HTC Attentive Phone update for Mango released

Following the release of the HTC Watch, HTC Locations and HTC Connected Media (which enables DLNA support on all of HTC’s Windows Phone 7 handsets once they are updated to the final Mango Firmware) the company has just release the Attentive phone update earlier today. This will integrate HTC’s sensor enabled functionalities directly in the phone’s settings menu similar to Samsung recent High Fidelity Position feature.

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HTC Locations, HTC Connected Media (DLNA) and HTC Watch Windows Phone 7 Mango application released

HTC has just released two of its newest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango applications today. The HTC Watch video rental/streaming service application came out last week and today both the HTC Locations and HTC Connected Media apps are finally ready to be downloaded. The HTC Locations application is more or else a WP7 port of the old HTC Footprints stuff that was introduced a while ago on Windows Mobile 6. Nothing really super exciting. The second app is the most interesting one: HTC Connected Media is the DLNA media sharing hub that will allow you to broadcast your device’s multimedia content (Music, videos, pictures) on any DLNA equipped hardware (TV, Windows 7 / Vista PC etc). Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to work on current Windows Phone 7 HTC handsets but may be operational if you have flashed yours with the released leaked firmwares.

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HTC Flyer Review

When I first heard off the HTC Flyer (also know as the HTC View 4G on Sprint) in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress I wasn’t really sure what to think about the product. HTC didn’t allow the press to handle it and the device’s specification left me puzzled about it competitiveness compared to all the more powerful Android Honeycomb tablets all over the show floor.

With Honeycomb tablets being all the rage this year it was definitely surprising to see HTC launching a relatively small Gingerbread tablet powered by a single core CPU with the main differentiator being its n6trig active digitizer and Stylus. I admit, the Flyer didn’t look good on paper. I quickly dismissed this as a dead on Arrival product that only saw the light of the day because HTC was willing to use nVidia’s Tegra 2 SoC and decided to stick with Qualcomm which ultimately resulted in the company only being able to use Gingerbread instead of honeycomb (Android 3.X is only now being made “compatible” with SoC’s other than the Tegra 2).

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HTC Sensation Hardware Specifications and release date

Here are the hardware specifications of he HTC Sensation android handset. As previously expected this device is essentially and 3D-less version of the HTC EVO 3D. The Sensation will start shipping in mid-May on Vodafone’s network across Europe: 12 May online and 17 May in retail shops (the carrier has a one month exclusive). The rest of the European carriers will get it in June. Specs after the break:

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HTC Flyer preview: Hardware specifications and thoughts

First off, big thumbs down to HTC who only allowed those, who were able to go to the press event, to get a closer look at the HTC Flyer yesterday and even those present at the event weren’t allowed to touch it… (I had a meeting with MS at the same time so I couldn’t be present at HTC’s announcement). So everybody else was left with 3 devices running a promo video behind a glass (see video after the break). Anyway, so what is the Flyer all about? Well, I’m still trying to figure out what went through HTC’s mind here and why they decided to make this weird Android 2.4 tablet instead of going for a Tegra 2 powered Android 3.0 Honeycomb product like every other major OEM. The company definitely seems to be in so kind of identity crisis and thinks that it’s more important for them to push out their brand name with recycled hardware (HD2-HD7, Desire HD -> Incredible S, Desire S etc..) instead of pushing the hardware forward or even updating the current device with their latest software version so that we won’t have to buy exactly the same hardware (re-branded and renamed) just to have the latest version of Android and Sense. But I then remembered something: HTC has always done this back in the Windows Mobile days. Every single WinMo phone that came out after the original HTC Touch was the same frigging hardware internally and all that changed was the TouchFlo version (their last innovative product was the HTC HD2). The same is happening now with their Android devices and this is seriously starting to piss off some people. Now when you think about it, the MSM8255 that was first introduced in the Desire HD is still one of the best SoC out there so there was no real reason to change it and personally think that what Samsung and LG are doing is just overkill given that Android doesn’t seem to take any real advantage out of the crazy processing power found in their newly announced handsets.. The main problem here is that HTC is going to market those new devices as something brand new super phones when they are in fact just recycled Desire HD’ with smaller screens.

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