Samsung Epic 4G user manual available for download

The hotly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is about to hit retail in a few days (August 31th) and as it’s frequently the case the device’s user manual is already up on Samsung’s servers. You can grab it right now if you are planning to get the device next week and be familiar with the product. I just took a quick glance at the pdf and can already tell you that it doesn’t deffer much from the other Galaxy S user manuals.

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Verizon’s HTC EVO / Desire HD emerges in the wild

It now looks like Verizon may be getting its own version of the HTC EVO 4G pretty soon based on a couple leaked pictures. The device definitely looks like it belongs to the 4.3″ family which was introduced to the world nearly a year ago with the HTC HD2. The design seems to be a mix between the EVO 4G (kickstand) and the upcoming HTC Desire HD.

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Samsung Epic 4G Review round-up

The usual suspects have posted the first round of Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G reviews today. All three of them (Engdaget, Gizmodo, and Slashgear) have found the Epic 4G to be the best Android handset currently on the market and definitely a step up from the HTC EVO 4G available on the same carrier. One has to keep in the mind that the Epic is basically just a Samsung Galaxy S with a sliding keyboard and WiMax radio so one can concluded that Samsung keyboard-less offering (the Glaxy S,  Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate) are also really top notch products. I’m currently using a Galaxy S and can confirm that Samsung has done an awesome job this time around and the 720P capturing mode is really good IMO (I’ll talk about it once I post my HTC Wildfire review really soon).

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HTC EVO 4G VS Samsung Epic 4G video

In an attempt to educate potential Samsung Epic 4G buyers, Sprint has shot a short video comparing the Epic 4G vs the HTC EVO 4G which is its most direct and natural competitor. The video basically enumerates all the features that Samsung’s phone has over the EVO 4G. You know…stuff like: a Super-AMOLED screen, better CPU and GPU, sliding Qwerty keyboard, DNLA, etc. I’m sure that HTC is delighted.. Check it out after the break:

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC EVO 4G download available

Can’t wait until August 3rd? Just grab the Android 2.2 firmware for your HTC EVO 4G and manually installed yourself right now. Downlad the Zip file here move it to the  root directory of your SD card, boot the phone into recovery mode by holingd the volume ”up” button while the phone is turning on, and select apply update from the .zip file. Voila! Have a nice weekend and enjoy your EVO 4g.

UPDATE: HTC Took the file down claiming that it is not final. Here’s a Mirror just in case you want to try it out

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Android 2.2 coming to the HTC EVO 4G on August 3rd

HTC EVO 4G owners rejoice! Sprint has officially anounced that the Android 2.2/ Froyo update for the device will be released on August 3rd:

Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more

The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.

Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

“Sprint is thrilled with our customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone.”

Easy Downloading

Sprint will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the upgrade should be available for all HTC EVO 4G users by the middle of August.

The notification will let the users know that the update is available and it will provide the simple two-step over-the-air download process.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.2 is available for download.
Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.2, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade. Customers can access the software update through their HTC EVO 4G under the Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update. This will initiate the three-step process also.

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HTC EVO 4G OTA software update pushed out

Sprint has just started to push out an Over The Air update to all HTC EVO 4G devices this morning. The update number version is 1.47.651.1 but nointhg much is known about it yet but it supposedly improves the WiFI and adds WiFi N support. The File is 21.43MB so it may take a little while to download if you are on 3G (switch to Wifi and be patient).

Via: Engadget

Android 2.2 for the HTC EVO 4G lauching the near future

An Sprint Employee has just post on the company’s message board that the Android 2.2/ Froyo upgrade for the HTC EVO 4G will launch soon:

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

An early hacked port of the vanilla Android 2.2 rom is already available for the EVO 4G but I wouldn’t recommend to use it.

Source: Sprint

Motorola Droid X officially announced: Shipping July 15th for 199$

Motorola is currently holding a press conference in San Frasicsco for the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone. The device will officially start shipping on July 15th for $199 with contract (and after a $100 mail in rebate). Unfortunately the Droid X will ship with Android 2.1 and not 2.2. The Froyo update (which includes Flash 10.1 support) is said to be coming later this summer. On the hardware side of things, there nothing we really didn’t already know know thanks to the numerous leaks since May. The Motorola Droid X packs a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3″ 854×480 capacitive touchscreen (but the device is physically bigger that the HTC EVO 4G and HTC HD2), 8gb of local storage (and Micro-SD expansion slot and a 16gb micro-sd card will be offered in the box), an 8Mpx camera with Dual LED flash capable of 720P video recording, HDMI out, aGPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, DNLA support, Wifi tethering, 3 microphones for noise cancelation and will come preloaded with the Swype on-screen keyboard (the regular keyboard also support multi-touch).

Source: Verizon

HTC EVO 4G capped framerate issues

HTC EVO 4G owners have recently reported that the device’s frame rate seems to be capped at 30FPS (can be seen in several benchmark applications) while others are also reporting laggy touch/finger detection in several applications or throughout the OS. HTC has already stated in an official reply that the 30fps was “fixed at the hardware level. It is not an artificial cap”. The hardware is obviously capable of rendering more than 30fps so a couple of XDA users have decided to try to fix this “non-issue”. First off people must understand that the device isn’t broken or anything like that. What is happening here is that the screen V-Sync is enabled and set to 30Hz. What to see more that 30fps? Just disable V-sync and the “problem” will be “fixed” but you will have to suffer from screen tearing. This is apparently what some folks at XDA have done as you can see in the video below (a video recorded at 20fps meant to show the uncapped frame rate is totally useless..but you get to see the frame rate counter hitting 54fps…):

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HTC supposedly working on HTC EVO 4G Screen issues FIX

HTC is supposedly working on a software fix for the HTC EVO 4G touchscreen sensitivity screen issue but has also said that the glass offset problem is minor and doesn’t effect the user experience at all (they have claimed that are making assembly changes so that the next batches don’t come out with the same problem). I find interesting that HTC openly addressed both issues now especially when you take into account that the HTC HD2 which has been out for more than 8 months exhibits the same problems (and people have complained about them ever since the release of the device). This just goes to show you how much Windows Mobile 6.XX has become irrelevant. Windows Phone 7 can’t come soon enough…

Source: Engadget

White HTC EVO 4G exclusively going on sale at Best Buy on June 11th

According to a a tipster over at Engadget a white version of the HTC EVO 4G (only the back is actually white) will be exclusively sold only at Best Buy starrting June 1th (and will be available through Sprint on August 8th). THose of you who are intersted can start pre-ordering it right not at your local BestBuy store.

Source: Engadget

iPhone 4 vs HTC EVO 4G HD video comparison

One more video comparison for you folks. This time it’s the iPhone 4 vs the HTC EVO 4G. And the winner is…..obviously the iPhone 4.Check out the video below and see how the HTC EVO 4G video suffers from crappy compression artifacts and totally messed contrast (with a nice purple tint as the center of the lense…) compared to the smoother image and framerate with more natural colors on the iPhone 4:
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Early Motorola Droid X preview

The gals at Engadget managed to get their hands-on on a Motorola Droid X and posted a preview of the device.The device definitely looks like a beast even next to the HTC EVO 4G. But according to the preview it has a 4.4″ screen with a resolution of 854×480 (compared to a the WVGA 4.3″ on the EVO and HD2) so the Droid X has a higher PPI than HTC’s latest and greatest. Under hood is apparently a TI OMAP 9630 clocked @ 1Ghz next to 8Gb of flash memory and as we have sen earlier the handset packs an 8 Mpix camera with Xenon flash capable of capturing 720P videos that can then be outputted via the HDMI connector on the side of the device. Based on the pictures aand HD video sample posted the camera (or the software/drivers behind..) of the Droid X is also better than the one found on the HTC EVO 4G. Android 2.1 is running the show with a little help from Moto’s updated MOTOBLUR UI (oh and the keyboard now features multi-touch! And Swype comes pre-loaded on the device too). Check out the videos after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G screen issues

Welcome to the beautiful world of electronics… A whole bunch of early HTC EVO 4G users are complaining that the screen at the bottom of the device is slightly offset and that light (from the capacitive button’s LED underneath) is leaking through. Bad news folks, the HD2 has similar problems (but no light leakage there because of the hardware buttons), the iPhone also has this problem (mine was totally offset and light leaked from top to bottom on the right hand side of the device), the HTC HD had paint chipping problems and badly mounted digitizer (big air gap between the screen and the digitizer), the HTC Diamond2 had dust under the screen, the black version of the HTC P3600 / Trinity had a paint chipping problem and the resistive digitizer of the screen was loose on the top left etc, etc, etc….There’s nothing you can do about it and HTC isn’t going to do anything about it unless the device doesn’t function as it should (if the capacitive panel dies etc). Is it a bad batch? Probably, but you will have to live with it or try to return you phone in hopes to get it replaced by one coming from another batch :(

There are some digitizer issues too as seen in the video below:

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Motorola Droid X vs HTC EVO 4G vs iPhone and Droid Eris size comparison pictures

One more Droid X leak for the weekend. This time we have two pictures showing the Motorola Droid X vs the HTC EVO 4G an iPhone followed by another one showing the Droid X alongside the HTC Droid Eris. As you have probably already noticed the Motorola Droid X is a tiny bit larger than the  HTC EVO 4G! This could be a problem IMO. I firmly believe that the size of the EVO (and HD2) is already a bit too much (it’s a pain to use with one hand).

Source: Android Forums

HTC EVO 4G screen scratch test

Ready for some totally useless videos? Don’t be afraid, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before…especially when you know that the screen on the HTC EVO 4G is identical to the one on the HTC HD2. So how does does the HTC EVO 4G screen handle a key and a blade? Check out the videos after the break:

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iPhone 4 vs HTC EVO 4G comparison

The boys at Engadget have posted of couple of pictures of the newly announced iPhone 4 vs the HTC EVO 4G. As you can see in the pictures above the iPhone 4 is definitely a lot thinner that the EVO 4G (which is already thicker that the HTC HD2 btw) but IMO the iPhone 4′s Retina…high resolution screen is a total waste given the 3.5 size of the display. Looking at the macro shots of both handset it’s clear that you can’t distinguish pixels on both screen. Apple does have better color calibration though. They’ve also upload a screen comparison video of the iPhone 4 vs the iPhone 3Gs (why not the HTC EVO 4G?):

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The HTC EVO 4G breaks Sprint’s sales record

Nothing really surprising here given the marketing and hype surrounding the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. The fact that the devices isn’t a bad product probably help here…I guess…anyway, Sprint is happy to announce that the HTC EVO 4G is now their best selling handset on launch day (the previous one was the Palm Pre). Check out the full press release after the break:

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