Posts Tagged ‘HTC’

HTC to launch White Sensation with ICS software in March

February 6th, 2012

HTC is making more news this week as the company announces they plan to launch a new white model of the Sensation. If that is not enough the new Sensation will be coming with the latest Google Android operating system updated to version 4.0. The new white model will be very much identical to the original Sensation, other than the color and the software. The Ice Cream Sandwich adds the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition, new interface for the camera and other new features that have been the talk of the town lately.

The company said the new model will make its debut in the Netherlands first. HTC also mentioned that the original HTC Sensation will also get the Ice Cream Sandwich update very soon. Experts have said more than once that the latest version of Android is the cleanest, smoothest running version to date. The latest version has been available for a few months now and some manufacturers are racing around the clock to get their custom skins ready to cover the Android 4.0 stock interface so they can update their handsets. This is causing the updates to get delayed for some devices, but recently the list of devices getting the update has been getting longer.

HTC devices that are on the “soon to be updated” list include the HTC Vivid, Sensation XL, Rezound, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G and the Amaze 4G. HTC has dedicated a lot of time getting their devices updated and that could be the trick to gaining on their competition. The faster that new software can get to the devices, the better outlook customers have for the company and in turn place the handsets at a higher value in the mobile marketplace.

As more mobile users crave the latest software and older software becomes impossible to enjoy, mobile handset makers struggle to gain the edge even when it comes to handset updates. The white model of the Sensation will also help the company to boost sales. Other companies like Samsung and Motorola are also updating their devices, but their plans have not been as detailed as those from HTC up to this point. Experts say the mobile industry is still very competitive even as the iPhone gains in popularity and market share across the board.


HTC software bug leaks WiFi passwords on some Android phones

February 3rd, 2012

The last few months have not been kind to HTC on the security and privacy front. First there was a bug in HTC’s Sense skin that allowed for remote file access on a handful of smartphones, then the whole Carrier IQ debacle, which was demonstrated mostly on HTC’s hardware. The latest snafu was uncovered by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which states that a considerable amount of HTC phones are running flawed software that allows third-party applications access to encrypted WiFi passwords. The US-CERT team published their findings on the Homeland Security website yesterday.

The flaw is a minor one, allowing any application access to stored SSID passwords by using the “android.permission.INTERNET” permission. Affected phones tested by the researchers include the Desire HD, Glacier (T-Mobile MyTouch 4G), Droid Incredible, Sensation 4G, ThunderBolt, Desire S, EVO 3D and EVO 4G. While US-CERT recommends visiting the HTC support website for update instructions, HTC has said nothing as of yet about the security hole. Based on their behavior with the last security alert, you can expect them to update the affected handsets within the next few weeks.

Users shouldn’t panic: there’s been no documented case of apps or malware taking advantage of this loophole as of yet, and it would take some doing for an unscropilous developer to take advantage of it for personal gain. That said, it might be best to delete stored WiFi SSDs until the update and rely on a 3G or 4G connection for data, especially if you access sensative networks at home or at work. US-CERT notes that the Nexus One and T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (HTC Hero), both of which run mostly unmodified Android code, do not suffer from this issue. That means that if you’re running a custom ROM built from Android’s open-source packages, you’re probably safe as well.


HTC And Sprint Working On Software Updates That Remove Carrier IQ

January 18th, 2012

Most of the furor surrounding the Carrier IQ diagnostic software has wound down by now, but that doesn’t mean that the companies involved have already forgotten. HTC has confirmed to The Verge that they were working with Sprint to push out maintenance updates that would remove the Carrier IQ software from affected devices.

The rollout already seems to have begun, albeit slowly — a recent update for the Evo 3D has indeed removed Carrier IQ, along with packing some battery and performance fixes. There’s no word yet on when other devices will soon experience life without Carrier IQ, though I imagine it’ll take some time to bake up an update for each particular handset.

Samsung couldn’t be reached for comment at time of writing, but hopefully they’re working on something similar as more than a few of their Android handsets have been revealed to run the Carrier IQ software.

Sprint has been in something of a holding pattern recently where Carrier IQ was concerned. Back in December, representatives from the country’s third-largest wireless carrier confirmed that Sprint would no longer be “tasking” devices for diagnostic data, although they made no mention of any efforts to remove the software. Well, no public mention anyway. reported at the time that Sprint had entered into back-room talks with several of their hardware partners (HTC included) in which they stressed the importance of removing the Carrier IQ software from affected devices on the network as soon as possible. Not a surprising move considering the kerfuffle they and other companies were embroiled in thanks to Carrier IQ’s initial PR blunders, but announcing that they were taking steps to remedy the issue via software update could have scored Sprint some serious brownie points.

If I had to guess, it all came down to an issue of timing — if Sprint made it publicly known that they and their hardware partners were working on a fix with no ETA, they would open themselves up to scores of emails, forum posts and blog entries about why the company has yet to deliver. Rather than risk another PR headache, Sprint (perhaps wisely) kept their collective head down until things blew over, and are now working to make things right.


Software Update for HTC Sensation 4G Released

December 12th, 2011

The latest software update is reportedly being rolled out by T-Mobile for the HTC Sensation 4G. T-Mobile started to push the software update to the HTC Sensation 4G and it is anticipated to deal with a number of issues that have affected the smartphone. The more notable issue that this software update for this HTC (TPE:2498) smartphone is supposed to deal with is the battery life the device.

The software update is supposed to improve the battery life of the HTC Sensation 4G. It will also enhance the stability of the entire system. These are two reasons which will likely encourage owners of the HTC Sensation 4G to update the software of their device. The release of the software update will be done on a staggered basis and will continue to be released until January 15.

However users who wish to update their HTC Sensation 4G units without delay can do it manually. Users will have to go to the Menu of the device, click on the ‘About phone’ option, go to ‘HTC software’ updates and simply follow the instructions on the screen.

In addition to the two notable features of the software update for the HTC Sensation, the Trace dictionary on the device will also be enhanced. The unresponsiveness of the screen and the issue o the screen shots taken by the device will also be dealt with by the software update. The HTC Sensation 4G software update will also deal with the green lines on the images, lock screen issues, and the pixilation of the icons.

The Wi-Fi connectivity on the HTC Sensation 4G will also be enhanced due to the software update of the device. Despite these enhancements on this HTC device, it will still continue to utilize the Gingerbread Android OS since there were no indications that the Ice Cream Sandwich Android will be coming to the device soon.


HTC Inspire 4G to receive HSUPA software upgrade

March 24th, 2011

The HTC PC40210 could very well be the HD7S that we talked about earlier this week, as this potential Windows Phone 7-powered phone might soon be able to access AT&T’s 4G network because an FCC Permissive Change Notice that was filed by HTC has just been given the nod of approval. HTC intends to enable HSUPA functionality on the Inspire 4G (which is also known by the FCC ID NM8PD98120 in in FCC filings) via a software update. It has been a long and hard road, with HTC first submitting its Class II Change letter to enable HSUPA on the Inspire on March 8th, but it wasn’t until today that Test Reports for HSUPA functionality were submitted by HTC. Whatever the case is, HTC’s testing of HSUPA on the Inspire did run into some unexplained snags, but at least it seems as though the situation has been cleared, and one need not wait too much longer for 4G connectivity to arrive on the Inspire 4G.


HTC Wants ‘Sense’ Software on Windows Phone 7 Devices

December 30th, 2010

HTC’s Sense UI has been covering the stock Android OS on HTC’s smartphones for a long time now, and it’s always been a ‘love it or hate it’ affair.

Microsoft, when designing Windows Phone 7, decided to be quite a bit more strict than Google when it comes to UI design. Microsoft’s guidelines for smartphone OEMs don’t currently allow them the same freedom as they have with Android. As a result, the user experience across numerous WP7 smartphones from different OEMs is very consistent (this is the exact opposite of Android-based smartphones).
That could be changing according to comments by HTC’s Drew Bamford, who is in charge of HTC’s User Experience division. “Our expectation is that we will be able to do more over time,” Bamford explained in an interview with Forbes. “HTC’s goal is for the Sense experience to span all of our products.”

Bamford’s comments are understandable. With many new smartphones sharing the same hardware specs, screens, and prices, features within Sense can help allow one product to standout out versus another. However, Sense flies in the face of what Microsoft is trying to achieve with WP7, which Bamford acknowledges. “Microsoft has its own goal of consistency across Windows Phone 7 products. I think it comes down to working closely with Microsoft to do as much as we can.”

Because of software coatings like Sense, Samsung’s TouchWiz and Motoblur, the ‘stock’ Android experience has been limited to very few phones on the market and it’s become a novelty. For example, the fact that Samsung’s Nexus S runs a vanilla version of Android 2.3 is a major selling point. One would think that the extra software coat would be the novelty, rather than the plain version of a device’s original software. In the world of tech, nothing seems to make sense.


HTC Desire Getting Software Update

December 28th, 2010

HTC didn’t want you to feel left out in the cold when the Desire Z and Desire HD received software updates, Desire users. They’ll be sending out a software update just for you as well. Like your cousins, this is not Gingerbeard; sorry if we got your hopes up.
You can patiently wait for your update to ding, or you can give the ol’ checkin trick a try, details listed below:
Open the dialer.


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