HTC Sense

HTCdev, your new home for Bootloader Unlocking

It's a good day for all you HTC-specific developers out there as the three letter manufacturer of Android devices has opened its doors to their HTC OpenSense program through HTCdev. You can access this portal by heading to HTCdev.com, the same place you may have discovered and signed up at approximately one year ago when the site itself first popped up. What HTCdev will be now is a central online location for HTC developer engagement and growth, one place for all HTC-specific developers to speak with one another and grow using each-others ideas and helping one another work for a better HTC future.

HTC Puccini Screenshots Appear, Custom UI and Bloatware Included

The HTC Puccini is the code name for what will be the first Android Honeycomb tablet for HTC and it's headed for AT&T with 4G LTE. We first saw some leaked pictures a few weeks ago you can see here, but now we are seeing actual screenshots of the device running some heavy customizations as well as that wonderful stuff we call bloatware.

HTC Wildfire S Review

Welcome to the smallest member of the HTC Android family, one that fits directly in the palm of your hand, comes in at least a couple of cool color combinations, and beats out the whole rest of the world in mid-range competition. This is the HTC Wildfire S, the newest in a lovely line of HTC devices announced back in February, plus more since, these being thus: myTouch 4G Slide, Sensation, Flyer (tablet), and Facebook phones - ChaCha (aka Status on AT&T) and Salsa. Will the HTC Wildfire S stand up with the impressive lineup HTC has already released this summer season? Let's take a look!

HTC Wildfire S Hands-On and Unboxing

We've got a treat for you here, one of the tiniest little treats we've ever had the pleasure of checking out, one made for small-hands-having ladies and gentlemen across the world - an HTC device made for those who love the coolness of HTC's Sense UI without the giant nature of the top-tier devices we early adopters love so very much. This device comes with a 3.2-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and it weighs in at a mere 3.7 ounces (105 grams.) Will this little superstar capture our hearts above the rest of the mid-tier competition?

HTC Sense smartphones sell over 9.3 M units in Q1

HTC is one of the most popular makers of Android smartphones on the market today. The company also has one of the most liked custom UIs in its Sense platform. According to HTC, the smartphones it sells with Sense are being purchased in impressive numbers. HTC has offered up some impressive numbers from Q1 2011. According to HTC, it sold 9,313,500 smartphones with Sense onboard.

Euro HTC EVO 3D official: dual-core HSPA+ 3D superphone

The HTC EVO 3D has been officially launched in Europe, with the glasses-free 3D smartphone set to go on sale from July 2011. Offering a 4.3-inch qHD resolution screen like the HTC Sensation, only supporting 3D graphics without the silly specs, the EVO 3D has HSPA+, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a dual 5-megapixel cameras that support 2D and 3D stills and video at up to 720p HD resolution. OS is Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, and there have been a few tweaks made to suit the 3D capabilities. We met up with HTC last week to discuss the EVO 3D, and the company told us that, while it could have made the whole UI 3D, after tests it decided to keep things predominantly 2D as the third dimension was unnecessarily distracting. HTC Watch will offer 3D video content to buy (some territories will get a preloaded copy of The Green Lantern in 3D), though there won't be any 3D games at launch; HTC tells us that they're in the pipeline. 3D photos can be easily sent to users with non-3D devices as 2D versions, meaning backward compatibility. Otherwise, the HTC EVO 3D has dualband HSPA/WCDMA supporting up to 14.4Mbps downloads and up to 5.7Mbps uploads (network depending), a microUSB port that supports MHL HDMI (with 3D output if your screen can handle it) and both WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. There's 1GB of user-accessible ROM and 1GB of RAM, along with a microSD card slot, and the whole thing weighs in at 170g and measures 126 x 65 x 12.05 mm, though the blunt edges make it feel a significantly bigger, heavier device than the curved Sensation. We do like the dedicated camera button and physical switch for toggling between 2D and 3D modes. As for the bootloader, since the EVO 3D was in development while the decision to open up future HTC devices to third-party ROMs was made, it's not clear what will happen. HTC told us that's still being discussed internally, and that it's "not as simple" as throwing a switch on production units. Pricing is also to be decided, though it'll likely come in alongside the Sensation. For more on the HTC EVO 3D, check out our full review of the US version, which - radios aside - is functionally identical. [gallery]

HTC EVO 4G+ packs WiMAX into Sensation

HTC has quietly launched the HTC EVO 4G+, a new 4.3-inch qHD dual-core Android smartphone that's basically the company's latest Sensation variant. While ostensibly a WiBro Android smartphone for the Korean market, there's a fair chance that the EVO 4G+ could get a US launch on WiMAX networks. Like the Sensation, there's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and a dual-LED flash, capable of recording 1080p HD video. Up front is a 1.3-megapixel camera, and there's MHL HDMI support for the USB 2.0 connection. HTC also throws in GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot. Connectivity includes both HSPA/WCDMA and WiMAX (WiBro) support, along with quadband GSM/EDGE. There's HTC's Sense UI on top of Android, complete with HTC Watch for renting or purchasing video content, DLNA wireless streaming, stereo speakers and more. No word on when it will launch in Korea, nor indeed when it might make it to North America. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

HTC EVO 3D Hands-On and Unboxing

As providence would have it, we've now got the 3D version of everyone's favorite HTC phone of all time, that being the HTC EVO 3D. This is a device that's rolling out with a dual-core processor, a lovely dash of HTC Sense 3.0, and some incredible glasses-free 3D! This isn't the first time we've glanced upon a 3D device of similar nature, will this one take the trump card? We shall see! HTC in the place to be, dual core happenings from here to you from me!

HTC Desire will lose apps to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade

HTC may have re-commited to an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire, but it looks like users may not be getting the full experience. After flip-flopping on the upgrade yesterday, HTC has confirmed that it will be axing some apps in order to whittle Gingerbread down to suit the Desire's 512MB of ROM. "To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release" HTC has revealed on its Facebook page. The exact nature of the apps that will be missing is unknown, as is whether they'll be from HTC's own Sense line-up or software Google normally distributes with Gingerbread itself. "Look for status updates starting next week" HTC promises,  "we apologize for any confusion." HTC announced earlier this week that it had deleted the Desire's Gingerbread update from the roadmap, after software engineers discovered they were unable to fit both the OS and Sense into a ROM that offered "the HTC Sense experience you've come to expect." The news met with an unsurprising amount of vitriol from owners, with threats that they would boycott HTC's future devices and accusations that it was a marketing move rather than an engineering one. We're checking with HTC now to see if they can tell us either which apps are on the firing line or at least whether they're from Sense or core Android. Update: HTC UK tells us that it has no word on which apps will be kept and which will go at this stage. [via SlashGear]

No Android Gingerbread for HTC Desire

Bad news if you were holding out for Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your HTC Desire. The company has announced that, despite its engineers working on the upgrade "for the past few months," memory concerns will see it scrapped. Previously, carriers had told Desire owners they could likely expect the Gingerbread update at the end of April or early May. Unfortunately, it seems HTC couldn't get both Android 2.3 and Sense to play nicely together in what memory the Desire had to offer:
"Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you." HTC
Unsurprisingly, the news isn't going down well among Desire owners, many of whom are still inside their original agreement from when they first bought the handset. Of course, they could head over to xda-developers where there are several unofficial ROMs to be had, bringing the smartphone up to speed with Gingerbread. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]
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