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 launches HTCDev developer program and opens up the Sense UI with the OpenSense SDK

HTC’s CEO Perter Chou has just announced, during his Qualcomm Upling Keynote, that the company is opening up the Sense UI to modders with the OpenSense SDK and launching a new developer program named HTCDev. So what is this all about? Here’s the official description:

HTCdev will be a comprehensive resource for developers that will provide the core tools you need to develop your ideas specifically on HTC devices, including access to HTC OpenSense SDK, support, education, and enhanced services that will enable you to build, publish and promote your ideas. HTCdev will be a constantly evolving platform and we intend to use your feedback to add new features and tools in the future. This is the start of a conversation and of a collaboration. Where it goes from here is only limited by your imagination.

As you can see HTC is going to provide a free OpenSense SDK that will allow anybody to play around and modify the famous and critically acclaimed Sense UI.

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HTC’s CEO still wants to “innovate on top” of Windows Phone 7

I seems like HTC still can’t get over the fact that they aren’t allowed to customize the Windows Phone 7 UI. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Peter Chou, has stated once again that he hopes to “innovate on top” of Windows Phone 7 even though the general consensus after the leaked HTC Hub videos is that the company isn’t really doing a good job at it with all the funky looking animations. Check it out after the break:

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HTC’s CEO talks about Sense on Windows Phone 7

Fiercewireless got some contradicting quotes from HTC’s CEO Peter Chou about Sense on Windows Phone 7.

HTC CEO Peter Chou said the smartphone vendor initially will be unable to bring its Sense UI onto its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

“Initially, we don’t have time to bring things on top of that,” he said. “But over time we will innovate on top of that to provide some HTC experience.”

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Video hands-on with the HTC Desire HD Rom on the HTC HD2

I’ve just finished shooting a short hands-on video of the recently released HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2. You will see that it runs relatively smoothly (it isn’t super fast but no slow either) and that all the major functionalities of the OS are up and running. I should point out that the browser is still buggy and crashes 90% of the time on my HTC HD2 after a few minutes (I can no longer load any page on pan/zoom/navigate). Wifi still isn’t working (on my handset) and the Camera isn’t supported either (but the flash works). Also keep in mind that it takes a while to boot the OS for the first time (nearly 10 minutes and that it isn’t supper responsive afterwards either (it can sometimes take up to 10 secs to come out of sleep when I hit a hardware button). The Battery is drained super fast too. Check it out after the break:

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HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2 released and video walkthrough

This is bloody awesome especially for all the HTC HD2 users out there who just can’t stand Windows Mobile 6.5 anymore. DarkStone1337 over at XDA-Devs has just released a modified HTC Desire HD Rom (the one leaked earlier) for the HTC HD2 and posted a 14 minutes long video showing the whole thing in action. Some features are currently broken but you can see that it’s already running smoothly as if it was on an HTC Desire HD.

HTC Desire HD build for HTC HD2 by darkstone (Beta 2):

Easier to list whats NOT working:

- Camera (app closes itself)
- Ebook reader (E-Books do not open)
- Ringtones (Unable to select a ringtone, get a force close error)
- Video playback from SD card is slow, needs rectifying
- LED Notifications are bizzare, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t

// Creates a 1gb data.img (takes a long time to make on first boot, be patient. No, the HD2 has not crashed despite what the screen looks like! Wait 10 minutes or so.)
// Don’t worry about FB console not showing, that’s normal
// This shouldn’t really be considered as a build for daily usage, still experimental

// Copy the Android folder to SD card, run CLRCAD.EXE and haret.exe on your HD2

Check the video after the break:

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First HTC Desire HD Rom leaks with early Adreno 205 results

It didn’t take long before the first HTC Desire HD rom found its way on xda-devs. It’s been only 2 days since the official announcement and Dealer75 has already dumped the rom from pre-retail device. Head over to the source link to grab the file if you care about this kind of stuff.

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HTC Sense Hub shown on HTC Schubert device

It’s leaking folks! Here’s a video of the previously shown HTC Hub customization running on an actual device (which looks like the HTC Schubert / Mozart). I personally don’t really like what HTC has done in terms of UI design. It doesn’t seems to follow the guidelines at all. What do you guys think? Video after the break:

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HTC Sense Hub Windows Phone 7 experience revealed in video?

Well, this looks interesting to say the least. Could this be HTC‘s attempt to “customized” Windows Phone 7 with a little bit of Sense love? It definitely doesn’t follow some of the UI guidelines but things could be slightly different for OEMs… Grab some salt though….Video after the break:

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HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z walkthrough video

Here’s the official promo walkthrough video of the HTC Deisre Z and HTC Desire HD handsets that were announced today. This 6 minutes long video will show first start with a hardware tour of both devices that is followed up by a demo of the new Sense UI features (Camera,e-book etc…) Check it out after the break:

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HTC Desire HD Specifications

HTC has just officially unveiled the HTC Desire HD which can be simply described as the European version of the HTC EVO 4G (without the Wimax Radio) because the hardware specification of the device are identical (besides the SLCD panel). Update: Well it looks like the device apparently features the new MSM8255 SoC (with the Adreno 205 GPU)! This will hopefully be the chipset used by HTC for the Windows Phone 7 devices. Similar to the HTC Desire Z, the Desire HD will also be sporting Android 2.2 with the new Sense UI once it hits retail (and Vodafone) on October 13th. One of the newest addition is the face Recognition feature implemented in the camera software like the original HTC Desire ( Dobly and SRS surround sound + DLNA have also been added) but I guess that this will also finds it way in the US devices sooner or later. Specs after the break:

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HTC Desire Z Specifications

 

No surprises here folks, the just announced HTC Desire Z features nearly the same hardware specifications as the HTC T-Mobile G2 recently unveiled in the US (the G2 has 4Gb of internal ROM). The only new info is that the screen is SLCD and definitely not AMOLED. The Desire Z will run Android 2.2 and feature HTC’s newly revamped Sense UI alongside the http://www.htcsense.comservice. Both the HTC Desire Z and HTC Desire HD will launch on Vodafone in Europe next month (October 13th for the Desire HD) Specs after the beak:

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HTC Wildfire Software Tour

Here’s a quick software tour I did of the HTC Wildfire handset. As you will see in the video the Wildfire’s software is totally identical to what you can find on the HTC Desire so there isn’t much to say about it. The Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1 is smooth and really pleasant to use but things get a bit once you start using more CPU intensive applications like the browser and many other applications. The MSM7225 chipset clocked at 528Mhz starts to show its limits and makes the Wildfire really frustrating to use especially when in the browser. Forget about gaming mainly because of the slow chipset and because the screen’s QVGA resolution renders the device incompatible with many of the applications/games available on the Android Market. Watch the full video after the break:

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First HTC Windows Phone 7 device shot in the wild

Well well…here are the first live shots of what appears to be HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 handset. Is it the HTC Mondrian, Mozart, Schubert….? Only time will tell but according to the tipster it packs a 1ghz SnapDragon chipset (so it probably isn’t the Mondrian which, according to its leaked rom, has a Qualcomm QSD8650A/B clocked 1.3ghz) a 3.7″ S-LCD screen, three capacitive touch buttons at the bottom and an 8Mpix camera on the back. Based on the picture HUB seen above the WP7 build seems to be really old (microsoft has seen changed the sample pictures found in the hub).

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HTC Sense as we know it is NOT coming to Windows Phone 7

Wow talk about misleading and linkbait news title and information (I’m talking about Engadget’s an others…)…I’ll just make it clear form the get go: HTC Sense as we know it IS NOT coming to Windows Phone 7. Here’s what HTC’s Drew Bradford said:

“Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience [in Windows Phone 7], but we can still innovate,” “We won’t be able to replace as much of the core Windows Phone experience, but we will augment it,”

HTC will only be able to ad its own tilesand hubs to the Metro UI (an no more than 60Mb of ad-ons/apps) nothing more. So there’s basically no news at all here. The same applies to what he says about Google’s Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) update which is rumored to have stricter UI guidelines:

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Adobe Reader for Android released

Adobe has just released a official PDF reader for Android today that can be download for free on the Android Market. No big news here given that all Android handsets sold by HTC come with the same application (although this one seems to be updated with a new UI layout) but many Android user with Motorola Droid and Nexus Ones can now finally access pdf docs on their handsets. The Adobe Reader is only compatible with Android 2.1. Check out the video below:
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HTC Desire Review

Following the launch of the Google Nexus One in the US, many Android users, especially in Europe, were eagerly waiting for a similar device to launch worldwide. The HTC Desire was officially announced during Mobile World Congress in February alongside the HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini but wasn’t really a surprise thanks to the leaked roadmap that surfaced a few months earlier. Codenamed HTC Bravo, the Desire is essentially a Nexus One with a few hardware changes and HTC’s Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1. So how does it stack up against HTC’s other top of the line handset?

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HTC Desire Software Tour video


Want to see how fast a smooth HTC’s Sense UI runs on the HTC Desire? Check out the video below that I shot today where you’ll will see that the Desire is one heck of speedy handset. as you will see the only time I saw lag was when I set a live Wallpaper (animated wallpaper), so turning it off and reverting back to a traditional one fixed the issue. HTC’s Sense UI on the Desire is basically the same as on the HTC Legend which is an update versions on the one introduced on the HTC Hero nearly one year ago.

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide announced: launching in June with Android 2.1


T-Mobile has finally officially announced the long rumored and often leaked HTC myTouch 3G Slide. The myTouch 3G Slide features a 3.4″ HVGA capacitive screen coupled with a sliding-qwerty keyboard. It will be running Android 2.1 with a couple of unique applications pre-installed in place of the standard Google features For example the handsets will feature the Swype on screen keyboard and a Genius Button that enables voice control of the phone (powered by Dragon Dictation instead of Google’s own voice technology). As it was previously rumored The myTouch 3G Slide is expected to launch in June which is a little bit too late IMO (going against the EVO 4G, iPhone 4G etc)…Here’s the full press-release:

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