T-Mobile may launch HTC Flyer tablet

By on March 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM.

T-Mobile may launch HTC Flyer tablet

Sprint announced last week that it would soon launch the HTC Flyer Android tablet rebranded as the EVO View 4G. Now, a new rumor circulating on Monday suggests another U.S. carrier will soon offer the Flyer as well. A series of leaked promotional materials and retail mock ups suggest that HTC’s Flyer is set to hit T-Mobile shelves in the near future. The are currently no indications as to when the tablet might launch or how T-Mobile might price the device, but odds are good that we’ll see something official pop up in the near future. HTC’s Flyer tablet does not feature Android 3.0 Honeycomb, as most recently announced tablets do, though it does feature a 7-inch touchscreen display and a new 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor. We took a hands-on look at Sprint’s version of the device last week and we identified a few issues as far as utility is concerned. Overall, however, we liked the device and thought it was very well built. More →

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HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G tablet appear on Sprint website

By on March 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G tablet appear on Sprint website

At this point there’s little doubt Sprint will be announcing these two exciting devices later today at its media event — which we’ll be covering live beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern — but seeing the devices pop up on the Sprint website is always comforting. We scooped both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet last week and details were reaffirmed on Monday ahead of this year’s CTIA Wireless show. The EVO 3D is said to feature a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 450-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display, 4GB of RAM, 1GB ROM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, dual rear 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a hefty 1730mAh battery. The EVO View 4G tablet is rumored to sport a 7-inch device with a 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen, an aluminium unibody design, HTC Scribe with optional pen support, the latest HTC Sense UI optimized for tablet devices, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4000mAh battery, DLNA and HDMI-out support. Launch details and pricing information are not yet available. More →

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BGR is reporting live from CTIA Wireless 2011!

By on March 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM.

BGR is reporting live from CTIA Wireless 2011!

That’s right folks, CTIA’s annual CTIA Wireless show kicks off tomorrow and the BGR team is on the ground in sunny, humid Orlando to bring all the latest news to you as it breaks. In spite of the huge news that came out of AT&T’s camp over the weekend, Sprint is shaping up to be the star of the show this year thanks to several planned device announcements. We’re sure there will be some great surprises in store this year, however, so we hope you’re all ready for an action-packed convention. It goes without saying that CTIA Wireless is one of the biggest shows of the year in the mobile industry, so stay tuned to BGR — and keep an eye on our special CTIA tag — to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

By on March 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM.

HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

Citing industry sources, Taiwan Economic News reports that HTC has high hopes for its debut tablet, the HTC Flyer. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the HTC Flyer is an Android 2.4-powered slate with a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. Despite a tremendous amount of competition expected this year, HTC has reportedly placed an initial order with manufacturers for over 1 million units of its Flyer tablet. This seems like a massive first order for HTC, which is also expected to launch two more Android tablets in the first half or 2011 according to the report. Taiwan Economic News states that the 3G-enabled Flyer will retail for approximately $600 off contract, which would make it over $100 less expensive than the 32GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G model from Apple. More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

By on March 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well. According to our sources, RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms. More →

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Next version of Google’s Android OS discussed at MWC

By on February 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM.

Next version of Google’s Android OS discussed at MWC

A Google executive on Wednesday shared preliminary details surrounding the company’s next version of its Android operating system. In an interview with Phone Scoop at Mobile World Congress, Google’s Android Engineering Director Dave Burke reiterated that Google’s “I” build of Android will merge features of Honeycomb and Gingerbread in an effort to unify the tablet and smartphone versions of the Android OS. Burke also said this future Android build will likely bring Honeycomb’s “action bar,” which adds customizable functions to individual apps, to smartphones. He noted that the “system bar” at the bottom of the Honeycomb UI would likely not make it to smartphones, though Honeycomb’s overall look and feel with be translated to handsets in some fashion. The next major build of Google’s Android OS is thought to be named “Ice Cream,” but a launch time frame is not currently available. More →

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HTC Flyer tablet appears on German Amazon site for €669

By on February 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM.

HTC Flyer tablet appears on German Amazon site for €669

HTC announced its first tablet device — the HTC Flyer — at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, though the company was mum on pricing and specific availability. An apparent slip up on the German Amazon website may shed some light on pricing, however, and we hope our European friends are sitting down. According to the product page, which has not yet been taken down as of the time of this writing, the HTC Flyer will retail for a whopping €669 off contract, or just over $900 at today’s exchange rate. Of course, that includes Europe’s VAT tax and pricing varies between markets so we obviously shouldn’t expect to see the Flyer launch at $900 here in the U.S., but that’s quite a price to pay for a slate that doesn’t even include Google’s tablet OS, Honeycomb. The HTC Flyer will feature Google’s Android 2.4 operating system along with a custom HTC Sense UI, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out and DLNA support. Don’t forget to check out our HTC Flyer hands-on impressions and gallery for more on HTC’s upcoming virgin tablet offering. More →

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HTC introduces 7-inch Flyer tablet; 1.5GHz single-core, Android 2.4

By on February 15, 2011 at 4:12 AM.

HTC introduces 7-inch Flyer tablet; 1.5GHz single-core, Android 2.4

Today at Mobile World Congress, HTC announced the new, 7-inch, Flyer tablet; the company’s first foray into the tablet market place. The device’s specs are interesting — as the company has opted to forgo the dual-core processor route, instead using a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip along with a smaller 4,000mAh battery. The Flyer will also bring 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out, DLNA support, and Android 2.4 into the 7-inch tablet arena. The device will be available globally, at an unknown price point, in Q2 of 2011. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Android 2.4 reportedly lands in April; ViewSonic among first to launch

By on February 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Android 2.4 reportedly lands in April; ViewSonic among first to launch

Google is reportedly preparing to release the next major build of its Android OS at some point in April, and ViewSonic will be among the first cell phone makers to release an Android 2.4-powered device, a new report claims. According to gadget blog Pocket-lint, Google’s next major Android release for smartphones is due to launch in roughly two months and ViewSonic’s ViewPad 4 will be among the first devices to ship with the new build when it is released in April. The blog claims to have a source inside ViewSonic who confirms that version 2.4 of Google’s mobile OS, which will not be called “Ice Cream” according to the report, will feature the ability to run Honeycomb apps on smartphones. Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS will initially create a divide between smartphones and tablets. Android 2.4 will apparently mark the beginning of a process that will merge the smartphone and tablet operating systems, at least where apps are concerned. More →

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