According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
Desire HD Receives Ice Cream Sandwich – No Thanks to HTC
A few weeks ago, we reported on HTC’s disappointing decision not to provide an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD. Not even a petition with over 15,000 signatures was enough to persuade them to change their mind. It did however, force them to release an official statement:
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
As we know, the developers here on XDA are never ones to let things lie. XDA Senior member QD2DC and the Team blackout development team have now given HTC a large two fingered salute by releasing the first fully functional Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM with Sense 3.6. Ported over from an HTC Incredible S build, the ROM is 100% complete and has no known issues. The ROM also comes with Team blackout’s own custom kernel for additional performance.
If you’d like to give the ROM a try, head on over to the original thread.
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