3 years ago

HTC Wildfire 2 spotted in promotional video?


Well, what do we have here? The week before Mobile World Congress, HTC has uploaded a promotional video to their YouTube channel, which features a phone currently not on the market. 

The phone's form factor is strikingly similar to that of the popular HTC Wildfire, which suggests this could be the second version in the line. The only physical difference we can see from the original is the absence of the optical trackpad. 

Our answers will all be answered next week in Barcelona as HTC is set to take the stage and introduce some new devices. In the meantime, we can bask in the glory of rumors and predictions. What do you think of the look of this device? Is the exclusion of the optical trackpad a good idea? Check out the video after the break. [YouTube]

Thanks @brodduncan!

To discuss further, check out our Rumored Devices Forum

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3 years ago

More details on Sprint Kyocera Echo price


Here's a little more info on the pricing situation for the Sprint Kyocera Echo: The $199 price point (after contract and $100 rebate) already has been announced. And if you're looking to get one off contract, it'll run you $449, or $225 a screen. If you want a one-year contract, you'll pony up about $275 after rebate. Good to know, indeed. Thanks, L!

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3 years ago

HTC teasing 'big things' next week at Mobile World Congress


If you've wandered by HTC's Facebook page (or Twitter feed) recently, you've likely stumbled across the teaser you see above. No, it's not for the Thunderbolt. (Or the Merge. Quit asking!) But the "big things" line certainly makes us wonder if it's going to be tablet time in Barcelona one week from today. We'll be there to find out, of course.

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3 years ago

Rumor puts official Froyo update for the Sprint Epic 4G on Feb. 21


Could this finally be the official Froyo build for Sprint's Epic 4G?  A source tells us yes, and to expect it on Feb. 21.  We can't share everything we've heard, but apparently some folks from Samsung are sporting build EA17, and it's ready to go.  And no, we can't get a leak -- trust me, I tried :)

The whole Froyo debacle for US Galaxy S phones seems to be coming to an end, and while it made for a lot of news, we will be glad to see it put to rest.  If it happens that is.  All we can do is wait and see, and hope the Feb 21 date doesn't turn out like the Dec. 26 date from last year did.  We were all told it would be coming "ASAP" a few weeks back, so our fingers are crossed.  Thanks to our anonymous tipster!

(Oh, and for you folks on the Fascinate? You might wanna keep your calendars clear on or about Feb. 22. Just sayin'.)

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Eris forever! CM7 port released


Put those shovels away -- the Droid Eris is still alive and kicking, and now a  CyanogenMod 7 port is available.  The Eris isn't on the CM 7 "officially supported" list, and HTC and Verizon forgot about this sweet little phone long ago, but workshed over at XDA isn't about to let that stop him from squeezing Gingerbread onto the phone, CM style.  It was built from CM7 sources, and the latest version (as of this writing) was synced with the CyanogenMod tree on Feb. 7.  The changes and full kernel source are available, too.  For anyone thinking about diving in and developing a ROM, this is how it's done.

It's not 100 percent just yet, but from what I'm reading, it good enough to run daily.  Heck, if I was rocking the Eris I'd be using it.  Give it a try and breathe some new life into your Droid Eris.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks for the tip, Dustin!

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3 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo first impressions


Woe is the smartphone carrier and manufacturer that tries something new, apparently. That much was apparent from the comments before, during and after Sprint's unveiling of the Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone at a special event in the Edison Ballroom in New York City. You folks out there certainly made your feelings known.

But we've actually had some time with the Echo. And it's certainly not as far to one end of the spectrum as you might believe. After the break, we get into our initial impressions of the Sprint Kyocera Echo and its crazy two-screen self. Read on!

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3 years ago

Your Optimus S has new toys -- Legos!


It's no secret that I'm really digging what LG has done with the Optimus One series phones, and Sprint's Optimus S is no exception.  High performance Android phones for the budget-minded consumer is the right way to do Android.

Take that great little phone, add in three ambitious ROM developers, and one of the best ideas to hit custom ROM development ever, and you have the Lego ROM. 

Usually when you flash a custom ROM, you have to search out the extra tweaks, kernels, small edits and theme you want, then hope that they all play nicely together so you don't have to fool with it.  Not so with the Lego ROM.  These fellas have built the Lego ROM as a modular process, allowing you to choose your tweaks and theme up front, making the process pretty pain-free.  It's also a great custom ROM in it's own right, check the feature list after the break, and hit the forums to check it outThanks Beezy, KSmith, and Nick7 for the hard work!

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3 years ago

ZAGAT to go for Android gets a makeover and new features


If you love food as much as I do you'll know that finding great restaurants is often times a tough task. For that we have plenty of Android apps out there to help filter out the good from the bad. One of the most respected names in that area is Zagat and just in time for Valentines day they have made some changes to their Zagat to go app for Android. Aside from the complete UI overhaul, Zagat has added quite a few new features as well:

  • Restaurant reviews and our signature 30 point ratings for Food, Decor, Service and actual down-to-the-dollar estimates for dinner costs
  • GPS - Find nearby restaurants automatically
  • Advanced Search - Mix and Match by any criteria including ratings, cuisines and attributes like Child-Friendly, Business Dining, Romantic and dozens more!
  • Top Rated Lists - Zagat has picked the “Best of” in your city like Best Burgers, Best Italian, Most Romantic and more
  • Meal Suggestions – Get tips from the Foursquare community on what to order when you get there!
  • Write Reviews – Publish reviews to Zagat.com from your phone instantly, wherever you are. No drafting, no waiting!
  • Visual Menu – Browse thousands of photos of dishes from Foodspotting
  • Restaurant Widget – Feeling lucky? Get nearby restaurant recommendations automatically. Long press on your home screen and select Zagat to get started.

If you're looking to tap into your inner food connoisseur, Zagat will cost you $9.99 for a year subscription. The update release is available now in the Android Market. Download and press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular releases Froyo update for the HTC Desire


Another long-awaited device update has just rolled out for those of you on U.S. Cellular. The HTC Desire Froyo update has been posted and is now ready and waiting for you to download it. So what are ya waiting for? Go get your Froyo on, folks, and most important, enjoy! Let us know in the comments or in the forums how to upgrade went for you all. [U.S. Cellular] Thanks, Brandon!

Update - Yes, I put HD. My apologies but clearly you all knew the difference anyway.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt dummy phones arrive, but it looks like the phone is delayed


The good news: It looks like dummy units -- nonworking shells, really -- of the eagerly awaited HTC ThunderBolt are starting to show up. The bad news: Looks like the phone's going to miss that officially non-official Feb. 14 launch date.

Let's start with the picture you see above, which is of said dummy unit. That's a pretty good sign that things are all but ready to go. Only problem is, things aren't ready to go. Droid-Life purloined a screen shot that flat-out says "launch from 2/14 has been delayed. No ETA at this time." It adds that "HTC-created elements WILL arrive this week. Agents are not to display ..."

In other words, things are pretty much ready to go, but something's holding up the works, and word around the campfire is that the new Skype Mobile has something to do with it. That said, Veizon's never publicly announced a launch date -- and now you see why.

Check out the leaked shot after the break if you need the knife to be twisted just a little more. [@v3rdict, Droid-Life via Android Central Forums]

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