Bloomberg reports that HTC is looking into developing their own mobile operating system. According to HTC CFO, Cheng Hui-ming:
“We continue to assess, but that requires a few conditions to justify"
An HTC device that combines their typically excellent hardware with HTC developed software seems like the logical endgame for HTC. Heck, they've already put their own Sense UI on top of many Android phones and have even tinkered Sense to fit Windows Mobile. On those devices, the HTC Sense experience shines as much as the original operating system. Building a true smartphone operating system (we're not counting that dumbphone) could be taken as another step in a direction they were already heading.
However, given HTC's strong relationship with both Google and Microsoft and the increasingly competitive smartphone market, this is far from a sure thing. HTC has proven itself successful with its current business model and the company has become the talk of the town. Unless they're really unhappy with the state of Android and Windows Mobile, we just can't see it happening. Or they can just buy Palm. Or not, apparently, as Reuters says today that the deal is off.
And though it's an exciting proposition if HTC does decide to go head-on in software, we don't want them to ever leave Android. Don't do it HTC.
As reported before, the Android-powered Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't the most powerful device in its category, however, it's shaping up as a great value for what it can offer. I suppose Dell, HTC and Google are talking about the devices you want but Archos isn't like them, oh no, they are allowing you to pre-order this tablet for the budget friendly price of $199.99 over at Amazon. I wouldn't get upset over the reported spec of 13-plus-pounds, the last time I checked this guy was sitting pretty at under a pound. If you're itching for some 720p HD playback in a sweet Android package, this guy is a fair steal. [Amazon via Pocketables.net]
Don't kill the messenger. The Unwired reports that during a Google event in Europe today, HTC announced that the Android 2.1/Eclair update for European Hero will be released "later this summer". Supposedly starting sometime in June, Hero owners will receive a preparatory update, followed shortly by the full on 2.1 update. Details are a bit sketchy, but one thing is certain -- the long awaited Eclair update is still scheduled to be released. But is it too late?
I'll agree the shift from 1.5 to 2.1 is a big one indeed, and it's possible that the speed at which Android is evolving might have left the Hero and other G2 class devices in the dust. Let's just hope that when it finally comes, it was worth waiting for. No word from Sprint or any of the other CDMA carriers if this will affect their proposed update window, but I'm guessing the news won't be good. [via The Unwired]
Hey, all you Sprint Premiere customers out there: Your favorite carrier's looking to give away 10 -- count 'em, 10! -- Evo 4G phones, four tips to either Maui, Chicago, Las Vegas or Houston (coincidentally, four cities with 4G), and $4,000 in cash. And it's all in the name of launching the biggest Android phone yet, as well as the first one sporting WiMax. You have to already be a premiere customer, so common folk need not apply, apparently. Be sure to check out all the official rules and what-not. [Sprint] Thanks, everyone, for sending this in.
Good news, for those of you with the T-Mobile version of the Google Nexus One: Google's found the problem with spotty 3G coverage. And the problem is ... you. In an update this week in the Google help forums, Googler Ry Guy drops a bit of a bombshell (and dispels a recent rumor about an over-the-air update that might or might not be on the way):
I've seen some recent speculation on this thread about an OTA to improve 3G connectivity and I want to give you an update on the situation.
While we are continuing to monitor user feedback regarding the 3G performance on the Nexus One, we are no longer investigating further engineering improvements at this time.
If you are still experiencing 3G issues, we recommend that you try changing your location or even the orientation of your phone, as this may help in areas with weaker coverage.
So, it looks like it's not something that could be fixed by another software update. If anybody has some creative tinfoil-antenna fixes, be sure to let us know. [Google] Thanks, everybody, for sending this in.
Open your text messages application on your Droid, and notice it's, well, empty? Apparently a new known issue that has been plaguing a group of Droids is this rather random deletion of your SMS and MMS messages from your device. This means that all of those lovey dovey texts you sent your significant other, all the pictures of your friends drinking at the bar while your working, or the video of the guy walking into the street sign are now gone, vanished into thin air. Unfortunately there is no simple way to just back these up so they are able to be restored, unless your all fancy and keep current nandroid backups of your device (if you happen to know what that is), or if you, say, used Google Voice. Well, in all seriousness, if you have seen this issue, or happen to know any magic fixes, please, share your experience with us in the forums. [code.google.com via Consumerist]
It's been a not-so-secret bug that not all apps in the Android Market have been available on all handsets. And it's been particularly egregious on the HTC Legend, with such apps as Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and Twidroid not appearing. Turns out it's had something to do with apps that can access the phone's camera, and HTC has issued a firmware update. We've seen similar issues with the Droid Incredible and our AT&T version of the Nexus One. Hopefully fixes will arrive sooner rather than later. [HTC via Engadget]
The Dell Aero, the sort-of good-looking Dell Android phone headed to AT&T, just got some new information that's just not worth getting excited about. The Aero is said to use a middling 624 MHz Marvell processor, a 3.5-inch capacitive screen, and a capacitive stylus for handwriting recognition. If you remember, the software is all sorts of crazy and the leak suggests that there'll be a media player that will use Windows Media DRM to protect downloaded music (dont ask us why). But it's not all bad, QuickOffice, ActiveSync, on-device photo editing, and social networks come stock on the Aero too. However, it's expected to run Android 1.5 with 2.1 as a promised update later this year, and we all know how that story goes.
Dayum! Kinda surprised this hasn't happened before now, but there you go. Android on a first-generation iPhone. What you see here isn't quite something you'd want to use every day (though it's further along than we thought it might be). And you know how these ports go: Once the water starts flowing over the damn, there's very little that can stop it. We're gonna watch this one like a hawk. [linuxoniphone.blogspot.com] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Today will be remembered as the day of the Dell in Android history. If the Windows Phone 7 series Lightning, and the Android Thunder, Flash and Smoke weren't enough, Dell rolls out the heavy artillery with the Looking Glass -- an Android tablet that's clearly the big brother to the Streak 5.
Specs you ask? Well, according to Engadget: Android 2.1, optional TV tuner module with ATSC or DVB-T modes, 800x480 display, 4 GB ROM, 4GB RAM, 32 GB SDHC slot, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the Tegra 2 processor. Suh-weeet!
Of course no word on carrier, but the renders show the AT&T U-verse browser, so it looks like this will hit the U.S. for sure in some flavor. Welcome to the party, Dell. [Engadget ]
And as if on cue, here comes the next phone from the major Dell leak currently under way. The Smoke brings a front-facing QWERTY keyboard to Android -- something a number of us have been clamoring for for quite some time now. But that comes along with a 2.8-inch QVGA display. Trade-offs, ya' know. There's also a 5MP camera, Qualcomm MSM7230 processor at 800MHz, Flash 10.1 support and 512MB of ROM/256MB of RAM. That's all packed into a 10.5mm-thick body with 1170mAh battery. This guy wet your whistle any? [Engadget]
Even though we're still waiting on a release date, and Sprint hasn't even held its EVO 4G extravaganza event in New York, Android Central forums member PanzyDog got some hands on time with the HTC EVO 4G today. So what does PanzyDog have to say about it? Well how about things like:
It is simply amazing So fast, so big! I didn't have a [sic] issue with it in my front jeans pocket
Be sure to check out the forums post for his full impressions of the device, and after your appetite is sufficiently whet check out our hands-on with the beast. And the picture shows another another thing that might interest a few of us. Working 4G! I guess it's time to gather up the camping gear for the release of this beauty.
With all these new superphones it looks to be a great summer for Android fans!
Now here's an interesting mix of bringing sexy to the masses, following (or preceding?) the big daddy Dell Thunder. The Dell Flash features an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset -- for those of you who aren't processor nerds, that's Snapdragon for the common man -- with a 3.5-inch TFT LED screen, 5MP camera and 512MB of ROM and ROM. And that's all in a package that's just 11mm thick.
AT&T's 3G bands are on board, as well as a ("targeted" 1300mAh battery and full Flash 10.1 support. It's more sexiness from Dell. What's next? [Engadget]
Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:
There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]
Interested business owners can sign up for the service here -- http://maps.google.com/businessphotos. Of course, Google can't visit every store that signs up, so there's already talk of allowing store owners to upload their own photographs to their Place page at Google Places.
I see lots of potential for this project, both good and bad. My wife can do some virtual shopping for purses on 5th Avenue, but so can unsavory types who may be interested in what's inside a store for all the wrong reasons. What do you think? Good? Bad? Ridiculous? Shout out in the comments! [via Google LatLong Blog ]
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