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HTC Spills The Jelly Beans On Which Devices Will Get Upgraded To Android 4.1

HTC Jelly Bean Updates

 HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.

The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.

The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.

Source: HTC

International HTC One X, One S, and One XL will see Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ this month

Earlier today HTC announced their newest flagship, the One X+, which will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. We originally thought the latest version of Sense would be version 4.5, but either way it’s an updated version. As we expected, HTC will also upgrade the One X, the One S, and the One XL to both Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. They will start with the international unlocked versions this month, followed by the carrier branded versions. How long it will take for the carriers to approve and deploy the update is anyone’s guess. Those of you in the U.S. with the AT&T One X and the T-Mobile One S will eventually receive it, but again it’s going to be up to both of those carriers. I’m hopeful that all devices will receive it by the end of the year.

If you own a One V, unfortunately it wasn’t mentioned as receiving the upgrade, which isn’t good news at all. I guess that’s going to be a trait for all economy phones moving forward. Manufacturers just aren’t going to put the time into them as they assume those customers aren’t as concerned with those that buy mid to upper tier phones.


HTC One V arriving at Cricket on September 2nd

Cricket customers can start expecting the HTC One V next Sunday, September 2nd. The One V is HTC’s entry level phone and is the lowest tier of their 3 One series of phones. The One V packs a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera at the back and powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all skinned by HTC’s Sense 4.0.

Sadly, Cricket has yet to announce the price of the device. Any Cricket fans out there interested in this device? You can read the full press release after the break.

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HTC ‘Proto’ Launching This Fall With Specs Slightly Better than the One V

Word is trickling in about a new HTC model that is expected to debut later this year: codenamed ‘Proto.’ The device appears to be a refreshed One V, but we’re not sure how HTC will position it. It very well could be a new device in the One series. The Proto is only 9.62mm thick and has a 4-inch WVGA SLCD display. Compared to the HTC One V, this is a slight bump in specs but nothing to impressive. The One V has a 3.7-inch display, a 5MP camera, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and 7.2Mbps HSPA. In terms of processor speed, the HTC One V has only a single-core processor, and the Proto will have a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 (lower-end Snapdragon S4) rated for 1Ghz, a welcomed upgrade for you One V users out there. The Proto is supposed to have Beats Audio in tow, but we’re unsure if the recent realignment between Beats and HTC, will have an adverse affect.

So tell me, are you excited for the HTC ‘Proto’? Sounds like a great mid ranged device to me!

source: The Verge

HTC CEO Peter Chou Says They Won’t Sell “Cheap, Cheap Phones”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, HTC CEO Peter Chou restated the company’s new focus on higher-end devices in 2012. “We insist on using better materials to make better products that offer premium experience,” he said. “Many consumers like that.

HTC has recently launched what seem like relatively low-end devices like the Desire C and the One V, but Chou doesn’t “want to destroy brand image,” so HTC won’t sell “cheap, cheap phones“. The phones he’s referring to are the super low-end devices being released in China and other developing countries that go for half the price of the HTC phones available in those markets. At that price point, Chou says “we won’t have good products“.

So it seems that what we can expect from HTC from now on are devices no worse than the Desire C at the budget end, and the sky’s the limit on the higher end. It’s nice to know that when you buy an HTC phone, you’ll be getting a certain level of quality. Now let’s see if it helps their bottom line.

source: wall street journal


Hands on with the HTC One V at CTIA [Video]

The HTC One V is the more mid-level device of the One Series. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1.0 GHZ processor,  1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. It still packs all the same great camera features like its older siblings, the One X and One S, and of course Sense 4.0 and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be available in the Summer on Cricket and possibly another carrier. No pricing yet.

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Unboxing of the HTC One V [Video]

We’ve all heard plenty about the HTC One Series, especially the One X and the One S. There is another handset in the series, though, called the One V. The website Netbook News has located the budget handset for sale in Taiwan, on Chunghua telecom. It cost 10,000NT, which is around $325 USD, off contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

The One V is considered low end because it has a SLCD2 screen with 420 x 800 pixels resolution, along with a 3.7-inch display. It will be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, along with HTC’s Sense UI. The One V has a uni-body aluminum shell, just like the HTC Legend. It will contain a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. The microSD card slot will let you expand the memory up to 32GB. You can expect a 5 MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0. It will also have the new HTC ImageSense software so you can do nifty things like shoot pictures while you’re filming a video, or use the camera in low-light situations. This handset uses a regular-sized SIM card slot, while the other One series phones need a Micro SIM.

Check out this video to see the HTC One V get unboxed, as well as a gaming test with Shadow Gun and Temple Run. Several benchmark tests are run as well, such as vellamo, quadrant, antutu, sunspider, and nenamark 1 and 2. Let us know what you think about this HTC offering in the comments.

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source: Netbook News



HTC EVO 3D to become the EVO V 4G on Virgin Mobile

Okay it wasn’t the great successor to the original EVO, but it looks the 1-year old EVO 3D is going to reinvent itself as the HTC EVO V 4G for Virgin Mobile. It will be available in both grey and the plum shade that was only available at Best Buy. It may be a year old, but the EVO V 4G will definitely satisfy cost conscious consumers. It’s rocking a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and it has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display.

For those wanting something a little newer, the HTC One V will also be landing on Virgin soon. The One V is part of the HTC One series and totes a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4.0.

No word on dates or pricing, but we will let you know as soon as we hear anything.

source: pocketnow


HTC One X, One S, and One V to release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 2

We won’t see anything here in the U.S. for a couple of months, but those of you in Europe get to check out the new HTC One Series starting next week. Of course we may never see the likes of a Tegra 3 version stateside, so we’re seriously jealous. Those of you in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will be able to get your hands on your choice of the HTC One X, One S, or One V starting this Monday, April 2. We certainly aren’t surprised with this date since everybody and their brother has been reporting an early April release and we’ve already seen pre-orders started in the U.K.

The One X is expected to come in around at €599 (CHF 719), the One S will cost €499 (CHF 599), and the One V will be €299 (CHF 349). For those of you clamorring to get your hands on one (no pun intended), it might be a long weekend for you.

source: theverge




GCF Approves HTC One V, Coming in Black, Purple and Grey

While not a powerhouse like the One X or its little sister the One S, the One V looks to bring some pretty decent features, along with Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0, to the budget conscious folk out there. In case you missed the announcement it will come with a 3.7-inch touch screen (800 x 480 resolution), single core 1 GHz processor (sadly no dual-core) and will have 512 MB of RAM. It will have a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. It’s also said to come with 4GB of onboard storage.

The Global Certification Forum has passed the One V to operate on GSM/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, as well as dual-band UMTS/HSDPA on 850/1900 MHz frequencies. It won’t come with 4G LTE capabilities so it’s safe to say that we won’t see this on Verizon. It will come in three flavors that include purple, grey and black. With it’s GCF pass it’s one step closer to an April release and while we have yet to see exact dates and prices, if current rumors hold water it looks to be around $300-350 off contract.

It will feature the aluminum body that hopes to give it a more robust and less budget-like feel. You can hit the break to get a glimpse of what these devices will look like in the various colors. Is this budget device one that you would consider?  Read more