A Samsung executive has reportedly promised a ten-fold increase in AMOLED display production starting in July of next year, when its new facility dedicated to their manufacture will supposedly increase capacity from three million to 30 million screens per month. Lee Woo-Jong, vice president of display marketing, went on to say that he believes that devices using the so-called active-matrix organic light-emitting diode screens will grow by 35 times, to 700 million, by 2015.
Samsung builds AMOLED displays for both itself and its competitors, making recent shortages a potential [...]
Sprint will begin selling its popular, first-generation WiMax handset, the HTC EVO 4G, online once again early next week, according a tweet from the company’s official Twitter account. EVO has proved to be in high demand since its early June release, regularly selling out online only to be restocked days or weeks later. Potential customers may have more success finding the mammoth slab at a local brick-and-mortar store, some of which still reportedly have the device in stock.
Now that Sprint is on the verge of releasing its second WiMax-capable smartphone, the [...]
This week, we’re seeing a number of smartphone accessories being released or made available. We’ll cover some of the major highlights for some of the popular phones, including Apple’s iPhone 4, the HTC EVO 4G, and the Galaxy S. These accessories include:
1. HTC EVO 4G Car Dock: The car dock is now available at Sprint stores for those who want a customized feel to hold their EVO 4G smartphone to the windshield or dash. It does come with a plastic adhesive for dash mount or a suction cup if you want to place it on your windshield, but do follow state law to see [...]
Some Sprint customers are complaining that the company’s top-of-the-line smartphone, the WiMax-powered EVO 4G, has a defective microUSB port that can sometimes come loose and make charging impossible. So far, threads devoted to the issue in both Sprint’s and HTC’s support forums have hit three pages apiece, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that once the problem occurs, only replacing the entire unit provides a permanent fix.
While it is not clear how many devices are actually affected by the issue, HTC apparently has been telling customers that they are [...]
If you have an EVO you might be interested in this little hack to make the icons in your status bar look smoother, more animated, more informative, and more in-style with icons you see elsewhere on the EVO.
Changes include the battery icon which now shows 101 power levels, a smooth charging animation, animated synchronization icon, two additional frames on the GPS acquiring animation, new download and upload animations, and new adb icon, sim, and notify SD card icons.
To see what the animated icons will look like and to download the file, head over to [...]
For those who did not wait for Sprint to release the official Android 2.2 Froyo build and had to download the unofficial, non-final build of the Flash-supporting ROM from HTC’s servers, there is a fix in tow for your HTC EVO 4G. However, the fix does require a full wipe of your device, but it should rectify any instabilities you have by installing the official version. This will require you to be tethered to a PC to install.
The fix is available over at XDA-Developers and you can download the .EXE file from the links there. Directions are also given over at XDA. [...]
The HTC EVO 4G was rooted the same day that it was originally released — and custom ROMs free flowed to the rooted devices shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, after you flash a factory ROM you typically loose your root access. It should come as no surprise, now that the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update is rolling out over-the-air (OTA) it, too, has been rooted.
First off, the following applies only to those who have already rooted their EVO. If you haven’t, the following isn’t for you. However, if you aren’t rooted, but are interested in doing so, you can get [...]
Of course, you can easily get the HTC HD2, of which the EVO 4G is based off of, that runs Windows Mobile, but if you prefer the looks of Sprint’s first WiMax phone, there’s a Windows Mobile knockoff for that. The fake packs the same screen size and resolution–at 4.3-inch and with a WVGA 800 X 480 pixel resolution–that the HD2 and EVO 4G pack, but other hardware features are questionable. A lack of a front-facing camera, no details on the CPU, and uncertainty over the rear camera’s specs, and no HDMI output make the device a bit on the sketchy side, but if [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
After having announced that the HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone would get an update to Android 2.2 Froyo, Sprint customers are beginning to see Froyo updates available on their Android handsets by doing a manual check under their Settings menu. Sprint’s probably waiting to see the results of the upgrade process for enthusiasts who are doing to gain speed improvements as well as run Adobe Flash 10.1 on their handsets before pushing the update out to the masses, which is probably a good idea considering the last OTA update was temporarily pulled due to some problems.
If you [...]
Sprint announced that it will be the first US carrier to launch Android 2.2 Froyo with an update scheduled for August 3 for the HTC EVO 4G. The EVO 4G was launched to great media buzz earlier this summer with HTC Sense and Android 2.1 on a spacious 4.3-inch LCD display. With Android 2.2, the EVO 4G will be capable of playing Adobe Flash 10.1 content and have a richer, more desktop-like browsing experience with that browser plugin, along with numerous speed improvements to enhance the user experience.
OTA notifications will be pushed on August 3, but if you want Froyo early [...]
YouTube, in partnership with Sundance, Ridley Scott and director Kevin MacDonald, is embarking on an ambitious project on July 24th. The project asks users to take their cameras out and tell a story about their lives and the winning entries will be selected to appear in an edited documentary with footage created by users on their own recording equipment. With modern phones like the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid X, the iPhone 4, Microsoft KIN Two, and the Galaxy S variants capable of shooting videos in HD, modern geeks would make for great filmmakers. Now, all you need is a [...]
It seems like this summer has created a blockbuster of smartphone hits, from AT&T’s iPhone 4 to Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and Verizon Wireless’s Droid X and Droid Incredible. We, of course, are all too familiar with the Droid Incredible’s AMOLED shortage, but what about the other handsets? Recent checks with Apple shows strong demand for the iPhone 4 is keeping the device off shelves and AT&T is only selling that smartphone on a preorder basis even weeks after the phone launched. Sprint is still listing the EVO 4G as out of stock on its online store and [...]
Yes, it is possible to run Ubuntu on your rooted Nexus One or EVO 4G!
This is another “Why? Because I can!” hack… and if you thought the Windows 95 hack was cool, this should blow you away — but is significantly more complex!
The first thing you need to understand is, unlike running Windows 95 on your Android (which is pretty much useless), running Ubuntu on your Android is just that, running a full-blown, modern desktop operating system on your phone. You can run command-line programs, and even VNC into the GUI and run graphical programs, [...]
Those of you that bought the EVO 4G know that Sprint has added a “premium data” $10 fee onto your bill, in addition to the data plan that your’e required to have. It’s pretty clear that this added fee is probably for use of Clear’s WiMax network, or it’s just an attempt to squeeze a bit more revenue out of each EVO 4G owner.
One particular EVO 4G owner is on a crusade to uncover the real truth behind the premium data fee, so much so that he has lauched a website devoted to the cause: ExplainTheFee.com. One of his latest entries is a rather [...]
The HTC EVO is an awesome device, but it’s sorely lacking in the CyanogemMod department… but not for long.
Cyanogen and taostcfh are listed as the “maintainers” of the EVO port of CyanogenMod 6, and recent tweets from Cyanogen himself says indicate a ROM for EVO that is stable enough to release should be available soon.
The first release is probably going to be missing wimax, hdmi, and fm radio, but Cyanogen is already very impressed with the performance of the ROM on the phone.
To stay up-to-date with CyanogenMod ROM for EVO keep an eye on [...]
The “I am T-Pain” app for the iPhone, whether you’re a fan or not, has been a huge hit. The app has the ability to auto-tune and record your voice according to specific user settings. This allows users to dramatically modify the sound of their voice when singing or speaking. Unfortunately, the I am T-Pain app hasn’t made its way over to Android just yet. However, one Android developer decided to make his own auto-tune app and it’s called MicDroid.
The early version of MicDroid doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the I am T-Pain app, but [...]
Gameloft is giving away one of its more popular Android games, Let’s Golf HD, to HTC EVO 4G and Nexus One owners. Let’s Golf HD is a classic arcade style golfing game, which can be quite fun. It features 63 holes in 4 distinct locations, 4 customizable characters, and advanced/casual control modes. The offer is only available for a limited time, so grab it as soon as you can if you’re interested. Visit Gameloft’s EVO 4G or Nexus One page to receive your complimentary copy (US only). Check out the short trailer below to see it in action.
In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features.
In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system.
The YouTube application seems to load faster [...]
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G in CDMA/WiMax flavor may be getting re-tooled for GSM networks and carriers as a device that has been rumored as the HTC Ace. The Ace will sport the same 4.3-inch touchscreen as the EVO 4G and will also be an Android handset. Because the device is speculated to carry Android 3.0, otherwise known as Gingerbread, it’s unclear whether HTC will also bundle HTC Sense UI on the Ace. The Ace, being a more modern hardware build than the EVO 4G, will be pushing the envelop with HD recording, which is slated for 1080p instead of the EVO 4G’s 720p HD video [...]
Part one of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S featured a browser test and a look at the overall speed in general navigation as well.
Next up is our hardware comparison. The HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3″ LCD screen and the Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a 4″ Super AMOLED screen. While Super AMOLED does certainly look better, typing on the virtual keyboard is somewhat easier on the EVO’s bigger screen.
The HTC EVO 4G initially received a lot of attention as one of the first devices to feature a Micro HDMI out port. [...]
According to a test ran by Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies, the Retina Display of the iPhone 4 is said to be among the best on the market today. While Apple was touting pixel count–Steve Jobs mentioned that the iPhone 4 has a pixel density of 326 ppi, similar to that of text printed on a laser printer–Soneira tested for other factors, including contrast, brightness, color depth, and the accuracy of color production on the screen.
According to Soneira, the iPhone 4 has the brightest display compared to the Droid X, Droid Incredible with the AMOLED [...]
This is not safe for work (there is a fair about of cursing), but when you get home, you should watch this video (whether you like the iPhone or not). Take a look: