Sprint to phase out PlayBook, Evo 4G, more
A leaked End-of-Life (EOL) report shared by SprintFeed reveals Sprint will phase out the BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Evo View 4G, and Evo View 4G before month's end. The shipments to carrier stores will decrease before ceasing altogether. The discontinuation of the two tablets could be an indication Sprint is readying sequels, although only the PlayBook refresh has been hinted at so far.
HTC unlocks Evo View 4G, myTouch 4G Slide phones
HTC has just added the Evo View 4G and myTouch 4G Slide smartphones to its official bootloader unlock program. This is part of a larger commitment to unlock 2011 smartphones, with new ones coming over the next few months. HTC is quick to point out, however, that even these official unlocks may mean users' warranty claims may not be covered.
HTC Super Tool unofficial tool goes public
Owners unhappy with the selection of hardware in HTC's bootloader unlocking program have developed their own unofficial solution. HTC Super Tool on the XDA-Developers forums both unlocks the bootloader and roots devices whether or not they're part of HTC's plans. Along with the Evo and Sensation models, it also unlocks the T-Mobile G2, Inspire 4G, and multiple myTouch models.
HTC Evo View 4G gets long awaited Android 3 update
Sprint sent notice late Wednesday that it was rolling out a long-expected Android 3.2 update for the HTC Evo View 4G. The seven-inch tablet now gets a true tablet-optimized version of Android and uses the touchscreen navigation keys in place of hardware to steer the interface. Sprint warned that the major interface switch would clear custom widgets and screen layouts.
32GB, 3G Flyers get Android 3.2 update in Europe
The HTC Flyer is now getting its promised update to Android 3.2, HTC Hub has learned. The update has been rumored as far back as three months ago for the seven-inch device. The 210MB over-the-air update is now being delivered to French Wi-Fi and 3G models that have 32GB of storage.
HTC Evo phones get privacy fix at Sprint
Sprint on Tuesday sent notice that it was the first carrier to push a broadly available fix for the major privacy hole in HTC's Android phones. Evo 3D, Evo 4G, Evo Design 4G, Evo Shift 4G, Evo View 4G, and Wildfire S owners on the network are now getting an over-the-air upgrade. Users will get the notices in stages, although anyone can push the update sooner by checking in HTC's software updates.
HTC Flyer costs 399 to 599 based on data
US Cellular chose Thursday to committed to the launch for its version of the HTC Flyer, but with a unique price scheme. The seven-inch Android tablet will be rare in the US in having a European-style price based on the data plan. Buyers will pay as much as $600 if they get a lightweight $15, 200MB monthly plan, but stepping up to the $55 5GB plan drops the price down to $400.
HTC exec says no need to clash with iPhone
HTC's American president Martin Fichter touched on his earlier interview with a rare follow-up elaborating on his position. He claimed that he not only didn't see HTC setting out to make an "iPhone killer" but that he actively discouraged the idea in the office. The goal was not to replace Apple but to target those people who didn't fit in Apple's world.
HTC Evo View 4G gets prepaid tablet data
Sprint started off the week by outlining new tablet data plans in hopes of countering the iPad's success on rival carriers. Now prepaid, the plans initially let Evo View 4G users can pay for data by the time period with a matching cap. Plans start off at $15 for 150MB over one day and scale up to $30 and 500MB for a week and $50 for 1.5GB over a full month.
RIM now without official 3G, 4G PlayBook US deals
Sprint on Friday dropped its previous plans to carry a 4G version of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Despite promising a WiMAX version as far back as January, Sprint's business markets group lead Paget Alves said it had cancelled the plans because of a combination of low demand and oversaturation. Business tablet use "just hasnít caught on," and there were too many tablets for home users, Alves told the WSJ in a response.
HTCdev now active
HTC's promises of a developer program specific to its own phones was realized on Monday with the launch of HTCdev. The portal gives access to the OpenSense SDK to write apps tailored to HTC's Sense UI on Android as well as source code and the eventual option to unlock the bootloader. It should also enable hardware-specific tricks both on Android and Windows Phone, such as using the Evo 3D's cameras or pen input on the Evo View 4G and Flyer.
HTC thrives in spring and says Apple effect small
HTC posted mostly positive results on Friday that cast doubt on its early tablet strategy even as it tried to reassure investors over Apple lawsuit concerns. It shipped a record 12.1 million smartphones in the spring, 124 percent more than it did a year earlier. The growth kept it out of the top five phone makers worldwide but was a brisk 25 percent improvement on 9.7 million devices from just this past winter.
Sprint Q2 2011 defined by smaller adds, big losses
Sprint had mixed news on Thursday for its spring quarter. While it reached a deal with LightSquared for 4G, it posted a steep loss of $847 million, $87 million more than it lost a year ago. The company added 1.1 million new subscribers, though a lower than usual 275,000 of these were its core Sprint subscription customers, where the rest were either prepaid or those signing on through an affiliate carrier.
HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G go on sale
Sprint on Friday launched its two flagship devices of the summer, the HTC Evo 3D and the Evo View 4G. The Android phone and tablet are on sale at carrier shops, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and some other dealers. The Evo 3D sells for $200 on a two-year contract where the Evo View 4G sells for $400, with its signature pen input, on the same terms.
HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G reviewed early
HTC's two Sprint flagship devices, the Evo 3D and Evo View 4G, received a slew of reviews Wednesday night that signaled its possible hopes to counter the iPhone and iPad on AT&T and Verizon. Most reviews of the Evo 3D, including those from BGR as well as This is my next and AllThingsD, praise the phone for being fast, having a meaningful improvement to the Sense UI through app launching from the lock screen, and carrying a much improved 540x960 screen. The glasses-free 3D was mostly a gimmick, but it was an incidental bonus on a phone that was still very capable in 2D.
Data plans could offer unlimited 4G data service
Androidpolice reports that Sprint may be adjusting its data plan pricing in anticipation of the carrier's starting to ship the HTC Evo View 4G tablet on June 24. Data plans will start at $20 per month and increase to as much as $90 per month. Sprint also appears to be creating special pricing tiers for existing customers.
Premier customers may buy Evo 3D online on June 21
Sprint announced today that the HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G tablet will be available beginning June 24. Rumors circlating late last week speculated that both the smartphone and the
tablet would be available on that date. Sprint's Premier customers will have the chance to buy the Evo 3D online starting June 21.
View 4G to arrive on the same day as Evo 3D
HTC's Evo View 4G tablet may be ready to ship on June 24. A screenshot from Sprint's internal Rewards Me site, which was posted by Engadget, lists the date as the start point for promotions surrounding the device. If the details prove correct, the device may launch one the same day that HTC's Evo 3D smartphone arrives on the market.
HTC Q1 2011 sees it ship 9.7m phones, plan for 11m
HTC on Friday reported one of its best quarters ever and set relatively high expectations. The company's profit almost tripled from year-to-year to reach the equivalent of $510 million. Phone shipments themselves were a record high at 9.7 million on the back of its continued strong Android lineup.
Sprint Q1 2011 sees best results in five years
Sprint on Thursday touted signs of recovery by getting its best cellphone customer growth in five years. It added a total of 1.1 million new users, most of which were 846,000 prepaid customers but also included 310,000 regular subscribers. The total number matched the fall but saw about five times more regular subscribers.
HTC warns only newest phones get full Sense 3.0
HTC in a pair of updates on Twitter said that only some of its new Sense 3.0 interface would work on older phones. Only its newest and fastest devices, like the Evo 3D, Evo View 4G, Flyer, and Sensation, will get the fully customized home and lock screens. HTC was planning on including those features in the new version of Sense that would work on the older devices.
HTC Flyer ships in Europe on May 9
The HTC Flyer tablet will arrive in European stores on May 9, finally narrowing down the May release in pre-orders in the UK. What isn't yet known, however, is when the seven-inch Android device will be upgraded from Android 2.4 to the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 that competing devices are running on. As for pricing, earlier leaks for the UK had the unlocked 3G, 32GB version priced at a tax-inclusive £600, or the equivalent of $982.
HTC Flyer hits UK preorder at high price
British mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse on Monday started pre-orders for the HTC Flyer. Its version of the Android 2.3 tablet carries unlocked 3G and 32GB of built-in storage, but also carries a steep price. The seven-inch slate is listed as costing £600 with tax included, or the equivalent of $982.
Evo View 4G back to Android 2.3 on Sprint page
Sprint's upcoming Evo View 4G tablet won't ship with Android 3.0 after all, as it posted yesterday. The carrier corrected its page to reflect that the device will ship with Android 2.3 rather than 3.0, though why the change of heart came about isn't clear. HTC had said that it hadn't received Android 3.0 code in time enough to implement the more tablet-ready OS.
HTC Evo View 4G may ship with Android 3.0
A Sprint teaser page has hinted that the HTC Evo View 4G might ship with Android 3.0. Although the version unveiled and which we tried was using Android 2.3, a blurb shows it using "Android 3.0 just for tablets." The same teaser shows the Evo 3D with Android 2.3 and suggested Sprint was well aware of what its OS plans would be.
LG may craft official Nexus Tablet for Google
An assertion from well-known leaker Eldar Murtazin would have LG tapped to make the official, reference Android 3.0 tablet. Called the Nexus Tablet as a placeholder, the design would show up sometime in the mid-summer or early fall. It might not necessarily be a publicly available, Mobile-Review said, implying that it may be an internal testing device.
Production process said to be delayed
HTC's Flyer tablet is allegedly set to arrive in small volumes for US customers as early as late March or early April, sources have told DigiTimes. Taiwan-based touchscreen suppliers suggest limited numbers of displays will start to be produced in March, while larger volumes are expected to begin production in May.
Best Buy to carry HTC Flyer Wi-Fi in spring
Best Buy on Tuesday night said it would carry a Wi-Fi version of the HTC Flyer, now better known in the US as the template for the Evo View 4G. The big-box chain's online and retail stores will both have the lower cost version when it ships in the spring. Prices weren't given out but should be inexpensive for the seven-inch, 16GB tablet.
HTC Evo View 4G official and tested by us
Sprint's other major introduction on Tuesday was the HTC Evo View 4G, its adaptation of the Flyer. The new version gets a speed boost through WiMAX and uses it for Blockbuster video downloads, YouTube HD, and two-way video chat from the front camera. It has the same slim, aluminum unibody design but with an all-gray back and the signature red trim from other Evos, down to the inside components.
We cover Sprint's CTIA spring 2011 event live
We're at Sprint's CTIA event in Orlando, where it's expected to unveil a swath of new devices. We expect the HTC Evo 3D dual-core smartphone as well as Sprint's first proper tablet, the Evo View 4G (HTC Flyer). Check our live coverage page starting from 1:30PM Eastern for real-time updates as they happen.
Device expected to be introduced tomorrow
Corroborating several recent rumors, specs for HTC's Evo 3D and Evo View 4G devices have been reaffirmed ahead of the expected launch tomorrow at CTIA in Orlando. Pictures from HTC's CTIA booth, captured during setup and posted on Pocketnow, provide further confirmation of the hardware features of HTC's flagship smartphone and tablet.
HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G detailed early
Two of Sprint's devices for its CTIA rollout were detailed late Friday in an uncharacteristically detailed news tip. The Evo 3D would be the expected HTC Shooter and offer counterpart to the Optimus 3D. HTC's device would use the rumored, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon MSM8660 processor to drive a 4.3-inch, glasses-free, 540x960 display. BGR was told it would have the dual five-megapixel rear cameras to record 3D video (up to 720p) and would support both YouTube 3D and a brand new Blockbuster 3D movie app.
Staples training hints 10-inch Dell, HTC tablets
Another leak from Staples has emerged that points to the store being told of long-term tablet plans. Along with seeing April launches for the Xoom and the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Droid-Life retail screen cap shows both Dell and HTC 10-inch Android 3.0 tablets as "coming soon." The seven-inch HP Opal is also listed in a similar state along with its known cousin, the TouchPad.
HTC files Evo View 4G trademarks for Sprint tablet
Sprint's plans to bring out the Evo View at CTIA were virtually confirmed late Monday through the discovery of a pair of US trademark filings. Both appeared on the same day as they were found and cover mobile technology, including phones but also "portable computers" and PDAs, supporting notions that it could be a WiMAX version of the Flyer tablet shown last month.