HTC’s Mysterious “Vigor” Getting Closer To A Reality?

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A caveat right off the bat, take this news as unconfirmed for now.  However, if it’s accurate then we could be in store for something promising in the HTC department.  HTC’s highly rumored Vigor might be stepping closer and closer into the light and could become a reality for many soon.  An anonymous tipster sent our friends over at Android Police a NenaMark benchmark result, which if not tampered with, could reveal a powerful device in the making.  According to the bench mark the device will have a 1280 x 720 display, a Qualcomm Adreno GPU, a 1.5 GHz CPU with the possibility of it being dual-core but not confirmed, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and could possibly be a CDMA or LTE device running on Verizon’s network.  Here’s hoping for the latter.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Vodafone dumps the HTC EVO 3D due to delays

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Last month Vodafone announced that they would be carrying the HTC EVO 3D, but now they are saying that they won’t be carrying it due to “delays” with the launch.

Here’s the statement:

There’s been speculation recently regarding availability of HTC EVO 3D.

We can confirm that due to delays in the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, we no longer intend to include the device in our smartphone range. We’ll be contacting any customers who registered their interest shortly.

We realise this might come as a disappointment, but we’ve got some really exciting handsets in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our coming soon section for all the latest information about the products coming to Vodafone.

Could the disappointing sales of the LG Optimus 3D have anything to do with it?

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HTC Puccini smiles for the camera with a stylus

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We first told you about the HTC Puccini in May, and it passed through the FCC last week, so where are the pictures? Well we have a couple to share with you. The only thing left is to get confirmation of the specs, pricing, and a release date. What we do know is that it will be HTC’s first 10-inch tablet, have an 8MP camera, dual-LED Flash, and the above picture confirms support for a stylus (like the HTC Flyer).

There are rumors that it will have a Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, Android Honeycomb, HTC Sense and a 4G radio. We will certainly let you know more as soon as we hear it.

One more picture after the break.

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The Apple vs Google Legal Battle: Part 2

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Hello again fellow readers. About a week ago I went on a rather long tirade against the Apple lawsuits and how they’re trying to bring American innovation to its knees. I’m not sure why the HTC case seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, but it was. After a couple of days of therapy and anger management I’ve decided to do a slightly calmer version of the rant that was created with the anger of a thousand women scorned.

Don’t worry. I still would like to meet a few patent lawyers in a back alley one day.

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Sprint will soon bid farewell to several Android phones

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No matter how great a phone is, one thing we know for sure, it will eventually be replaced. The above document is a list of Sprint’s End of Life listings with approximate phase-out dates.

The most notable phone on the list is the HTC EVO. Starting this September, the white EVO will start to phase out. Next on deck is the black EVO and the Samsung Epic, slated for October.

For those worried about warranty replacements, there will most likely be refurbished units or you will receive a comparable handset.

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T-Mobile stores will update your phone to Gingerbread using SD cards

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A few days ago, the myTouch 4G started receiving the OTA Gingerbread update and the Gingerbread update leaked for the G2. Here is a first; T-Mobile retail stores are receiving SD cards pre-loaded with files to apply these updates in store. In addition, they will update the myTouch 3G Slide to Froyo.

Their hope is that it will avoid unnecessary equipment exchanges. Customers will be able to walk into a store and get the update before they leave. This may help customers who are nervous about the update process. Now that is customer service.

[via tmonews]

T-Mobile Getting The HTC Ruby?

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There’s been a device code named the HTC Ruby floating around T-Mobile land for a few weeks and it was originally thought to be a Windows Phone device. However, our friends over at Pocket Now managed to snag some leaked pics of a reflection of the device allowing us to gain a little more insight into the carrier to be and confirming its operating system.

Taking a closer look at the reflection of the device you can see a slim white curvy design and if you focus your sights even more, a T-Mobile logo can be made out along with a camera icon revealing its true OS, Android. Stay tuned to Talk Android because well be performing our best to dig and scrape for more info on the up and coming device. Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment or two below.

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HTC Chief Innovation Officer leaves for personal reasons

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Horace Luke, former HTC Chief Innovation Officer, has left the company as of April 30th for personal reasons.

HTC made the following statement:

“Horace nurtured a culture of innovation at HTC and instilled a strong consumer design-focus among our employees who continue to raise the bar in designing products that capture our customers’ imagination. We are grateful for Horace’s many contributions to HTC and wish him well in his future endeavors. Scott Croyle, HTC’s vice president of design, has taken over Horace’s responsibilities and will continue a tradition of design innovation at HTC.”

Luke joined HTC in 2006 after he left his position as Creative Director for Microsoft.

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AT&T is bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its entire lineup of 2011 Android smartphones

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As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The planned devices include:

  • HTC Inspire™ 4G
  • LG Phoenix™
  • Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
  • Pantech Crossover™
  • Samsung Captivate™ 4G
  • Samsung Infuse™ 4G

The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.

Full press release after the break

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Take It From An Evo User: Why I Will Be Skipping The Evo 3D For The Nexus Prime

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After hours of going back and forth on the topic, I’ve decided I won’t be getting the Evo 3D and instead will be holding out for (and praying) that the Nexus Prime will be on Sprint. It’s no secret that I was originally planning on upgrading to the 3D, but I’ve finally convinced myself that it simply isn’t worth it.

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