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 [...]
Back at MWC, a source inside HTC hinted that Android Gingerbread 2.3.x should be coming to the Desire HD “around April”. Since then we’ve heard of one “official” update leaked earlier this month, but it turns out that was just an internal test build.
Today, thanks to a pocketnow tipster, we’ve learned that another Gingerbread build has leaked. This time it’s reportedly much more complete, and could likely be the final release. Dubbed “build 187331” the ROM is the World-Wide English version 2.36.405.8 and includes an updated [...]
There’s a lot to expect from HTC in the release of Sense 3.0, coming out along with the HTC Sensation. We’ve known to look forward to a 3D-enabled home screen, a revamped lock screen packed full of information, and new apps like HTC Watch for movie downloads. We’ve also been looking forward to the unexpected, preparing to experience much of Sense 3.0’s surprises for the first item as we discover them ourselves. One new Sense addition that we hadn’t heard of yet has been revealed today, a very Swype-like keyboard called HTC Trace.
Just like Swype, [...]
HTC’s latest launcher, known by some as Sense UI 3.0 and others as Sense 3D, is starting to be seen on various smartphones — even those HTC never intended, such as the T-Mobile G2. It’s not exactly what you’d call “functional” but it’s a good, first-hand look at what upcoming devices will come with.
If you’ve got a T-Mobile G2 you’ll need to download the ROM, flash it with ROM Manager (or your favorite recovery image), and you will have to perform a factory reset or things will likely go awry. I’d also suggest [...]
In our last post we unboxed the HTC Desire S. In this video we’ll take a look at the first boot and see the general responsiveness of the smartphone.
This cellphone is running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI 2.1. The new version of Sense UI comes with a quick settings tab and recently used apps, in addition to notifications in the pull-down notification shade. The app drawer has three views (all apps, frequently used apps, and downloaded apps) and a cool, vertically paginated view to help navigate a long list of apps. Integration with HTCSense.com is [...]
Thanks to our friends at Negri Electronics we got our hands on the HTC Desire S. An Android-powered smartphone running HTC Sense UI, and targeting the European market.
In this video I’ll show you what comes in the box, and give you a quick tour or the device itself. We’ll cover first-boot and software in an upcoming video.
Inside the box is what you’d expect: some manuals, a wall-wart for USB-power (sporting European prongs), a stereo headset, a USB cable, and the phone itself.
The smartphone feels very substantial in-hand, though [...]
There are two things that most consider to be “mutually exclusive” on Android-powered phones: Gingerbread, and HTC Sense. Of course this is changing as HTC is releasing ROMs for their devices with both Gingerbread and their Sense UI, but currently there aren’t that many with both.
Enter the SenseGinger Villian ROM on the T-Mobile G2 which does a very good job coupling the two together.
In the video I describe the process of getting everything setup, but since shooting, a little bit has changed.
– You’ll still need to have a rooted [...]
Some of the smartphone tweakers over at the XDA-Developers forum have gotten their hands on a copy of the ROM for the upcoming HTC Wildfire S, giving us a full system dump of the phone’s build of Android Gingerbread and the latest HTC Sense.
While we’re still waiting for the Wildfire S, these files may prove valuable to users interested in getting the software running on similar hardware, especially with that new version of Sense to play around with. This build comes from the ChinaMobile version of the Wildfire S.
Look for the Wildfire S to land in Europe [...]
We’ve posted numerous tweaks and add-ons for CHT 2.0, but today we’re concentrating on some new and upcoming themes for the legendary HTC Sense mod on Windows Phone 6.5. All three themes, carefully crafted by XDA member Nordpolcamper, are Android-inspired and come with a mixed bag of skins for various parts of Sense.
Sadly, only two of the themes are currently available, while a sneak peak of the third one, based on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, is shown above. The other two themes, “Gingerbread” and “Glacier,” were recently released on [...]
A lot of people have called the HTC Desire HD an EVO 4G for GSM carriers. While the form factor and specifications may seem similar, there are a lot of differences behind the Desire HD’s ample screen. It’s the screen itself that will grab your attention, and well it should. When it comes to screen dimensions, somewhere there is a line between “not big enough” and “too big”. I don’t think we’ve found that magic number just yet: the Desire HD’s 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 WVGA screen is “ginormous”, but not awkwardly [...]
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 [...]
A little while ago I unboxed and booted up the HTC Desire HD on camera for you. The unboxing video turned out pretty good, but due to a perfect storm of tripod configuration, lighting, and a ridiculously reflective screen, the first boot video didn’t turn out that well.
After several days of reconfiguring my setup and a “factory reset” of the phone, I’ve got a first boot video that I think you’ll be a little more happy with.
Here’s what you need to do if you’ve got an HTC Desire HD and want superuser permissions:
First off, this is temproot, not “real” root, meaning you’ll need to get temproot at every boot, and we still dont’ have access to modifying hboot or recovery.
1. From the homescreen tap Menu then Settings2. Tap Applications3. Tap Development4. Check “USB debugging” (you can come back later and turn this off if you’d like)5. Head to the Market, download and run VISIONary6. If you want temproot automatically on [...]
HTCSense.com is online and accepting sign-ups from people running both the Desire HD and the Desire Z phones — phones that are running the latest version of the HTC Sense UI. Unfortunately, other Android devices, even those running older versions of HTC’s Sense UI can’t get in.
According to a post at ePrice.com.tw, HTC is planning on letting not only other Android devices in, but Windows Phone 7 as well.
Additionally, if you are running on an HTC Desire currently, if the rumors hold true, HTC will be updating your Sense UI to the new version as early as [...]
After being available in the U.S. for sometime on carrier AT&T, the HTC Aria had recently been made available in Taiwan and now will be made available in Australia on carrier Optus. The Aria is a mid-range Android smartphone with an HVGA display, 600 MHz processor, HTC Sense, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera. Beginning in October, on Optus, with a two-year contract, the Aria will be available for free on plans of $49 per month or more. Optus will be the exclusive Australian carrier for the Aria.
(via: Unwired View)
Lucky for us Android users, we don’t have to reboot often. When we hit the “power” button the phone goes into a sleep mode which usually turns off the screen and WiFi (unless you’ve told it to do otherwise). This lets the phone stay ready to receive emails, text messages, and phone calls at a moment’s notice.
Sometimes, however, you just want to turn the thing off: movie theaters, and when you’re asleep come to mind. Unfortunately, turning the phone back on again usually takes around 30-45 seconds. That’s far too long given today’s [...]
A pleasant surprise for Windows Mobile 6.5 enthusiasts popped up on XDA-developers today, Co0kie’s Home Tab Mod 2.0 beta! Unless you use a different operating system or have been living under a rock for a while, you know that CHT modifies HTC Sense 2.5 into something that is more functional and customizable. The previous version of CHT was 1.8.5, but 2.0 beta, yet again, takes Sense to a whole new level. Seriously, how does Co0kieMonster keep improving what is already a robust mod?
What’s new? Well, now the entire home screen, not just the quick links area, can be [...]
Though the HTC Droid Incredible is a 3G smartphone that operates on Verizon Wireless’s CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A network, enterprising users have discovered a hidden menu that can be pulled up through Google Gesture Search that reveals 4G settings on the Android smartphone. It could be, since the Sprint HTC EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible have similar OS builds, the 4G settings could be a carry-over from the Sprint development for WiMax. Another possible theory is that in rolling out the Droid Incredible’s Froyo ROM, HTC has been busy working on a 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless [...]
Despite early enthusiasm by smartphone maker HTC in bringing th Sense UI to Windows Phone 7, company head Peter Chou had gone on record with Fierce Wireless to say that the company won’t have HTC Sense in time for Windows Phone 7’s launch. Chou’s comments are a bit puzzling considering that we’ve been seeing some Sense leaks for Windows Phone 7 recently, both in pictures and videos. However, given Chou’s comments, perhaps HTC hasn’t optimized HTC Sense to the point where the company would be satisfied with a consumer release and the company [...]
In this video we demonstrate the new HTC Desire HD navigation software that comes standard on the HTC Desire HD. The navigation program is easy to use and very fast to route a course. You may wonder why you would need to have a navigation program on an Android 2.2 device. Unlike Google Navigator this program saves all of the maps directly to the device or storage card. If you find yourself traveling outside of your coverage area you will still have the ability to navigate to points-of-interest and addresses. There are two versions that come on the Desire HD; Locations is the free [...]
Although Verizon Wireless had already begun to dispatch its Android 2.2 Froyo update to the HTC Droid Incredible, the upgrade was rolled out OTA in batches. Now, it seems that the upgrade is widely available and users who are comfortable with downloading the update to their PC, transferring it to a micro SDHC card, and installing it manually can do so if they don’t want to wait for Verizon to push out the update.
The update file is available from Android Central. After downloading, you’ll need to rename the file to “update.zip” and then place the file [...]
Well, look at that! HTC has just released a new official ROM upgrade for the AT&T Tilt 2. Here’s the details on what’s new:
HTC Sense replaces TouchFlo 3DAbility to Format the SD Card directly in the deviceInconsistent Caller ID function HotfixTILT 2 Freezes in SMS application HotfixPhantom SMS/MMS Count HotfixOverall improvement in the devices stability/operation
Unfortunately it’s not the newer Windows Mobile 6.5.3, but still, overall imrpovements and hotfixes are nice.
Click here to download the new ROM
After many rumors about an Android 2.2 Froyo release date for the HTC Droid Incredible update on carrier Verizon Wireless, the latest one says that the Droid smartphone will be getting its much awaited upgrade on 9/1. However, as rumors turn out, that one was quickly dismissed and users who were wishfully hoping that the Android upgrade that would bring Adobe Flash 10.1 support need not hold their breath and the waiting continues.
The rumored Froyo update is said to be bring not only a system upgrade, but will enable more advanced features on the Droid Incredible, like 720p HD [...]