HTC has broken its vow of silence regarding Android 2.2 and its Legend handset. More →
HTC has broken its vow of silence regarding Android 2.2 and its Legend handset. More →
Virgin Mobile is no longer the only Canadian carrier to offer the HTC Legend, as today its parent company, Bell, announced that it too will be carrying the milled aluminum handset. Sporting the same $79.99 price tag for those that opt for a 3-year contract, the only major difference between the two is that the Bell Legend goes for $399.99 off contract while the Virgin model goes for $349.99 with a 30-day commitment. Anyone in Canada thinking of picking this up, or are you going to sit tight and see what happens with the rumor of a Telus Desire? More →
Sure low-cost carriers in the U.S. might have some of the best rate plans out there, but there’s no denying that when it comes to handset selection, Canada’s low-cost carriers have it locked down. A case in point is the HTC Legend, now available from Virgin Mobile. $349.99 on a 30-day contract or $79.99 on a 3-year deal will net Canadians a 3.2″ HVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB ROM / 384MB RAM, 600MHz processor, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI all crammed into a milled aluminum body. It’s not yet available in Saskatchewan and Manitoba because the network that Virgin shares with Telus and parent-company Bell hasn’t made its Prairie debut (Winninpeg excluded), but as of today it’s available everywhere else.
Have a new Android smartphone from HTC? Obsessing over whether or not it will get an official FroYo plus Sense UI update? Well fear not, because HTC has issued a statement to sooth your panic-stricken soul. Unfortunately, it’s so vague that it actually raises more questions than it answers. According to HTC:
[…] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can’t be more specific yet.
Most likely? Uh oh. We’re hoping that the shadows of doubt placed upon the Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G and myTouch 3G Slide can be attributed to poor choice of words, but what about the Legend? Better yet, what about the Sprint Hero (October 2009) or the Verizon Droid Eris (November 2009)? If you thought people put up a stink about how long it took the Sprint Hero to get bumped up to Android 2.1, prepare yourself. There’s no telling what the Android Army is capable of. More →
Erase any doubts you might have had about Bell releasing the HTC Legend, because we’ve just been tipped off by one of our Bell connects that a launch party will take place in Montréal on the 27th of May. Whether or not the party coincides with the specific launch date is a matter for debate (we’re hearing the first week of June, for what it’s worth), but we’re just satisfying knowing with absolute certainly that yet another sexy smartphone is making its way to Canada.
One would assume that if any Canadian carrier were to carry the HTC Legend it would be TELUS — on the grounds that it carries the Hero — however, word on the web is that the sexy slab of aluminum is Bell bound. Details are scarce, but we’re hearing grumblings that the Legend will be making its debut in either May or June, and that it will pick up where the Palm Pre left off; becoming Bell’s flagship, exclusive device. At the moment, Bell’s current Android line-up consists solely of the Samsung Galaxy, although it will be launching the Motorola DEXT in the near future. Sound off Canadian frandz…who wants a Legend? More →
Earlier this year, the rumors surrounding the HTC Legend were coming fast and furious with renderings, videos, and even a brief appearance on a Dutch website reminding us of its existence. After its formal announcement at MWC 2010 in February, the Legend lost a bit of its momentum and dropped off the proverbial tech radar. Out of sight but not out of mind, the Legend was spotted on its way out of the FCC with a bright and shiny stamp of approval. For those that are keeping track, a variant of Legend passed through the FCC previously back in February with the same odd-shaped label and an FCC ID of B76100. This latest variant of the Legend sports the same internal labeling, an FCC ID of PB76110, and, best of all, support for the 850/1900 MHz bands of W-CDMA. Has anyone’s interest in the Legend been renewed now that it may be coming stateside?
We’ve just been hit up by a source close to HTC, and let’s just say the Android invasion (of high quality Android devices, at least) has only just started. One of our connects let us know that while Google will be looking to sell an AT&T 3G-compatible Nexus One directly through their web store (just like we previously reported), the actual AT&T unit will be the HTC Desire. It will also apparently go to market on AT&T shelves as the HTC Desire as well. This will give AT&T users HTC’s Sense UI, but we’ve been told the physical attributes of the unit might change from the HTC Desire that we’ve all seen. Nothing major, just possibly some material/finish/color changes to the casing. We have been told to expect the HTC Desire to land on AT&T in the May to June timeframe. More →
HTC had a very busy day at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as it announced three new handsets: the Desire, HD mini and Legend (above left to right). Although they’re all quite different, they do have a few things in common including GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, G-sensors, 3.5mm headphone jacks and dual-band (900/2100MHz) 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity. Having said that, there are some huge differences as well, so let’s run through each device.
By far the most impressive of the bunch is the Desire. Best thought of as the Nexus One with Sense UI (albeit with a single mic), it has a 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB ROM / 576MB RAM, optical joystick, fully supports Microsoft Exchange, runs Android 2.1 with Sense UI, is Flash enabled and 10.1 ready. It will be available in both Europe and Asia starting in Q2.
Next up is the Legend. A handset that that oozes sex appeal thanks in part to its chassis machined from a single piece of aluminum. The Legend features a 3.2″ HVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 600MHz MSM7227 processor, 512 MB ROM / 384MB RAM, optical joystick and Android 2.1 with Sense UI. Anyone living in Asia will have to wait until Q2 to get a Legend, but Europeans will begin to have access to it next month.
Last but not least is the HD mini. A scaled and powered down version of the HD2, the HD mini has a 3.2″ HVGA multi-touch capacitive display, 5 megapixel camera, 600MHz MSM7227 processor and 512MB ROM / 384MB RAM. It does indeed run Windows Mobile 6.5, although we were told it will not receive an update to Windows Phone 7 Series. That might sound a bit off-putting, but let’s be honest; you’re going to want the latest and greatest hardware when that OS is released. Look for it in Europe and Asia as of Q2.
We’ve mentioned that each of the new devices has Sense UI, and HTC was quite pleased to announced it has updated the skin. Some of the new features include general enhancements to the UI, a social media aggregate app called Friend Stream, a newsreader widget and Leap, which is basically card view. We haven’t heard anything US-specific, but European and Asian Hero owners will be getting the update in the near future.
The HTC Legend has made another pre-announcement appearance, this time appearing in full marketing regalia on a dutch website. According to Dutch wireless carrier KPN, the Legend is expected to debut in March with a list of specs that are relatively bland. Similar to previously leaked live shots, the Legend will sport a form factor that resembles the GSM Hero with an optical trackpad instead of a trackball, a slight chin, and a sleek looking unibody aluminum frame. The remaining specs include a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive 320×480 touchscreen display, Qualcomm MSM7727 600MHz processor, 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Android 2.1 with Sense UI. Look for the Legend to become official next week during MWC 2010. More →
Well, well, well, look what we have here: an actual HTC Legend. For those that don’t pay particularly close attention to the world of Android, the Legend can best be thought of (though by no means officially) as the successor to the Hero. A device that many of you might remember left us wanting more. Featuring a new design approach which includes an aluminum body as well as a gigantic HTC logo on the rear (HTC is typically conservative when it comes to branding), the Legend also features goodies like an optical trackpad, AMOLED display and LED flash. Our one qualm? We really miss that funky green antenna cover as seen in the initial renders of the device. Anyway, hit the jump to check out the rear of the Legend. We think it may remind you of a very popular phone that came out in mid-2007. More →
When it rains, it pours for HTC. The leak of its portfolio shows a huge number of handset offerings in 2010, the Sprint Hero will be receiving the Android 2.1 update, the HD2 looks to be headed for T-Mobile and apparently their Sense UI is getting a nice update. The latter seems to have been outed via a ROM dump running on a Hero. It’s rumored that this version of Sense will be available on a HTC device codenamed Espresso — a handset that didn’t appear on HTC’s 1H 2010 list. It’s possible that this refreshes Sense UI will apply to all future HTC Android handsets. More screenshots after the jump!
We admit it — we’re the most vain group of smartphone lovers on the planet. A phone can have mind boggling specs and every feature we’ve ever dreamed of, but unless it has some sex appeal, the odds of us ever rocking it in public are slim to none. A lot of times when a handset’s specs leak out we get really excited only to have our hopes quashed by a hideously ugly design. With the HTC Legend, we saw some amazing specs but a picture that left us, well, a little unmoved. The very same styling queues that made the original HTC Hero so sexy seemed now to look so forced, so lifeless. But all of a sudden we have a higher quality render to judge look at thanks to ai.rs blog and we have to admit our interest in the device has skyrocketed. In our review of the Hero, we ultimately concluded that the more we played with the Hero, the more we longed for the Magic/myTouch 3G because they simply worked. But now that the Hero has been beefed up with a speedier processor, given a gorgeous facelift with a sexy AMOLED display and metal chasis to boot, ditched the trackball and, perhaps more importantly for some, been blessed with an honest to goodness flash for the camera, all of the complains that we had about the original Hero look to have been hunted down and wiped out. We can’t help but think how sweet it would be to be able to hibernate through winter so that March comes that much sooner. More →