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Test build of Android 2.3.4 leaks for ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt bootloader

Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test Read the rest of this entry

Gingerbread Test Build for ThunderBolt Leaked

A buggy test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread appears to have been leaked from our favorite source for all things HTC oddity: 911HTC! They’ve got a big fat build by the name of Mecha GINGERBREAD S Verizon WWE 2.01.605.0_ Radio_0.01.69.0501r_ _NV_8K_1.41_ 9K_1.64_test_190987.zip – all that make sense to you? It doesn’t have to! All you need to know is that Gingerbread is more than likely on its way to Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt, and by the looks of it, it’s coming soon!

Before we continue I’ve of course got to warn you that ROMs in test stages such as this are often beyond buggy to the point where should you use them you really ought to prepare yourself for something rather broken. Be sure to back up your current build if you plan on working with this one, Read the rest of this entry

Verizon to activate new 4G LTE markets on May 19th

Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that it will activate its blazing fast 4G LTE service in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville Florida; Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina, and in and around Philadelphia on May 19th. Verizon currently offers two 4G LTE phones, the HTC ThunderBoltand the Samsung DROID Charge, two USB modems, and two 4G LTE mobile hotspots. Hit the jump for a release detailing Verizon’s LTE roll-out in Philadelphia, the largest market from today’s Read the rest of this entry

ThunderBolt case review: Case-Mate POP!

Case-Mate POP! For HTC ThunderBolt

So you want a case that’s sturdy, but doesn’t feel like a hard case? The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is a good middle ground. It’s molded out of a hard plastic for strength and rigidity, plus a soft rubber for a more friendly touch.

The bulk of the case — which comes in black, pink or white — is made of a glassy plastic, with the Case-Mate logo plenty visible. But on the sides are a textured rubber, which really softens the feel of the case and gives you good grip when you pick it up. There are cutouts for the antenna, camera and flashes, microphones, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the volume and power buttons are of the same rubber as the sides and interior of the case.

You’ve got a little extra thickness that helps protect the screen from touching when it’s left face-down, and the camera lens is kept well clear of any flat surfaces, too.

It’s not a minimal case — you’ll definitely know it’s on there. But it’s a nice middle ground between a skin case and something more rugged. It’s a one-piece unit, so the ThunderBolt just slips in and out. But it’s a snug fit, and the phone shouldn’t be going anywhere once it’s in.

The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is available for $27.95 in the Android Central Store. We’ve got more pics of it after the break.

Case-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBoltCase-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBolt

Case-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBoltCase-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBolt

Case-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBoltCase-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBolt

Case-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBoltCase-Mate POP! for HTC ThunderBolt

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.

Leaked ThunderBolt ROM brings new a new radio, bugfixes

HTC ThunderBolt bootloader

If you’ve gotta have the latest unofficial ROM for your new HTC ThunderBolt, you’re in luck this morning. An RUU has leaked out of one of those places RUUs tend to leaked out of (don’t ask, you don’t wanna know), stripped down and put back together again. And the list of known features is interesting enough.

  • New radio, version 1.16.00.402
  • Fixes to SQLite
  • GPS Location Services
  • LTE/3G handoff (huzzah!)
  • Audio recording
  • Video playback
  • Proximity sensor drain

Those are some fixes we’d certainly like to see. For those of you who know your way around a rooted ThunderBolt (you’ll need S-off), head on over to the source link to check it out. For everyone else, let’s hope that this shows up in an officially sanctioned update right quick. [Radio 1.16.00.402, how to root the ThunderBolt]

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