HTC on Wednesday confirmed that 16 of its devices will receive a “tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich.” An Android 4.0 update will hit the DROID Incredible 2, Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt and Vivid. The Taiwanese company is currently in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the Sensation and Sensation XE, with the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL scheduled to follow. Additional updates will be “more widely available in the next few weeks.” The manufacturer is continuing to work with carriers in each country to “nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.” More →
HTC announced on Thursday that an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be available for select devices by the end of March. The announcement came through the company’s Facebook page and states that the first devices to receive the update will be the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE, followed shortly after by the Sensation XL. The Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD will all be updated “later this year,” as previously reported. HTC is expected to launch multiple new Android 4.0-powered smartphones later this month at Mobile World Congress, including the HTC Ville and HTC Edge. More →
HTC has acknowledged that some the company’s handsets contain a security hole involving the handling of certain data requests while connected to a Wi-Fi network. Security researchers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan discovered the vulnerability, which could use the android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission to create a command to view all Wi-Fi credentials while connected to the network. The researchers discovered the flaw in September, however over the past few months they have worked with HTC and Google to patch things up before going public. The hole could have been used to transmit information to a remote server using the Internet access permission. Read on for more. More →
Skype announced on Wednesday that its Android application now supports video calling on select devices. The application is particularly attractive because it allows mobile users to connect with other users on Mac, Windows, TV, iOS, or other Android devices. Skype says the app was built with a complete new redesign, too, which includes a new main menu, easier contact navigation, quick access to your profile, and more. There’s even a new “mood” message box that allows you to show what you’re up to or how you’re feeling. Skype for Android requires Android 2.3 and above, as well as a front-facing camera for video chat. It currently supports the HTC Desire S, the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro, and the Google Nexus S. Skype says it also has plans to roll out support for additional handsets in the near future. Hit the jump for a video demo of the new client in action. More →
We already told you about Samsung’s plans to double the now-standard speed of high-end, dual-core smartphone processors from 1GHz to 2GHz. So why not double the standard 8 megapixel core image-sensor on smartphone cameras too, no? Blog PocketNow has sniped an HTC advert that boasts of a 16 megapixel smartphone shooter. The end of the video promotion depicts a Windows Phone device that has a look akin to the HTC Desire S — as PocketNow points out, this could simply be a placeholder device. HTC is not known for its optical awesomeness, so hopefully this new and improved imaging-core refocuses the company’s efforts on its camera. The video is after the break. More →
After HTC CEO, Peter Chou, wrapped up his keynote address, we had some time to handle the first trio of devices announced this morning — the Desire S, Wildfire S, and Incredible S. All three devices are updates to previous models and have very, very minor form-factor changes. The Desire S is the same attractive handset we’ve seen in Europe. Unibody aluminum design, rounded edges, and Nexus One-like look. This model benefits from an updated processor (1GHz), Android 2.3, and a front-facing camera.
The Wildfire S is Android 2.3 in a tiny package. When you pick the device up you really can’t believe just how light it actually is. Again, this is an update of an already existing product so the form-factor has not changed. HTC has tweaked its Sense interface a bit to better suit the smaller screen. It has a 600MHz processor and should appeal to those moving to their first Android device as it has the form and weight of a simple feature phone.
The Incredible S is a bit puzzling (as is HTC’s decision to use the “S” moniker like Samsung). Spec wise, the Incredible S is almost identical to the Desire S, but, for some unknown reason, it will ship with Android 2.2, not 2.3. HTC is promising to update the device to Gingerbread after the handset launch in Q2 of 2011. The device has the same form — including the raised battery cover — as the Incredible available from Verizon Wireless. The S does, however, sport a 4-inch display (which we like better, but that’s just our preference).
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