The Vigor’s been popping on and off the radar for some time. First, it showed up on a Dutch retailer’s site, then spy shots showed up online and now official looking press shots have come up to the surface, indicating an almost imminent release/announcement.
No fresh information on specs and the original rumours still stand: 1.5GHz dual core, 1GB RAM, a 720p HD display and that new fangled Beats Audio. Not much else to say, but we’re hoping this will turn up somehow in HTC’s September 20th event.
Press shots of HTC’s alleged women’s phone have emerged, but it doesn’t seem to be very feminine. The specs are not that bad, but do seem a bit measly here in 2011. So far the specs listed are a 1GHz CPU, 3.7″ S-LCD display and it seems to be similar in size to the current mid-range king, the Desire S.
What’s really important here is the inclusion of HTC Sense 3.5. We can see the new, far cleaner homescreen in the press shot. But we can do far better than a meesly screenshot. Look past the break for a video walkthrough of Sense 3.5 on the Bliss/Rhyme itself. Go on, you know you want to. Continue reading →
HTC have taken the wraps off of one of the most hotly anticipated devices of 2011 – the world’s first Beat Audio superphone. The device in question isn’t a new device per se and is more of an upgrade to what is arguably one of the best Android phones out there. The Sensation XE builds up on the Sensation’s slender unibody frame, with the only changes being for the better.
Firstly the CPU has been bumped up to a 1.5GHz unit compared to the 1.2GHz of the standard Sensation. The battery’s also been increased to 1730mAH. The RAM and software is still the same as the Sensation. The headphones also seem to be a bundled Beats set, which makes it a nice addition. Read on past the break. Continue reading →
Things seem to be going well for Google’s development team as their latest iteration of Android is on track for that Q4 release date promised four months ago. Rather surprisingly, given the excitement for ICS, only four screenshots have been leaked which don’t really show much in terms of fresh UI. Even these screens, upon closer examination seem to be fake as some key elements from the UI are taken straight from Cyanogenmod and one of its many themes. You can read more about the leaks here.
We still have no idea of what’s coming other than that Ice Cream Sandwich shall unite elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb together in a one size fits all OS. ICS should also have special dev tools which will allow them to scale their apps for different screen sizes, resulting in little or no different between tablet and smartphone versions.
The HTC Ruby, a phone that’s been rumoured for some time now, has been photographed in all its glory during a public event in Thailand. The Ruby is said to have a 4.3″ qHD screen, much like the Sensation but has beefier specs. Firstly the CPU is allegedly a dual core affair running at 1.5GHz, a step up from the Sensation’s 1.2, as well as having 1GB of RAM, another increase over the Sensation’s 768MB. It should also have 16GB of flash storage and should run Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.5. Rather surprisingly Sense is missing for the most part from the most recent shots. Read on after the break.
Just a few days after information about the Vigor surfaced we have two photos of the device. Rumours have pegged this, first and foremost, as HTC’s first Beats Audio device, a product of their latest partnership with Beats by Dr Dre. Secondly? This device is rumoured to have that 720p display we’ve all been hearing about, 1GB or RAM, 1.5GHz Dual Core and Sense 3.5 running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Here’s our first post on the Vigor, and there’s one more picture after the break. Continue reading →
When it comes to manufacturer’s faux pas it doesn’t get any bigger than this. Samsung’s legal department sent a Cease and Desist letter to a person claiming to be in possession of leaked Nexus Prime firmware. Sammy, quite rightly of course, wants its property back as it is indeed Samsung’s unique property and hasn’t yet been released to the public.
So there you have it. The Nexus Prime is indeed being made by Samsung, dashing dreams of a newborn Nexus One everywhere. At least, judging by the Nexus S’ success, it’ll sell well this time round. You can find details of the initial rumours here with more evidence to support the purported 4.5″ HD screen here. You can also take a look at the letter right here, down below.
A few days ago HTC made a staggering announcement that they had just “invested” $300 million in one of the most innovative audio and sound companies in the world, Beats by Dr Dre. What does this mean for us? For one, better audio on our HTC smartphones. Another area could be new audio oriented accessories, maybe better headphones (both optional and packaged) as well as some new speakers or sound docks, iPhone style. Now, just a day ago, sharp eyed tipsters spotted what could be HTC’s first Beats device, the HTC Vigor. Continue reading →
Google have just finalised the purchase of Motorola’s newly founded Mobility unit, the division in charge of creating the highly successful Droid line up for Verizon and for bringing into existence the Xoom, Honeycomb’s launch device.
Now, what we’ve got to see is that Motorola was one of the very Android OEM’s that stuck to the platform and did not participate in Microsoft’s Windows Phone reboot. Ultimately their loyalty seems to have worked out as Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion thus giving them a solid hardware platform for their own dedicated devices, so far the Nexus range.
The news has been welcomed by Google’s partners who see this as an opportunity to revitalise the eco-system and bring about a fresh perspective to Android hardware. What does this mean for us? Google will now be designing and manufacturing their own devices, not just one a year we assume, thus resulting in quicker updates for current Motorola owners and the Android ecosystem in general. All in all good news.
UPDATE: Google’s acquired over 17,000 patents from this purchase. These patent wars are going to get hotter!
Yes, that’s right, HTC’s Evo 3D is now available from Vodafone! From what we can tell Malta is also amongst the first in Europe to get this incredible device. The price is 649 euro off contract or starting from 49 euro on the Smartphone 95 plan.
And here they are! Round about two months ahead of launch we have our first glimpse of Ice Cream Sandwich. These leaked images come from a T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S. From what we can see Ice Cream (short for Ice Cream Sandwich from now on) ditches Gingerbread’s black for a dark and rather AMOLED-unfriendly blue. It also seems o be an evolution of Honeycomb in this aspect, with the holographic design cues more having a more mature, modern and coherent form. Much of the images is blacked out, but the source did give some extra info about what Ice Cream Sandwich shall entail. Read on past the break for more info.
As you techies out there may have heard, there is a war being fought RIGHT NOW. Right beneath our feet. It’s a dirty war, with men and women loyal to opposing causes flinging themselves against each other in this bloody battle. Some, myself included, agree that Samsung is “infringing” on Apple’s designs. Yes, I have been talking about the Samsung vs Apple patent suit. Others see the case differently, arguing that there are only so many ways to design a tablet. It seems the designers of the Motorola Xoom didn’t get the memo. Neither did the designers of Asus’ Transformer. But I digress.