It looks like the sale of smartphones with locked bootloaders isn’t going away anytime soon, at least so long as the wishes of carriers continue to influence manufacturer decisions. While the reality of the situation may be disappointing to developers, at least we’re seeing a growing number of phones that can be unlocked with manufacturer blessing (at the cost of their warranties). We got news last month of HTC bringing such unlock support to another half-a-dozen of its Androids. Today we learn of the next series of handsets to come to HTC’s unlock service, with a [...]
Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has every right to brag about its accomplishments as it has been honored with eight Awards for excellence in product design, originating from three separate international organizations.
“Countless HTC employees came together to earn the recognition we received at IDEA 2011, red dot 2011 and IDA 2010,” said Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. At the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) only, HTC collected four awards as follows: Gold for the HTC Droid Incredible, silver for the HTC EVO 4G, bronze for the HTC [...]
Google wasn’t kidding when they said they were working with device manufacturers to get Froyo on all capable handsets. Case in point is the HTC Legend which, according to a Facebook post by HTC UK, will start getting the to Android 2.2 starting tomorrow.
We hope this update will be Android 2.2.1, but even if it’s just 2.2, it’s still Froyo, which is a wonderful thing!
“Good news for HTC Legend users. The Android 2.2 update for the HTC Legend will begin to roll out across Europe from tomorrow. We’re looking forward to hearing your [...]
It’s not quite fully cooked yet, but the HTC Legend is now on the “officially supported” list for CyanogenMod ROM. The “not fully cooked” remark shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try, it’s currently in the Release Candidate 1 stage, which means it’s feature complete and all core functionality bugs have been resolved.
If you’d like to run CyanogenMod ROM on your Legend you’ll need to first root your phone. After that it’s a simple process of downloading the .zip from the CyanogenMod ROM forums, copying it to your [...]
You might remember HTC’s Facebook promise that the unlocked HTC Legend will get Android 2.2 update soon, but carrier branded handsets will be updated according to the operators, whenever they will roll the update out.
Reports started to flood in and according to a Vodafone user that checked for updates on his/her branded HTC Legend, “its telling me an update is avalible update is Android 2.2 & HTC sense update size is 82.88mb so recomends downloading via wifi”. Also, Virgin stated on its website that “we’ve started sending out the Froyo update [...]
HTC Sync for Android smartphones was last updated on August 23 and at that time it brought support for Desire, Legend, Hero, Wildfire and Aria HTC-made handsets. Today, HTC updates the Sync software once again, this time adding support for the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z smartphones.
All devices compatible with the software are APAC & EU HTC Hero (Android 2.1), HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Legend, Desire, Wildfire and HTC Aria (APAC Only). Not much new on the description part: “You can use HTC Sync to synchronize Outlook contacts and calendar or Outlook Express [...]
Good news for HTC Legend owners, as the Taiwanese manufacturer has announced via Facebook that the Froyo update for this device is almost complete. According to HTC, unlocked / unbranded Legends can expect to get Android 2.2 sometime in the next few weeks, while carrier-purchased handsets are at the mercy of individual network providers: each carrier must put the ROM through its own testing (and add in its own bloatware) before pushing it out to its subscribers.
Released earlier this year with Android 2.1, the Legend is 600MHz-powered slate with 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED display and [...]
Two of HTC’s most popular Android devices, the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend will have, starting this month, two more color variants to their line-up to suit all your needs, according to an HTC press release received via e-mail.
The HTC Desire, already available in Silver and Urban Brown will be available also in Brilliant White.
The HTC Legend, available in a combination of black and grey will have a Phantom Black version, an all-black which looks rather elegant, resembling the looks of earlier models, like the all-black HTC Trinity.
Florian Seiche, [...]
It looks like the Desire HD and HTC Vision will be coming to Vodafone Germany according to the carrier’s inventory system. The Desire HD is said to have the unibody aluminum construction of the HTC Legend and the high-end innards of the HTC Desire. The system just displays the models, but does not list a release date for Vodafone.
HTC may be releasing an updated version of the HTC Desire come this October if rumors hold true. The Android handset, dubbed the HTC Desire HD, will combine the best features of the HTC Legend, the HTC EVO 4G, and the HTC Desire. Previously rumored as the HTC Ace, the Desire HD will come in GSM flavor, though it may not arrive on any of the big four US carriers as none of the major national carriers has adopted the original HTC Desire.
The HTC Ace/Desire HD will utilize a unibody aluminum design borrowed from the Legend, the large 4.3-inch display from the HTC EVO 4G at WVGA [...]
Back when we reviewed the HTC Legend, it didn’t have the proper bands to do USA 3G. That’s now a different story. Negri Electronics is selling an HTC Legend with the 850/1900 UMTS bands, which will allow you to get on AT&T 3G. They’re shipping unlocked for around $498. By the same token, you can get the HTC Desire with USA 3G as well (though with a USA release imminent, you might want to hold off on that purchase).
HTC is announcing an over the air update on their support website for two of their Android devices, the HTC Legend and the HTC Bravo.
“The new software number after the update will be 1.31.405.4 on HTC Legend and 1.21.405.2 on HTC Desire”. As far as installation goes, find a free hotspot or use an unlimited data plan and accept the update when pushed to your device by pressing OK.
(Source: XDA Developers)
The sleek and sophisticated unibody designed HTC Legend may be landing on AT&T, which would be good news for AT&T customers who missed out on the HTC Hero‘s release, the Legend’s predecessor. According to Engadget, a label of an HTC device submitted to the FCC is “is a dead ringer for the label found underneath the endcap” of the Legend. Furthermore, the original Legend’s ID number is PB76100; this one bears the ID PB76110, just a slight variation off the original. Additionally, the model submitted to the FCC supports US 3G bands rather than the [...]
HTC has now issued a fix for the HTC Legend that brings back apps that didn’t show up in Android Market–Google’s app store–due to the firmware. The updated firmware should register with Android Market and those missing apps should now show up. Notable apps that were missing that will show up in Android Market on the Legend post-update are: Twidroid, Layar, MySpace Mobile, Barcode Scanner, Google Goggles, FxCamera, according to Engadget.
To download the fix and read more about, you can go to the HTC Support page.
Something we immediately noticed after unboxing the HTC Legend was how predominant the HTC logo was on the back of the device. This was a bit surprising coming from a company that not long ago would have no logo present at all (when HTC was only making phones for other OEMs and carriers). Since HTC rebranded itself several years ago, we’ve seen devices like the HD2 and Touch2 (below) with modest logos. But now, with the newer crop of devices (that’s the HD Mini, Legend, and Desire), it looks like larger HTC logos are here to stay. And you know, we kind of like [...]
The HTC Legend serves as the successor to the Hero (that’s the one with the “chin”), a device that was quite popular for HTC. The characteristic chin was a generally revered design element because it was unique and functional in its ability to give the Hero a more phone-like feel. Whenever HTC has a hit, they create a successor. The second iteration of the Hero, dubbed the Legend, is an Android 2.1 phone that is interestingly cut from a solid block of aluminmum. This material choice means that the device is super sturdy (and yet not heavy) because it’s made from [...]
In this video we give you a demo of how a high FPS game works on the HTC Legend, as per the request of Kevin Boss (through our News Tip form). As you can see, the Legend does a great job at keeping up with the fast-paced graphics. This game is called Raging Thunder light, which is a available for free from the Android market. Check it out!
In this video, we compare the browser of the HTC Legend (which has Flash support) with the iPhone 3GS and the HTC HD2. While browsing on the Legend isn’t as smooth and easy as it is on the HD2 and iPhone, it’s still quite capable with fast page load times, and generally quick screen rotations. Also, we were happy to see the inclusion of multitouch in the browser, making it easy to precisely zoom. Coming up soon is the full review. If you’d like an HTC Legend for yourself, they are now shipping over at Clove for £315 or $480.
It’s clear that HTC has invested a lot into its Sense interface on Android, especially if you compare their latest iteration with what was found on earlier Sense devices like the Hero. In this video, we go through the many enhancements made to the Sense experience on the Legend, including the new pinch to zoom feature for the home screen, some new widgets, and the extension of the Sense slider into various aspects of the operating system.
Coming up soon take a look at the browser of the Legend!
In this video, we take a look at the hardware on the Android-based HTC Legend. The device’s solid build quality is apparent, especially after using it for a couple of days. The aluminum body gives the phone an interesting chissled feel that is unlike any other mobile. Also, because of the-one piece design, the battery, microSD, and SIM card are behind a trap door, not a back a battery cover. Aditionally, the Legend has an optical D-Pad, which replaces the mechnical D-Pad from the original Hero. In case you missed it, be sure to check out the unboxing of the Legend!
In this video, we unbox the Legend, which is among HTC’s latest crop of Android 2.1 devices, and is the proper successor to the Hero. The device has an ultra-sturdy feel thanks to being made from a solid block of aluminum. The screen, which uses AMOLED technology (like the Nexus One) is super crisp and clear, and helps to save on battery. The Legend is also running HTC’s latest version of Sense for Android, which brings a lot of new goodies. We’ve got a lot more coming up on the Legend! If you want one for yourself, they’re now shipping over at Clove for £315 [...]
Do you remember the HTC 2010 device lineup leak from December of 2009 on XDA-Developers? Believe it or not, so far, everything leaked has been accurate (minus some specification discrepancies). There are still many devices that we have yet to see, so here’s a run down of what HTC could still be planning for Spring/Summer 2010:
When we first saw the Legend, we immediately knew that it was the successor to the Hero (thanks to that chin). The leak told us that the device would be released in March 2010, and guess what? Most retailers begin [...]
HTC’s Eric Lin gives us a walk-through of some of HTC’s latest handsets, which includes the recently unveiled HTC HD Mini, Legend, and Desire. The company had unveiled those handsets at Mobile World Congress, and we’re jealous of our European counterparts who will be getting those snazzy handsets.
Lin also talked about the design philosophies that have been carried forward by the One & Company acquisition. One of the design element include the “hidden powerful” of the colorful back underneath the battery cover of the HTC HD Mini and [...]