HTC has been really outdoing itself lately when it comes to allowing the bootloaders of more of its Androids to be unlocked. The company got off to a slow, if not respectable start, but the last few weeks have really seen an upswing in the rate at which HTC is bringing these unlocks to its existing lineup of smartphones. Just last week, the Desire HD joined that growing list. Today, HTC officially adds support for an additional handful of models.
Today’s roster of inductees features the Desire Z, as well as its carrier-branded version, the T-Mobile G2. There’s also [...]
The source code for several HTC devices (based on the 2.6.35 Linux Kernel) was just released. The Salsa, Chacha (and Chachacha), Evo 4G, Evo 3D, Droid Incredible 2, and the Sensation 4G all now have their kernel’s source code available to the hobbyist community.
The kernel is “the central component of most computer operating systems; it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources (the communication between hardware and software [...]
The HTC ChaCha, now on AT&T as the HTC Status, bears a striking resembles to a device that we first saw back in 2007 when Google announced the Android operating system. Android was first shown off as two prototypes: a candybar-style device with a touchscreen, and a front-facing QWERTY form factor with no touchscreen. While the ChaCha certainly has touchscreen, the overall design of it reminds us of that early Android prototype, which can also be seen in the below video from the Android YouTube channel.
This February HTC announced the HTC ChaCha together with the HTC Salsa— two social network-oriented Android phones — in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. The Internet and the blogosphere in general called them “Facebook phones” due to their dedicated Facebook buttons as well as the deep Facebook integration.
The HTC ChaCha isn’t your state-of-the-art Android phone in terms of specifications. There is no dual-core processor and there’s no gigabyte of RAM. Instead, you’ve got a single-core processor clocking in at 800MHz the phone [...]
The HTC Status is AT&T’s variant of the HTC ChaCha “Facebook phone” and is officially available since July 17 for all those that want to be always connected and have a phone with a great keyboard.
Aside from the white/silver combination of the Status/ChaCha we’ve seen so far, Best Buy seems to have a special, mauve/purple version of the phone. It will probably be more appealing to the ladies and those from the younger generation. Despite its fresh color, the price is still $49.99 on a two-year contract so if you like to be extravagant, grab the [...]
The HTC ChaCha, one of the new Facebook-centric phones from HTC, is currently shipping in the UK. At the announcement of the duo of Facebook phones in February (which also included the Salsa), we learned that AT&T would be getting the device at some point this year. It looks like we’re getting closer to the release of the ChaCha in the US, as the device is making the rounds at the FCC with the proper 850/1900 bands to work on AT&T.
Here is the HTC ChaCha “Facebook phone” as it will look when released by AT&T. Not much has changed since the QWERTY candybar was announced at Mobile World Congress in February, although there are a few noticable differences. Besides the fact that the Facebook button itself continues to evolve, we can see that the function keys have been both re-colored and slightly rearranged. Also, it appears as if this model will not be a so-called 4G HSPA+ handset, at least according to the 3G icon in the screenshot.
If that leaked mini-roadmap we saw turns out to be [...]
The smartphone you see pictured above is not the HTC ChaCha we recently unboxed and looked at its first boot but the U.S. AT&T variant we’ve told you about some time ago. It will allegedly bear the name AT&T Status (as in how easy it is to change your Facebook status while on the go).
Aside from some minor aesthetic changes like the function keys that have been re-colored and slightly rearranged, it will be your typical HTC ChaCha on AT&T’s line-up. It sports that certain “F”-button (for Facebook) with which you can easily post to your (or [...]
Shortly after we first heard of HTC’s Facebook-centric ChaCha, legal proceedings started up over the smartphone’s name. The US-based search provider ChaCha didn’t want HTC bringing the device to the States under that name, lest it lead to brand confusion. At the time, there weren’t any indications the company was even thinking of doing that, as it had only registered to use the ChaCha name abroad.
Since then, a version of the smartphone with an AT&T radio hit the FCC, and we got a look at how the phone will appear with AT&T badging. When it [...]
After checking out our hardware and software video tours of HTC’s ChaCha, are you getting excited to see the phone arrive in the US as the Status on AT&T? We’ve been pretty impressed with what HTC came up with, from a revamped Sense to fit the smartphone’s unusual screen resolution, to hardware that seems more than capable of keeping up with the demands of a social networking junkie.
The Status was announced at the end of last month, but we were left guessing as to when it would arrive. A recent rumor said that it would come out sometime this month, still [...]
Once an HTC ChaCha with its AT&T branding – making it the Status – showed up in a candid pic, we knew it only had to be a matter of time before the smartphone was officially announced. Sure enough, just hours later, HTC has added the Status to the other models on its website, and a press release has been published, finally launching the Status.
As you probably are aware, the ChaCha/Status is the first of HTC’s Android smartphones with a custom UI placing heavy emphasis on social networking through Facebook, hence the hardware Facebook button to give users [...]
If the the rumors turn out to be true then Radio Shack will get a handful of new smartphones as soon as next week. The image above is just one of the few that were leaked showing which specific smartphones will be offered soon by the retailer.
First is the HTC Status which is the AT&T variant of the HTC ChaCha. It’s one of HTC’s so called Facebook phones featuring a dedicated Facebook button and tons of social integration. The Status should be available “early next week” for $20 on contract and $400 outright. The Motorola Triumph should arrive last, [...]
The HTC ChaCha is a so-called “Facebook phone” because of its dedicated “F-button” which allows you to quickly post an update on Facebook or change your status, a reason for which the upcoming AT&T version of the phone will be called the HTC Status.
After the unboxing and hardware tour we are taking a look at the software on the HTC ChaCha. The Taiwanese manufacturer did a great job in optimizing the Sense experience, tweaking the UI to perfectly fit the permanent landscape screen with an HVGA resolution on the smartphone. We take a look at the [...]
The HTC ChaCha, which we recently unboxed, is one of the two “Facebook phones” the Taiwanese manufacturer launched with the occasion of this year’s MWC. In this video we’ll take a look at the HTC ChaCha’s hardware, which is basically identical to the HTC Status coming to AT&T.
At a first glance it might resemble the HTC Snap from the old days because of its landscape screen layout and QWERTY keyboard but you might also compare it to the BlackBerry smartphones. It sports an 800MHz processor (HTC bumped the CPU specs from the announcement to the [...]
AT&T recently announced it would be bringing the HTC ChaCha to the States as the Status, and we’ve known for even longer about the efforts to re-brand the LG Optimus 3D as the Thrill 4G for its AT&T release, but we didn’t have a clear idea of when either smartphone would be released. A newly-leaked screenshot of upcoming AT&T launches now gives us a smaller window of when to expect each model, but we’re still left wanting for a date.
In a recent press release, AT&T claimed that it would begin sales of the LG Thrill 4G sometime this summer. [...]
There’s a rumor going around right now that Facebook intends to use the press event it’s hosting next week in order to launch a new video-based chat service that will work from right within your web browser on your PC, leveraging technology from Skype to handle the communications. So far, we’ve only heard about the possibility for such a thing to come to full-fledged computers, but can we expect the same system on a smartphone?
We just looked at the official AT&T announcement of the HTC Status, AKA the ChaCha, the manufacturer’s first smartphone with [...]
The HTC ChaCha which we recently unboxed sports a 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution in addition to its QWERTY keyboard and we’re curious to see how HTC tweaked HTC Sense (version 2.1 for Messenger) for a landscape screen.
Those of you familiar with HTC’s Android smartphones know the setup process after a first boot, let it be out-of-the-box or after a Hard Reset. The first boot on the ChaCha is no different except for the fact that it will set up your Facebook account at the very beginning, given that the smartphone is a Facebook-oriented handset. [...]
The HTC ChaCha is the QWERTY candybar “Facebook phone” from HTC launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress along with the other F-button-enabled HTC, the Salsa. Strangely Facebook, as a company has no implication with the ChaCha but because of the special F-button we’ve got used to referring to the ChaCha (and the Salsa) as HTC’s Facebook phones.
It sports an 800MHz processor (initially announced with a 600MHz but bumped along the way), runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, has a 2.6-inch touch-screen with 480 x 320 resolution and [...]
The HTC ChaCha, one of two Facebook-centric Android phones, is rolling out across Europe right now, and will begin shipping on AT&T in the US later this year. The phone features a front-facing full QWERTY keyboard for easy text entry, plus many interface enhancements that make it easy to quickly share a webpage, picture, or message with your Facebook friends. The ChaCha was first slated to be released with a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU. Turns out that HTC has bumped the CPU clock by a pretty significant 33% to 800MHz. It’s possible that HTC found that at 600MHz, battery life was [...]
The HTC ChaCha is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s “Facebook” phone — along with the HTC Salsa — and both were introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The HTC ChaCha has just received its first ever over-the-air update according to the European support website.
The new firmware is about application and system enhancements HTC brings to the table with a new version 1.18.401.1. If you already have a ChaCha you should get the over-the-air update notification on your smartphone. Our advice is to back up your data, connect to a [...]
The arrival of HTC’s ChaCha, its first smartphone with Facebook integration via a dedicated button, has snuck up on us. First we thought it would be here in late June, then on June 6, and now it’s upon us already, showing up as in-stock with several UK-based smartphone retailers.
Available for the equivalent of about $375 off-contract, the ChaCha lacks the huge screen and powerhouse processor you’d find in many of the other Androids premiering this summer. Instead, HTC is trying to sell this smartphone based on the experience it offers, encompassing changes [...]
These are a few handsets scheduled to hit AT&T in the next several months; nothing earth-shattering here (Holiday? Lead? Attain?), but still worth passing along.
From top-tier manufacturers we have the BlackBerry Uwan 9810 and the HTC Iele — better known as the Torch 2 and HTC ChaCha, respectively — along with the Samsung Habrok SGH-i857, which we’ve not seen before. Both Torch 2 and ChaCha were widely expected to hit AT&T, and with Q2 winding down, it looks like we can possibly expect these handsets in the next month. The Habrok (AT&T codename, [...]