Last night, we told you about the latest news regarding the next-generation of auto-stereoscopic smartphones. We’d heard of LG’s model as the Optimus 3D Max, and learned of new plans to bring it to certain carriers as the Optimus 3D Cube. With all this talk of future 3D phones, what does that mean for current models like LG’s original Optimus 3D and HTC’s EVO 3D? We haven’t heard about the Optimus 3D going anywhere just yet, but it looks like HTC’s time in the sun could be about over, with at least the white version of the EVO 3D showing-up on the [...]
Happy happy joy joy, what do we have here? Users of the Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, Verizon Droid RAZR (plus RAZR MAXX) and AT&T Motorola Atrix 2 all have one thing in common: updates.
Sprint’s update for the HTC EVO Shift 4G is version 2.77.651.3 and brings a couple of bug fixes, software tweaks, security enhancements, and a new version of Peep, HTC’s Twitter client. It is also advertised to improved battery life.
The myTouch 3G on T-Mobile gets the FRK76C update which only has one thing listed in its changes: a certain Google security [...]
Security is becoming an issue more and more on phones running Google’s Android platform. The rule of thumb usually is that there is either a platform vulnerability which is usually fixed by Google or there are malware-infected apps in the Android Market which are eventually deleted by Google (both from the Market and off devices).
The recent vulnerability seems to be HTC’s fault; apparently there’s a huge security flaw which affects Android phones manufactured by the Taiwanese phone-maker (U.S. models only according to some reports). Models believed to be [...]
Are you having MMS problems with your Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G? Apparently, many users reported running into problems when trying to send a multimedia message from their HTC EVO Shift 4G. It appears that the carrier, together with the manufacturer, are planning on an update to fix that soon.
It should be rolling-out over-the-air on August 8 and will bring your version number to 2.76.651.5. After applying, the MMS problem should be solved. Unfortunately no other information is available and, besides fixing the “intermittent failure to send MMS”, there’s really [...]
Yesterday we shared some Gingergread news with those of you that own the HTC EVO Shift 4G. Since then the information has changed somewhat, but it’s not all bad.
According to Sprint, the EVO Shift 4G will receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread over-the-air beginning Monday, June 20th, 2011. The release will come in waves and Sprint will inform users that an update is available through the Android Notification bar. Acting on this notification will bring up easy-to-follow instructions for the two-step OTA update process.
That was the bad news. The good news is that you [...]
About a month back, a leaked copy of a Gingerbread ROM for HTC’s EVO Shift 4G on Sprint was released. Now it looks like that code’s nearly ready to be distributed to the masses, with an internal Sprint document showing the start of Shift 4G Gingerbread availability kicking-off on June 17.
Supposedly, as of June 17 you’ll be able to check for an update from your Shift 4G, and retrieve and install what will be system software 2.76.651.4. Now, if the 17th rolls around and this Gingerbread update slips your mind, starting on June 20, Sprint will start proactively [...]
Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been leaked to another HTC smartphone, this time around it’s the HTC EVO Shift 4G. This leaked ROM could be an internal build for testing and not the “final” Gingerbread build, but users aren’t reporting any substantial problems with it.
Taking it a step further, XDA-Developers have pieced the ROM together with BusyBox and made it flashable, which makes applying the custom-version of this ROM very easy for Rooted users. If you’re interested in that build head over to the XDA-Developers thread.
Source: 911 [...]
HTC seems to be able to account for an excellent first quarter of 2011 with record high quarterly revenues of NT$104.16bn ($3.63 billion) and net profits of NT$14.83bn ($517.21 million).
Additionally, HTC reportedly sold 9.7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2011, which is 192% more than it did in the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the last quarter, Q4 of 2010, HTC sold 6% more and the higher numbers are mainly due to the growing demand for Android-powered smartphones.
Exceptional Q1 numbers are also due to smartphones just released, the Inspire 4G, [...]
Sprint’s HTC EVO Shift 4G owners so far only had temporary root solutions for their hacking, tweaking and customization needs but now there’s a permaRoot solution for the handset (with which your root permissions survive a restart or reset/reboot).
While, like with every extreme hack, there are several risks involved and the procedure can be dangerous, XDA Developers have published a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve permanent root on the EVO Shift 4G. You can check out the six-step walkthrough over at the source link (again, you do this at your own [...]
The HTC EVO Shift 4G running on Sprint’s WiMax network may seem logical to compare with the first HTC EVO 4G, but to compare the two would be like comparing pineapples to cumquats. The EVO Shift could be construed as more of a business device, with a full QWERTY keyboard combined with a professional looking design. The metallic-blue and chrome accents keep this device sophisticated but may appeal to a more specific group. Will the EVO Shift see as much action and popularity as its cousin the EVO 4G? Probably not, but being powered by Android 2.2 and having WiMax connectivity [...]
Thanks to the need of smartphone OEM employees to share test photos amongst one another, sites like Picasa and Flickr are full of images captured with unreleased and, in some cases, unannounced devices. Most of these shots are about as inartistic as you can imagine: picture after picture of people’s keyboards, mice, and coffee mugs — when they’re not macro shots of the wall. However, there are always a few gems among the junk, and we’ve managed to collect decent snaps of almost every handset announced at CES. (Full disclosure: we cheated with the Inspire 4G and [...]
In this video we delve through the software of the HTC EVO Shift 4G running on Sprint’s WiMax network. Luckily Sprint has not changed too much in terms of software. The Android 2.2 device does have the HTC Sense user interface incorporated throughout many applications and the home screen. The camera has new software included that allows various aspects of the photos to be manipulated.
Sprint has included a few titles that we have seen on other smartphones such as; Sprint Nascar, Sprint Football Live, Sprint TV, TeleNav GPS, and Sprint Hotspot. The Sprint Hotspot [...]
Many people may compare the HTC EVO Shift 4G with its predecessor, the HTC EVO 4G. The only few characteristics they have in common are; they both are created by HTC, both run on Sprint’s WiMax 4G network, and both are running Android 2.2. That being stated the EVO Shift 4G is an entirely unique device.
In this video we demonstrate the hardware of the HTC EVO Shift 4G operating on Sprint’s network. The EVO Shift feels sturdy in hand. The device is adorned with a metallic blue-hued bezel with a rubberized coating on the back and sides to prevent slippage. The [...]
In this video we unbox the HTC EVO Shift on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. The first impressions of the Android 2.2 powered device is that it may seem like the successor of the original EVO 4G but is quite the contrary.
The EVO Shift phone has a four row QWERTY non-spring-assisted slide out keyboard, a 3.6 inch WVGA LCD display, and a mere, yet snappy, 800MHz processor. While the EVO 4G has no physical keyboard, a 4.3 inch display and a 1GHz processor. The EVO Shift feels sturdy in hand, the rubberized backing is reminiscent of many other HTC products which feature [...]
Temporary Root, for those who don’t know, is essentially getting root-user permissions on demand, or on boot. It differs from “permaRoot” in that with “tempRoot” every time you reboot you lose your root permissions, with “permaRoot” they’re permanent. To work around that, app developers have added into their “tempRoot” apps the ability to run at startup, essentially re-rooting your phone as soon as it boots up.
There are some draw backs (not being able install custom ROMs, for example), but with tempRoot you can [...]
Detailed images of HTC’s EVO Shift 4G were just released on HTC’s Facebook page.
If you don’t already know, the EVO Shift 4G is a qwerty-slider version of the EVO, albeit with a smaller screen. Specs are reportedly include an 800MHz processor, which makes many people think this device is more closely related to the T-Mobile G2 (plus WiMax) than the large-screened EVO.
Make sure you check out the rest of our HTC EVO Shift 4G coverage.
HTC is showing off its actual 4G-enabled Android-powered device line-up in the current issue of the Rolling Stone magazine where, besides the T-Mobile G2 and the just announced Sprint EVO Shift 4G, we meet the Verizon Thunderbolt and the AT&T Inspire 4G.
We have previously met the HTC Thunderbolt (aka Incredible HD or Mecha) featuring a huge 4.3-inch display and LTE capable radio to fit Verizon’s 4G LTE high speed data network.
The HTC Inspire 4G first popped up when we brought you the news of the manufacturer filing for a trademark on the name. We hinted that [...]
Just a couple of hours after its launch, the HTC-made Sprint EVO Shift 4G is being video-reviewed by retailer Wirefly in a close to ten minutes of footage regarding hardware, software and comparison to other devices.
There’s a general hardware tour of the freshly announced device followed by a side-by-side comparison with the keyboard-less Sprint EVO 4G as well as the Motorola Droid 2. There’s also a short software tour including a Quadrant test where the EVO Shift 4G, running Android 2.2 Froyo, scored 1,429 points, surpassing the Nexus One, Droid X and the EVO 4G. [...]
Sprint has made the HTC EVO Shift 4G official as the QWERTY Android smartphone — subject to many recent leaks and rumors — will be available starting January 9.
Pretty much like the RadioShack rumor implied, the device will be available starting this Sunday and will go for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and activation on a new two-year service agreement plus a data plan with the required $10 Premium Data Add-On.
According to its dedicated webpage, the device sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.6-inch WVGA (800 x 480) screen, 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM, a [...]
Turns out Walmart had at least one spec wrong on its dedicated HTC EVO Shift 4G page as the camera on the device, at least according to the official packaging — and we’ll trust this one — is of five-megapixels and not eight, as per Walmart’s listing.
Engadget’s got a couple of pictures of the device which looks ready for prime time and judging by the packaging, we should see this one go on sale any time now. The Sprint EVO 4G‘s QWERTY enabled sibling also sports a smaller display (3.6-inch versus 4.3-inch) besides the lower megapixel count [...]
There are several things we need to take into consideration here: first of all, we first heard about the HTC Knight coming to Sprint roughly a month ago; then the HTC Knight (aka HTC Speedy) was first referred to as the HTC Speedy in a context in which a battery cover accessory indicated a possible January 6, 2011 launch; last but not least, we heard HTC filed for trademark for the naming “HTC EVO Shift 4G” (after a similar trademark filing for “HTC EVO 4G Shift”).
Now that we’ve put the pieces together, Engadget’s tipster is certain that the [...]
The Verizon Palm Pre 2 wasn’t the only new smartphone to have popped up on Walmart’s website. The HTC EVO Shift 4G also has its own page, gloriously complete with a handful of high quality shots. The page also includes detailed specs of the upcoming 4G Android handset. Here are the highlights:
– Android 2.2 (hopefully a 2.3 upgrade is forthcoming)– Display is 3.7″ at WVGA resolution– 8.0 MP camera on rear with a flash– Comes with an 8GB microSD card with 1GB onboard ROM– Talk time is rated at 312 minutes
From the [...]
We’ve been following the HTC Knight / EVO Shift 4G for some time, and now it looks like the Sprint-bound, Desire Z-esque handset will be available from Best Buy for just $150 on two-year contract. This according to a supposedly leaked screenshot published by Android Police, which lists the 4G QWERTY slider at $550 retail, but doesn’t reveal when the big box retailer plans to begin selling the device. Those Sprint customers looking to pick up a Shift 4G as part of a contract renewal will also apparently pay the same $150 as new customers.
We’ve heard that the [...]
As the release of HTC’s EVO Shift 4G on Sprint nears, some of the lingering questions we’ve had about the handset are starting to be answered. It definitely looks like the “EVO Shift 4G” name has stuck, we learned what the phone will likely sell for, and now we’re hearing that the rumored release date for the device will be January 9.
The first accessories for the phone have started pouring into retail stores, confirming the EVO Shift 4G name. Since accessories are of no use without the phones to go with them, a release is likely imminent. The [...]