HTC announced today their third consecutive quarter of declining profits in conjunction with the release of their second quarter audited earnings report. HTC brought in approximately $3.0 billion in revenues to go with a gross margin of 27% and an operating margin of 9%. This yielded after tax net income of $247 million, down 58% compared to the first quarter of 2012.
With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D reportedly receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the EVO Design 4G wasn’t too far behind. Reports from users are flowing in that an OTA (over-the-air) notification is now showing up for EVO Design 4G handsets for an upgrade to ICS. Much like the EVO 3D’s update, you can expect Sense 3.6 and several updates and bug fixes:
- A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
- Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
- Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
- Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
- People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
- Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
- Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
- Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
If you haven’t gotten the notification for the update, you can head on over to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether your update to ICS is ready. Any Design 4G users out there receiving their update to ICS?
source: Android Central
An update for the AT&T Inspire 4G is now available via an OTA (over-the-air) update or a downloadable RUU file directly from the HTC website if you’re impatient. The update officially brings Sense 3.0 to the device as well as other updates and fixes:
- HTC Sense 3.0
- Task Manager
- AT&T Address Book
- Call optimization improvements (fewer dropped calls)
- Improved security functionality
- SMS/MMS Thread – Contact Display Fix
- Background Data Use Improvement
Considering HTC has stated that Ice Cream Sandwich will not come to the Desire HD/Inspire 4G, it’s great that they still haven’t forgotten about this device and gave it one last major update. You can head over to the source link if you wish to download the RUU file.
Looks like Sprint has made due on their promise to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC EVO 3D. While they initially promised an “early August” update, seems as if they’re one day early as several EVO 3D users have reportedly received a notification for the ICS OTA (over-the-air) update.
As we expected, the ICS update will bring Sense 3.6 to your device and not Sense 4.0 that’s found in the HTC One series. Nonetheless, I’m sure this is the news that EVO 3D owners have been longing for, for quite some time now. Here’s a short list of what to expect with this update provided from Sprint:
HTC, the Taiwanese handset maker, closed down their office in Seoul, South Korea and has completely left the South Korean market to further focus on the larger markets that they are successful in. With HTC also leaving the Brazilian market not too long ago, it’s clear that HTC realizes what their strengths and weaknesses are. According to an official statement by an HTC rep, the move was made in order to “streamline operations” thus improving efficiency throughout the whole company. Also in the statement, HTC admits that it wasn’t an easy decision to make: “This is a hard decision that has direct impact on people who have contributed to the growth HTC has experienced the past several years.”
In some ways, you have to commend a company when they admit defeat. It’s hard for a huge corporation like HTC to throw in the white flag, but focusing their attention to the markets in which they are successful in could help them out in the long run. Perhaps in the future, once they’ve re-established themselves, HTC may consider re-opening their doors to a possible return to the smaller markets.
Fragmentation. The word most commonly used by Android naysayers when they’re looking for some ammunition with which to open fire on the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The problem is that the issue is very real, it’s certainly a large part of the reason why I personally only use Nexus devices these days. Whilst much of the vitriol is aimed at Google, it’s actually the manufacturers and their UI skins that we’re at the mercy of. The latest big player to cause a hullabaloo in the tech world this week is none other than HTC. The Taiwanese giant upset a large group of its customers by announcing that the, barely 18 months old, Desire HD will not be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The announcement sparked a huge influx of complaints from disappointed Desire HD owners and in turn prompted the following response from HTC:
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
It’s encouraging that HTC care enough to take the time to explain its actions however I’m fairly sure that the words will do little to soften the blow. Once again it will be down to the developer community to pick up the slack and offer Desire HD owners some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness (Just don’t mention Jelly Bean!)
Radio Shack has officially confirmed our previous report that the AT&T HTC Once X‘s price will be slashed in half to $99 starting July 29th. This move is likely due to the Samsung Galaxy S III‘s monstrous sales numbers and this could be HTC’s way of attempting to keep up. AT&T is also going to drop the price as well and it’s been reported that they already have, but we just checked online and at the time of this post, it still shows $199.
While the One X is a couple of months older than the S III, it’s still an Android powerhouse and at this price it would be hard to pass up. Any one out there planning on taking advantage of this price?
Well it’s about time HTC. The kernel source for the AT&T One X was just released so developers can now use it in their custom ROMs for better stability. Right now most of you don’t have to do anything unless you’re a developer. If you aren’t, sit back and relax as the developers get to work to make things a lot smoother for you.
Remember last year’s Facebook phone, the HTC ChaCha (the Status in the U.S.)? Probably not since barely anyone bought one. I couldn’t imagine HTC would try it again, but according to Bloomberg Facebook and HTC are working together and will release it sometime in 2013. Facebook wanted to release it by the end of this year, but HTC needed more time to work on other products.
For this time around, Facebook is developing a modified operating system. Although Android was never mentioned in the article, we can only assume this will be based on Android and be a completely forked version similar to what Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire.
Looks like it’s time for T-Mobile customers to rejoice once again. T-Mobile usually tends to make a splash for their late summer to fall device line-up. Last year they introduced the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II, this year it seems as if something very big is due for the Magenta carrier. Confirmed through various sources, a beefed-up version of the HTC One X will be coming to T-Mobile later this fall and the specs will be nothing short of amazing. The rumors of this phone have certainly come a long way when we initially covered this device earlier in the year. It was first assumed the device would be dubbed as the “G4x” to further accompany T-Mobile’s “G” brand line of stock Android phones such as the HTC G2 and LG G2x.