Sprint has apparently confirmed that its HTC EVO View 4G – the WiMAX-toting version of the HTC Flyer will indeed arrive running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box. According to a mention on the Sprint “coming soon” page, the 7-inch slate has “Android 3.0 just for tablets.”
There’s also “redesigned HTC Sense”; HTC plans to skin Honeycomb just as it has done with Gingerbread, so the UI of the Flyer won’t resemble other Android 3.0 tablets like Motorola’s XOOM. That includes the rotating 3D carousel homescreen and of course modifications to suit the Flyer’s digital stylus.
Previous rumors had suggested that Google might be blocking Android 2.x to 3.x upgrades for tablets, but HTC has since re-confirmed that it intends to release an update to Honeycomb for those early releases of the Flyer which arrive with Gingerbread. That could be any time in Q2, though there has been talk of the first units dropping this month.
A lot of you have been very adamant in telling us that you don’t want to see a split in the Android OS, well some of the good guys in the Android dev community are giving you your wish. Honeycomb has been ported for use on the HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and HTC Desire HD. Unfortunately, this is still a very early alpha, and is sluggish and buggy, but it certainly looks promising.
For your entertainment, here are videos of Honeycomb running on the Incredible and Evo, respectively. Despite the obvious lag, Honeycomb scales well to phones. This is definitely making me more excited for Ice Cream.
The link to download the ROM didn’t work for me, so I’m not including it here. If you’d like to give this a try, head through to the source, and be careful.
Wireless retailer Wirefly has unboxed a pre-production model of the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt and posted the video on Youtube. The phone comes in a mysterious black package that has all the traditional accouterments. And aside from some slightly comedic difficulty getting the phone out of the box, there’s some really interesting details.
The phone comes with a 32GB microSD card (amazing how huge those things are getting in capacity, isn’t it?), it has a 1Ghz processor, the same 4.3 inch touchscreen available on the HTC Evo, two cameras(forward facing 1.3mp for video chat and 8mp for HD video and still shots), a dual LED flash, and the cool “kick stand” made popular by the Evo. Currently, the Thunderbolt is being shipped with Android 2.2.1 (Froyo).