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 →
We just got our hands on an HTC EVO Design 4G review unit from Sprint — the latest member of Sprint’s EVO family of Android smartphones — and we were instantly reminded of the HTC Incredible on Verizon Wireless upon opening the box. Though the EVO Design 4G lacks an AMOLED display and is noticeably longer, the resemblance is unmistakable. The phone is a bit fat for a device that doesn’t offer a full QWERTY keyboard though, and we can’t figure out why it’s so chunky. In any case, it certainly feels very solid, no doubt thanks to the metal that hugs the back of the phone and runs around its entire body. The soft rubber areas on the back of the EVO Design 4G also provide good grip. Check out our hands-on photo gallery below for images and hit the break for more.
Sprint announced on Wednesday that it will launch the HTC EVO Design 4G on October 23rd for $99.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The EVO Design 4G offers a 1.2GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video, a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Additional features of this Sprint world phone include 3G/4G mobile hotspot support for sharing your connection with other Wi-Fi devices, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and an aluminum unibody design. Read on for the full press release from Sprint. More →
A press photo of the next member of Sprint’s EVO family of devices was leaked recently by Pocketnow. The phone appears to borrow design aesthetics from T-Mobile’s Sensation 4G; the EVO Design 4G looks thinner than the EVO models that came before it. An earlier ROM leak suggested the EVO Design 4G will be equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and 768MB of RAM, although those specs are not confirmed. As its name suggests, we also expect it will run on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. Sprint has yet to announce the HTC EVO Design 4G, so pricing and a release date are still unknown. More →