Nexus Prime, DROID HD, and HTC Vigor appear in Verizon Cellebrite Systems

It’s always nice to see upcoming rumored devices showing up in Cellebrite systems because it means we are getting close to launch. It also give us further confirmation that they actually exist. If you are not familiar with Cellebrite, it’s the machine that carriers have in their stores to transfer your contacts (and other information) from your old phone to your new one.

The top of everyone’s list has to be the Nexus Prime which shows as model SCH-I515 (pictured above) which we had all along. This one will most likely be announced on October 11 at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Event at CTIA 2011. Next up is the DROID HD which could be the RAZR that we reported on last weekend. That one has a model number of XT912. Last but not least is the HTC Vigor which has been rumored to be called the Rezound, the DROID Incredible HD, and the the Thunderbolt 2. It’s showing the FCC number, which is PH98100, but the model will be ADR6425.

The HTC Vigor is rumored to launch October 13 or October 20, and the Nexus Prime is rumored to be November 3. We are anticipating the DROID HD (RAZR) will land in December.

More pics after the break:


HTC Vigor

[via droid-life]

China’s HTC Sensation Will Be The First To Receive ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoC

We know what you’re thinking.  This is just an HTC Sensation which we’ve all seen and heard of before.  Well, not quite.  What you don’t notice is primarily under the hood.  Dubbed the Sensation Z710t, it’s sporting the new ST Ericsson NovaThor SoC (System on a chip).  In addition to the new platform, the handset will sport a 1 GHz Nova A9500 dual-core application processor accompanied with the Thor M6718 mobile connectivity capabilities with carriers utilizing TD-SCDMA technology.  Those using the handset should experience extremely fast speeds with this combination of technology.  As far as the exterior goes, the device remains the same with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and Sense UI.  As soon as we receive word on pricing, you’ll be the first to know.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.  Hit the break for the full press release and to get a better understanding of ST-Ericsson’s new platform.

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Microsoft rakes in $444 million annually from Android patent licenses

Goldman Sachs figures that Microsoft is going to get a whopping $444 million from Android manufacturers for the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 –  June 30, 2012). Estimates peg Microsoft receiving $3-$6 per Android device sold. The software giant has settlements with big Android contenders; the likes of Samsung and HTC among others. While $444 million sounds like a ridiculous number, it’s a drop in the bucket when it comes to the grand scheme of things.  According to Goldman, Microsoft’s revenue for fiscal 2012 is an estimated $75 billion. So that money they’re gleaning from Android…comparatively it’s almost nothing, especially when you consider how crippling Android has become to Microsoft’s own Windows Phones.

[via businessinsider]

HTC Holiday visits the FCC – AT&T LTE onboard

The HTC Holiday has been to the FCC recently and while it was there we got a peak at what frequencies it operates on. From the FCC documents, the Holiday is equipped to run on AT&T’s LTE network, so that all but confirms that the Holiday will be joining their network..erhrm..this holiday season.  Toward the end of this past August, we reported a leak of the Holiday; bringing you the specifications. As a refresher, the Holiday will have:

  • 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8 MP rear camera (with flash & capable of 1080p)
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android 2.3.4
  • HTC Sense 3.0

We know that HTC has already prepped a Holiday for South Korea under the moniker Raider, and with all the info and photos available, this powerful phone has got to be near launch. I supposed they may be waiting to have the Holiday’s launch coincide with holiday shopping. *rimshot*

[via FCC]

Apple to Be Investigated by ITC Based on HTC Complaints


The patent war between Apple and…well….everyone else, drags on. We had previously written how HTC was using the patents that Google had supplied as tools to counter Apple’s persistent attacks. With United States International Trade Commission officially jumping into the situation, it’ll be Apple’s turn to go on the defensive. Thanks to Google’s patent contribution, HTC has turned the tables on the House of Cook, and the ITC could be investigating Apple for a change. Click in after the break for the ITC’s official statement.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain electronic devices with communication capabilities, components thereof, and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are computers, tablet computers, and smartphones.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by HTC Corporation of Taiwan on August 16, 2011 and amended on September 7, 2011. Supplements were filed on September 2 and 19, 2011. The amended complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic devices with communication capabilities, components thereof, and related software that infringe patents asserted by HTC. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The USITC has identified Apple, Inc. a/k/a Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, CA, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-808), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC’s Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s four administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

[via techcrunch]

CyanogenMod 7 gets updated for the HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt finally received some Gingerbread love, so how about a CyanogenMod 7 update? This update brings Bluetooth calling, better audio with the camcorder, and new lockscreen options. You should still expect a lot of bugs, so if you don’t mind being a tester and helping with the development, hit the source link to get started.

Known issues with this release are:

  • Possible Data/Voice bugs and issues.
  • GPS Not being accurate.
  • GPS Not starting. 
  • Flash Videos in browser only work with Flash version 10.2
  • Speaker Phone in Skype broken

[via rootzwiki]

U.S. Cellular announces the HTC Wildfire S, Hero S and Flyer will be available next month

It was outed back in July, and now it’s official. U.S Cellular announced the HTC Wildfire S, the HTC Hero S, and the HTC Flyer will be available next month.

The HTC Hero S has Android 2.3, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD touchscreen, 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front facing camera. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.

The HTC Wildfire S will have Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 5MP camera. It will be available in grey and purple and will cost $79.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.

The HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon single-core processor. It has 32GB of storage and you can take notes with the optional HTC Scribe pen. It will run you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and a $54.99 data plan.

Unfortunately they didn’t provide dates so stay tuned.

Full press release after the break:

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LTE Goes Live In Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto While Pricing On Rogers Upcoming LTE Devices Are Revealed

If you happen to live in any of Canada’s three largest provinces and fall under the umbrella of the Rogers network, you’re certainly in for a treat.  LTE went live in a number of markets and the carrier is now touting LTE service availability for over 5.5 million Canadians.  That’s pretty big if you ask us.  Among these regions, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto can now join the ranks of those experiencing the blazing fast speeds of LTE.  And up until now, the only device available for the service was the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S.  Well, all of that is about to change. Thanks to our friends over at MobileSyrup, a complete pricing guide has been revealed, exposing a pretty hefty line up being added to the Rogers arsenal.  Among the elite, customers will now be able to get their hands on the upcoming HTC Jetstream, an LTE tablet with WiFi connectivity, a 10″ capacitive touch display, 32 GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU all topped with Honeycomb 3.1. You can also bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to get a hold of the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory for the perfect blend of functionality and freaking awesomeness.  Expect to be able bring this device home with you on October 18th.

In addition to the JetStream, the ever popular and world-wide known device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, will also join the ranks of LTE devices available “in the coming weeks”.  Rumor has it that another LTE enabled HTC handset could make it to Rogers as well along with the super ridiculously thin Galaxy Tab 8.9.  And thanks to our friends, once again over at MobileSyrup, full price plans have been revealed for their various agreements, one such being a 3-year contract, ouch!  Hit the break to check out the full pricing scheme, courtesy of a tipster, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Telstra unleashes 4G LTE on select Australian markets

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.

Hit the break for the dual pressers.

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HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Changelog Is Up

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.

[via verizon]