Following our last report on the possible arrival of Android 4.0 for the HTC Rezound four days ago – it looks like Verizon is finally ready to send that scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handset.
Several sources have confirmed that the 299MB OTA update has been pushed out by Big Red to many thrilled owners of the HTC Rezound. According to those who have gotten the update notification and made the jump to ICS, the firmware of the phone has now been bumped to version 3.14.605.12.
It may take more than a couple of days – or weeks even – for the OTA update to hit all phones, so there’s nothing to worry about [...]
IDC (International Data Corporation) is a global market research and analysis firm that specializes in IT and telecommunication technology. Along with predictions and forecasts, the market intelligence firm periodically releases reports showing the current state of the telecommunication market. After an IDC report confirming Android’s dominance on the world stage, it’s more good news for Android and the leading Android device manufacturer, Samsung.
According to the latest report released by IDC, Samsung is leading the way in smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2012, extending, for now, its lead over Apple, with other device manufacturers like HTC [...]
It seems that several HTC EVO 3D owners on Sprint have gotten their long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update ahead of schedule. This rare occurrence will no doubt please those who weren’t exactly expecting to get the OTA ICS update until early August.
The ICS update for Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D comes with some expected features of the not-so-new OS, such as a refined user interface, Face Unlock, redesigned camera app, compatibility with Chrome browser, improved keyboard app and spell checker, enhanced Gmail app, and Google+ integration. The update will also upgrade the Sense UI on your HTC EVO 3D to version 3.6.
As for HTC [...]
HTC has seen its fortunes fade over the past year, after a series of strategic and tactical blunders cost it market share and revenues. The Taiwanese fell behind Samsung in the Android pack, and very importantly, lost much of the crucial US smartphone market, although HTC did register some growth in the fast-developing Asia-Pacific markets. On the bright side, the One series somehow improved HTC’s performance in the past two quarters, in spite of the Customs ban in the US and weak sales in Europe.
To stem loses, the phone-maker has been laying off R&D staff and closing offices in underperforming markets. One such market from where HTC pulled off was Brazil, the [...]
The HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade drama has finally come to an end, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker explained why it decided to scrape ICS update plans for the once flagship handset. But that’s not the case for newer HTC devices, which are still on track to receive their ICS builds.
One of them is the LTE-enabled Verizon HTC Rezound, which should get its ICS build at some point in the very near future. A new Android Guys post features a leaked screenshot that clearly shows that the HTC Rezound should receive its ICS over-the-air (OTA) update at some point today.
However, Verizon is yet to confirm the news and we haven’t [...]
Rumors that HTC would skip the Desire HD from the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update (after the phone was initially deemed upgradable) created quite a stir in the community. Users of the two-year old handset took to the web to express their anger, forcing HTC to publicly state that the update was cancelled because the hardware was not good enough to run ICS.
Of course, Ice Cream Sandwich runs perfectly adequate on many low-end devices that are released today. In addition, custom ROM developers have demonstrated that Android 4.0 runs pretty good on the Desire HD and similarly speced devices. So what prevented HTC from deploying ICS on the Desire [...]
Over the past few years we’ve been hearing rumors every now and then about a possible Facebook phone. However, Mark Zuckerberg has just crushed that idea in Facebook’s recent earnings call saying: “Building out a whole phone really wouldn’t make much sense for us to do.”
And indeed it doesn’t. There are now close to 800 million Android and iOS devices in the market, and Android phones are now growing at a rate of 1 million per day, or 365+ million per year. Plus, there’s a Facebook app for these devices, that does a pretty good job, or at least it should (if it’s horrible, it’s Facebook’s own fault) at delivering [...]
As previously hinted, HTC’s latest entry-level phone, the Desire C, has finally landed in Canada on several wireless carriers. The first is Rogers, which will practically give away the phone to willing customers. The second carrier that will sell the fiery-looking phone is Fido.
If you don’t mind being stuck with Rogers for the next three years, you can get the HTC Desire C for as little as $0.01. Considering they’ll also throw in a free Bluetooth headset as a bonus, it’s not at all a bad proposition. Alternatively, you can purchase the phone outright for $200 with no strings attached.
Over at Fido, the phone is being offered for $30 – but you’ll only have to [...]
We’ve been hearing rumors about Facebook’s supposed grand mobile plans for quite some time, but until now, they had but a whiff of credibility. The last one in particular, coming from the New York Times, sounded extremely far-fetched, stating that Facebook was considering building a smartphone from scratch, both in terms of hardware and software.
A new report seems to set the record straight about Facebook’s bold, but sane plans of getting in the smartphone business. According to Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is currently working on a phone with deep integration of Facebook features, but they have sought help from their old partners at HTC.
FB and HTC [...]
I think HTC made quite a few financial mistakes last year, and the outcomes of those mistakes are starting to appear this year. Besides other strategic mistakes that led to the sharp decrease of their market share and profits in US and Europe, like releasing too many “no-name” models with no long-term branding, they also made some very bad investments last year.
That includes the $40 million they paid to OnLive, and I still haven’t seen anything coming out of that yet. They probably thought that their tablets will take off and their customers will want to play those games on their tablets. But nobody [...]