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Now that the HTC Vivid has been updated with Sense 3.6 and Ice Cream Sandwich, we are returning with a new video to take a closer look at the changes therein.
Overall, the device seems to be snappier and the slight changes to Sense are for the better on all fronts. We would have liked to see a more unified ICS interface or even Sense 4.0, but HTC has made it very clear they do not want to confuse or alienate their existing customer base.
Unfortunately, a software update cannot change hardware issues, and our review score still stands.
This time last week, we had already seen the initial international release of HTC’s Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Vivid/Raider/Velocity, and had just told you about a dialer trick owners of the Vivid on AT&T could use to try their luck at pulling down the update a little early. If that failed for you, or you’ve been patient enough to wait for the official release, HTC’s US division has tweeted its announcement that the update is finally becoming available to A&T subscribers through official channels, starting as of today.
In addition to HTC making [...]
Not only Samsung owners can be excited about the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code for the Galaxy S II but HTC fans also! The Taiwanese manufacturer has released a trio of kernel source codes and they’re all Ice Cream Sandwich.
The HTC Developer Center website now features the official Ice Cream Sandwich source for the HTC Sensation, HTC Vivid and HTC Sensation XE. The aforementioned devices all got their Android 4.0 treat recently (some earlier than others) and now it’s time for some custom ROM frenzy courtesy of your favorite ROM chefs.
A couple days ago, we heard about the availability of an Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC’s Velocity in Australia. As the Velocity is the same hardware as the Vivid on AT&T in the States and the Raider on other networks around the globe, we’ve been hoping we might hear more about the update hitting some other carriers. Notifications may not be going out just yet, but with a little dialer magic, you might have some luck getting ICS on a Vivid today.
Right now, this is pretty hit-and-miss, with some users reporting success, and others not seeing anything happen. [...]
It’s certainly taken long enough, but as spring starts to loom on the horizon, we’re finally starting to see Ice Cream Sandwich updates arrive for existing Androids in decent numbers. Just today, Samsung hooked owners of its Galaxy S II up with the new software. Now it’s HTC’s turn, as we’re hearing that the Velocity is currently getting its ICS update in Australia.
The HTC Velocity may be better known to you as the Raider 4G or the HTC Vivid in the States. The manufacturer has talked in the past about its plans to bring Android 4.0 to the Vivid, as [...]
The HTC Vivid was right there on the list HTC published when it talked about upcoming Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich updates for devices like the Rezound, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Desire S, and Desire HD.
We know the refresh should land sometime this month but Vivid owners will also be able to enjoy improved audio on their phones with the addition of Beats By Dr. Dre audio profiles. The official wording goes on saying: “Additionally, an enhanced audio experience will soon be available to HTC Vivid customers in the coming weeks. Sound engineers at [...]
As we start to get into mid-February, there are probably a lot of you out there wondering where all the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for your existing Android phones are. After all, weren’t we hoping to see these releases really start arriving in early 2012? The good news is that the wait is nearly over, at least for some HTC users. The smartphone manufacturer posted a message to Facebook this morning talking about plans for the delivery of its first Ice Cream Sandwich updates in March.
We already knew about HTC’s plans to start selling phones running Android 4.0 in [...]
When it was time for AT&T to kick-off service on its new LTE network in the US, the carrier did so with a pair of LTE Androids, including the HTC Vivid. More recently, we’ve seen the phone prepare for an Australian launch, under the name HTC Velocity 4G. Now we’re getting news of plans to introduce the Velocity to European markets as well, and in doing so, bring the continent what will reportedly be its first LTE smartphone.
Germany will be the nation to first get its hands on the Velocity, with carrier Vodafone announcing plans to begin sales in the near [...]
Originally codenamed Holiday, the HTC Vivid is one of the newest 4G (LTE) devices from ATT, but not the first LTE phone from HTC. Based on specs alone, this device seems to have a lot going for it, but as we’ve discovered in the past, sometimes specs aren’t enough. And these days, it takes a lot more than blazing download speeds to impress anyone. How does the HTC Vivid stand up to the heavy (but lighter in weight) competition on the market today? Read on to find out.
BOX CONTENTS As with most devices these days, there isn’t much to be said about the box or [...]
We’ve all heard the rumors of the next big thing on AT&T. The HTC Holiday promises to be a true contender in what pertains to specs, and this time, we finally get some real world images of what it’ll look like, only this time on Craigslist. Surely this is something you won’t see being sold around here every day. Sadly you guessed it, they already purchased it.
According to XDA, the device was found and bought immediately by the person responsible for posting the images as evidence. Not sure how the screen got cracked though, but the images do a great job [...]
It looks like the HTC Holiday prototype that was recently seen on Craigslist has found a new home, thanks to eBay, for $800. The prototype has a cracked display, but the seller claims that the screen is in perfect working order besides that. The HTC Holiday, likely to go by the name Raider, will sport a big 4.5″ display with qHD 960×540 resolution, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, and 1GB of RAM. It’ll run on Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.0. It’s going to be the first AT&T LTE smartphone, and is expected to ship in Q4.
Thanks to some ROMs posted in the last few days, we have a smattering of specifications and other information available for several upcoming HTC devices, among them HTC Holiday and HTC Lead. After close examination, we have determined that both devices feature LTE/HSPA+ support, allowing the highest data transfer speed possible on AT&T. As the first HSPA+/LTE devices seen on AT&T, these are likely to be featured in the initial LTE launch, with rumors that HTC Puccini may also feature LTE.
For a quick comparison of features, both devices feature 1.2GHz dual-core [...]
The HTC Holiday, most probably hitting the markets under the name HTC Raider, will be coming to Canada in the last quarter of the year according to recent reports.
Previous rumors have put the HTC Raider 4G on Bell’s shelves but according to recent information, Rogers will also have the phone in its line-up. The Raider 4G will allegedly hit carriers in the last quarter of the year, probably early November. Sporting a 4.5-inch qHD screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, the Raider 4G has an LTE-capable radio, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, [...]
Once thought to be an AT&T exclusive, evidence now suggests that the high-end HTC Holiday will in fact see a global release. Besides being tipped by Bell as one of its upcoming “superphones” (it’s an option at the Canadian carrier’s online download shop), Holiday listed Europe and Asia along with North America as regions of distribution on its recent Bluetooth certification. While either of these clues alone could be written off as errors, together they make a strong case for an international rollout of what may be the company’s next flagship [...]
HTC’s Holiday first crossed our path all the way back in early May, when we had little more than a picture to go by. It wasn’t long before we heard some potential specs for the phone, and learned it may be coming to AT&T as the carrier’s first LTE-capable smartphone. More recently, we’ve seen evidence of the phone in-testing, discovered it will launch as the “Raider” in some markets, and learned of plans to bring the phone to South Korea and Australia in addition to the States. We’ve been expecting the model to arrive on AT&T’s [...]
We’ve seen the HTC Holiday, now known as the HTC Raider 4G, being put through the paces on AT&T’s fledgling LTE network, and more recently learned of its planned debut in South Korea. Telstra in Australia had revealed that it would be getting an LTE model of its own, called simply the HTC 4G, and now that phone has been revealed to be a Holiday as well.
A shot of the Telstra HTC 4G shows it pulling down a decent 19Mbps in a speed test, not quite as fast as what we’ve seen the phone do on AT&T, but it did manage to eclipse those AT&T figures in [...]
From the first time we heard about the HTC Holiday for AT&T and its rumored specs, it was clear we were looking at one darn capable smartphone. Between a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a big 4.5-inch qHD display, it looked like it would have the hardware to easily stand on its own. Then came the icing on the cake: that the Holiday would be destined for operation on AT&T’s fledgling LTE network. Some new pics of the phone show it in some of the clearest imagery yet, and we get an idea of just what speeds will be possible on AT&T LTE.
Thankfully, this Holiday [...]
The 4.5-inch, dual-core handset codenamed HTC Holiday will come to market as the HTC Raider, according to the device’s user agent profile. It’s important to note, however, that this will probably be the branding for the global version of the phone; it’s not clear whether or not AT&T will adopt the same monniker for its LTE launch handset. Engadget recently reported that AT&T may dub this qHD flagship HTC Waikiki, but that seems unlikely; Waikiki is more likely the internal AT&T codename for the phone.
Besides AT&T, Raider/Holiday is also [...]
The handset pictured above goes by the codename HTC Holiday, and it’s clearly an AT&T-bound Android phone. Unfortunately, that’s all we know for certain about the unannounced Holiday — the design reminds us somewhat of a modernized Aria (Aria 2? Aria S?), but it could just as easily be a higher-end model of the Inspire 4G variety. It’s difficult to make out, but there does seem to be a front-facing cam on the upper right side, so it’s pretty likely that we’re looking at 4G / HSPA+ wireless speeds here; who knows, this could even be an LTE launch [...]
Only just released, the Samsung Infuse 4G appears poised to see a very serious competitor from the device codenamed HTC Holiday. Confirmed through a leaked ROM to be another giant 4.5-inch handset for AT&T, Holiday aims to best Infuse in both the processor and resolution departments, offering up a 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8660 chipset from Qualcomm as well as a qHD (540×960) display. Coupled with 1GB of RAM, dual eight-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras (rear and front-facing, respectively), and running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Holiday promises to be a beast of a device [...]
We first heard of the HTC Holiday when we first saw the renders of the phone initially believed to be an AT&T exclusive. Later on the Holiday was tipped for a global release and then a prototype popped-up on Craigslist.
The image above appears to be the first in-the-wild picture of the HTC Holiday. Just as we heard back in May, the Holiday will indeed sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facer, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on-board, with HTC Sense 3.0 [...]
HTC has been very busy at the trademark office. Just recently they’ve applied for trademarks on the following names, many of which could very well be future devices:
HTC Radiant HTC Equalize HTC Port HTC Rift HTC Cobalt HTC Vivid HTC Pro
We’re thinking that the Radiant and Vivid might be devices with improved screens, perhaps with AMOLED-beating technology, while the Cobalt, Rift, and Equalize could be midrange devices. Finally, the HTC Pro could be HTC’s next-generation professional device, perhaps acting as an evolution to the Desire Z. [...]
In this video, we are taking a close look at the hardware on the one of the newest 4G LTE devices from ATT: the HTC Vivid. Sadly, the device is simply not inspiring. While the specs are withing the realms of other devices on the market today, there are plenty of more interesting phones on the market for which one can spend $199 for. The lack of nationwide LTE from ATT also serves to dampen what could otherwise be a high point in the device configuration.
Dimensions 5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44″ 6.24 oz
Battery 1620 mAh
Display 4.5″ S-LCD 540 x 960 [...]