HTC has been really outdoing itself lately when it comes to allowing the bootloaders of more of its Androids to be unlocked. The company got off to a slow, if not respectable start, but the last few weeks have really seen an upswing in the rate at which HTC is bringing these unlocks to its existing lineup of smartphones. Just last week, the Desire HD joined that growing list. Today, HTC officially adds support for an additional handful of models.
Today’s roster of inductees features the Desire Z, as well as its carrier-branded version, the T-Mobile G2. There’s also [...]
When Microsoft launched its KIN phones last year, we barely had time to react to their presence before Microsoft pulled the plug on the project, deciding to focus all its phone efforts on Windows Phone 7. It’s easy to draw a few comparisons between the KIN line and the recent arrival of Facebook-centric Androids. Besides the emphasis on social networking, there are even some physical similarities, with the HTC Status mirroring the general layout of an opened-up KIN One. Might the Status have a similar fate in store? A new rumor says AT&T may be ready to throw in the [...]
The HTC ChaCha, now on AT&T as the HTC Status, bears a striking resembles to a device that we first saw back in 2007 when Google announced the Android operating system. Android was first shown off as two prototypes: a candybar-style device with a touchscreen, and a front-facing QWERTY form factor with no touchscreen. While the ChaCha certainly has touchscreen, the overall design of it reminds us of that early Android prototype, which can also be seen in the below video from the Android YouTube channel.
This February HTC announced the HTC ChaCha together with the HTC Salsa— two social network-oriented Android phones — in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. The Internet and the blogosphere in general called them “Facebook phones” due to their dedicated Facebook buttons as well as the deep Facebook integration.
The HTC ChaCha isn’t your state-of-the-art Android phone in terms of specifications. There is no dual-core processor and there’s no gigabyte of RAM. Instead, you’ve got a single-core processor clocking in at 800MHz the phone [...]
The HTC Status is AT&T’s variant of the HTC ChaCha “Facebook phone” and is officially available since July 17 for all those that want to be always connected and have a phone with a great keyboard.
Aside from the white/silver combination of the Status/ChaCha we’ve seen so far, Best Buy seems to have a special, mauve/purple version of the phone. It will probably be more appealing to the ladies and those from the younger generation. Despite its fresh color, the price is still $49.99 on a two-year contract so if you like to be extravagant, grab the [...]
The HTC Status, AT&T’s variant of the HTC ChaCha, was officially launched at the end of last month as the carrier’s “Facebook phone”. Then we’ve got some information about pricing and availability and we even met the Status in person.
As promised, the HTC Status is now available from AT&T and at a great price! You can grab the phone for $49.99 on a two-year contract but if you don’t want to sign a commitment with the carrier you can purchase it for $399.99. As the ChaCha, the Status sports an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and ROM, [...]
The HTC ChaCha, one of the new Facebook-centric phones from HTC, is currently shipping in the UK. At the announcement of the duo of Facebook phones in February (which also included the Salsa), we learned that AT&T would be getting the device at some point this year. It looks like we’re getting closer to the release of the ChaCha in the US, as the device is making the rounds at the FCC with the proper 850/1900 bands to work on AT&T.
Here is the HTC ChaCha “Facebook phone” as it will look when released by AT&T. Not much has changed since the QWERTY candybar was announced at Mobile World Congress in February, although there are a few noticable differences. Besides the fact that the Facebook button itself continues to evolve, we can see that the function keys have been both re-colored and slightly rearranged. Also, it appears as if this model will not be a so-called 4G HSPA+ handset, at least according to the 3G icon in the screenshot.
If that leaked mini-roadmap we saw turns out to be [...]
The smartphone you see pictured above is not the HTC ChaCha we recently unboxed and looked at its first boot but the U.S. AT&T variant we’ve told you about some time ago. It will allegedly bear the name AT&T Status (as in how easy it is to change your Facebook status while on the go).
Aside from some minor aesthetic changes like the function keys that have been re-colored and slightly rearranged, it will be your typical HTC ChaCha on AT&T’s line-up. It sports that certain “F”-button (for Facebook) with which you can easily post to your (or [...]
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 [...]
After checking out our hardware and software video tours of HTC’s ChaCha, are you getting excited to see the phone arrive in the US as the Status on AT&T? We’ve been pretty impressed with what HTC came up with, from a revamped Sense to fit the smartphone’s unusual screen resolution, to hardware that seems more than capable of keeping up with the demands of a social networking junkie.
The Status was announced at the end of last month, but we were left guessing as to when it would arrive. A recent rumor said that it would come out sometime this month, still [...]
The HTC Status for AT&T is basically the same ChaCha that we’ve seen roll out across Europe. These “Facebook phones” are a bit of a bet for HTC: they’re, for the first time, tying hardware to a social networking website–Facebook. The Status features many software enhancements to make it work with the social networking site, plus a dedicated hardware button below the keyboard to help the user share different types of content on Facebook.
The hardware of the Status is high quality and well-designed. The keyboard reminds us of the HTC Snap, [...]
Once an HTC ChaCha with its AT&T branding – making it the Status – showed up in a candid pic, we knew it only had to be a matter of time before the smartphone was officially announced. Sure enough, just hours later, HTC has added the Status to the other models on its website, and a press release has been published, finally launching the Status.
As you probably are aware, the ChaCha/Status is the first of HTC’s Android smartphones with a custom UI placing heavy emphasis on social networking through Facebook, hence the hardware Facebook button to give users [...]