[Leak] HTC Bliss will be HTC Rhyme, Press shots surface

We told you last week that we thought the HTC Bliss would actually be the HTC Rhyme. It looks like that rumor is true, and we have the 1st press shots. You will also notice that it has HTC’s Sense 3.5 skin.

In the past, the photos of the Rhyme (Bliss) have been green, but the phone in these photos don’t appear to be heading to the U.S. as you will notice the Singapore weather widget. It is still likely Verizon’s version will be green.

You will also notice the date on the display shows September 20th which happens to be when HTC plans on making an announcement in New York City. Stay tuned.

To see more pictures hit the source link.

[via htcinside]

Google Acquires 1,023 More IBM Patents In Latest Deal

Google has confirmed via spokesman Jim Prosser that the internet search giant purchased 1,023 patents from IBM on August 17th, a strategy aimed at fostering their defense in the long-fought patent war with Apple and Microsoft. This newest group of acquired patents will add to the 1,030 purchased from IBM back in July and over 17,000 patents that will come with the $12.5 billion deal that bought Motorola.

Prosser made no mention of the exact financial details or terms for the new patents and IBM had no comment at all, however Google’s remains quite exact and straightforward with their plan to fight the “hostile, organized campaign” against the free, open-source Android OS. Samsung, HTC and Motorola have each been engaged in patent-infringement lawsuits with Apple and Microsoft; to assist in the on-going battle, Google transferred nine patents to HTC just last month.

[via bloomberg]

HTCDev unlock tool now supports the HTC Flyer

As promised, HTC is keeping true to their word by adding more devices to their unlockable boot loader list over at HTCDev.com. Recently the HTC Flyer was the latest to join the list. If you are wanting to unlock your Flyer be sure to check its compatibility before you do. Currently only the WiFi and 3G models are supported. and they must have the latest updates. Keep checking the list if you’re an Evo View 4G owner because it’s likely that all renditions of the Flyer will soon be supported.

We have said it many times before but I will remind you again, unlock your bootloader at your own risk!  Although the process is endorsed by HTC, they have this to say about the process. “It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty.” We know it is fun to install custom firmware but please be sure to have some form of Android software knowledge. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.

[via HTC]

US Cellular HTC Merge Gingerbread update available for download

HTC Merge owners, that is to say those of you on US Cellular at least, Android 2.3.4 is ready for your device! You can download the update here. Granted there have been scattered reports of problems with the download, nothing harming the phones, but other than that everything is looking good. You all lucked out on this one. Being a mid-range phone its a wonder that Gingerbread ever came to this device at all. Way to go US Cellular, and enjoy everybody!

[via androidcentral]

HTC Sensation XE officially announced, Available this October in the UK

Earlier this month we heard about the HTC Sensation XE, and now it’s official. The Sensation XE will be the first phone to feature Beats Audio technology, which will give studio quality audio. It is not all about Beats as the Sensation XE gets a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an extended battery.

“Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. “The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.”

The Beats Audio experience is a combination of software and hardware that allows you to hear music the way the artist intended. The handset automatically switches to the bespoke Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile when you use the exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones.

HTC announced availability across EMEA and Asia Pacific from late September, but we have already know that Clove will begin to ship the Sensation XE on October 7th for £492 ($777) inc.VAT. Pre-orders will be accepted later today.

Full press release after the break:


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HTC Runnymede Poses Pretty In an Official Render

In almost any area of media, your best news comes from when a gussied up celebrity slips up and bears it all. It’s why news corporations dig so hard for those embarrassing trip ups in character. Tech blogs are no different, it just so happens that our “celebrities” are typically non-living. Take, for instance, UnwiredView’s reveal of an official render of the HTC Runnymede. The sexy curves, the thin svelte figure, and what do we have here? A Beats Audio tramp stamp? Ooh lala.

Expected specs for the device include:

  • 4.7-inch, 480×800 display
  • 1.5GHz single-core MSM8255 (same CPU as Flyer)
  • 768MB of RAM / 16GB of storage
  • Eight-megapixel / 720p rear-camera with dual flashes & 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam
  • under 10 millimeters thick
  • Sense 3.5
  • DLNA
  • Bundled Beats headphones (not earphones)
  • Android 2.3.4

[via unwiredview]

Android rises to #2 in the EU5

The July report from comScore is in and Android market share more than doubled. Since this past July, 1in 4 smartphone users in the EU5 were using an Android platform. Of Android manufacturers, HTC had the most share followed by Samsung.

“Smartphone adoption has seen significant growth from the previous year, driven in large part by the increasing popularity of the Google Android platform,” said Jeremy Copp, comScore Europe vice president for Mobile. “Although Symbian continues to lead the EU5 smartphone market, Android is gaining fast and recently passed Apple to become the second most popular platform. Network operators, publishers and advertisers looking to effectively reach the European mobile audience must pay close attention to the continued growth of Android in the region, as it will likely have far-reaching implications for the mobile media landscape.”

Check out the comScore charts after the break.
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HTC talks about iPhone, patents, and Google’s pending purchase of Motorola

Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America had some things to day while attending the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle. He said iPhones aren’t cool anymore, but has no interest in killing it. He is not sure how Google and Motorola will work, but they will look at their options and do whatever it takes to be successful. He also said we are wasting a lot of time, money, and energy on the patent wars which should go towards putting better technology into people’s hands.

On the iPhone:

“Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”


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First HTC Runnymede Press Shot

Here it is folks, the first press photo of the upcoming HTC Runnymede. As we reported earlier, the Runnymede will pack

  • 4.7-inch, 480×800 display
  • 1.5GHz single-core MSM8255 (same CPU as Flyer)
  • 768MB of RAM / 16GB of storage
  • Eight-megapixel / 720p rear-camera with dual flashes & 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam
  • under 10 millimeters thick
  • Sense 3.5
  • DLNA
  • Bundled Beats headphones (not earphones)
  • Android 2.3.4

Pricing starts at $809 (SIM Free) or Free with 2 year contract.

[via pocketnow]

HTC might buy HP WebOS

Unless you have been living under a rock, not to say that wouldn’t be a quaint homestead, you must know by now that HP is selling off its WebOS operating system. The successful computer maker has had nothing but bad luck with its tablet and phone endeavors, forcing an untimely successful TouchPad fire sale and subsequently the retirement of its mobile operating system, WebOS.

After many rumors and speculations on proposed buyers over the past few weeks, (Samsung is definitely not interested), another company has in fact hinted at some interest. HTC, maker of the widely popular 4G phone the Thunderbolt, has announced their consideration of purchasing an operating system of their very own. At this time there aren’t many options to consider when wanting to make such a purchase leading many to believe it must be WebOS.


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