For the past month there have been rumors flying around about what to expect from HTC when Sprint's LTE network goes live later this year, and we got a tip that's just too juicy to sit on. Most of it lines up with other hints we've heard from various folks who would know this sort of thing, but like all rumors, that grain of salt needs to be handy. According to an insider who wishes to remain nameless, the phone HTC and Sprint will be announcing on April 4 is:
HTC EVO ONE
Released June 6
4.7 inch, 720p AMOLED screen
1.5 dual-core Krait processor
2650mah non-removal battery
16GB internal memory
microSD card slot
Android 4.0 with 4.0 sense
8-megapixel camera with 2.0 front-facing camera
Beats by Dre audio
Supposedly the EVO One is black and red, thin, and has a kickstand as well.
We've been kicking this one around in the forums all day now. As mentioned, a lot of this matches up with other rumors we've been hearing -- things like that this phone will not be built on the standard HTC One X chassis, have a monstrous battery to combat the power-suck that is LTE, and it'll be the biggest phone Sprint has ever sold.
On the other hand, some of it doesn't make as much sense. if the phone has a big honking battery, and a microSD card slot, it's not going to be very thin. The CPU makes sense -- it's what HTC has in the AT&T version of the One X (and the One XL), which also rocks LTE.
Of course, rumors are just rumors until we see what's behind the curtain next week. We'll be at the event, of course, and we're certainly expecting a device announcement of some sort.
Android 4.0.4 has started rolling out on Wifi-only Motorola Xoom tablets, as well as GSM Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones, Google has confirmed. The new version of Android, which has been described as an "incremental update" by Google engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru, is said to include "stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more."
News of 4.0.4 launching on the Xoom and Nexus S (as well as AOSP) has already broken, but this is the first we've heard about the new version of ICS on the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. For what it's worth, none of our Galaxy Nexuses have received the update just yet, but we're sure that'll change in the hours and days ahead.
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, the latest Android device to find a home on T-Mobile's "4G" network, is now available online and in stores. For $149 on contract, you'll get 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 480x800 resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz, and both a front and rear-facing camera, all while surfing on HSPA+ speeds of up to 42 Mbps.
We didn't really love it or hate it, largely because of the now-outdated Gingerbread under its hood, but if you're in the market for an affordable device with specs that are difficult to sneeze at, the Blaze 4G might be right up your alley. You can grab yours now through T-Mobile at the source link.
Many GSM Samsung Nexus S owners have been patiently waiting to see when Google would push the next update to their devices, and the answer is right now. Android 4.0.4 is currently rolling out to users showing a build of IMM76D. You have a few options when it comes to installing it of course. If you're on a stock device running Android 4.0.3, you can download and install directly from the OTA or use the directions below:
Rename it to update.zip. This isn't needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy, if that's how you prefer them.
Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You'll see a menu.
From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose update.zip from the list.
Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose "reboot system now"
If you're rooted, there is a Clockwork Mod flashable zip file available for download as well, but again you will have to be on Android 4.0.3 to make use of it as it is not a full OS update. The CWM flashable file is stock, with a insecure boot image with Busybox and Superuser installed, as well as the stock recovery removed.
Good news for anyone looking to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on some of LG's latest hardware -- CyanogenMod 9 nightlies are now rolling out for the (GSM) LG Optimus LTE and its AT&T-branded counterpart, the Nitro HD. With its 720p display and 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP chip, vanilla Android 4.0 should feel right at home on the Nitro HD and Optimus LTE. We're sure owners of rooted devices will be eager to try out the latest builds of the popular custom firmware as they appear.
A word of warning, though -- CM9 nightly builds are early, experimental builds which may contain bugs, missing features or other undesirables. That's the price you pay for running a bleeding edge custom ROM based on the latest version of Android. If you understand what you're getting into, then you'll find download info over at the source link.
It's been less than a month since we heard reports of Samsung selling its second million Galaxy Note, but already the manufacturer's official numbers have reached more than double that. Today Samsung Korea has revealed that it's sold 5 million Galaxy Notes worldwide. The new figure means the manufacturer's well on its way to reaching its reported 2012 target of 10 million global Note sales.
The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, which launched in Europe in late October, will have seen a boost in sales following its launch in North America last month. Despite its enormous size and focus on pen input, it's proved to be a surprising success, shifting over 1 million units in Europe and Asia by the end of 2011, before reaching the 5 million milestone after its fifth month on sale. Even elephants are getting in on the stylus-based action.
Android hardware improves at an incredible rate. It seems like yesterday we all were ecstatic about the release of the HTC EVO 4G with it's 4.3-inch display, 1GHz CPU, and front facing camera. I know I waited in line the first day to get mine, and plenty of other smartphone lovers did the same. But look at phones today -- if the OG EVO were to be released tomorrow, we would have to call it "low-end" based on specs of upcoming devices. It's crazy.
While screens, processors, and the OS itself seem to iterate as fast as we can think about it, one thing has lagged behind -- battery technology. Gone are the days when you charged your cell phone every other day, and most of us put our phones on the charger every night (or more often). It's just how it has to be, and there's no use arguing about it. Until recent devices like the Motorola Droid RAZR and the upcoming HTC One series, we've had the luxury to carry a spare battery along if we think we'll need it. As we squeeze more into our phones, we may see a removable battery as the exception and not the rule. We'll have to adapt as best we can, and of course batteries will be bigger and slightly more efficient. But just how important is having a removable battery to you? When we ask ourselves these questions, and want to know the answers, we ask. Let us know in the poll, and comment after the break if you need to expand your answer a bit.
If you're rocking the HTC Sensation (a.k.a. the Pyramid for you geekier types), here's a bit of news that should interest you -- the CyanogenMod team has made the "official" CM9 repos for both the Pyramid and the MSM8660 chipset common files available and open to the public. There's no official release candidate for the Sensation just yet, as there are a few kernel bugs the team wants to iron out before releasing an official CM build, but this means that your favorite ROM developer now has access to what many feel is the cream-of-the-crop in third party Android development -- CM sources.
We've seen ICS builds leak for the the Pyramid, and these no doubt helped push along the development. But if you've been waiting for a Sense-free build of Android 4.0 for your Sensation, the end is in sight. Keep an eye on your favorite developer, and get ready to start flashing.
T-Mobile has long since confirmed the HTC One S would be coming to their network and we've gone hands-on with the device plenty of times already. However, there hasn't been a whole lot of video popping up with the device actually running T-Mobile software. A new video found on YouTube gives us all a good look at it though if you're into teasing yourself with devices you can't yet have. No telling how old the software is though given the device is still lacking any T-Mobile branding. And yes, we did giggle at the "Mobile World Convention" comment.
Samsung's spent a lot of time and money marketing the Galaxy Note, its 5.3-inch phone-tablet hybrid device. It brought in director Bobby Farrelly to create last month's star-studded Super Bowl commercial, and poked fun iPhone users in a string of TV ads. And for its latest trick, it's sent the Note to Thailand to meet Peter the Elephant.
"Bigger is better" is Samsung's message here, and the video shows Peter using his trunk (and the stylus) to operate the Note's spacious 5.3-inch touchscreen. The ad agency behind the clip says the footage is all real, with no "trickery, post-production or hidden cuts", adding "he's just a very clever elephant."
If you've ever wanted to see a massive tusked beast making music, drawings and taking photos on a larger-than-average smartphone, then we've got a treat for you waiting after the break.
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