initial thoughts is that this phone is absolutely stunning. When I picked it up, I thought I was carrying a dummy unit it was so light. The display is by far the best display available on a smartphone, and I can’t wait to spend some more time with it. For now check out our hands on video from the event, of which, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am.

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DROID DNA officially announced by Verizon and HTC at NYC event

 

TalkAndroid is on the ground today in New York City where Verizon and HTC have just officially announced the new DROID DNA. The new device is intended to be the ultimate DROID device and the most advanced phone on the market. The hardware specs are impressive:

  • 1080p 5-inch LCD3 display running at 440ppi
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ Read more

HTC One X+ and HTC One VX available from AT&T November 16th

AT&T has finally announced the impending availability of two long-awaited HTC handsets. Beginning November 16th, customers can pick up both the HTC One VX and the HTC One X+ with a new two-year contract for $50 and $200, respectively. AT&T is also taking pre-orders for the One X+ beginning tomorrow, November 13th in case you’re too anxious to wait an additional three days.

The HTC One X+ is a mild refresh to the company’s One X that was released earlier this year, opting this time for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz. Users will get the same marvelous 4.7-inch HD display along with a massive 64GB of internal storage, 2,100mAh battery and 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video. Furthermore, the device is running HTC’s new Sense 4+ atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

If the One X+ is a bit too fancy for your palette, the Taiwanese  company’s budget-oriented One VX may be a suitable option. The device is essentially a toned down One S with a slightly larger screen, complete with a 5-megapixel ImageSense camera, NFC and a 4.5-inch qHD display. Although not shipping with Android 4.1, HTC and AT&T have promised an update in due course.

So, what are your plans for November 16th? Will you be picking up either of these devices, or will you be opting for Samsung’s Galaxy Camera?

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Apple to make $280 million annually from HTC licensing deal

We’ve got a few more details on that cross licensing deal between Apple and HTC. According to sources close to the tech giants, Apple will make close to $6 – $8 in fees per HTC phone sold. That equates to $180 to $280 million per year for Apple, based on HTC’s estimated 30 to 35 million phones to be shipped in 2013. These claims are also backed up by Wall Street, so it seems to be more than just a few rumors. Read more

HTC Spills The Jelly Beans On Which Devices Will Get Upgraded To Android 4.1

HTC Jelly Bean Updates

 HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.

The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.

The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.

Source: HTC

HTC DLX Renders Surfaces, Gives Clear Indication 5-Inch Device Is Headed To Asia

 

While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets–  the HTC DLX is expected to debut in  China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.

Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!

source: Phone Arena