Since Microsoft and HTC basically confirmed that they were abandoning the HD2 in the move to Windows Phone 7, the developer community has instead turned their attention to getting a solid Android build on the 4.3-inch smartphone. Last we saw, Froyo was working on the HD2 but with some conspicuous issues; now, a new ROM promises an almost 100-percent functional experience, suitable for daily use.
Video demo after the cut
The Verizon iPhone 4 rumor rears its head once more, with speculation that Apple is using a rented production line separate to their mainstream Foxconn facility to develop alternate versions of the fourth-generation smartphone. The facility - which is being used while a new $100m production line is built - is currently staffed by over 500 Foxconn employees; Computerworld suggests that a CDMA iPhone 4 could be in development, however there's also the possibility of alternate antenna designs being explored.
Microsoft's release schedule for Windows Phone 7 has never been more specific than "in time for the holidays", but that's changed thanks to COO Kevin Turner. At a recent presentation on the new smartphone OS, Turner revealed that WP7 will arrive in October 2010 for Europe and in November for the US, though he stopped short of anything more specific.
Smartphone demand is up, and the winner is Android according to market analysts Canalys. They've been tracking US and global trends, and reckon that in Q2 2010 Android sales rose 886-percent from last year (851-percent in the US), giving them the number one market share in the US with 34-percent; they're trailed, supposedly, by RIM at 32-percent of market share and Apple at 21.7-percent.
According to Vodafone Germany's systems, HTC's latest Android smartphones may be fast approaching. German site BestBoyz acquired screenshots of the database, which seemignly show the HTC Desire HD (aka the HTC Ace) and the HTC Desire Z (aka the HTC Vision) along with the Super LCD version of the original HTC Desire.
In some countries, people have been able to pay for stuff using their smartphones for a while now. When they go to vending machines or store counters in some countries all the buyer has to do is swipe their phone to pay. Here in the US credit card payment systems using smartphones are not available.
BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could find themselves with less than useful handsets, if proposed bans in the two Gulf states go ahead. Each is unhappy with the encryption RIM use with their servers, which prevents state monitoring of data services used by BlackBerry owners; it's been alleged that the UAE telecoms regulator attempted to load spyware onto BlackBerry phones in 2009, a move which proved unsuccessful.
Yesterday's news of a simple, webpage-based Jailbreak solution for the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch took most of us by surprise, but the fact that over-demand crashed the JailbreakMe.com servers didn't. Now they're back up, but if you managed to run your device through the jailbreaking process early yesterday then you might find a few issues remaining: namely, problems with FaceTime video calling and MMS messaging.
Welcome to this week's better late than never edition of the Week in Review! Monday we learned that HTC was planning to move from the hard to get Super AMOLED screen for its Desire and Nexus One smartphones to a Super LCD. The catch is that both screens will be used and apparently, there will be no way for the buyer to tell what screen they are getting.
You might have seen speculation earlier today over Apple's removal of its antenna testing videos from the company's attenuation page, including rumors of legal action from rivals or even backtracking on their stance over the iPhone 4. Apple reached out to us this afternoon to dismiss the hearsay, telling us that the update is merely part of their drive to "constantly refresh" their content.
Has Apple decided the iPhone 4 antenna issue is all cleared up? The company's antenna information page, which previously showed various test videos of rival smartphones - like the HTC Droid Eris, Motorola DROID X, Nokia N97 mini and BlackBerry Bold 9700 - displaying attenuation issues when held in certain ways, has been pared down to just a brief blurb on the Apple antenna design and test labs.