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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

Will the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within be the US versions of the Galaxy S II?

When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.

An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).

Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It  will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions. Read the rest of this entry

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

Untethered Jailbreak for Verizon 4.2.7 NOW Available

As of last night, @iH8snow along with @pushfix released an untethered solution for Verizon iPhone users on 4.2.7. Sn0wbreeze v2.6.1 is now available on the iH8sn0w website at the following address:

Sn0wbreeze 2.6.1

It is currently only available for Windows users and hopefully will be transferred to a Mac client soon.

For those who are currently jailbroken on a tethered 4.2.7 can use a package by @pushfix to make it untethered. Follow the steps below to do this:

• Add this repo: http://cydia.pushfix.info
• Install the package “Verizon Untether for 4.2.7”
• Reboot
• And now you’re untethered

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

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.

AT&T, Verizon Battle FCC Over 700MHz Interoperability For Smaller Carriers To Roam

Earlier this month, the FCC mandated that large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon had to share their data networks with smaller regional carriers—they are already required to share voice networks—such that roaming deals are priced reasonably. As part of this mandate, was a push for interoperability across different bands of the 700MHz network and their associated hardware so that smaller carriers can roam on the different networks of the larger carriers. AT&T and Verizon are not too pleased and cite expense and increased handset size as making this an unfavorable direction.

It’s something that smaller carriers, such as Cellular South, look forward to because it will make roaming more affordable. A handset that has a universal chip would work on all networks regardless of what band it’s running on in the 700MHz spectrum. There are currently three major bands of the 700MHz spectrum including Verizon’s C Block (class 13), AT&T’s C and B Blocks (class 17) and smaller carriers A, B, and C Block (class 12).

Qualcomm is planning on a chipset to support class 12 but says that their chips can only support up to two bands below 1GHz and three bands above 1GHz. According to the chip maker, it will be very difficult to support the right combination of bands to allow roaming between AT&T, Verizon, and the smaller carriers. In fact, it’s so complicated it could take years to develop. It’s not certain when and if the FCC will make a decision regarding this issue.

[via Phonescoop]

Verizon makes it official: Droid Incredible 2 launching April 28 for $199.

Verizon has just announced that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be launching on April 28th for $199 with a 2-year contract.

Key specs:

  • 4-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT display
  • 8MP rear facing camera with dual Xenon flash, VGA front facing
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 8GB micro SD card out of the box
  • 3G connectivity on Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network (no LTE, unfortunately)
  • Global (GSM/CDMA) radio with Verizon/Vodafone SIM out of the box
  • 1420mAh battery

Hit the break for the full press release

The Next Generation Of Incredible: DROID Incredible 2 By HTC Delivers Style And Performance To Verizon Wireless

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC Available Beginning April 28

Customer Inquiries

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Media Contact Info

Albert Aydin

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HTC Public Relations
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04/26/2011

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC follows in the footsteps of the popular DROID Incredible by HTC and features the Android™ 2.2 platform, a crisp 4-inch super LCD display, next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and 3G Mobile Hotspot that can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Equipped with the hallmark HTC Sense™ experience, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC offers advanced personalization options, consolidated email capability and unique camera effects and filters. With its sleek, all-black design, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC combines functionality and speed into one stylish package. DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds.

Additional features include:

  • 8.0-megapixel main camera with dual LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 720p HD video capture plus DLNA® to share multimedia content with a compatible TV
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • SRS WOWHD™ surround sound
  • Automatic face detection for more accurate pictures
  • Integrated noise-cancellation technology

Verizon Wireless customers that purchase DROID Incredible 2 by HTC will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access. Verizon Wireless customers traveling outside of the United States should contact Verizon Wireless’ global customer support team at 1-800-922-0204 before embarking on their trip to ensure their phones have the right features for global usage.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

[via verizon]

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