The first press shot has leaked of the HTC Bliss, which has long been rumored to be an Android handset designed for women. The leaked photo comes from German site HTCInside, which is calling the device the HTC Rhyme and that may become its official name at launch or simply be the name of the European version.
HTC is internally discussing the potential purchase of a mobile OS, though the company is at pains to point out that no decision on its software plans has been taken. "We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally" HTC chair Cher Wang said in an interview recently, Focus Taiwan reports, "but we will not do it on impulse." The company has previously been tipped as a potential suitor for webOS, though so far HP has insisted it has no intention to sell the platform.
HTC's upcoming Sense UI update to version 3.5 has been leaked in a demo video made available by XDA.cn. The five-minute long video shows the HTC Sense 3.5 running on what appears to be the female-focused HTC Bliss. The interface looks more simplified from the current version with new transitions and lock screens.
It appears that we're right now getting our first real-world look at the HTC Vigor, a device that's been rumored to be Verizon's follow-up device coming right after the DROID Bionic. This device appears in these photos to be a rather large display-having HTC device that's got HTC's Sense user interface aboard, four Android menu buttons across the bottom front letting us know that it's still going to be running something before Ice Cream Sandwich, a front-facing camera, a back-facing camera with dual-LED flash, a lovely speaker grill on the front, two mics on the back for noise cancellation, another speaker grill in the back near the bottom, the HTC logo nicely framed on the back by ribs that cover the palm of the area where your hand will be resting, and - what's that - a red rim around the camera lens.
We certainly know a lot about the 10-inch tablet known as the HTC Puccini considering it's not yet truly officially announced by its manufacturer or its US carrier. We've seen screenshots, bits of hardware, release dates, and specs all along the way. What we've gathered thus far and what we're to understand from these newest two screenshots revealed today is that this tablet will be called the HTC Jetstream as it flies in to the USA on AT&T's 4G network, be it what AT&T calls 4G at the moment or LTE in the distant future. An AT&T 10-inch Android tablet made by HTC, sound like a winning ticket to you?
The US ITC has confirmed it will begin an investigation into patent complaints against HTC by Apple, which could result in sales of the manufacturers smartphones and tablets being frozen. Apple's complaint - filed last month - is titled "Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software" and is believed to cover alleged IP infringements by HTC's phone range, its Flyer tablet and the HTC Sense UI customizations and apps.
HTC has officially opened the doors to HTCDev.com, its new developer portal and the future home for all bootloader unlocking tools. Announced back in June, HTCDev consists of guidance and tutorials for coding for HTC smartphones, as well as the HTC OpenSense SDK framework. Among the tools available initially are the HTC S3D SDK, for use with the EVO 3D, and the HTC Pen SDK.
A new 10-inch Android tablet to be looking out for is the HTC Puccini. The tablet's been keeping low, but its imminent launch can't be missed with the recent FCC approval and some leaked press shots. Today, however, we get even an even closer look with leaked screenshots of its custom HTC Sense tablet UI.
HTC has acquired Dashwire, the company responsible for the Dashworks mobile sync client and Awesome Drop file sync app. The deal - which will see HTC spend up to $18.5m buying up Dashwire's shares - will net HTC not only a way to easily transfer files such as music, video and images between PC/Mac and its Android smartphones, but offer a browser-based remote dashboard allowing access to data and control of apps loaded onto the device.
HTC has officially launched the HTC EVO 3D in Europe, with the 3D Android smartphone - which we reviewed in US form earlier this month - set to go on sale with HSPA+ GSM connectivity from July. The EVO 3D has a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display running at the same qHD 960 x 540 resolution as the HTC Sensation, along with a dual 5-megapixel camera array that can shoot stills and both 2D and 3D video at up to 720p HD resolution.