HTC Sense

HTC Incredible for Verizon captured on camera, sports Snapdragon, Android 2.1 with Sense UI [Video]

HTC Incredible for Verizon captured on camera, sports Snapdragon, Android 2.1 with Sense UI [Video]

It’s apparent that HTC’s kicking it up a notch with their naming system, with the surfacing of the HTC Incredible just moments ago on the internet.  Some leaked snapshots and video of the device depict the high-end specs of the newly glimpsed phone from HTC, which should be operating on Verizon’s network.

Continue Reading

Android 2.0 HTC Hero firmware not due until March?

HTC Hero owners have been eagerly anticipating the promised Android 2.x update for their handsets, but according to the latest information it seems there's a little while longer to go yet.  According to a comment from a member of Irish carrier Meteor's support team, HTC don't expect an Android 2.0 firmware update to be released until March 2010.

HTC Bravo caught on camera en route to T-Mobile?

HTC Bravo caught on camera en route to T-Mobile?

Out of all the smartphones on HTC's leaked 2010 roadmap, undoubtedly the most interesting was the HTC Bravo.  A device strikingly similar to the Google Nexus One, complete with HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Bravo also throws HTC's well-esteemed Sense UI into the mixture.  Now one of the first images of the Bravo in the wild has turned up.

With it comes the first tidbit of carrier information we've heard; according to Omio the Bravo (which may get a different name by the time it arrives on shelves) is headed to T-Mobile.  They reckon it'll land from free on contracts £35 ($57) or above, presumably with a two-year agreement.

Continue Reading

HTC Smart BREW smartphone targets budget buyers [Updated with specs]

HTC Smart BREW smartphone targets budget buyers [Updated with specs]

HTC say their new, Qualcomm BREW-based HTC Smart offers a new, smartphone experience to the masses, and while we reckon the masses are doing a pretty decent job on their own ä press release is still pretty light on specifications - we're waiting to hear back from HTC for full details - but since it looks to be the same device as we knew as the Touch.B we're guessing it'll have the same specifications.

Update: HTC have come through with specs for the Smart; full details after the cut.

Continue Reading

Samsung Omnia II gets HTC Sense with new ROM [Video]

Samsung Omnia II gets HTC Sense with new ROM [Video]

One of the aspects of the HTC HD2 we most enjoyed was its expansive, eye-catching HTC Sense UI, particularly the way the weather updates swim lazily across the homescreen.  If you've always wanted some Sense, but got sucked in by Samsung's hype machine about the Omnia II, fear not: you can now get a hacked ROM for putting the HTC interface onto your AMOLED Samsung.

Continue Reading

Android 2.1 plus HTC Sense ROM leaks

Remember the leaked screenshots of Android 2.1 complete with HTC Sense running on the esteemed Hero?  Well now you could recreate that yourself, thanks to a leaked Hero 2.1 Eclair ROM over at xda-developers.  The software is classed as alpha, which means you probably don't want to necessarily trust your everyday Android handset with it; for instance, there's no Google synchronization support right now.

Social networking and the mobile context

There's a growing call to deliver desktop experiences on mobile devices, and in general that's a good thing. I don't want to be limited to cut-down, plain-text "mobile" versions of websites when I have a large smartphone display and speedy 3G connection that could readily handle the full version, and the push for full-HTML browsers (and things like Flash support) has already trickled down from a must-have on smartphones to a common feature-phone element. What's lagging behind, it seems, is an understanding of how mobile device use differs from desktop use, and nowhere is that more evident than in social networking integration. Several devices promise to bring your online social life to the screen that's always with you, but the experience is patchy at best.

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC's public plans for their Sense UI and newer versions of Android have basically amounted to asking device owners to wait; an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero has been promised since the end of October, but so far has not proved forthcoming.  That might be because HTC aren't reworking Sense for 2.0 but for Android 2.1; screenshots purporting to show the HTC UI running on the as-yet unreleased OS have leaked.

HTC HD2 review

HTC HD2 review

Twelve months ago HTC shook up the Windows Mobile world with the launch of the Touch HD, a smartphone that offered a vast touchscreen, lashings of connectivity and the latest version of their UI tweaking, TouchFLO 3D, to produce what was hitherto thought impossible: an alluring Windows Phone. Now, the company have attempted just such a revolution with Windows Mobile 6.5 in the shape of the HTC HD2. They've upped their game with a speedy Snapdragon processor, even vaster display and a fresh UI that's been educated by their recent work on Android. Can the HTC HD2 again do the unthinkable, and give us a reason to love Windows Mobile?

Continue Reading

HTC “Virtual Book” UI patent app for touchscreen devices

A new HTC patent application could indicate the company's next direction in smartphone UI, following on from TouchFLO 3D and HTC Sense.  Described as "Electronic device and user interface display method thereof", the application outlines a "virtual book" in which different pages are different applications, and can be rifled through with a fingertip.

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Neither Verizon nor HTC have officially confirmed the existence of the Verizon DROID Eris, but unless you're looking at the handiwork of a particularly impressive Halloween costume (sized for hamster) then we'd say the Android smartphone's existence is pretty much assured.  The BGR received two live shots of the HTC DROID Eris - you can see the second after the cut - together with a little feedback as to how the handset performs.

Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Recently I asked, if a DROID could take on the Death Star? Now, Motorola and Verizon, along with some help from Google launched DROID. I've spent the day with a device and here's what I think so far. First, Verizon was clear that DROID is going to be a family of devices running Android, Motorola's device will be the only one called DROID, others will be known as the DROID-XXX. DROID is the first Android 2.0 device and the Google branding points to the fact that this is stock Android. And I do mean stock Android: there are zero Verizon services on this device (with the exception of a non-branded visual voicemail app). No VCast. No nothing. One wonders if Verizon were willing to go to this length a few years ago, would the iPhone have landed on Verizon? Android 2.0 is a great update and finally is starting to feel complete. Compared to V1 Android running HTC Sense, it's a mixed bag. HTC’s UI is lightyears ahead of stock Android in my opinion but the DROID performs so much better than any Android V1 phone I've used and is nearly feature complete that it's hard to recommend a V1x device at this point.