Microsoft have consistently pointed out that Android is not free, nor open. Whether you agree on the latter point really depends on your definition. If it is a matter of degree, then Android is ‘more open’ then WP7 and, of course, iOS. That much is for sure. However, Android is not free to HTC, Samsung and the like. Here’s why.
Some of the key players making Android based mobile phones have crawled into bed with an intellectual properties company called Intellectual Ventures (IV). They pay IV a fee for access to its 30,000 or so registered patents. These patants allow companies using Android to defend [...]
However, the similarities stop there. Rumor has it that the Knight will pack a powerful dual-core 1Ghz processor. We are set to learn more come January 6th where Sprint as likely to launch this event at the first day of CES 2011.
Unfortunately there is not much else to say on the matter for now, but everything fits in with the timelines we [...]
HTC have recently announced that they intend to release the Gratia to European markets. The Gratia is very much like the Aria. It will offer pretty much exactly the same hardware as the Aria aside from the 3G radio. Indeed, this is the main reason for launching the device as a separate phone. This new Gratia will support HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 along with its quadband GSM/EDGE. Other specifications include a 3.2-inches and HVGA resolution, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone socket and GPS. It will be possible to expand the storage via microSD.
This device should launch in November across [...]
It is possible that the device code-name ‘Lexikon’ from HTC may well be a Droid launching on Verizon. The device is alleged to offer a 3.8-inch screen at WVGA resolution. There has been speculation that a 3.8-inch device is a rather odd size and that the screen might indeed be 4-inches. However, there is no real evidence to support this notion. The phone will offer 512MB RAM along with an 800MHz processor. This processor is likely to be the ‘Scorpion’ processor which reportedly runs smoother than the 1 Ghz snapdragon. However, we have no word on this for certain.
Android 2.2 will come as default and it is [...]
HTC, known to the masses for bringing us Android phones like the Desire and Nexus One, has just officially announced the release of the HTC Desire HD and the Desire Z. In particular, the Taiwanese based firm will aim to challenge the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S series within Europe with the large-screen Desire HD and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the Desire Z. With that said, HTC are by no means new to large screen high-end devices. The HTC EVO 4G is testament to that in the USA.
The screen on the Desire HD is 4.3 inches in size, while the Desire Z has a smaller 3.7-inch display. The Desire HD is taller and [...]
We recently posted pictures of the forthcoming T-Mobile G2, but we can now provide you with further information to get those hearts racing. Unfortunately, this might not be as exciting as you had hoped for. As the title suggests, the G2’s MSM7x30 chip will be clocked at 800MHz. If you are anything like us, you would have been hoping for a a 1Ghz processor.
The upside to this news is that the battery will probably last a lot longer and T-Mobile are still calling it “the fastest smartphone experience in America”. They are either lying through their teeth, ignorantly blissful, or in fact it is actually really fast. After [...]
Verizon has confirmed that the HTC DROID Incredible is to receive its Froyo update starting today. The new update will include Flash Player 10.1, 3G Mobile HotSpot support, and 720p video recording. For more information and the complete list of benefits go to www.verizonwireless.com/droidincrediblesupport.
Virgin Media in the UK confirmed that its HTC Desire and Wildfire handsets will be getting the Android 2.2 Froyo update in September. Via its Twitter account, Virgin Media tweeted “MOBILE: HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire – great news, we’re expecting to release OTA updates to 2.2 (Froyo) early Sep :).” Right on schedule with HTC’s statement that Froyo would roll out starting Q3 of this year.
Today T-Mobile USA revealed that its first HSPA+ powered 3.5G smartphone will be called the G2. It launched a teaser page saying as much. No real details are there, not even a photo, but the company said that more info will be coming in the next few weeks or so.
As luck would have it, that coincides with an HTC event in London on September 15th, that we expect to be the launch of the HTC Desire HD, which would make a fine G2 for T-Mo.
For a short moment the HTC Desire HD apparently made a surprise appearance on the Amazon UK website. The HTC Desire HD, also known to some as the HTC Ace, is alleged to be a 4.3-inch, 8MP touting Android 2.2 smartphone.
According to the leaked screenshot, the device will become available for £415 ($650) but due to the fact we only have an image to work with, we cannot look into the HTML code behind to see if there are any other juicy its of information to piece together. Amazon pulled the listing shortly after posting it, which has only led to a reduction in speculation and a confirmation that the device is on its [...]