Why are these high-fashion phones still around? Who uses them? I've never once seen one in the wild. Only once have I ever even heard of one in the wild and that was when my friend Adam Curry said that he was going to buy his teenage daughter a Samsung Armani. He hardly counts. He is a high-profile guy. Mere mortals do not … Read more
Aside from getting a taste of Eclair, the update also brings enhancements to the HTC Sense user interface and corporate e-mail as well as a number of bug fixes.
Sprint will not be releasing the update over the air, so you'll have to head over to the carrier's support site for instructions on how to download and install the software. Happy updating!
At long last, it appears 2010 is the year of 4G. Or at least that's what Sprint is hoping for, as it begins on June 4 to roll out the country's first ever 4G phone, the HTC Evo 4G. By most accounts, the phone looks amazing. It promises a 4.3-inch TFT display, a front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.1, and so much more.
But let's step back for a second and redefine what 4G means in this case. Sprint's 4G technology is called WiMax, and it stand for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It has close ties to current Wi-Fi technology and is based on a 802.16e wireless standard. WiMax offers a theoretical download speed of up to 10Mbps and peak upload speeds of 1Mbps, though Sprint says that average download speeds will be more like 3 to 6Mbps.
Sprint is the only carrier pursuing WiMax as a 4G technology. The other three--AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile--are going the LTE route. That stands for Long-Term Evolution, and it has a slightly different architecture than WiMax. Existing WiMax hardware would be incompatible with LTE. However, Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse has said that if LTE turns out to be the standard in the future, Sprint would be open to changing over to LTE (unlike GSM/CDMA, the differences between LTE and WiMax are not that vast).
The reason Sprint has been so aggressive with WiMax instead of LTE is that the company has already acquired a lot of the spectrum with its acquisition of ClearWire a few years ago. For more on 4G technology, you can read our quick primer on the subject.
Prior to the Evo 4G, Sprint released a few mobile broadband products that take advantage of 4G/WiMax. They include Sprint's OverDrive mobile hot spot, which lets you connect up to five devices at a time. The data plan on the OverDrive costs $59.99 a month. As for data caps, here's where it gets interesting. Sprint says it still maintains a 5GB data cap for 3G mobile broadband products, but it won't have a data cap for 4G. Also, Sprint says that it doesn't have a data cap for any of its handsets, regardless if it's 3G or 4G. So, good news there. Additionally, the HTC Evo 4G has the ability to act as a WiFi Hotspot for up to eight devices as long as you sign up for a $30 mobile broadband plan, so if you have an Evo 4G, there's no need to get a separate Overdrive, and you get the benefit of unlimited data.… Read more
HTC unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the Wildfire, and tapped it with a Q3 release in European and Asian markets.
Like many of the handset manufacturer's recent offerings, the phone runs Android 2.1 and HTC's customized Sense UI, aimed at keeping contacts closer. The device isn't the hardware powerhouse that is a Droid Incredible or Evo 4G but that doesn't appear to be the target demographic this time around.
After four months in the Android realm, and in particular one week each with an HTC Desire and Google Nexus One, I've become a convert.
Android isn't perfect, but it works very well for me, and no doubt we'll see further improvements at the Google I/O conference this week. My biggest complaint had been performance, but that's been put to rest by the powerful hardware of new-generation models--not just the Desire and Nexus One, but also HTC's Incredible and Evo, Motorola's Droid, and doubtless many others on the way.
The Apple iPhone is … Read more
It's not much to look at but according to some, the image to the right could be a rendering of HTC's upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset.
Dubbed the HTC Mondrian, the image and some specs were discovered within a .cab file in a leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM over at xda-developers. It is said the device will feature a 4.3-inch WVGA touch screen, a digital compass, and an HD-capable camera (5 megapixels or higher).
Most notable, however, is that it looks like the smartphone will rock a 1.3GHz Qualcomm QSD8650A/B Snapdragon processor, which can support … Read more
This show was recorded before we knew the price and availability of the HTC Evo 4G, but we do mention it in the show. We also go over the iPhone appearance in Vietnam, the LG Ally, more Android news, and the latest reviews.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Rumor of the week: Unique Motorola Android handset
TechCrunch is reporting today that Android 2.2 "Froyo" will feature built-in USB tethering and Wi-Fi hot-spot capability. This is exciting news for Android users as it could potentially provide all phones with one of the great selling features of the forthcoming HTC Evo 4G from Sprint.
For those unfamiliar, mobile hot spots allow users to share their Internet connection with other devices such as laptops and portable gaming consoles. USB tethering is also rising in popularity, as many Android owners want to share their 3G connections with a Netbook while on the go.
As carriers begin rolling … Read more
We just did that to blow out your pun sensors. It's Tom's next-to-last show, and we have a big announcement: Rafe Needleman will be taking over his co-host duties! Listen for more, and also, hear about the escalation of the global thermonuclear patent wars, Adobe's passive-aggressive "attack" on Apple, and why Tom and Molly are now in an Evo love triangle.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1227
Adobe takes case against Apple to ‘Net with ad, open letter http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/05/adobe-takes-case-against-apple-to-net-with-ad-open-letter.ars… Read more