HTC continues to be true to the company’s word regarding bootloader unlocking tools. Through HTCDev, the Taiwanese company now offers its bootloader unlocker for the Desire HD, Wildfire, DROID Incredible, Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, Aria, ChaCha and Status. Even if a handset hasn’t received official support, the tool might still work. When the trend of locking bootladers began in 2010, HTC was one of many companies to promise unlocking tools and devices in the future, however, they are one of the few to actually have kept the promise. Unlike HTC, Motorola has continued to release devices with locked and encrypted bootloaders, placing the blame on the carriers and further frustrating a number of customers. More →
Via Facebook, AT&T has made its second major Android operating system update announcement in as many days. The subject of today’s post: the HTC Aria. AT&T has informed its friends that an Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for HTC’s mid-level Aria handset will be ready for public consumption beginning tomorrow. Ma’ Bell is asking eager Aria owners to hit up the company’s Facebook page tomorrow for download instructions. More →
On those rare occasions when the U.S. gets an HTC handset before it makes its way to market across the pond, we have no choice but to feel some odd sense of satisfaction… until we inevitably hear that said handset will finally launch abroad. And that is exactly the case today — even if it is just the HTC Aria. Actually, this slick little Android kit is nothing to scoff at despite its diminutive stature. When the Gratia launches across Europe next month, it will feature the Android 2.2 OS, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera and plenty more; all in a tight little 4.06-ounce package that stands just over 4-inches tall. Sure, once the Gratia launches we’ll have one less thing to hold over the heads of our European friends, but until then we can all hold our Arias high. Hit the jump for the full press release and a shot of the Gratia looking sleek in white (something our European friends will no doubt hold over our heads next month). More →
The jubilation that ensued when HTC’s sync app for the Aria debuted was apparently premature as the app has been pulled from HTC’s website. The sync utility allowed customers to install non-Android market applications and was thought to be a sign that AT&T was relaxing some of the restrictions it imposes on its Android handsets. Apparently, those assumptions were incorrect- the sync application was a mistake and AT&T is still maintaining tight control over the Aria and its other Android handsets. The fun is over and its back to reality everyone.
In a small but embarrassing snafu, Best Buy Mobile is proudly displaying the HTC Aria on the front of its Mobile Buyers Guide with 4G connectivity. An eagle-eyed reader noticed the aberrant 4G icon and was quick to point out that it does not belong on that particular Android handset which runs on a network that does not even feature 4G. Now, we realize that stock images of devices are loosely tossed around on marketing materials but you would think that the front cover of the Mobile Buyers Guide would be a bit more accurate, no? Full cover with the Aria front and center is after the jump. More →
What’s better than buying an HTC Aria from AT&T for $129.99? How about buying it from Dell for $0. Dell is offering the HTC Aria, on contract, for $0 and a free activation and free shipping. Sweet. If you’ve got a hankering for Android, and are an AT&T customer, hit up the read link and check out the deal for yourself.
Thanks, Michael F.!
UPDATE: The deal is only for customers opening a “new AT&T account.” Not nearly as attractive as we had originally thought.
UPDATE 2: After much speculation Dell’s PR team has let us know that, “the current pricing for the HTC Aria at Dell and Wirefly.com is free for new and existing AT&T customers.” More →
It might not have the raw power or good looks of the upcoming Samsung Captivate, but the HTC Aria is the best Android smartphone offered by AT&T. On sale as of Sunday, $129.99 Aria offers specs which include a 3.2″ HVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI. We don’t imagine it will be breaking AT&T sales records anytime soon (or ever, for that matter), but at least it’s more of a spirited effort than the BACKFLIP. More →
It looks like AT&T has just officially outed the HTC Aria via Facebook…with some help from YouTube. The Aria is officially an Android 2.1 device sporting a 3.2″ HVGA display, 7.2 Mb/s HSPA, a 5 megapixel camera, optical track-pad, and SenseUI. The new joint will be available on Ma’ Bell starting on June 20th. The video and Facebook musing are light on specification details — most of the YouTube video is a demo of SenseUI — but you can pass judgment on the new AT&T Android offering on your own. We’ve got the video queued up for you after the break. More →
Here’s a fun little conundrum for you. A mysterious new Android handset from HTC — the Intruder — has shown up in the internal inventory system at The Shack, and appears to be destined for life with AT&T. But what is it? Apparently there’s a good chance it’s the Liberty aka Aria, a handset we know to contain HTC’s Sense UI, 3.5″ display and 5 megapixel camera. It’s listed as $700 full retail and $130 on a 2-year deal which seems to be a bit on the expensive side…but let’s be honest, people on AT&T who are dying for Android will pay just about anything for whatever they can get.
One of our AT&T sources let us know of a couple new handsets due to arrive on AT&T’s shelves. First up is the HTC Aria. Supposedly the smallest Android handset from HTC, we’re looking at a rumored 3″ display, HTC Sense, 3G, Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera, and EVO-like styling. The last two we have practically no information on, other than them being Samsung units, obviously. We do have the full model numbers — Samsung Captivate (i897) and Samsung Eternity II (a597) — but we’ll keep digging for more information on those.
While it could just as easily be a Photoshop job involving a Droid Incredible and an EVO 4G, let’s assume for a moment that what we’re looking at is the AT&T-bound HTC Aria. Shot up by one of AndroidGuy’s “pretty solid” tipsters while situated next to a business card to give us an idea of the overall size of the device, it’s said that the Aria will be the “smallest Android device” yet with a display under 3″. Other alleged specs are said to include a 5 megapixel camera, optical trackpad, microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course previous rumors would see the Aria come complete with a sliding QWERTY keypad, but as we said above, let’s assume this is legit. Nothing fancy, but at least it runs Android 2.1 with Sense UI and shows more promise that AT&T’s current Android offering which consists of nothing more than the Motorola BACKFLIP. Dying to know more? Apparently it’s due for an official outing on June 7th. A poor choice of days, we know. More →