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2 years ago

New HTC Sensation video offers hardware and software tour

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HTC is ramping up the hype around its upcoming dual-core flagship phone, the Sensation, with a new promotional video showing off the device's hardware and software. In particular, there's a great deal of info about shiny new Sense 3.0 features like active lockscreens, improved weather animations and HTC Watch, the manufacturer's new movie and TV streaming service. Check out the video for yourself after the jump.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation shipping RUU gets leaked

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With the HTC Sensation's European street date fast approaching, the final shipping software for the device has leaked out on Chinese blog 911Sniper in the form of an RUU executable and image dump. The software is listed as version 1.24.401.1, and features the new HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Android 2.3. It's also a whopper -- uncompressed, the system dump weighs in at just under 850MB.

Android Police has dissected these new files and notes that the bootloader is signed, making the task of getting custom ROMs loaded onto HTC's new flagship phone significantly harder. However, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise -- a signed bootloader is pretty much par for the course when it comes to newer HTC devices. Hit the source link if you want to poke around the files yourself.

Source: 911Sniper, Android Police

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2 years ago

HTC announces European Flyer availability

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HTC has just announced that the HTC Flyer is now available in the UK and most of continental Europe. Beginning today, customers will be able to pick up a Flyer from retailers based in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. In addition, HTC will be selling the 7-inch tablet directly through its official website.

The European Flyer will launch in two flavors -- a 32GB 3G model, and a 16GB Wifi-only model, both of which include HTC's "Magic Pen" in the box. All the stores we checked are still listing the Flyer for pre-order only, however now that the press release has gone out, we can probably expect stock to start appearing pretty soon. Speaking of press releases, you can find today's after the jump.

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2 years ago

HTC releases source code for Droid Incredible 2, pair of other phones

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You can never have enough source code, and HTC's just released the ones and zeros for a trio of phones. There's an update for the Desire HD, the source for the Droid Incredible 2, and the Wildfire S. They'll be missing any proprietary code, of course. But if you're looking to get a peek at what's under the hood, now's your chance.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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2 years ago

Google Transit does Washington, D.C.

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If you live in Washington, D.C. and make use of the transit system, your trip planning has just got a little easier. Google has updated Google Transit with all of D.C. Metro bus stations, stops and routes, as well as listings for connections to surrounding cities such as Baltimore, Montgomery and Jefferson counties. Go ahead and fire up Google Maps -- from within there you can search for and map out the transit system and get to where you really need go. With any luck, you may even find a faster route then what you're already familiar with.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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2 years ago

ROM Share offers free integrated hosting for ROM Manager

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If you're a ROM developer and you're not posting your work in ROM Manager, you're missing out.  It's a great way to get your work out there to the users. And with ClockworkMod's announcement of ROM Share, it just got better and easier.  Hosting for ROM-sized files has always been a spotty affair. Free hosting sites just plain suck, and dedicated hosting costs money.  Koush has just cleared both hurdles for developers with one fell swoop.

Using your existing Google account, simply sign into ROM Share and upload your files, then use the developer page to tweak your ROM Manager listing.  The ClockWorkMod team does all the hard work with the scripting and listing, you only need to supply the flashable zip files.  It's easy, and it's a great way to share all your custom work.  Nice one, Mr. Dutta!

Source: Rom Share website link; Via: @clockworkmod

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2 years ago

B&N Nook app for Android updated with magazine support

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Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Android, giving high resolution devices (read: tablets) support for magazines as well as a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x (Honeycomb) devices.  It works nicely, and the additions have been made without cluttering or changing the user-friendly interface that the Nook app is famous for.

Open the updated app, and in the "shop" section you'll have the entry for magazines, where you can subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue.  The prices are competitive (A National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly) and the format works great for reading.  You select and download your current issue, tap to open and simply browse through just as if you had a paper copy in your hands.  When you want to read an article, you simply tap a button in the upper right corner and a new window opens with all the content.  It's a great way to skim the content and focus on the pictures, and then go back and read the articles at your leisure. The app itself is free, and runs on Android 2.1 or higher.  We've got a few more pictures and the download link after the break.

Thanks, Max for the tip!

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2 years ago

Samsung and Nouvoyance to demonstrate 10.1-inch, 300dpi WQXGA displays

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Just in case you've not noticed recently, display manufacturers have been working their butts off to mass produce high-quality display units for all of us technology hungry individuals. Samsung is no exception to that that, in fact Samsung is one of the leaders in display technologies and they're getting ready to show off the industry’s first 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) format PenTile RGBW tablet display.

“Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display,” said Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics. 

So what does all this mean to consumers? Basically -- we're going to be getting some seriously high quality displays in some of the upcoming tablets. Luckily for us, those displays will be lighter and 40 percent more power-efficient. Which, is a great thing -- that stuff leads to lighter, visually better and longer lasting tablets. Hit the break for the full press release and background info about  Samsung’s PenTile display technology.

Source: Business Wire
More: Nouvoyance, PenTile

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2 years ago

Netflix app ported to Droid X, Droid 2, and OG Droid

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I know the Netflix app has been out for all of a few hours, but it looks like that's all it took for some of the hard-working developers at XDA to port it over to the Droid X, Droid 2, and OG Droid. Keep in mind all these phones are running either a leaked Gingerbread build or a custom ROM running Gingerbread, but it's still great to know that Netflix is available to more of the masses.

We were told this in regards to the Droid X:

Note for DX: I'm running the first GB leak, rooted, build 4.5.573 and it's working flawlessly. Some people on .588 are reporting it doesn't work, those on .591 and .595 seem to be having success.

If you're willing to take the plunge, the download is at the source link. Let us know how it works for you and thank a dev, while you're at it! Thanks, blakjakdavy!

Source: XDA Developers

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2 years ago

Gingerbread for unlocked UK Desire HD and Incredible S coming May 16, says HTC

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Owners of unlocked HTC Desire HD's and Incredible S's in the UK can look forward to an official Gingerbread update next Monday, May 16, according to a Facebook post by HTC UK. The news follows some confusion over the timing of over-the-air updates to Android 2.3 for both devices -- HTC posted a update on its support site a couple of weeks ago stating the update was already live, but owners of unlocked British handsets have yet to receive it over-the-air.

Hopefully the wait should be over next Monday, though. Bare in mind, as usual, that the update will take a little longer to roll out to carrier-branded handsets.

Source: HTC UK on Facebook

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