If leaks and rumors are to be believed, HTC is putting final embellishments on its upcoming Beats-enabled, 4.7-inch Android smartphone said to be called the HTC Bass, also referred to in online circles as the HTC Runnymede.
Recent reports point to October 6 as HTC’s target for the HTC Runnymede/Bass release date.
Engadget recently found a YouTube video showing the device. The video leaks out some interesting spec details about the HTC Bass. Perhaps the most significant ones are its screen size, its zippy performance, Beats Audio, camera, and carrier that the device is potentially headed to.
Although the original video from YouTube has been removed, Engadget was [...]
Whether it’s Apple trying to block Samsung and HTC devices from the market with their software patents, or Microsoft trying to collect money on licensing software “inventions” that those companies will never even give a second look after they license them, or all the shell companies trying to extort money from start-ups and even large companies, it’s pretty clear that software patents have gotten out of hand.
Not only have they led to many ridiculous lawsuits, but they’ve also pushed their value way up, with companies paying up to $800,000 “per patent” when they buy them from other companies, regardless of the actual value of [...]
A listing page on the Amazon website claims to be selling battery replacements for the yet-unannounced, yet-unreleased HTC Vigor rumored for Verizon Wireless.
The Amazon page shows the battery capacity rated at 1,620 mAh, which is definitely bigger than the one on the HTC Thunderbolt (also on Verizon), which the HTC Vigor is supposed to replace when it comes out this October 5. Other sources claim the HTC Vigor release date will be on October 13.
The page also lists the battery’s part number as 35H00168-02M.
We are not certain about the authenticity of the [...]
A new powerful, LTE-capable smartphone from HTC is about to hit South Korean stores soon–and AT&T soon thereafter–in the form of the HTC Raider 4G.
HTC officially announced this week the HTC Raider 4G for SK Telecom, a South Korean mobile network. The device was previously referred to as the HTC Holiday and is a much-talked-about device, especially with photos of its alleged prototype appearing in various places on the Web.
Although HTC did not mention anything about its plans to release the HTC Raider 4G on AT&T, there is a strong indication that it is AT&T-bound. It will most likely retain the name HTC Holiday.
But, who really [...]
Yesterday in New York, HTC has official announced its new mid-ranged smartphone with a feminine twist and style–the HTC Rhyme–to be released on Verizon Wireless this month.
The HTC Rhyme (formerly codenamed the HTC Bliss) will be on Verizon’s shelves starting September 29 with a price of US$199 (on a two-year contract).
Meanwhile, folks in the U.K. will be able to get their HTC Rhyme through phone retailer O2, which has confirmed that it will be releasing the phone in the U.K. this coming October 17.
The HTC Rhyme is also expected to reach Europe and Asia in October and could come in a variety of colors (e.g., silver, mocha, blue–in addition to [...]
On July 15th, an ITC judge decided that HTC infringed on 2 of the 4 patents that Apple used against HTC. Now, it seems that a U.S Trade Agency has formed a 6 person comission to review to validity of these 4 patents, and whether a correct interpretation has been made for three of the patents.
That means they could either invalidate Apple’s win, or they could make it so HTC is responsible for the infringement of just one patent, or two of them, or even of all three (in which case Apple would be even happier with the review).
Apple has accused HTC of “stealing” their technology from the iPhone in this trial, and HTC has stated that no matter the [...]
HTC has officially launched today the first fruit of its recently inked “strategic partnership” with Beats Electronics–the HTC Sensation XE.
Formerly codenamed the HTC Sensation Special Edition, the HTC Sensation XE will reach European, Middle Eastern, African, and Asia Pacific markets in late September.
The handset is expected to cost about EUR590 (about US$806). No word has been given yet regarding release in the U.S. and Canada.
The HTC Sensation XE is the first–and definitely not the last–HTC Android handset to come equipped with Beats Audio technology for “studio quality” sound experience.
Pretty much everything else in [...]
Verizon has several new Android devices lined up to replace older models for the holidays. According a photo of a list leaked by a tipster, the new upcoming Verizon devices include the HTC Thunderbolt 2 (replacing the HTC Thunderbolt), Samsung Stratosphere (replacing the Samsung Fascinate), and the Samsung Prime (replacing the Samsung DROID Charge), among others.
A member of Android Forums who claims to be working for Best Buy allegedly received from a Verizon representative a copy of a list of upcoming phones slated for release on Verizon for the holidays.
Of note on the list are the HTC Thunderbolt 2, the Samsung Stratosphere, and the Samsung Prime (whose [...]
HTC is reportedly being interested in acquiring webOS from HP. HP is probably still not sure whether they want to sell it or not, most likely along with their Palm patents, which HTC could also really use against Apple (and maybe Microsoft later). Also, HTC says if they are doing this they want it to be a very rational decision, and not an impulse one.
First of all, they need to be sure HP isn’t ripping them off, asking them for many billions of dollars for it. In my opinion webOS is worth even less now than it did when HP bought it. The thing is, the more time passed, the more Android and iOS got a foothold in the market, and now webOS is even further behind. So [...]
Verizon Wireless just released the Motorola DROID Bionic, a powerful beast-of-a-smartphone, last week, and it won’t be too long before another powerful beast–this time from HTC’s camp–comes along, as a device rumored to be the HTC Vigor just made it past the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Said to be the HTC Vigor, the device with HTC model number PH98100 (FCC ID NM8PH98100), recently received clearance from the FCC for its CDMA/EVDO and 4G LTE radios. As is usually the case, approval from the FCC usually suggests the device’s launch or release date just around the corner.
HTC has been mum on the details about the HTC [...]