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HTC Merge available from third-party retailers, not Verizon Wireless

A Verizon Wireless spokesperson has shed some light on the fate of the HTC Merge — an Android 2.2 handset first discovered last September. The device, which was officially announced by HTC in February, has fallen in and out of obscurity for months. Now, according to the latest report, users may finally get a chance to purchase the handset. Read the rest of this entry

HTC bringing a Sensation successor with NFC in Q3 2011?

HTC NFC enabled phone mockup

Rumors are always just rumors, but a current one flying around the Internet has an unnamed HTC sales manager outing a 4.3-inch successor to the HTC Sensation, with NFC capabilities, to hit in the third quarter of 2011.  Yes, a new phone will be better than an old phone — shocker — even though this particular old phone hasn’t even hit the shelves yet.

So far the only Android phone to have NFC on-board is the Nexus S, and that’s because Google wanted it available for developers.  NFC technology is something Nokia’s been doing forever, yet still hasn’t caught on for most of the world.  Maybe a bigger push from Google will have the same result that putting a front facing camera on the HTC Evo 4G did, and bring it mainstream.  Or maybe not — consumers, especially us American ones, are pretty fickle.

Finally, there’s been a bit of speculation that this will be the next Nexus phone.  While that’s possible, and the time frame fits, I think it’s way to early for anyone to be jumping to those conclusions.  But if it is, and has a similar curvaceous unibody design, tell me who to throw my money at now please.

HTC reports record-breaking Q1, predicts a continued trend through Q2

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Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC had a record breaking Q1 with T $104.16 billion ($3.63 billion in US dollars) in revenue, the company announced in a conference call with investors Friday. The tech giant, the fifth largest smartphone maker in the world, also discussed its predictions for Q2, saying that it will bring in T $120 billion ($4.18 billion US dollar) in revenue from April through June, doubling their numbers from the same quarter last year.

The company shipped 9.7 million units in Q1 and expects that number to grow up to 11.5 million in Q2. Investors credited the consumer demand for the Android OS as the company’s main driving force, citing strong sales of recently released handsets including the Thunderbolt, the Inspire 4G, and the Incredible S. (Check out our initial review of HTC’s newest US handset, Verizon’s Droid Incredible 2, here.)

HTC CFO Winston Yung said that the company plans to build a new plant in Taoyuan, Taiwan, which will allow the company to increase production and meet the growing demand for smartphones in China. The company will also hire 1,000 new employees in both its research and development departments.

Looks like HTC is rolling in the dough and plans on doing so for the foreseeable future. We can’t complain, seeing that this will likely mean more and more Android-flavored HTC smartphones hitting the market in the coming year. Hit the source link for the full investor’s report.

HTC DOUBLESHOT ROM LEAKED, GINGERBREAD FOR THE G2 LEAKED ALSO

It looks like overnight some good things happened for the Android and HTC hacking communities. We have what appears to be confirmation that there is a HTC Doubleshot coming to T-Mobile, as well as a leaked build of Gingerbread for the G2. Earlier we mentioned the G2 should have Gingerbread by summer, but things are looking like that might be coming sooner than later.

The guys from 911Sniper have what looks to be leaked builds of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for both devices, the HTC Doubleshot we still don’t know much about, and the G2 that we all know and love already. I am told both leaks are more for developers or cooks, and you should be able to make a nice Gingerbread ROM for the G2 and other HTC devices with these files. Feel free to open them up and look around if you’d like.

HTC DoubleShot 
HTC G2 Gingerbread

According to some recent information and from what people are saying about this HTC DoubleShot leak, the Doubleshot is real, and coming to T-Mobile. There is no keys or buttons and it looks like it will possibly be a MyTouch4G Slide, coming with a full slide QWERTY Keyboard. This is not confirmed yet, but we will update you all on that as we hear it.

[via AndroidCentral]

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here’s a good look at what you’ll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It’s your basic Verizon retail box, that’s for sure. And yours won’t come with the Android Central watermark, though it’d be pretty cool if it did.

Gingerbread for HTC Incredible S reportedly rolling out in Italy

 HTC Incredible S

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for HTC’s Incredible S is already rolling out over-the-air to users in Italy, according to reports currently bubbling forth onto the Internet. So far there’s been no indication that the update’s being pushed to phones outside of Italy, and the Incredible S demo units we saw at HTC’s UK Roadshow last weekend were all still running Android 2.2.1.

Still, the Incredible S was the last European HTC phone to launch with Froyo, so it makes sense that it’d be the first to see an official update to Gingerbread. If these reports are accurate, a wider European release could be imminent, so let us know in the comments if you’ve had the Gingerbread update pushed to your Incredible S. [Engadget]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 unboxed at Wirefly

One thing that all geeks have in common is that we are always dying to learn more details information on coming gadgets. This is the reason we sit in front of our computer starting at someone we don’t know unboxing the random gadget as soon as we can. We do our fare share of unboxing videos around there so we know exactly why you watch. The gang over at Wirefly has tossed up an unboxing video of a new smartphone from HTC that hasn’t been officially announced just yet.

The new smartphone is called the HTC Droid incredible 2. Not only did Wirefly unbox the smartphone, but they also offered up a video overview of what the phone has to offer. The Incredible 2 is the follow up to the original Incredible for the Verizon wireless network. The phone has a camera and dual LED flash on the back. The new Incredible 2 has a larger and wider screen. The original had a 3.7-inch screen and the new device has a 4-inch screen. The rear camera is 8MP and records 720p video. An 8GB microSD card is included

This is a global phone so you can travel and use different countries. It can be unlocked at Verizon to use international service via a SIM card. The device connects to the 3G EVDO network that is widespread around the country. The Incredible 2 comes with an international power adapter, charging cable, and a bunch of tips that will let you charge the smartphone wherever you end up. At one point you catch a glimpse of the boot screen and the screen says it has a Qualcomm MSM8655 processor at 1GHz, WVGA resolution screen, Android OS, and a few other tidbits.

Smartphone Experts Hard Shell Case for HTC Inspire 4G, Desire HD

Android Smartphone Experts Hard Shell Case

Product Description

Help keep your HTC Inspire 4G or Desire HD protected with the SPE Hard Shell Case while not sacrificing the slim look of your device!

This Hard Case from Smartphone Experts is designed specifically for the HTC Inspire 4G or Desire HD and has cut outs for all of the devices features while leaving the screen exposed for full functionality.

Features:

  • Slim, Low-Profile Design
  • Cut outs for all HTC Inspire 4G or Desire HD features
  • Screen uncovered
  • 2-Piece Snap-On Design

Works with: HTC Inspire 4G, Desire HD

HTC Sense 3.0 UI Only For New Devices, Not Completely True

The recent announcement of the HTC Sensation brought with it an enhanced 3.0 version of their slick HTC Sense user interface built on top of Android. Unfortunately, the company let it slip last night via Twitter to a curious customer that the HTC Sense 3.0 will only be available to its newest devices—the Flyer, EVO 3D, and Sensation.

The news may be disappointing for folks who recently picked up a Desire S or Incredible S and find themselves not able to upgrade to the new and improved interface. According to the HTC spokesperson in the tweet, the reason for the restriction lies in the hardware requirements of HTC Sense 3.0.

The new interface will support many new 3D effects including 3D widgets along with smart shortcuts on its new set of multi-functional lock screens, and 360-degree menu carousels. It’s likely that the new processing power required to smoothly run the new interface is what older devices such as the Desire S and Incredible S are missing.

However, this morning, another official tweet from HTC followed up to clarify their statement from last night. The new message says that only certain aspects of the HTC Sense 3.0 will not work on older devices, but not all. And they are in fact working to incorporate the other aspects that will work with older devices.

Exactly which those are and when customers may receive the updates is all up the air at this point. But at least those customers are not completely shut out from the new features of the updated interface. Check out the video below for a taste of Sense 3.0.

[via Unwired View]

HTC Sensation offers just 1GB of 4GB ROM to users

HTC has confirmed that, while the HTC Sensation has a 4GB ROM, only 1GB of that will be user-accessible. The dual-core smartphone reserves 3GB of the ROM for the Android install and the latest version of HTC Sense.

The news is likely to disappoint long-time Android users, who had hoped that more of the 4GB ROM would be available to install apps from the Android Market. While the OS now has support for Apps2SD, allowing software to be shifted from the phone’s ROM to a memory card, not all apps support the system.

It remains to be seen how straightforward the Sensation’s bootloader is for third-party hackers to tinker with the OS. Sense is looking increasingly bloated – though still fast-moving on the Sensation’s 1.2GHz MSM 8260 processor – and stripping that out for a vanilla Gingerbread install would likely free up plenty more than 1GB of ROM.

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