For those of you with an HTC Incredible S, myTouch 3G Slide, or Wildfire, today is a good day for you! HTC has released the kernel source code for these devices as opensource.
With the code to the kernel and drivers developers and tinkerers can start building custom ROMs which can make the smartphones go faster, batteries last longer, and who knows what other sorts of cool stuff!
But if you’re the kind of person that would never run a custom ROM on your phone, it’s good news for you, too! The more sets of eyes looking at the source code, the more likely it is [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II Mini, the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S follow-up the Korean manufacturer launched at this year’s MWC, is set to arrive to UK on carrier Three.
The Gingerbread powered 3.7-incher is set to arrive in April with a 1.4GHz processor, five-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing webcam, WiFi N and GPS. June looks to be the time to look for the Nokia X7 which has been cancelled for AT&T but the eight-megapixel device with OLED display looks like will be there in the U.K. So is the Samsung Galaxy Pro (mid-April), Sony [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
With nearly a dozen new phones announced at Mobile World Congress, you might be curious as to when the new devices will land, and perhaps more importantly, how much they’re going to cost. Most of the devices will hit Europe first, where citizens are used to paying higher non-subsidized prices for new smarpthones, so keep that in mind when you peruse the prices below:
Xperia Play: 649 EUR ($882 USD)Xperia Arc: 599 EUR ($814 USD)Xperia Neo: 479 EUR ($651 USD)Wildfire S: (299 EUR ($406)Desire S: 499 EUR ($678 USD)Incredible S: 519 EUR ($705 [...]
The latest upgrade to HTC Sense for Android is pretty modest: Gingerbread phones will get a redesigned app tray, the left button on your homescreen look different, and there are some new widget. One more to add to the list: you can rearrange homescreens within the Leap feature. HTC was first to introduce Leap, which allows you to get a zoomed out view of all of your homescreens with an ease multitouch gesture, last year at Mobile World Congress. This year, they add the ability to tap and drag your homescreens within Leap to quickly rearrange them. Check it out in the video [...]
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 [...]
The new HTC Wildfire S is a refresh of the original Wildfire. It has the same 3.2″ HVGA 480×320 display, and packs a 600MHz CPU with 512MB of RAM and ROM. After spending some time with the device, we think it’s just your typical, low-end, budget Android smartphone from HTC.
Apart from the fact that we’ve spotted the device in an early HTC ad, there’s nothing realy huge to it, especially if we talk about the 600MHz processor. Even so, it seems to operate rather well, fluid experience, good build quality and there will be several colors [...]
Ever since HTC launched its “You” campaign, we’ve been a big fan of the marketing message that HTC designs their phones around people. Their commercials are often sentimental, arousing emotions that undoubtedly draw people closer to the HTC brand. This latest commercial, posted today, doesn’t promote any specific device, but the concept of people-centric phones. If you go to the five second mark, you’ll see HTC showing a phone we’ve never seen before. It looks similar to the Saga, but lacks the front-facing camera, plus the display looks smaller. [...]
After giving you an early look at what we thought would be the Wildfire 2, the “Wildfire S” made its debut today at Mobile World Congress. As thought, the new Wildfire is a midrange (perhaps low-end comparably) Android phone with a single core Qualcomm 600MHz CPU matted to 512MB of RAM and ROM. The display is unchanged at 3.2″ and HVGA 480×320 resolution. The camera on the rear can take photos at 5MP but can’t record in HD resolution for video. It’s running an updated version of Sense UI which brings minor changes to the experience. They’ve made [...]
Expansys has now published expected release dates for three anticipated handset sequels, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (which it misidentifies as the i9100), HTC Desire 2, and HTC Wildfire 2 (codename: Marvel), after pushing its Desire HD2 page live earlier today. We also learn that that the Galaxy S 2 (actually known as i9200) is coming in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and that the Desire 2 will be asking 440 pounds ($707) for an unlocked version in black. The Sony Ericsson Neo, a.k.a. Halon, makes an appearance as well, although no other details are revealed. Posted release dates are as [...]
At HTC’s press event tomorrow, the company is expected to take the wraps off of the second version of their midrange (and petite) Android handset, the Wildfire 2. What you’re looking at here is the first press shots of the Wildfire 2, which will also sport an updated version of Android Sense, versions 3.0, just like the HTC Saga/Desire 2.
In terms of specs, we’re not totally sure what to expect, but given how HTC positions its devices, we’d say it will have a 3.2″ 480×320 HVGA screen with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, either clocking [...]
Update: Expansys just pinged us with a statement claiming that “the alleged leaks of information are nothing more than speculatively populated product holding pages, created and designed for internal use only…we do not have full details of the specific products mentioned.” However, the company is still “investigating how this information has entered the public domain.” With so many inconsistencies in the published specs (Qualcomm processor in a Samsung device, only 512MB of RAM across the board, questionable CPU/GPU pairings), there’s a pretty good [...]