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HTC EVO 4G shortages undermine Sprint’s WiMAX advantage admits Hesse

HTC EVO 4G shortages undermine Sprint’s WiMAX advantage admits Hesse

Sprint's patchy stock of the HTC EVO 4G has limited the impact of their early entrance into the 4G market, according to CEO Dan Hesse, telling the WSJ that "we thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up having."  HTC says the delay in handsets is down to shortages in stocks of components like touchscreens, and that they're looking to new suppliers to boost production capacity; according to HTC spokesman Keith Nowak, the company is even monitoring flights to the US to get last-minute shipping space for the EVO 4G - and the Verizon Droid Incredible, similarly in short supply - as it rolls fresh off the production line and thus speed up availability.

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Making the case for EVO vs. iPhone

Making the case for EVO vs. iPhone

It's been a pretty wild year for smartphone aficionados. We've seen more devices come to market this year than ever before. Two in particular have gained a lot of notoriety over the last few weeks, the EVO 4G and the iPhone 4. Both phones are super powerful and, just a few years ago, either of these phones coming to market was as likely as me beaming to the Starship Enterprise. You've read the reviews, previews and hands-on commentary but still can't decide? Here's some advice how to make the call.

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Sprint Android 2.2 update for HTC EVO 4G due “in near future”

Sprint Android 2.2 update for HTC EVO 4G due “in near future”

Sprint has confirmed that an update for the HTC EVO 4G is in the works, that will update the WiMAX-capable smartphone to Android 2.2 Froyo as rumored earlier in the week.  The new firmware will bring Flash support to the EVO 4G's browser along with Bluetooth voice dialling and improved Exchange ActiveSync support, as we've seen on other Android 2.2 devices.  Meanwhile, judging by Sprint's phrasing, the EVO 4G won't be the only 2.2 device the carrier has planned.

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The Daily Slash: June 24th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 24th 2010

We're at the tail-end of the week, and we're not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you're getting paid this Friday, hopefully you've already decided on something to buy yourself -- gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you've already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That's probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let's take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we've got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, Hulu's still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.

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HTC EVO 4G Touchstone hack adds wireless charging [Video]

HTC EVO 4G Touchstone hack adds wireless charging [Video]

We'll be the first to admit; heavy use of the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity will see the battery gauge drop in short order, so anything that makes it easier to top up the juice has to be a good thing.  That's why YouTuber infinitemods' DIY hack to get the Sprint EVO 4G working with a Palm Touchstone inductive charger is so impressive: it allows for easy drop-and-charge powering of the smartphone, just as you'd get with the Pre Plus or Pixi Plus.

Video demo after the cut

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Sprint admit to accidentally tripling HTC EVO 4G sales figures

Sprint admit to accidentally tripling HTC EVO 4G sales figures

Looks like someone at Sprint needs to re-oil their abacus, as the carrier has admitted to "accidentally" over-estimating their launch day sales figures for the HTC EVO 4G.  Sprint originally claimed to have sold "three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined"; now, they're saying EVO 4G sales were "in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

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Qik premium service launches with EVO 4G [Video]

Qik premium service launches with EVO 4G [Video]

Remember the Qik HTC EVO 4G video call furore last week, and the company's promise to unveil some "premium features" on the same day that the WiMAX smartphone made its debut?  Qik has now announced exactly what you can get for $4.99 per month in their Premium package, and it includes higher video quality together with the ability to send "video mail messages".  Best news, though, is that Qik-to-Qik video chatting, live-streaming to the web and live sharing to social networks, IMs and video sites are still free.

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