Verizon said to be pushing update soon
A notice on the Verizon home page revealed today that an upgrade to Android 4.0 is imminent for the HTC Rezound. The update will bring a number of improvements for owners of the HTC handset, and the new software will be pushed over-the-air. Verizon has yet to reveal exactly when the update will be pushed out, though, as the notice page still lists it as "coming soon."
Verizon Android 4.0 updates pushes in short window
A telling leak has uncovered at least tentative dates for Verizon's long-in-waiting Android 4.0 updates. The HTC Rezound would go first, according to an anonymous Reddit user, with a test theoretically active now and wrapping up May 7. Customers would start getting the update over the air two days later, on May 9.
Android 4.0 update for Verizon Xoom, Rezound leak
A supposed Verizon employee has shared Android update dates for the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom tablet on Reddit. The Xoom tablet will supposedly get the update on April 23, while the Rezound's update will arrive on May 9. What makes the rumor more believable is the amount of detail in the leak.
HTC says Beats will be software only
HTC in an interview Friday said it won't pack in Beats Audio's earbuds or other headphones with at least some of its smartphones from now on. Product executive Martin Fichter briefed CNET that, while the on-device Beats Audio processing would stay, ordinary headphones at most would come in the box with models like the Evo 4G LTE and One series. Customers weren't buying for the headphones and thus didn't justify the extra cost.
Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX ICS updates postponed
Best Buy has informed its staff that planned ICS updates for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX have been delayed. Originally scheduled for April 4, the company has not said when they when users can expect to receive it. Best Buy did, however, confirm that the HTC Rezound will be updated OTA to ICS as planned this Friday, according to Droid-Life.
Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX get Android 4 soak, leak
Motorola may be on the verge of releasing its Android 4.0 upgrade, at least in test form, for at least the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. Just days after notice of a soak test of an unknown update for willing early adopters, a leaked build has emerged of Android 4.0.3 for the extra-thin Verizon smartphones. The firmware seen at DroidRzr was clearly unfinished and risky, but was also apparently official as it had an updated cellular radio baseband and a new version of the Webtop pseudo-desktop interface.
Dates at odds with official Motorola position
A new round of smartphones may be getting Android 4.0 shortly. Phone Arena reports from a source that Best Buy has supposedly said on one of its an internal employee websites that the Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, as well as the HTC Rezound, will be getting updates over the air (OTA) next week. Motorola's official position still has no official timing for the updating these Verizon phones in the US.
Verizon: Android 4.0 update for 14 devices coming
Verizon has just revealed which of its devices will be getting an upgrade to Android 4.0. While no dates were revealed, the carrier only promised that the updates will arrive sometime this year. Only 4G LTE-compatible hardware appeared to be enjoying the update, however.
Verizon entices buyers ahead of WMC
Verizon has made a surprise move to cut the pricing of the HTC Rezound and the LG Spectrum LTE phones down to $100 on a two-year contract plus a data pack at a minimum cost of an additional $30. The price drop comes around just a month after the LG Spectrum first launched on the network and around three months since the HTC Rezound first arrived. Both devices carry high-end specs and expected to be upgraded to Android 4.0 sometime after March.
HTC stalls some Android 4 updates despite vows
HTC had to backtrack on upgrade promises Thursday with a follow-up posting delaying most. Only the Sensation, Sensation 4G, and Sensation XE will get the new OS by the end of March. The Sensation XL would come soon afterwards, but the Amaze 4G, Desire HD, Desire S, Evo 3D, Evo Design 4G, Incredible S, Rezound, and Vivid would only get updates "later this year."
Verizon/HTC deny phone globally enabled
Verizon owners of the HTC Rezound may be getting more of a phone than they realized. A member of the XDA-Developers forums has posted claims indicating that the phone which runs on the carrier's CDMA network may be a truly global phone, packing GSM/HSPA radios as well. Both HTC and Verizon claim it doesn't have this multi-band capability.
HTC turns to halo devices to fight Apple, Samsung
HTC's UK head Phil Roberson in an interview Thursday made clear that HTC was scaling back its strategy of flooding the market with devices. The executive argued to Mobile Magazine that HTC had "tried to do too much" in 2011 and oversaturated the field with devices. This year would be about making "something special," or having fewer but more distinctive devices.
HTC Fireball with 4G due at Verizon sometime soon
A leaked Verizon inventory screen makes mention of an upcoming HTC smartphone, the Fireball, Droid-Life learned. It would run on the carrier's 4G network, though little else is known. Its ADR6410L model number puts it in-between the Rezound and Thunderbolt, with their ADR6425 and ADR6400 model numbers, respectively. As such, features are expected to fall between these two.
HTC says Q4 not toned down despite November
HTC stated Wednesday that it had no plans to further drop its low fall outlook. In spite of a steep November drop, which was down 30 percent month-to-month and 20 percent year-over-year, it still saw revenue down 23 percent from earlier estimates, or roughly the same as a year ago. The company's share price has plunged 40 percent in just over a month over jitters that HTC had stopped growing.
Analyst has Apple, Samsung win at cost of HTC, RIM
Apple and Samsung have been gradually taking over the US smartphone market, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley said in a research note Tuesday. Based on channel checks e saw all three iPhone models gain real-world sell-through share in November and the iPhone 4S continue to be the top seller at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Samsung had achieved a rare feat, however, and saw the Galaxy S II take the second-place spot away from the regular iPhone 4 on AT&T.
Verizon to put Galaxy Nexus at same 300 as others
A new leak supports notions that the Galaxy Nexus will cost $300 on contract. The tip to the Wall Street Journal didn't say more than to give the two-year price and have the phone on shelves in December. The price was expected given Verizon's typical policy of pricing phones like the HTC Rezound or Motorola Droid RAZR at the same level.
HTC Rezound hit with audio static flaw
HTC Rezound owners have begun mentioning a problem with audio, its signature feature. A number of Droid-Life readers and those elsewhere have encountered noticeable static whenever listening to music. The problem occurs whether or not they listen to the Beats headphones as well as whether or not the source is on the device or streaming.
HTC dims expectations as Android dream cools
HTC acted as a possible bellwether for Android on Wednesday after it cut its outlook further beyond earlier predictions. The company in a filing lowered its revenue estimate by 23 percent to give it the same $3.4 billion in revenue as a year ago. It also now predicted the first sequential slowdown in sales in roughly two years.
We review Motorola's Android-based RAZR rebirth
The rule of thumb for 4G Android phones in 2011 has been that they must be tanks: bulky, rounded-off devices that show exactly what sacrifice you're making to get the faster speeds. Motorola with the reborn Droid RAZR (just RAZR elsewhere in the world) not only bucks that, but has what it claims is the world's thinnest smartphone. However, it's coming into especially fierce competition with the Galaxy Nexus, Rezound, and the iPhone 4S. We'll see in our Droid RAZR review if it's competitive enough to swim with the pack.
The HTC Rezound has shipped early and has already been given an unboxing video (embedded below). Not expected to ship until November 15, the a number of users who placed pre-orders over the phone with Verizon have already either received their handsets, or having received shipping confirmation notices. The latest HTC flagship, it is fitted with a 720p (1280x720) display and a dual-core 1.5GHz snapdragon processor.
HTC discusses patents and Android 4 phone upgrades
HTC outlined some of its Android plans on Monday that included both the courtroom and its products. In a far-ranging briefing, the company's CEO Peter Chou told Reuters his company was "open-minded" to the prospect of buying patents to escalate its fight with Apple. There weren't any specific plans, he said.
HTC sees rare decline owing to iPhone 4S
HTC saw its October revenue take a rare sequential decline believed to be owed to the iPhone 4S. Although up just over 36 percent year-over-year, the $1.46 billion in revenue was down 2.8 percent versus September. Apple's quick launch in 29 countries helped, Taiwan's Commercial Times said.
HTC Rezound unveiled at event
As expected, HTC's New York City event saw the introduction of the Rezound. Verizon's Android 2.3 flagship is the first in the US with Beats Audio and carries both a special set of in-ear headphones as well as a unique audio profile that kicks in when the headphones are plugged in. It's also just the second phone after the Galaxy Nexus to have a 720p (720x1280) screen, and at 4.3 inches is sharper than its 4.65-inch Samsung rival.
HTC Rezound spoiled hours before intro
A last-minute catch has shown the official, complete look of the HTC Rezound. Due to show this afternoon, the Android 2.3 device shown by PocketNow very closely resembles the Vivid at AT&T but with signature HTC-at-Verizon red cues and a more rounded design. Its Beats Audio and 4G logos are clearly in sight, although the shots don't give away what's on screen.
HTC Rezound spotted live in complete form
The post and video (below). WorldOfJohnboy at DroidForums has shown a late-stage prototype that lines up with what's been seen in ads. Along with the 720p screen, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, and Beats Audio, it's also known to be using HTC's Sense 3.5 interface on top, which brings options so far seen only in the US through the Rhyme.
HTC Rezound slipped out by Verizon itself
Verizon on Sunday spoiled HTC's November 3 event by posting ads for the Rezound. While they don't show more than a product shot, they do confirm the Beats Audio connection, including the signature red-corded headphones and red light-up navigation keys. The ads hint the phone might be ready to go soon after the event.
HTC event hints at Beats-ready phone
HTC on Tuesday sent out invitations for yet another special event, now on November 3. While saying little about the subject of the New York City gathering beyond promising a "latest innovation," the notice includes the Beats Audio logo, a strong sign that it's likely the Rezound. Phones like the Sensation XL and Sensation XE both have Beats but aren't so far expected to ever reach the US in official form.
Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound inbound Nov. 10
A leaked screenshot from the Verizon inventory has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the HTC Rezound are both still headed for a November 10 launch. The screenshot also confirms that both devices will be available for $300 on a two-year contract as had been expected. Both are flagship devices for each manufacturer and have generated considerable interest among Android fans.
HTC Rezound appears in official case shots
The HTC Rezound has been spoiled ahead of its launch with the official HTC cases for the device showing the new smartphone itself. The official HTC photos of the cases come ahead of the official press shots. The new smartphone, also known as the HTC Vigor, is expected to be formally launched on November 10.
Verizon spoils expensive Nexus, Rezound plans
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and HTC's Rezound have both shown up in Verizon's Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list in what's a sign of them getting close and being expensive. Either of the Android phones could cost $300 on a contract and support beliefs that they'll both have LTE-based 4G, Droid-Life saw. The two also had their pricing start on November 10, suggesting that they might have been moved back to the middle of next month.
Verizon version of HTC Vigor to be called Rezound
The HTC Vigor smartphone has been spotted in Verizon's Device Management system with the Rezound name. Droid-Life sources allegedly confirm that the phone will be renamed as such, and the name was rumored when the handset first appeared in unofficial channels. The major specs are impressive and include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch 720p touchscreen, and LTE-based 4G.