[Leak] More HTC Ruby/Amaze pictures surface

by Robert Nazarian on
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We have been  hearing about the HTC Ruby for a few weeks now. Supposedly it will be branded as the Amaze and will launch October 26th on T-Mobile. Our understanding is that it will be DC-HSPA+ which means 42Mbps transfers.

These pictures have a different color variation from the original leaked photos, but the design is a perfect match. The specs include a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-c0re processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and 16GB storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is onboard, but Sense wasn’t enabled on this prototype. This is not surprising as HTC devices marketed on T-Mobile generally have limited Sense functionality.

More photos after the break.

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Sense 3.5 ROM now available for HTC Desire HD [Courtesy of XDA]

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Lucky owners of HTC Desire HD can now enjoy the first custom ROM loaded with Sense 3.5!

Recognized XDA Developer capychimp, who was responsible for bringing you the first ROM with fully working Sense 3.0, comes through again with the latest installment of HTC’s Sense UI. This ROM is based on Bliss WWE RUU 1.10.401.0 Android 2.3.4.

Bugs are to be expected with this being the first release.  This is to be expected so please give it time to become fully functional. Make sure to leave feedback for the developer about your experiences with the ROM.

As originally posted by capychimp:

This rom is based on Bliss WWE ruu
no chinese leak
1.10.401.0 android 2.3.4
Added advance power menu
user apps auto install written by rmk40 readded, known from kingdom
3D homescreen option added
Initial release
camera acting up
bluetooth wont turn on
you tell me

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HTC Runnymede spec sheet leaks, Beats solo headset included and pricing revealed

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Two days ago we told you about the HTC Runnymede. Although we already knew most of the specs, a leaked spec sheet shows us a little more along with the pricing.

First off, it will come with a Beats solo headset for “amazingly real, powerful sound.” The battery will be a 1600mAh, and they will offer 16GB and 32GB versions.

Pricing for the 16GB version will be £499 ($809) (SIM free) or Free with a 2-year contract at £40 per month. The 32GB will set you back £530 ($859) (SIM free) or Free with a 2-year contract at £40 per month. This is certainly not cheap, but not surprising based on the Sensation Special Edition pricing of $847 off contract.

[via androidguys]

HTC Rhyme and Motorola XOOM LTE show up in the latest Verizon MAP list

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The latest MAP (minumum advertised price) list has leaked for Verizon Wireless. Last month’s version had an HTC device with ADR6325 as the model number. At that time, we though it might be the white DROID Incredible 2. With this latest version, we now know it is the HTC Rhyme, of which, we recently reported that HTC filed for the “Rhyme” trademark.

So what is the HTC Rhyme? Based on the model number it will probably be a mid-level phone similar to the DROID Incredible 2 and Merge. Based on the name I am expecting it to support Beats by Dr. Dre, but without the headphones as $199 seems too cheap to include headphones. I am not expecting it to be a 4G LTE device.

Also on the MAP list is the Motorola XOOM LTE version, which will be priced at $499 with a 2-year contract. It is likely that it will launch next Thursday along with the Bionic.

[via droid-life]

Gingerbread for DROID Incredible returns with a newer build

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I know it has been a long wait for DROID Incredible owners, but Gingerbread might finally be ready. It seemed ready a little over a week ago only to get delayed until September. Trust me, this was a good thing because you don’t want to be plagued by bugs like the DROID X Gingerbread update.

Now it looks like HTC moved a little quicker than expected because support documents are back with a new build (4.06.605.3). It may have started last night so check to see if it is available by going to Settings/About Phone/System Updates. If you were able to pull it, please let us know.

[via verizon support]

Rogers now taking reservations for 4G LTE devices

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A few days after announcing their 4G LTE expansion, Rogers is now taking online reservations for LTE devices. 

Right now you will find the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE as well as the as the Rogers LTE Rocketstick (Sierra Wireless Aircard 745S) available for a reservation fee of $40 per device.  Three additional LTE devices are expected by the end of the year including a yet to be named LTE tablet as well as an LTE HTC phone (pricing for the LTE devices hasn’t been announced yet).

Ottawa currently has Rogers 4G LTE service but Toronto is scheduled to go live on September 28th with Montreal and Vancouver added by years end. 

Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the device pricing when we receive it!

[via rogers]

Survey: Smartphone Users Tell Swiftkey/TouchType What They Really Want

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The makers of the wildly popular text entry tool SwiftKey X have posted the results from a survey that asked “What do smartphone users really want?” Swiftkey/TouchType conducted the survey in partnership with the online smartphone retailer and manufacturer Smartphone Experts and included over 30,000 participants. This surveyed group of predominantly Android platform users was 91% male, 65% under age 35 and 75% lived in the US.

Some Highlights:

• The most popular way smartphones are used on a daily basis (besides making voice calls) is to send/receive email (94% daily), send/receive text messages (86% daily) and web browsing (91% daily).

• Apple users have more paid apps and in turn spend more money per month on their phones over their Android counterparts with 29% spending over $100 each month. Only 3% of Apple users have never paid for an app compared to 12% for Android and 26% for Blackberry.

• Customer Loyalty: 73% of Apple users would buy another iPhone, 61% of RIM users would buy another Blackberry, 50% of HTC users would buy another HTC while Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson users conveyed lower returning interest in their brands respectively.

• Top concerns for buying a new phone include apps and battery life, but 96% say the ability to type easily is essential – that’s more than even appearance, price, or brand.

• Participants also weighed in on SwiftKey: 97% say SwiftKey makes typing easier, 96% say SwiftKey makes typing faster and 95% say SwiftKey offers the most accurate word predictions.

The Lowlights:

• Android phones scored poorly on keyboard/typing; Sony Ericsson likewise scored very low. Blackberry and LG failed to please with their display and camera.

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Is Your HTC Sensation and EVO 3D Watching Your Every Move?

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Privacy concerns and security holes are nothing new and are to be expected with anything software driven (as long as they are patched up quickly). To name a few from the past, we had reported a security hole in the Sense UI that had to do with the Bookmarks widget. How about another one for the Droid X right here. Today, it looks like our fingers are going to be pointed at HTC who seems to have added something behind the scenes within the latest Gingerbread OTA. The current targets are the Sensation and the EVO 3D thanks to information from Phandroid and TrevE on XDA. Hit the break for the full story.

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HTC will launch Sensation Special Edition with Beats by Dr. Dre

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Since the announcement  of HTC’s collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, everyone has been trying to figure out what the first device will be that supports it. Could it be the Vigor, or the newly leaked Runnymede? It really doesn’t matter because HTC will no doubt implement it in every high end device. Now we are hearing that they plan on updating the Sensation which will include Beats support.

It will be dubbed the HTC Sensation Special Edition, and it will include a faster CPU (1,5GHz) , more internal storage (4GB), and a higher-capacity battery (1730mAh). Of course, it will have better audio and include a really nice set of headphones.

The slide shows a price of a whopping £520 which equates to $847. A typical pair of Beats headphones retails for $119 so the price might be high, but not surprising.

Is anyone excited to pay this kind of money for a phone?

[via cnet]

HTC Announces Gingerbread Updates For Droid Incredible and Thunderbolt Coming In September

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After a series of disappointments and set-backs, HTC has announced via Twitter that both the Droid Incredible and Thunderbolt will get their Gingerbread 2.3.4 updates in September.

“Good news! A Gingerbread update for both DROID Incredible and ThunderBolt are coming in September. Thanks for your support!” – HTC Via Twitter

Droid Incredible and Thunderbolt users have felt a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from joy to discouragement and perhaps compete mental upset over the repeated letdowns from the rumors and inevitable delays for their coveted updates. Could this latest announcement from HTC finally bring the long wait to a close? What do you think? My guess is that we are finally seeing the light at the end of this HTC tunnel.

[via twitter]