by Anton D. Nagy | January 7, 2012 4:36 AM
HTC is doing its best, unlike Motorola, to keep the promise Peter Chou made with regards to unlocking bootloaders. Several different phone models are now unlockable via the HTCdev website, among which all devices released after September 2011, and even prior to that date. According to a recent tweet, new phones have been added to the unlock list. If you have an HTC Wildfire S, Wildfire, Salsa, Merge, or Desire, you can now unlock its bootloader -- given that you understand the risks and that it will void your warranty. However, that never stopped the community so if you feel like, jump ...
by Stephen Schenck | December 20, 2011 8:05 PM
HTC Android fans who are into some serious phone customization are coming home to some good news tonight, with HTC releasing the kernel source code to over half-a-dozen devices. The arrival of these code bases means that you might hope to see some new custom ROMs start arriving in the coming weeks. Just what models are covered? First up, we've got the HTC Vivid, which came to AT&T early last month. Next we have the Salsa, one of the two HTC models featuring a hardware Facebook button (alongside the ChaCha). Both the original Incredible and its follow-up, the Incredible S, make the cut. ...
by Joe Levi | July 29, 2011 6:18 PM
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 components). Usually as a basic component of ...
by Evan Blass | July 21, 2011 11:09 AM
HTC apparently has a version of the Salsa destined for China which swaps out the Facebook button for that of a microblogging service called Sina Weibo. Wikipedia describes the site as a "hybrid of Twitter and Facebook." Besides the removal of Facebook integration and the inclusion of appropriate 3G radios, no other changes have reportedly been made to the 800MHz, 3.4-inch handset. A release is likely to occur in short order; nothing has been mentioned about a similarly-altered ChaCha.
by Stephen Schenck | July 13, 2011 11:57 PM
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 appeared on an AT&T roadmap, though, the phone ...
by Anton D. Nagy | June 22, 2011 1:52 AM
The HTC ChaCha, one of the two "Facebook" phones HTC launched at this year's Mobile World Congress, has already received its first ever over-the-air update and now it's HTC Salsa's turn to get a version number bump. According to the HTC Europe Support website, there is an OTA update available for the HTC Salsa but, as in the case of the ChaCha, there's no mention of changes the refresh brings. We do know though that the new build number after the update will be 1.12.401.2 and that this build brings application and system enhancements. If you have a Salsa, you should get an OTA update ...
by Anton D. Nagy | May 9, 2011 7:21 AM
HTC announced the two Facebook phones, the ChaCha and the Salsa with the occasion of this year's Mobile World Congress and it looks like the hardware and software are now final as Amazon UK has them both on pre-order and reportedly shipping on June 26. We already knew the ChaCha will land on T-Mobile UK this June but according to Amazon UK's pre-order page, they will ship on the 26th of next month. You'll have to pay £249.99 for the ChaCha (around $409.10) and £319.99 (around $523.66) for the Salsa which is pricey but that's the price you will pay for an unlocked smartphone. Once ...
by Anton D. Nagy | February 24, 2011 9:33 AM
HTC have launched a total number of five devices with the occasion of this year's Mobile World Congress and, while they didn't unveil anything huge, the Taiwanese manufacturer was the only one to present such a huge portfolio of new devices. Our friends over at Clove.co.uk already have the HTC Desire S on pre-order. The handset will cost you £406.80 (approximately $659) unlocked and the first stock is expected to arrive early April. The device sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 1.1GB of ROM, 3.7-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera and a 1450mAh battery. The ...
by Brandon Miniman | February 16, 2011 10:25 AM
We showed them to you first, and today they became real. What we have here are two low-midrange Android phones that feature a suite of additions to the Sense UI to bring Facebook functionality forward. That means that, for example, the HTC weather clock has been updated to show friends' status updates. Also, an array of widgets have been added beyond the typical Friend Stream that let you view the status of individual people like through the Friend Channel widget. There's also a native Facebook chat client that looks pretty well-done. Oh, and they both have a dedicated Facebook button to ...
by Evan Blass | February 15, 2011 9:58 AM
Dear HTC, Not a lot has happened since our last letter, and that's kind of why we decided to write again: you promised us something big at Mobile World Congress, and you must have been referring to that tablet, because the crop of phones that you brought along was pretty ho hum. We were totally excited for some dual-core, qHD, gigabyte-of-RAM, NFC-equipped action, and instead, the highlights of your lineup were a pair of low-end handsets with a rather gimmicky social networking button on them. As for the mainstream models, well, those weren't really much better -- incremental upgrades to ...
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