HTC Sense

HTC Sensation trademark triggers tablet Sense speculation

HTC has trademarked "HTC Sensation" in the EU, leading to speculation that the company plans to develop a new version of its HTC Sense interface. One suggestion is that HTC intends to use "Sensation" on its upcoming tablet models; three HTC tablets are expected to debut in the first half of 2011, including the HTC Flyer.
"user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services; computer hardware and software for transmitting and receiving voice, image, data, audio, video and multimedia content" Partial trademark description
However, the broad description of the "HTC Sensation" trademark - which includes user interface software, computer hardware and software for voice calls, video calls and more, and even accessories - could suggest that this is more a marketing phrase than a specific development for HTC products. HTC could be looking to brand the "HTC Sensation" of using one of the company's devices. [via GottaBeMobile]

HTC Gratia UK launch confirmed for February 2011

HTC has confirmed that, as of next month, UK buyers will be able to pick up the HTC Gratia. An entry-level Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone, the Gratia has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and a 4.06oz body, with a Pearl White rubber back cover. Inside is a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, together with 3G and WiFi b/g; full specs here. No word on pricing at this stage, nor whether any carriers intend to pick up the Gratia. Press Release:
HTC 7 PRO AND HTC GRATIA TO COME TO THE UK IN FEBRUARY LONDON, UK – January 20, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announces the launch of HTC 7 Pro and HTC Gratia in the UK from February 2011. “We are proud to be able to add two new phones to our already diverse UK product portfolio,” said Jon French, executive director, HTC UK, Ireland and South Africa. “Both phones offer the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has become renowned. With the fresh and exciting mobile experience of the Windows Phone 7 platform, HTC 7 Pro is for users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time. The elegant HTC Gratia is designed for those people looking for a compact yet powerful Android smartphone.” HTC 7 Pro HTC 7 Pro combines powerful business features with multimedia performance and flexibility that make it the ideal phone both during and outside of work hours. The screen slides open and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, comfortable typing, while productivity features such as the ability to sort, scan and manage Outlook email, open and edit the latest Office documents and keep track of the markets with HTC’s stocks application, offer new ways to get more out of the business day. With a tilting 3.6” screen, the power of a 1Ghz processor and cutting edge technology such as Dolby MobileTM and SRS WOW HDTM, the HTC 7 Pro delivers a rich multimedia experience. The integratration of many popular Microsoft services such as Xbox LIVE, Windows Live, Bing and Zune makes this handset the ideal companion for business users who want to take their entertainment with them wherever they go. The unique Hub and Tile interface of Windows Phone 7 makes information quick and easy to access by grouping it into Hubs such as People, Pictures, Games, Music & Video, Office and Marketplace content and displaying the most up-to-date information on the homescreen Tile. Users will also be able to access exclusive applications and utilities through the HTC Hub. These include a weather and stocks application and a photo enhancer that enables special effects to be applied before sharing photos with friends. HTC Gratia Available in Pearl White, the HTC Gratia is sleek and lightweight – measuring just over four inches in length, weighing 4.06 ounces and featuring a seamless, rubberised and beveled back cover that opens to show a vibrant yellow inner chassis. This user-friendly and powerful smartphone runs Android 2.2 and the acclaimed HTC SenseTM - offering an experience that makes your phone work in a more personal and natural way. HTC Sense offers a number of unexpected features designed to bring a smile to your face, such as making the phone ring louder if it is in your bag or your pocket, but automatically decreasing the ringer volume when you pick it up to answer a call. HTC Gratia also comes with Friend Stream – an application that helps you keep in touch with friends and family by bringing all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into one single, organised flow of updates. Availability From February 2011 the HTC 7 Pro will be available in the UK through HTC’s distribution partner Brightpoint GB and Brightstar with HTC Gratia available through Brightstar only.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G leaks again: no HDMI confirmed

Verizon just can't seem to keep the HTC Thunderbolt under wraps until its official debut, which we're expecting tomorrow. The 4G LTE smartphone has shown up in the wild again, this time over at AndroidSPIN, who also took the time to run down the specs. Biggest disappointments? The single-core CPU and absence of HDMI. The Thunderbolt 4G has a 1GHz processor - which scored 1926 in Quadrant - together with 8GB of internal storage, a 32GB microSD in the box, a 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 and HTC Sense. There's also HTC Maps and Navigation, DLNA support and - they believe - an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. Their source criticized the battery life, however, which we guess is a side-effect of accessing 4G speeds.

HTC Wildfire Froyo update hits Europe this week

HTC has announced that the HTC Wildfire Android 2.2 Froyo update will begin rolling out this week in Europe. The much-delayed software is expected to reach "all areas of the world by February" 2011, though by that time we're expecting Gingerbread will have established a strong footing instead. The Wildfire was originally expected to see Froyo in Q3 this past year, but technical delays getting HTC Sense to play nicely with the updated OS meant the launch was pushed back until around Christmas.

HTC Knight (aka EVO Shift 4G) pictured in accessory update

The HTC Knight - aka the HTC EVO Shift 4G or the HTC Speedy - has shown up online, courtesy of a batch of accessories for the smartphone. HTCPedia got a bountiful crop of shots in, showing the 3.7-inch WiMAX smartphone complete with HTC Sense. On the back there's a camera of unknown resolution, paired with a single LED flash. The handset is tipped to arrive on January 6 2011.

Galaxy Devices to get HTC Sense Port soon

A tiny team of developers over at XDA-D including Captainkrtek, who with that name must obviously be a ladies man and expert diplomat, are working on a project that will port HTC Sense to Galaxy Devices. You can of course help, so long as you rock at this sort of thing and are deemed worthy by the council of 8. Lord of the Rings style.

HTC Mecha leaked on HTC Sense Site

After hearing many different rumors about the HTC Mecha smartphone for a few months, its about time that we are shown some real evidence. The photo below is from HTC's HTC Sense website. When choosing your device for your HTC Sense account, the HTC Mecha shows up along side the Desire HD and the Desire Z.

HTC Desire HD unboxing [Video]

The HTC Desire HD is in the house, and it's been a while since we were this excited about an Android smartphone. Packing the same 4.3-inch WVGA display as the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G, the Desire HD throws in the latest build of HTC Sense with numerous improvements, including easy DLNA streaming, a new Car Panel interface, enhanced GPS functionality and more. We wasted no time getting the Desire HD out of its box and slapping a SIM card inside, and of course we made sure there was a camera trained on us throughout. In our hands-on demo with this production HTC Desire HD you can see some of the initial changes over previous versions of Sense; meanwhile the hardware itself is slick and tactile, a solid-feeling block of aluminum that owes a lot to the shape of the Windows Mobile HD2. [vms 150c77bda2eda01ae484] The only usability fumbles we've found so far are the slightly tricky angle of the lock button and a difficult-to-replace battery door; otherwise the Desire HD fits nicely into the hand. We can't argue with performance, either, the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (and 768MB of RAM) keeping things flying along nicely. Meanwhile there's 1.5GB of app storage on hand, and a microSD card slot down underneath the bottom panel. Some of the most useful changes are the smallest, in fact, like the new app-switcher bar which has been added to the pull-down notifications pane, and which shows the last eight accessed apps. We'll be putting the HTC Desire HD through its paces to see how the Android 2.2 smartphone holds up in the real world. Until the full review, enjoy the unboxing and walkthrough video! [gallery]

HTC Gratia brings Aria to Europe [Update: full specs]

HTC has announced a new Android smartphone, the HTC Gratia, which is basically a European version of the HTC Aria.  The Gratia gets Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC Sense and a 5-megapixel camera; we're still waiting for the full spec sheet, but we're guessing it has the same 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen as the Aria and the same 600MHz processor, too. The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010.  No word on pricing at this stage. Update: HTC has sent us over the spec sheet, and it's confirmed as the same hardware as the Aria.  The big difference is obviously the 3G, with the Gratia getting HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 support along with its quadband GSM/EDGE.  The display is confirmed at 3.2-inches and HVGA resolution, there's Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone socket, GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.  Storage is via microSD card, adding to the 512MB of ROM (RAM is 384MB). [gallery] Press Release:
HTC LAUNCHES SLEEK AND COMPACT HTC GRATIA FOR EUROPEAN MARKETS LONDON, UK – 18 October, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced the European launch of HTC Gratia, a rich and elegant addition to Android’s smartphone portfolio. Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel colour camera with auto focus. At just over four inches in length and weighing 4.06 ounces, it packs power thanks to Android 2.2 – the latest version of Android. HTC Gratia also embodies the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, which places you at the centre, by making your phone work in a more personal and natural way, while providing unexpected features that put a smile on your face. It also offers you more ways to stay connected with Friend Stream – an application that brings all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into a single, organized flow of updates – making keeping in touch with friends on social networks even easier. “HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.” Availability The HTC Gratia will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European markets from November 2010. 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.
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