May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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April 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In This Week in Development, our friend Jordan is back to give you a quick run down of all the stories you need to know from this week’s XDA Portal articles. Jordan covers many different device freedom stories from, most HTC devices getting S-Off, as well as most HTC bootloaders being unlockable.
HTC is not the only OEM being freed for development; Jordan talks about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus getting a permanent SIM unlock. Also covered are the Phone Mods Section of The Galaxy Nexus toolkit being released and app editing software Virtuous Ten Studio going into public beta. Finally, Jordan covers the “Perfect” phone article by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, and SuperCID for the Amaze 4G and Rezound.
Check out the video below.
April 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A few days ago, we brought you news of an unlock method that unlocked the HTC Wildfire S bootloader without voiding the warranty. The reason why that’s so cool is because when users use HTCDev to unlock their bootloaders, it actually voids your warranty. As it turns out, the Wildfire S unlock method may be compatible with any HTC device. Now other users have had success testing XDA Senior Member simonsimons34‘s warranty-intact root method on their own HTC devices.
The process is identical as it was for the Wildfire S, but it can now be tested by anyone with an HTC phone and locked bootloader. As everyone knows, HTCDev’s method won’t give you full S-Off—and neither will this one. However, this is good for those who don’t yet need universal S-Off. Says simonsimons34:
I have been able to create a method of unlocking ANY unlockable hboot, on any device (as far as i can tell)
The method works on S-on, stock recovery devices. As of right now im linking to a specific device, however, if you only use the unlock youll be fine. I need testers from other HTC devices.
So while it’s not quite confirmed on all devices just yet, anyone who wants to test can feel free to do so, and see exactly how many phones this supposedly universal mod actually supports.
If you’re looking to test it out or just want to check it out, hit up the original thread for updates, testing results and download links.
March 25, 2012 By: Former Writer
Most of the development that occurs on the forums requires users to run either Windows or Linux. As such, most guides are for those operating systems as well. Thus Mac users are in a state of limbo, as most users have to wait for someone with a Mac to develop or write tutorials specifically for Macs, including the latest troubleshooting.
However, if you have a Mac and you’re looking to unlock the bootloader for your HTC device, you now have a place and a method to help you out and troubleshoot. XDA Senior Member xjedi wrote out a Mac-friendly tutorial for unlocking the HTC Rezound bootloader using HTC Dev. In his words:
I had trouble unlocking the bootloader on my iMac but got it to work.
Just posting this to help out my fellow Mac Heads who’ve turned from the evil iPhone.
The tutorial is much like the one you’d find on HTC Dev, but adds the much needed support for common errors and troubleshooting that Mac users don’t normally get including proper installation of the Android SDK and there being a whole thread of discussion for those having issues. While originally written for the HTC Rezound, this should work for all devices compatible with the HTCdev unlock method. Now, Mac users can have the same support as PC and Linux users already enjoy.
For the tutorial, discussion and troubleshooting, head on over to the tutorial thread. There you’ll find all the help you’ll need with Mac-based device unlocking.
The billion dollar question right now in the Android world is whether or not your device will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As they so humorously put it:
Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC.
While there is constant speculation as to which devices will be added to the ICS list, not very many firm answers are to be found. Luckily, HTC has just released a public statement as to which devices are slated to receive Google’s latest tasty treat.
Timing is the next important question. HTC has spoken up on this issue as well, stating that the updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE would begin in the coming weeks, with the Sensation 4G andSensation following thereafter. However, the schedule still remains unclear for the other devices slated to receive the OS update.
As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.
While many of us are still irked at the fact that HTC’s first generation Snapdragon devices such as the original HTC Incredible and the legendary Evo 4G are not on the update list, their omission is understandable given that not even the HTC-built Google Nexus One is receiving ICS in official capacity. However, the fact that these devices will be receiving Sense 3.6 rather than Sense 4 is a bit of a bigger blow. However, you can bet that our developer community will have that covered, as they have already begun to do so.
Source: HTC Blog
[Thanks to all who sent in the tip!]
February 13, 2012 By: Former Writer
Some users have been having a lot of problems with the HTC dev bootloader unlock method. Not only does it not completely unlock the bootloader, but it causes problems with flashing things such as kernels and radios.
This problem is especially present on the HTC Sensation, who suffer from issues such as not being able to flash some radio files and some kernels, unless installed in a specific manner, can cause some problems such as WiFi problems.
XDA Senior Member tkraaa has has taken a deeper look at some of these problems and, more important, ways around them or ways to fix them along with links to more threads that can help fix them. Here’s tkraaa’s take on the WiFi issues:
it allows you to install Custom Roms , But what htc don’t tell you is that the custom rom should be using their htc Stock kernel in order to work without errors !!!!!!! . ( Otherwise for Roms with custom kernels , you have to install Custom Kernels in a certain Method to avoid errors like WiFi error !!!! )
So, if you’re facing some of these woes and need them fixed, you can check out all the fixes and explanations in the original thread. Additionally, you can find links to other threads that deal with these problems as well in case you need them.
February 3, 2012 By: liwen
A security flaw in certain HTC Android builds allows third-party applications to access WiFi passwords. The flaw was discovered last September by Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan, who contacted HTC privately before publicly disclosing details.
Considering the list of affected devices – which includes the Desire HD, Glacier, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Sensation, Desire S, EVO 3D and EVO 4G – it appears that the bug is related to some HTC-specific Android modifications in its custom Sense UI. The myTouch 3G and Nexus One, which both run stock Android software despite being manufactured by HTC, do not have this issue.
Since being informed of the security flaw, HTC has already incorporated fixes into regular OTA updates for “most” devices, though we do not know which ones. For those devices that haven’t gotten an automatic fix yet, HTC will provide a manual fix next week, as a statement on its support site reads:
HTC has developed a fix for a small WiFi issue affecting some HTC phones. Most phones have received this fix already through regular updates and upgrades. However, some phones will need to have the fix manually loaded. Please check back next week for more information about this fix and a manual download if you need to update your phone.
Just a few days ago we were talking about how HTC has been making a lot of noise in many news lately, and now we saw a video where the HTC Ville shows off HTC Sense 4.0.
Some of the leaked details point that this metal uni body device will have a thickness of 8mm and the following specs:
- Sense 4.0
- 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4.3 “QHD
- 8 megapixel camera
- VGA front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.0 / 4.0.1 ICS
The video clearly shows some lagging, but this may not be a final build of the software.
The Ville is expected to be among the devices HTC unveils at Mobile World Congress soon, so expect more about this phone as this story develops.
HTC Sense is one of the most popular customizations UI on the Android mobile interfaces, and just a month before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we have some leaked information about the upcoming Sense 4.0.
According to the source the unlock screen now show us more information from our list, quick access to contacts and even the ability to open the notification bar directly. This is not exactly a customization of HTC as this feature is included on Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Also, new widgets are included, like the one that allows access to websites that have previously saved in the browser. That’s not all, because now the email client also includes surprises so good that according to the source the interface is the “best application to date”.
We will finally see HTC and Dropbox integration, with the main advantage that if you have an HTC device you can have a free account with 50GB of storage.
January 28, 2012 By: liwen
After the disappointing Q4 results, which saw a sharp drop in profit and revenue for HTC, the Taiwanese mobile device company is now looking to cut back on its smartphone portfolio this year, instead focusing on fewer ‘hero’ devices. This is exactly what we argued HTC should be doing, though leaks from December already suggested that this change was coming.
In an interview with Mobile Today, HTC UK boss Phil Roberson said the following:
We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.
So 2012 is about giving our customers something special. We need to make sure we do not go so far down the line that we segment our products by launching lots of different SKUs.
We had a fantastic year, with 65% growth year on year in the UK. But in Q4 we delivered a lot more products than in the past. Now we want to create more of a ‘hero’ approach. We make great phones, but it is hard to do that when the portfolio is spread too much.
Besides releasing fewer smartphones, Roberson also said that HTC would shift its focus away from tablets – it won’t “exit the sector completely”, though.
We can only applaud this move, and hope that we will see some great new devices introduced at Mobile World Congress, which is at the end of February and thus should be the place for HTC to announce its new models in time for “second quarter releases”.
January 26, 2012 By: orb3000
Not much ago we informed you about Sprint sending updates For HTC EVO 4G and EVO Design 4G which will remove the infamous Carrier IQ; well now it seems that not only Carrier IQ will be removed as the company included HTC EVO 4G and EVO View 4G on the most updated list of devices coming to End-Of-Life.
This means that both HTC devices are ending their days on the shelves. EVO 4G is expected to leave this week, and the EVO View 4G -Sprint´s version of HTC Flyer- will leave next week.
It´s amazing how carriers dictate when a device has become “old” even if it is not. Or perhaps the sales of those specific models are not going so well? -which I don´t think so-. Maybe it´s just another way to make space for the new upcoming line of devices that will pop out from MWC in just a few weeks.
Please tell us what you think and thanks for reading.
It’s about that time of year again, as hardware manufacturers prepare to descend upon Barcelona to unveil phones we will collectively drool about but not see for another couple of months.
Today HTC started to send some invitations to HTC’s press event for February 26th, by “chance” only one day before Mobile World Congress Starts in Barcelona. According to the source, the invitation doesn’t reveal any details about what HTC will be unveiling this year, but we have enough rumors and leaks to have a clue.
HTC will be showing many devices in WMC and we hope they include the aforementioned HTC Endeavor/Supreme, HTC Ville, and the mid speced HTC Primo -which will be presented before WMC starts- on the Android side, and HTC Radiant on Windows Phone platform.
Needless to say they should show some new tablet as we have not seen anything new since the Flyer and Jetstream.
Apparently HTC Primo will be presented with the rumored Sense 4.0 on the press event day.
Tell us what you think or what would you like to see as the new flagship of HTC.
HTC has a new partnership with IBM which they expect will help the company reach its goal of selling 100-million devices per year. The new agreement with IBM will help HTC gain a stronger presence in the enterprise world with the integration of IBM’s smart business applications on HTC devices. Details about the partnership are not clear yet, but David Jaeger, executive director Global Enterprise and Services at HTC said:
It’s only been really relatively recently that HTC has broken into the enterprise space. We’re driving toward that magic 100-million device number globally. We see IBM as the gold standard for an enterprise partnership. We want to make sure if IBM is talking about Android or tablets, HTC is in the conversation.
As we see as a trend in 2012 big companies are making strategic associations with other big players, do you think HTC will gain with this partnership more space on the competitive mobile world?
Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, thanks for reading.