Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

By on April 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM.

Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

Verizon Android update schedule leaked

A Reddit user by the name of DroidTosser claims to have the inside scoop on Verizon’s Android update schedule, and has posted the images to back their story up. According the photos, the HTC Rezound is slated receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9th, followed by the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX on May 21st. Verizon’s first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is currently awaiting “technical approval” and will be updated directly by Google. The DROID Bionic, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Sony Xperia Play are all in testing, however the updates aren’t labeled as Ice Cream Sandwich builds and may just refer to bug fixes. Additional images can be found after the break.  More →

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HTC Rezound and LG Spectrum now just $99.99 from Verizon

By on February 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

HTC Rezound and LG Spectrum now just $99.99 from Verizon

HTC Rezound 4G LTE smartphone

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer or looking to become one, the carrier is offering two of its latest 4G LTE handsets, the LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound, for $99.99 each with a two-year agreement. Both handsets run a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and impressive qHD displays. When BGR reviewed the Rezound last November, we were impressed with the overall performance of the device and with the gorgeous high definition display in particular. It was recommended over Motorola’s DROID RAZR and Samsung’s Galaxy S II, although due to its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich it fell short compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Subscribers will have until Monday, February 28th to take advantage of Verizon’s deals on the Rezound and Spectrum, which are only available online.  More →

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HTC offers bootloader unlocking option for all recent Android phones

By on December 29, 2011 at 2:35 PM.

HTC offers bootloader unlocking option for all recent Android phones

Last May, HTC’s chief executive officer Peter Chou responded to customer feedback and announced that the company would no longer be locking the bootloaders on its devices. HTC later introduced the web-based HTCDev unlocking tool, giving users a simple and safe way to unlock their devices. The solution was not perfect though, and phones such as the HTC Vivid and HTC Rezound were released with locked bootloaders and users had no method to unlock them. HTC has made good on its promise once again, however, and the company’s developer site has now been updated with the following message:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

Anyone interested in customizing their HTC device should visit the source link after the break. More →

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HTC Rezound hands-on (again)

By on November 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM.

HTC Rezound hands-on (again)

HTC Rezound 4G LTE smartphone

We just received our HTC Rezound review unit, and although we spent a few moments with the device at HTC’s announcement in New York City, we have some more thoughts on the 4G LTE smartphone after using it for the morning. For starters, while the phone isn’t nearly as thin as other 4G LTE devices like the Motorola DROID RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it’s a completely different animal than the HTC Thunderbolt. It fits nicely in your hand, and it feels good to use and hold. The 4.3-inch 720p HD display is absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s probably the best display on any mobile device we’ve ever seen besides the iPhone’s Retina Display. It’s so good that there are elements in HTC’s Sense interface that aren’t high quality enough for the display, but we’ll touch on that more in our review. The included Beats headphones are decent and offer very good audio reproduction, and the HTC Rezound has taken everything we’ve thrown at it and powered through without a hiccup — this device is fast. We have hands-on photos in the gallery below, so make sure to check those out while we work on our full review.

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HTC Rezound hands-on

By on November 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM.

HTC Rezound hands-on

We just spent a couple minutes with HTC’s latest and greatest, the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless complete with Beats audio, and it’s surely positioned as an iconic media device. It’s reasonably thin, packs 4G LTE, a super high resolution 720p display which looks amazing, and that’s not mentioning the 8-megapixel camera with improved optics and low-light performance. And then, of course, there’s Beats audio processing that will work with the included Beats headphones or ones you might already own. All in all, Verizon’s lineup for the holidays is incredible, and the HTC Rezound will surely be music to a media-centric person’s ears. Check out all of the photos in our gallery!

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Live from HTC’s Rezound unveiling!

By on November 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM.

Live from HTC’s Rezound unveiling!

We’re live from HTC’s New York City media event where HTC is expected to announce the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless. It’s the first smartphone that should come with Beats audio built-in, and in addition, the display is rumored to pack in a full 720p resolution screen, and run the latest version of HTC Sense for Android. There might be a surprise or two in store as well, so hit the break for all the live coverage. More →

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HTC Rezound announced for Verizon Wireless, lands November 14th for $300

By on November 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM.

HTC Rezound announced for Verizon Wireless, lands November 14th for $300

HTC took the wraps off of the HTC Rezound during a press event in New York City on Thursday, a new 4G LTE Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless that takes advantage of the HTC’s Beats Audio technology. The Rezound is equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a sharp 1280 x 720-pixel HD resolution, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM. It will also ship with Beats headphones in the box. The phone will hit store shelves with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) installed but Verizon Wireless confirmed an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available in “early” 2012. Other features include 16GB of internal memory, GPS/AGPS, a 1,620 mAh battery and support for Bluetooth 3.0. The Rezound will be available on November 14th for $299.99 with a new two-year Verizon Wireless agreement. Read on for the full press release More →

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We’ll be reporting live as HTC unveils its ‘latest innovation’ at 3PM EDT

By on November 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM.

We’ll be reporting live as HTC unveils its ‘latest innovation’ at 3PM EDT

HTC is holding a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Pacific to unveil its latest “latest innovation.” That innovation is expected to be a king-sized Android powerhouse dubbed “HTC Rezound” that is expected to land on Verizon Wireless ahead of the holidays. Beyond the presence of Beats Audio, as tipped in the event invitation pictured above, the Rezound will supposedly sport a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera, hopefully on par with the terrific camera touted by the Titan. Nothing is set in stone until it comes from from the horse’s mouth, however, and we only have a few hours left until HTC unveils the newest edition to its smartphone lineup.

Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event begins later today, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of HTC’s press conference! Coverage starts at or around 3:00 p.m. EDT / 12:00 p.m. PDT.

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HTC Rezound revealed ahead of announcement by Verizon ad

By on October 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

HTC Rezound revealed ahead of announcement by Verizon ad

HTC is expected to unveil a new Beats Audio-enabled smartphone dubbed “Rezound” on Thursday during a press conference, and the announcement is now all but confirmed. Droid Life on Sunday published an image of an in-store ad running at some Verizon Wireless retail stores. The ad touts Verizon’s 4G LTE network and shows three compatible handsets: the LG Revolution, the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the HTC Rezound. Little is revealed beyond the device’s form, though it is pictured with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds so Beats Audio is now a confirmed feature. The Rezound is also expected to include a 4.3-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera, hopefully the same one found in the HTC Titan. We’ll be covering HTC’s press conference live on Thursday, so tune in for all the news as it breaks. More →

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HTC may announce HTC Rezound on November 3rd in NYC, aims to Beats the Galaxy Nexus

By on October 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM.

HTC may announce HTC Rezound on November 3rd in NYC, aims to Beats the Galaxy Nexus

If you’re just waiting to blast some Beats audio-laden tunes from HTC’s latest and greatest, November 3rd will probably be a good day for you. That’s the date on the invitations HTC just sent out to the media, and we’re expecting the company to announce the HTC Rezound, also known by the code-name “HTC Vigor” for Verizon Wireless. The device should feature a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and, of course, Beats audio. No word on whether or not Lady Gaga Beats headphones will ship with the device, though. We’ll be reporting live from the event next Thursday so stay tuned.

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