HTC Sense

HTC Explorer delivers Android on a budget

HTC has announced its latest Android smartphone, the HTC Explorer, targeted at entry-level users hoping to step up from their featurephone. Replacing the altogether underwhelming HTC Smart, only with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3.5 this time rather than BREW, the Explorer packs a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity includes 3G, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, while there's a microUSB port and a microSD card slot to augment the minimal 483MB ROM. The 1,230 mAh battery is hidden behind a soft-touch, rubberized rear cover, initially available in black or blue though HTC tells us they'll have alternative colors soon. The camera is a mere 3-megapixel unit, further example of what HTC told us was a "focus on device expectations, not specifications" but what's really more likely to be the result of building to a strict budget. Pre-pay users and cash-short students are the expected audience, with HTC adding a "data monitor" app which can keep track of how much data, SMS and calls you've used. Unfortunately - for the user, at least, not the carrier - the app won't actually pop up and warn you when a limit is about to run out, you're expected to check it manually, and there's no homescreen widget at this stage. Otherwise the only app of note in the updated Sense 3.5 is "Best Deals", HTC's interpretation of the local deals market. Unfortunately we weren't able to test that in our pre-briefing with the Explorer. The HTC Explorer is expected to go on sale in Europe and Asia from October 2011. Pricing will depend on market. Update: Vodafone UK tells us they'll be offering the Explorer, though still no word on how much. [gallery]  

Android Community Weekly: September 24, 2011

Viewing the Android Community Weekly roundup this week will land you in-depth reviews of two amazingly well build devices, more information on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and some Android OS controlled supergadgets. Both American variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II are now in our possession! The Epic 4G Touch was extensively reviewed this past Sunday, with benchmarks even the original Galaxy S II can't touch (out of the box that is). And just recently, the AT&T Galaxy S II was unboxed by Chris Burns; be sure to ask him any questions regarding the device so they may be answered before the official review! The Epic 4G Touch is already available, but AT&T expects to release their Galaxy S II for under $200 coming October.

HTC outs Raider 4G with LTE and 1.5GHz dual-core

HTC has launched a new LTE smartphone, the HTC Raider 4G, though so far the Android handset is only announced for South Korea. Pairing the 1.5GHz dual-core processor from the Sensation XE with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the Raider 4G offers up to 100Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads on LTE networks. If you're out of LTE coverage, then the Raider 4G is also good for up to 21Mbps 3G downloads or 5.76Mbps uploads. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and all the usual sensors you'd expect, along with an 8-megapixel rear f/2.2 camera with dual-LED flash and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Full HD video recording is supported. OS is Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense on top. HTC will also offer the Raider 4G with an optional DMB dongle, allowing owners to tune into digital TV broadcasts when in South Korea. The whole thing measures 128.8mm x 67mm x 11.27mm and weighs 163.8g with its 1620 mAh battery. No word on pricing or availability internationally at this stage, though AT&T is tipped to get the Raider 4G at some point. [gallery] [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

HTC Rhyme and Bass likely for September 20th Reveal

It was all the way back in time when we first saw a trademark list for HTC listing the HTC Rhyme that we knew the Beats were coming. It was back when a leaked specs list was found that we assumed the HTC Runnymede and the HTC Bliss would be released side by side. It was just yesterday when the device known as the HTC Runnymede was said to be launching as the HTC Bass. All of this of course points toward the September 20th launch event that we'll be covering live. All of this adding up?

HTC Sense 3.5 Video Leaks

It appears that the same folks who brought you the HTC Sense 3.5 screencaps from a few days ago have now got a video out showing off the newest version of the system in full action. This is a full five minute tour of what they're saying is HTC Sense 3.5 UI, looking not just a whole heck of a lot different from Sense 3.0, the version seen on the newest HTC devices, specifically the HTC Sensation, a rather lovely device if I may say so myself. Transitions have been smoothed out, details have been sharpened, and the whole thing looks just a tiny bit neater - shine and gleam all around.

HTC Sense 3.0 Style Unlock Ring App Perfected in Agile Lock

So you're all about that unlock screen you saw on the HTC Sensation 4G, right? You saw how awesome it was to bounce around a ring that's able to open either the whole of the phone or a single app at your command, and you're pumped up about having access to such a lockscreen asap! Your wait is over, unofficially, with Agile Lock, an app made by the developers at SunPengfei, as they've created an app version of the lockscreen so similar to the original, you'll want it on all your devices.

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?
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