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Refresh Roundup: week of April 30th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it's easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don't escape without notice, we've gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 30th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 May 2012 19:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint discontinues HTC EVO 3D online, limited quantities remain at retail stores

It's not like we're gonna argue with Sprint's rationale, but the EVO 3D has met its end at the Now Network. Visitors to the carrier's online store will notice that the gee-whiz smartphone is no longer available for sale, and Sprint reps have confirmed to us that it's not coming back. Those who insist on owning an EVO 3D will be glad to know that the handset is still available at Sprint's retail outlets, but according to the carrier, quantities are rather limited. Given a phone that debuted less than a year ago, its abrupt and unceremonious demise comes as a bit of a shock, but with the mighty EVO 4G LTE on the horizon, we can't blame the carrier one bit.

Sprint discontinues HTC EVO 3D online, limited quantities remain at retail stores originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC promotes EVO 4G LTE design process, shows an EVO 3D prototype, too? [Video]

During the launch event of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint and HTC revealed a behind-the-scenes making of video that showed how the phone came to be from concept to device you can actually touch.

HTC has posted the video to its YouTube page today, and it’s something that I recommend everyone watch, especially if they’re into the minute details that go into making a phone. The video shows…wait…is that the new HTC EVO 3D?

The Verge noticed there’s a device that appears to have two rear cameras in the promotional video. The presence of twin cameras is a sign that it’s a 3D capable device, so we ask: did HTC and Sprint intend to make a follow-up to last year’s EVO 3D? How close were we to seeing the HTC EVO 3D 4G LTE unveiled last night instead? (Holy crap that would have been a terrible name!)

This is probably just a prototype and not necessarily a sign that we might see this phone appear someday. The video was about HTC’s design process and included the new EVO 4G LTE sandwiched between the original EVO and the 3D concept that looks sort of bloated. It’s likely HTC recognized the device just isn’t ready to be a mass market device, so it scrapped it and focused on the more feasible and appealing EVO 4G LTE.

Whatever the case, take a look at the video in question and see how the EVO 4G LTE was created. The 3D prototype pops up at the 23-second mark.

via The Verge

Gameloft to optimize its games for LG Optimus 3D Max

When it comes to the American consumer and 3D handsets, LG and Samsung refuse to take no for an answer, as both South Korean manufacturers aren’t ready to throw the towel in on mobile 3D technology just yet.

Samsung’s Nick DiCarlo is a dreamer who envisions smartphones that can simultaneously power 3D HD video streams on different screens, like a monitor or TV. The Samsung exec believes this can be done with the combination of powerful mobile processors and smart developers pushing the envelope. Too optimistic?

One thing DiCarlo did have to say to CNet that was reasonable, “There’s nothing to keep your phone or tablet from taking over your set-top box.” I happen to agree with that stance.

Jumping on the same theme as DiCarlo, Henry Nho, a Mobile Platform Architect at LG, also told CNet it sees the 3D potential that’s tied to juiced-up processing power. The engineer added, “When you record video and pictures, the smartphone camera will have the power to take 2D and 3D images and movies simultaneously, so you can later choose which version you want to view.”

This all sounds very promising, but the two men fail to realize what’s keeping people from buying 3D technology in droves — and that’s poor visual quality. None of these guys from LG and Samsung discussed at detail the improvements that need to be made on the imaging side of things when it comes to the mobile department.

In the end, 3D on the handset side is still a few years away, albeit, in the past there’s been some phone releases like HTC EVO 3D and LG Thrill 4G to test the waters. However, if LG and Samsung are truly dedicated to making the 3D platform a success here in the states then it might be worth the wait after all.

Source: CNet


LG, Samsung say 3D smartphones have a future originally appeared on on 2012-03-27T20:30:46Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j

HTC's first ICS update rolls out in late March, Sensation and Sensation XE call first dibs
Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly trickling out to the masses, but we're still waiting on the major phone vendors to come out with their own tweaks of the latest Android dessert. We've known that HTC's busy plugging away at its Sense-ified version of Android 4.0, but the company's finally ready to start discussing specifics. According to the outfit's UK Facebook page, the update will begin rolling out to the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE by the end of March, with the Sensation XL following suit. Additionally, owners of the EVO 3D, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD still haven't been forgotten, but their long-awaited upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich will come sometime "later this year." That sure narrows down the timeframe. Hopefully we won't have to wait until the end of March to officially cast our eyes on the new Sense, as we're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll see some ICS love in new devices at Mobile World Congress later this month.

Update: HTC's US Facebook page also announced the update, and added the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G and EVO Design 4G to the list of devices that should receive ICS later this year.

[Thanks, Willy]

HTC's first ICS update rolls out in late March, Sensation and Sensation XE call first dibs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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And here you thought Microsoft bringing Windows 8 to ARM was big news. Turns out, a member of the xda-developers forum has managed to make an APK that puts a variety of Redmond's x86 operating systems on the HTC EVO 3D and its 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon -- Windows 95, 98, XP and even your favorite flavor of Linux are all available for the three dee-equipped handset. All you need to do is install the Bochs Pentium emulator APK and the OS disk image of your choice, modify a couple files, and you'll be doing yesteryear's desktop computing on a handheld in no time. Feeling nostalgic? Detailed instructions how to do it yourself and the necessary files can be found at the source link below, but all we want to know is: does it do the blue screen of death or the force close dance when things go awry?

APK puts Windows 95, 98 and XP, plus Linux on the EVO 3D originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC EVO smartphone line on sale from Sprint, starting at $9.99

The HTC EVO line of smartphones is not exactly the most popular right now, not running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and coming with mid-range technical specifications. However, for a limited time, Sprint is offering the entire EVO line at special prices, which might boost HTC’s sales considerably.

The cheapest of the bunch is the EVO 3D 4G in Plum, made available for 9.99 dollars with 2-year contract. This gadget sports a 4.3-inch 3D qHD touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution and features a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, as well as 1 GB of RAM, GPS, Bluetooth, Wireless, 3G and 4G connectivity.

The dual 5 MPx cameras are clearly the nicest and most original feature you get on the HTC EVO 3D, while the most important weak points are the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and the 1 GB internal storage space (even with the included 8 GB microSD card). All in all, though, for just ten bucks you get plenty, if you ask me.

If however plum is not your favorite color (I know mine isn’t), the HTC EVO 3D 4G in black is itself discounted and goes for 49.99 bucks with a two-year contract. The specs and features are the same.

The HTC EVO Design is the third smartphone on sale right now and goes for $39.99. For that kind of cash, you get a gadget with a 4-inch qHD touchscreen, a single core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm chipset, a 5 MPx rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MPx front-facing webcam, Bluetooth, Wireless, 3G and 4G connectivity.

The smartphone once again runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with 4 GB of internal storage, as well as an included 8 GB microSD card.

Last, but not least, the HTC EVO Shift goes for 29.99 dollars right now, featuring extra functionality, with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, but not as much speed and power as its siblings. There’s only a 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under this smartphone’s hood, as well as 512 MB of RAM. Also, the EVO Shift ships with Android 2.2 Froyo, which is pretty bad, but the device is upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread, so all in all things are at least decent.

As I already mentioned, the sale is set to take place for a limited time, but the guys at Sprint are yet to announce an official end date. However, as they are insisting this is a special Valentine’s Day offer, the phones might only be discounted by mid-February.



Sprint begins removing Carrier IQ from its devices, HTC clears it from EVO 3D

A few days ago, an update was released to the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint and it removed two apps — namely HTC IQAgent and IQRD, both of which have been linked to Carrier IQ.  About a month ago, we reported that there was some chatter regarding Sprint contemplating removing Carrier IQ from its high-profile devices.  With the update from HTC happening just a few days ago, we can now confirm via HTC that Carrier IQ is being phased out across HTC devices on Sprint.

According to TheVerge, an HTC spokesperson had this to say:

HTC can confirm that we’re working with Sprint to provide maintenance releases that will remove Carrier IQ and provide security enhancements and bug fixes beginning in January.

If you own the HTC EVO 3D, then you can expect an update on your phone to remove the two applications in next couple of days.  It will be interesting to see which other HTC smartphones on Sprint receive the same update to remove the network diagnostics software, but also which other OEMs remove the app from their devices.

As of now, Sprint has not issued any statement suggesting which other devices will receive the same treatment, but at least Sprint is making clear progress on the issue at hand.


It's been exactly a month since we received word that Sprint was disabling Carrier IQ software installed on its carrier-branded devices, and this week we witnessed a firmware update on the HTC EVO 3D that quietly removes all traces of the tracking software completely. Neither company was forthcoming about this particular feature disappearing -- we have a hunch they're trying to keep the public from being reminded that CIQ ever happened -- but Android Central discovered that both the HTC IQAgent and IQRD were completely gone after the update. So add this to the list of the build's other performance enhancements, and here's to hoping that we'll start seeing a plethora of other devices getting similar releases.

HTC EVO 3D: poof, no more Carrier IQ software originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint's HTC Evo 3D gets a small update

Sprint released a small firmware update for the HTC Evo 3D. “Small” obviously doesn’t include Ice Cream Sandwich and I guess we’ll have to wait for another month or so to see Android 4.0 rolling out for the 3D smartphone.

The new software version comes with some improvements under the hood that improve the battery life and the overall security of the device. Moreover, there’s the updated Peep client (to align with Twitter).

By the time you’re reading this, you may’ve been already prompted to update. If not – don’t worry, Sprint said every Evo 3D owner will get the new firmware in the next 5 days.

To check manually whether a new software version is ready for you, tap Settings -> System Update -> HTC Software Update and finally Check Now. As usual, make sure you phone’s battery is fully charged and that you’re connected on a fast network before proceeding. Good luck! ;)

[Via: AndroidPolice]

Sprint’s HTC Evo 3D gets a small update [It's not Ice Cream Sandwich] originally appeared on on 2012-01-13T10:41:42Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j