Sprint on Tuesday confirmed that it has released an over-the-air security update for several HTC smartphones. In a statement posted to Sprint’s community forum by company spokesman Mark Elliot, Sprint said HTC smartphones including the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO View 4G and HTC Wildfire S will all begin receiving the update this evening. “Sprint worked closely with HTC after reports emerged of a potential issue that could allow malicious third-party apps to compromise data on Android devices made by HTC,” the statement said, noting that users of the aforementioned smartphone models should install the update promptly. Sprint’s full statement along with instructions on how to update HTC devices follows below. More →
If you weren’t lucky enough to win a free HTC EVO 3D courtesy of BGR and Qualcomm during the final week of our giveaway series, don’t despair. It might be a while before retailers start giving away Sprint’s flagship Android phone for free on contract, but Wirefly is currently offering the sleek smartphone for just $49.99. Featuring a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC’s Sense UI and 4G WiMAX compatibility, Sprint’s EVO 3D is easily one of the most desirable Android smartphones on the market right now. At $50 on contract with no rebates to worry about, it’s almost a no-brainer for Android fans looking to re-up on Sprint. More →
RadioShack on Tuesday announced the upcoming exclusive availability of Sprint’s flagship HTC EVO 3D smartphone in white. The handset will become available on September 9th, and it will be priced in line with the standard EVO 3D at $199.99. Sprint’s premier Android smartphone has been a big seller for the nation’s No. 3 carrier. The EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and dual cameras for recording 3D content, and we said it was our favorite Sprint phone, hands down when we reviewed it in mid-June. More →
Online retailer Wirefly is holding a special 24-hour sale on Wednesday, during which customers can score a new HTC EVO 3D for just $99.99 on contract. As part of Wirefly’s “Fan Appreciation Month,” the retailer is offering discounts on a new smartphone every Wednesday in August. HTC’s EVO 3D is the star of this month’s show, and we called it “one hell of a compelling package” when we reviewed it back in June. So how does it work? Simply dig the coupon code out of the YouTube video below and apply it during checkout on Wirefly’s site via the read link. Sprint’s flagship 4G smartphone will then be rushed to your door by FedEx, and your pockets will only be $100 lighter. More →
The HTC EVO 4G is definitely one of Sprint’s most popular smartphones. In fact, even almost a year after its release, it’s still selling like hotcakes. Sprint faced serious demand issues with the EVO 4G well after the launch, and the nation’s first 4G smartphone is still one of the best. Let’s talk about the HTC EVO 3D, though. The follow up to the original HTC EVO 4G is packed to the brim with features, and will be the first 3D-capable device on the market when it launches. Is the HTC EVO 3D a better phone than the original EVO 4G? Does the addition of a 3D display add real value to the phone or is it just a headache-inducing novelty, as it is on other portable devices? Hit the break to find out.
HTC saw its monthly revenue in May surpass NT$40 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Taiwan Economic News reports on Thursday that HTC’s May revenue came in at NT$40.6 billion, or US$1.6 billion, thanks to continued high demand for its smartphones. Revenue was up 115% compared to the same month last year, and up from NT$38.73 billion last month, which had also set a company record. The cell phone maker’s revenue now totals NT$183.5 billion (US$6.3 billion) through the first five months of 2011, up 145% compared to the same period in 2010. The trend is expected to continue, as analysts project HTC’s June revenue to climb 10% to NT$44 billion. More →
Sprint on Monday announced pricing and availability for the two latest addition to its successful EVO line of Android devices. Both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G will become available on June 24th. The EVO 3D, which will retail for $199.99 on contract, features a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display and a class-leading 1.2GHz dual-core processor atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The glasses-free 3D display is a first among devices offered by U.S. carriers, and the phone will also be compatible with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The HTC View 4G will retail for $399.99 on contract, and it is nearly identical to the HTC Flyer we recently reviewed. The View 4G adds a 4G WiMAX radio, however, and monthly data plans start at $34.99 for 3GB of data each month. Hit the break for Sprint’s full press release. More →
HTC’s revenue in April 2011 hit a record high, Taiwan Economic News reports. The publication cites a financial statement from HTC in claiming the smartphone maker saw revenue in April grow to NT$38.729. Equivalent to approximately $1.35 billion USD, HTC’s April revenue was up 4.5% sequentially and up over 113% compared to April 2010. Aggregate revenue over the first four months now totals NT$142.885, up 154% over the same period last year. The company said continued strong sales of devices like the Desire HD played a large role in helping HTC achieve the new record, and heavy shipments of newer phones like the Incredible S and Desire S should keep revenue up through the remainder of the quarter. HTC projected second-quarter revenue of NT$120 billion on smartphone shipments of between 11 and 11.5 million units when it reported its first-quarter earnings last month. More →
Qualcomm has released a few videos promoting its next-generation dual-core Mobile Development Platform, which includes its blazing fast MSM8660 Snapdragon processor. The video shows the platform’s Adreno 220 graphics processing unit chewing through 720p HD video. Similarly, Qualcomm’s single-core QSD8255 processor bests an LG Optimus 2X, powered by a a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, in a Flash load test. What’s so exciting about that? The MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset powers devices such as the HTC EVO 3D, headed to Sprint, and the HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile that will launch in the coming months. Hit the jump for two quick videos. More →
Someone call the plumber, HTC’s got a leak. Earlier today we reported on spilled shots of the HTC Kingdom and Rider phones, and now full specs for the rumored T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide – also known as the HTC Doubleshot – have been dropped. According to Pocketnow, which analyzed the phone’s ROM, the device will run a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor and pack a 3.7-inch WGA display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of (possibly) recording 1080p 3D video, a forward-facing VGA camera for video chat, FM radio, and more. Support for 3D playback also hints that the myTouch 4G Slide could sport a 3D display, although that hasn’t been confirmed. We also assume the aforementioned camera module will likely support just 720p 3D video recording and 1080p 2D recording, which would be in-line with the capabilities of Sprint’s EVO 3D. As its name implies, the device will also support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. There aren’t photos of the myTouch 4G Slide yet, but we’re sure someone will loosen up the faucet soon enough. More →
HTC put on a big show during CTIA Wireless 2011, and it looks like it’s taking the show on the road. On Thursday HTC began sending out invites to European press urging them to come “see what’s next” on April 12th at 1:30p.m. GMT in London. We’re not sure what HTC has in store for the event, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it lift the curtain on a European model of the EVO 3D, which is launching on Sprint in the United States. Most every other new announcement during CTIA, including the Flyer, was already revealed during Mobile World Congress. Perhaps we’ll see a brand new device — HTC Pyramid? A new Windows Phone 7 handset? Stay tuned on April 12th for our coverage of all the action as it unfolds. More →
Building on our coverage of the HTC EVO 3D from yesterday, we have a supplementary video that we would like to submit as evidence. While we weren’t allowed to navigate the device’s beta operating system with our own hands, an HTC representative was more than willing to give us a quick tour of the new features. The new lock screen, new homescreen layout, and general specifications of the phone are all covered in the clip. We tried to get HTC to comment on the expected battery life and capacity of the EVO 3D, but company reps just wouldn’t budge. Hit the jump to check out the hands-on video.
Sprint just announced the HTC EVO 3D, its latest 4G WiMAX smartphone with a 3D-spin, and we had some time to sit down to check out the device first-hand. In one word: Amazing. The EVO 3D’s 4.3-inch 3D display is incredible to look at while displaying 3D images and video. It reminds us of looking at a holographic trading card. We watched some user-submitted 3D YouTube videos on the phone, and a few jesters dancing around really popped off of the display. Similarly, the flowers in a bouquet that one woman was holding in an image seemed to jump off the screen — we actually reached out to touch them at one point! There’s a ton to discuss here, so hit the jump for more impressions on the EVO 3D, and don’t forget to check out our hands-on photo gallery.