Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
So the HTC Vision/Vanguard finally makes a better appearance, this time in all black and looking much better than before. Specs haven't changed much and are still rumored to be on par as before. Although I suspect the snapdragon in this to be a newer version and be slightly more powerful than the first gen chipsets.
Also many sites aren't aware of this, but there is confusion as to whether this is for TMO USA or UK, well rest assured it is for the USA. How do I know, well simple really, its easy to overlook, but the TMO branding at the top of the phone, it shows one small dot before the letter "T", this indicates a TMO USA device, whereas in the UK, the TMO branding will have 2, or barely 3 small dots before the letter "T".
So there you have it now bask in the warmth of knowing that the first HSPA+ phones is right around the corner, and will be perhaps called the G1 Blaze, or G2 Blaze.
Posted by RPWarrior at 8:19 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Somone appears to have deciphered some code that was on the Droid Does site, revealing the sequel inside a Flash file. Sure, we may have seen it a time or two or even three, but this appears to be the first official style image we have seen for the device. So, Verizon, what gives? How about an official announcement for all us eagerly waiting? [via Engadget]
Posted by RPWarrior at 8:42 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Well here you have it, many users are reporting antenna and reception issues just like the IPhone 4 has been having. Well this isn't looking good for Samsung.
T-Mobile and Samsung made somewhat good on their promise to deliver an upgrade. Of course, that upgrade has now been pulled due to troubles some users were experiencing. Stating that some users were reporting “signal quality concerns,” the update, which began rolling out June 21st has been pulled and has no ETA for coming back. It’s likely it won’t go down for long but still, this is just throwing gasoline on an already large fire for Behold 2 users who have voiced significant anger with the way the upgrade story has played out.
First it was a promise of 2.x
Then upgrade to 1.6 coming
Then Sorry but not upgradable beyond 1.6
Now upgrade pushed out
Many still did not receive it, some who did have no signal or reception at all
A handful of lucky people, including myself got a working upgrade without incident other than some battery issues.
Looks like things are getting worse for these users still without the update.
Posted by RPWarrior at 1:47 AM
Friday, July 16, 2010
HTC sure does like to crank out a lot of hardware. The HTC Desire HD had cropped up (under the name HTC Ace) on a UK retailer roadmap earlier this month. Now some specifications for the device are doing the rounds in the lead up to the supposed October 2010 release. Source of the information, superetrader quotes the specs as follows:
4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen
8 Mega Pixel Camera
1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor
Android 2.2 OS
HD 720p Video Capture
Xvid Video Playback
SRS Surround Sound
Automatic Face Tracking
Adobe Flash 10 Support
4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)
E-book Reader Feature
Uni-Body Aluminium Design
As you would expect from a phone still a couple of months out, android 2.2 will be loaded as standard and the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor finds itself a home in another product. There isn’t anything there that looks ground breaking (that “uni-body” design could be interesting), but you can’t begrudge HTC for giving us plenty of options (well, unless you are stuck on a long contract with an earlier phone.. then you might be a little miffed). There isn’t any word on which carriers might be offering the Desire HD, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out. No leaked pictures yet either, so we won’t confuse you by posting any of the current Desire. I will instead show a pic of the HTC Legend, now let your imagination run wild, Legend + 4.3in screen = Success
Posted by RPWarrior at 1:01 AM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In November 2009, an awesome phone was released. It came to T-Mobile four months ago. This phone was way ahead of the pack: it had a 1 GHz snapdragon processor, 4.3 inch 800×480 pixel screen, 448 MB RAM, a built-in Wi-Fi router, 5 MP camera, VGA video recording at 30 FPS, FM radio, and a magnetometor (the digital compass now found in most smart phones). There was one problem with this still-lust-worthy device. It comes with Windows Mobile 6.5.
But there is good news! Turns out that the never-resting hackers over at xda-developers have managed in the past week not only to get Android 2.1 (Eclair) but also the newest, greatest iteration of Android, 2.2 Froyo.
At first, the 2.1 was missing a few of the important things like Wi-Fi or bluetooth, but it seems to be mostly sorted out. In fact Android 2.1 seems to run on the HD2 flawlessly. One of the forum-goers over there claimed that it actually runs better than on his MyTouch 3G (HTC Magic, native with Android).
If you really want to put 2.2 on there, you might want to wait a little while, as there are still some kinks to work out. Things like no Wi-Fi or bad connections over 3G. That is unless you want to be on the absolute bleeding edge.
Instructions and downloads are in the thread over at XDA.
I might just buy a second-hand HD2 just to do this. It’s pretty much a GSM evo!
Posted by RPWarrior at 12:18 AM
The most powerful and fastest Android handset to hit T-Mobile, The Samsung Vibrant is now available for sale on T-Mobile.com. Boasting a stunning 4 inch Super AMOLED display powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, the Vibrant comes preloaded with T-Mobile Sims 3 Collector’s Edition from EA, James Cameron’s Avatar, Access to GOGO Inflight & Slacker Radio, and compatibility with Amazon’s Kindle for Android and MobiTV. Yhe Samsung Vibrant will run you $199.99 with a 2-year agreement, and $429.99 sans contract.
Later today it officially launches.
Personally I am excited to see TMO finally getting some better phones in the lineup, however I will not be getting this phone myself, I am holding out for something else. I will say that this Vibrant does have one of the most stunning displays out there.
Good luck and enjoy for those who are getting it.
Posted by RPWarrior at 12:03 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Up to now, Sprint has been the only carrier that have plans to move to LTE 4G at some point in the future, choosing to stick with WiMAX for its 4G instead. That may change in the future, however, as Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has stated that Sprint has been considering a move to LTE some time in the future. Hesse also said that Sprint and Clearwire do have enough spectrum to deploy both WiMAX and LTE. If true, Sprint's move to LTE could add credence to the rumors that Sprint and T-Mobile may merge at some point in the future. A merger of the two carriers would be quite difficult right now consider that Sprint uses a CDMA network while T-Mobile is a GSM carrier. When asked about a possible merger, Hesse wouldn't get into specifics but said that there was some "logic" to the idea. Hesse explained:
"I don't see a need to scale larger, but if there's an acquisition that makes sense for us, I do want to have a balance sheet that would give me the flexibility of making good acquisitions when we see them."
Considering how many subscribers Sprint and T-Mobile have when compared to AT&T and Verizon, a merger would definitely make sense if they want to catch up to the leading two carriers. However, both carriers would have to have a solid LTE network in place beforehand. If they attempted a merger right now, with Sprint on CDMA and WiMAX and T-Mobile on GSM and HSPA+, it could be a nightmare for both the customers and the carriers.
Posted by RPWarrior at 12:06 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Recently what we are seeing is a huge explosion in the demand for high end smartphones. Sprint has just announced that they are not happy that they can't keep up with the demand because of the inability of HTC to provide enough supply of the HTC Evo and HTC Incredible, part of the problem is with Samsung who is having trouble keeping up with their AMOLED screen production to supply to manufactures such as HTC, another part of the shortage problems appears to be with Samsung pushing it's new Samsung Galaxy S smartphone.
"Our AMOLED display production lines are running at full capacity,” a Samsung Mobile Display spokesperson said. Samsung mobile displays new 5.5 gen plant starts in July 2011.
Now the Droid X is launching soon and the demand is expected to be far too much for the limited supply that will be available. And as with Sprint and the EVO, the Droid X will likely be unable to stay in stock even online.
Furthermore the problem with supply doesn't appear to be getting better anytime soon, since Samsung won't finish their new AMOLED production facility for quite some time still and are running at full capacity already.
This is all bad news for those eagerly waiting to get their hands on a high profile smartphone.
So with the HTC Emerald slated for November 5th, and rumors of a Super AMOLED screen, I regretfully have to speculate that the Emerald will likely use a different type of screen other than AMOLED. From what I know HTC is working on using screen technology from Sony as a result of these shortages in AMOLED screens. It has also been said that the average user might not be able to tell the difference between the two screens, however I am sure the seasoned or power users will be able to tell.
Another concern for T-Mobile customers eagerly waiting for the Emerald is that if HTC can't keep up production of the EVO and Incredible, why should we believe they will be able to do so with the Emerald, as there will be a huge demand for the phone.
Food for thought, So who else is discouraged by all this?
UPDATE ON DROID X
As a result of the HTC Incredible and Evo shortages, rumors were starting to creep up Droid X would suffer the same fate. Before you start deciding who is going to go down so you can get your hands on a Droid, Brenda Raney of Verizon says there is nothing to worry about:
While we are currently experiencing delays on orders of one of our more popular phones. We view that as an anomaly driven by a combination of supply and popularity,” she said. “At present, we feel that we have done everything possible to ensure we have inventory to meet customer needs around the Droid X–the proof will be in the execution on July 15.
So there you have it, you can relax a bit. Of course, there is always the chance their preparations will not be enough. In that case, save the hassle and put yourself on a pre-order list.
Posted by RPWarrior at 2:05 AM
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I wanted to put together an all in one on this phone because I think it is one of the most desired and most anticipated devices headed to TMO. I will give a rundown of all know information, starting with the earliest rumors. Stories are in their original format.
Although there was much speculation suggesting that Project Emerald was the Samsung Galaxy S, we know now this isn't the case. HTC is in fact the manufacturer. One source is also claiming that the device is to be called the “Sidekick Twist,” though nothing has been finalized; so as usual, that is subject to change. Additionally, we hear the device will boast:
-Android OS 2.1
-1 GHz Processor (Snapdragon?)
-Front facing Camera
-4.3-inch Super AMOLED display
-16GB of onboard storage
-T-Mobile preloaded apps for active lifestyle oriented apps.
So, basically, given the description, it seems to be a Sidekick handset made by HTC.
Later on this rumor evolved further into this:
During the Androidguys Podcast, Scotty Brown, an Androidguys writer discussed a conversation he had with an HTC rep at an event. Apparently, this HTC rep confessed to a super device coming to T-Mobile later this year.
-4.3 inch screen
-800mhz dual core processor
-8 megapixel camera
This device certainly can get some hopes up. With that said, Androidguys (or at least Ray from Androidguys) went so far as to personally guarantee his belief that this phone is the fabled Project Emerald device. Ray believes this device will be the HTC Vision. Information regarding the HTC vision that leaked in May definitely hinted toward a T-Mobile launch. With the belief that Project Emerald was an HTC device with a Qwerty keyboard, something the Vision is alleged to have so it’s definitely well within possibility. However, at this point its easy to point fingers at any HTC phone heading T-Mobile’s way and call it Project Emerald so won’t go as far as he was, but we’re not saying its wrong either.
That being said, it’s been weeks since we last heard anything about Project Emerald on our side and to that end, we’re not saying what it could be or couldn’t be until we get something more concrete. Predicting a super phone by the end of the year is highly logical, as we know phone manufacturers have stated their wish to place dual core processors inside cell phones by years end. Therefore, its quite likely we might see this device or something like it as HTC sounds like a logical manufacturer considering they seem to be far and away leading the Android device development front.
Well currently, according to the leaked roadmap we can speculate that the Emerald is indeed a different device from the Htc Vision, so it seems as though the source of this information leak had leaked info regarding two phones, but believed it to be referring to just one device. So in the end what can we infer from all this. Well we know that the Vision is the Vanguard, so the Emerald will be something different. With rumored specs looking like this:
-HSPA+ Capable (up to 21mbps, and eventually reach 42mbps)
-1 GHz Processor or Dual-Core 800Mhz Processors (1.2Ghz, or 1.5Ghz is my theory)
-Front facing Camera
-4.3-inch (Super AMOLED display?)
-16GB of onboard storage
-T-Mobile preloaded apps for active lifestyle oriented apps.
-Either 2.2 Froyo or Gingerbread OS
-Sliding Keyboard is speculated, but unknown right now? Personally I don't think it's needed with a phone that has a 4.3in screen, nor do I think this will be the case...
One more observation from my end is that in early June, Qualcomm announced that they were shipping 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz Dual-Core processors to manufactures. So if this is indeed the case, I am confused by the 800Mhz dual-core, as I have been unable to find anything regarding Qualcomm even making one. The only ones known for sure are the 1.2 and 1.5Ghz ones. These being their 3rd generation chipsets. So interesting stuff. Lets hope we see some leaked pics online soon, perhaps around the time of the Vibrant's launch something may pop up online. In any case I am looking forward to more info on this phone. Remember that this is rumored to launch on November 5th.
Being the first phone to sport a Dual-Core Processor could make this the most important phone to launch for T-Mobile since the G1. Stay tuned for the latest info, I will keep digging and hunting
Much thanks for the guys at www.tmonews.com for breaking much of this development.
Posted by RPWarrior at 4:59 PM
While this is an AT&T phone, I thought this was worth mentioning. Looks like more than HTC's description was erroneous yesterday afternoon -- we've just confirmed that the HTC Sync desktop client for the AT&T Aria allows users to install third-party apps on non-rooted devices, just as promised. We ran some quick tests, and while it doesn't actually enable anything on the handset end, it most certainly does allow those of you with Windows PCs (or VMware) to sideload APKs like Swype over USB with a simple drag-and-drop maneuver. Given how quickly the company sought to correct our original post on the subject, we'd expect HTC will be issuing a rather different version of the software soon, so hit up that source link, pound in your serial number, grab the EXE, and get while the getting's good.
And congrats to those who can stick it to the man now! I'm sure big blue is displaying big angry faces all over the place about this one.
Posted by RPWarrior at 4:45 PM
Steve Jobs. The name draws out very different emotions from a wide range of people. Some see Jobs as an all knowing deity, who is made of golden ideas and innovation. Others view him as a communist controlling dictator who runs Apple with an iRon (get it?) fist, while at the same time distorting facts to downplay his competition.
No matter what you think of Jobs, you will find it interesting (and perhaps infuriating) that he apparently attacked Google in a town hall meeting with Apple employees.
Apparently someone brought up Google and Jobs said “We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake: they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”
And then, apparently, he went off. Like an iBomb (ok last one).
According to Wired.com, an Apple employee tried to move on to another question, but apparently Google being brought up had struck a nerve. “I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing,” he said. “This ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra: It’s bullshit.” Woah. Steve. Really?
In this industry there is a certain way to go about proving your the best. With data, numbers, reviews, and customer satisfaction. So why did Jobs decide to call Google’s mantra bullshit? Certainly not because he has seen last weeks data. Definitely not because he is worried that Google is actually slowly but surely succeeding in killing the iPhone. Absolutely not because of the horrible launch the iPhone 4 has seen. And, I can promise you it has nothing to do with how well the Droid X has been reviewed. No. I am sure Steve just said what he said because…….ok I have nothing.
So Google has Apple running scared. Or at least angry. And for that they should be applauded.
[via: wired, talkandroid.com]
Posted by RPWarrior at 4:18 PM
Well what could turn out to be a dream come true for TMO customers who have been screaming for a HTC Evo, or similar device, it appears that a GSM version of the HTC Evo or Incredible may come into existence over seas, and perhaps be compatible with T-Mobile's U.S. 3G bands?
Gadget site Electronista is reporting this week that HTC may be producing a GSM device (codenamed "Ace") with the EVO 4G's form factor for use outside the United States. U.K.-based Pocket-lint, however, is reporting that the HTC Ace will be the U.K.'s equivalent of Verizon's Droid Incredible. Both articles cite the same conversation between Pocket-lint and HTC's global PR director Eric Lin, and Pocket-lint further cites (but dismisses) a tipster who suggests the Ace will look like an EVO. While it is still up in the air as to who is correct, I'm sure either outcome would be welcomed by our neighbors on the other side of the pond. We will keep you updated.
Posted by RPWarrior at 4:06 PM
Well they said it couldn't be done, but alas here we have it, Cyanogen's team of ROM hackers has come through once again for the little handset that could, serving early adopters with HTC Dream and Magic phones (as well as the Nexus One) with the first fully-functioning, stable build of CyanogenMod 6. Based on Google's famous frozen yogurt, the release candidate's got more fabulous tweaks than you can shake a stick at, but sadly doesn't seem to include Flash 10.1, and though WiFi and the camera are working great (as well as SurfaceFlinger and Chrome to Phone) many would-be shoppers in the Android Market are finding themselves faced with the dreaded force close. As usual, you'll find instructions at the source link if you understand the risks -- if you're not careful, you can easily brick your phone.
[Thanks to those who sent this in]
Posted by RPWarrior at 3:52 PM
The Motorola MB710 (which looks and sounds a lot like the Motoroi) has been cleared by the FCC, and it appears headed to T-Mobile. The FCC documents include a user manual mockup that shows us MyFaves, and the radio bands (1700 MHz AWS) pretty much scream that T-Mobile is where it's headed. Wonder which device on the leaked roadmap it could be? Jordan or the Begonia? Either way it looks like November 3rd we will find out.
What we know about specs: MOTOBLUR, 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS, WiFi, bluetooth, microSD card support, 8 megapixel camera, and a xenon flash. If this is really a Motoroi variant, we can expect Android 2.1, and the familiar 3.7 480x854 LCD display. Of course, not a peep from Motorola or T-Mobile about the handset, so educated guesses are the rule of the day. [FCC via Phonescoop]
According to the guys over at LightReading, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ capable handset is due in September. LightReading claims that, according to an unnamed spokesman at Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s first HSPA+ handset, which will fully take advantage of its HSPA+ network, will be manufactured by HTC and will be running none other than Google’s Android OS. Additionally, the DT spokesman also mentions that another HSPA+ capable handset will make its way to T-Mobile just in time for the holiday season.(HTC Emerald anyone?)
When asked regarding T-Mobile USA’s plans on further upgrading HSPA+ to the rumored 42 Mbps, the Deutsche Telekom spokesman replied:
"T-Mobile USA has not decided yet if they will use the new 42 Mbps standard or maybe rollout LTE for the US. This decision will be made at a later point of time after having considered all necessary aspects and the experiences made with both HSPA+ and LTE in the other markets of Deutsche Telekom."
Keep in mind folks, while updating to HSPA+ 21 Mbps did not require additional hardware and mostly took software changes, updating the network to support HSPA+ 42 Mbps will require Magenta to update its cellsites with new multi-antenna base stations to reach the higher speeds.
Now remember that roadmap pointing out the HTC Vanguard for early August, well this is probably the first phone that will be HSPA+ capable. Also remember that this will likely be the recently leaked HTC Vision, succeeding the HTC G1. I would speculate that future high end phones will also be HSPA+ ready. So the Emerald will definately be a HSPA+ phone.
Posted by RPWarrior at 1:21 AM
So I wanna know what everyone is thinking about this beast of a phone. It's one of the biggest, baddest phones coming out, and it's going to be a huge hit. It's not for TMO, but regardless I want to find out how many of you would like to see something like this land on TMO. Because this isn't your average Motoblur covered Cliq or Charm.
Some of the listed specs include:
4.3-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution screen
Android 2.1 with "some way cooler version of Motoblur" Ninjablur anyone?
HDMI out port
Ability to record 720p video
1GHz ARMv7 processor
8GB of storage space
Sound off in the comments
Posted by RPWarrior at 12:47 AM
So,it hasn’t been long since the Motorola Charm rumors first started to pick up speed. Since then, it seems like we have learned more and more every day. A few days back, the entry level Android phone has been officially announced by Motorola. This is being touted as a low to midrange Android phone. Comes with the following:
-A TI OMAP3410 600 MHz processor
-512 MB RAM
-512 MB Flash ROM.
-User storage for apps is limited to 150 MB until the Charm is updated to Froyo, then you can take advantage of the extra 32 GB available in the MicroSD card slot.
-The screen is a disappointing 2.8 inches with a 320 x 240 resolution (QVGA)
-Also included is a rear track pad, which is different
So what do you all think of this "cute" little phone?
Posted by RPWarrior at 12:20 AM
Saturday, July 10, 2010
So the HTC Shubert is likely the HTC Mozart,(both names of musicians) a Windows Phone 7 device. XML files with user agent profile information found on HTC’s website reveal that the HTC Mozart and the Mondrian will be Windows Phone 7 handsets. The XML files confirm much of what was rumored about the handsets including the presence of a 480×800 display, a keyboard-less slate form factor, Bluetooth with A2DP and various hands-free and headset profiles, along with (duh) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Mobile 7. Obviously, XML files reveal cursory specs and not launch dates, but we can safely postulate that these handsets will launch later this year, most likely around the same time the HTC Shubert lands at T-Mobile.
We will keep you all posted
Posted by RPWarrior at 11:59 PM
So a recent leak of a TMO road map has been around for a few days now. Interestly it doesn't look like any road maps seen before. However most of the names on it seem to line up really well with other leaked info and rumors. I am inclined to think this map is accurate, whether or not its official.
Some key items to look at are:
In August TBA looks like the MyTouch 3G will be getting update to 2.2 froyo
9/9 for the HTC Vanguard, which is heavily speculated as being the HTC Vision. Which will be the successor to the HTC G1.
11/5 for the HTC Emerald, which is rumored to be the true superphone for TMO, sporting a powerful dual-core processor
Also there are 2 Motorolas on the map. So who's wanting some motoblur and who wants some Droid X blur?
Let us know what your wanting and craving, and of course share your thoughts.
Posted by RPWarrior at 9:54 PM
So Tmobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S is launching early. The Vibrant will be available on the 15th instead of the 21st. This is great news for those who are anxiously waiting for this phone. This phone has a really decent set of specs and is sure to satisfy many of the Tmobile customers who have been waiting for a higher end Android to hit TMO. Here's the goods:
1 GHz Samsung "Hummingbird" processor
4-inch Super AMOLED display
5 megapixel camera capable of recording HD video
Support for Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, and most POP3 and IMAP services
Dimensions of 4.82" x 2.54" x 0.39" and a weight of 4.16 oz
It "benefits from enhanced speeds with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but it’s not an HSPA+ device"
We've already heard most of these specs in the past, but it's good to see them confirmed by T-Mobile. The Vibrant will definitely be one of the higher-specced devices on the market when it's released. It's kind of disappointing that it's shipping with Android 2.1 rather than 2.2, but I'm sure there will be an update to Froyo soon after release. The one question I have is this: How does the Vibrant benefit from T-Mobile's HSPA+ network if it's not an HSPA+-capable device?
So who's getting it.
Posted by RPWarrior at 9:45 PM