Well what do you know – HTC released the Android 2.3.5 update for its low-end Wildfire S smartphone. Along with the latest version of Gingerbread, there’s also the new Sense software (version 2.1), which mimics some of the aspects of the Sense UI on the HTC Sensation. However, you shouldn’t expect all of the features since there’s not enough horse power under the Wildfire S’ hood. There is the new interactive lock screen as well as few other graphic changes and that’s about it.
The update is said to be rolling out across Europe as we speak and if you still haven’t got it, you can manually check – hit “Settings,” “About phone” and the “Software updates.” From here you’ll be able to see whether a new firmware version is available to download. Make sure you’re in a fast hotspot when updating the phone so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
HTC Wildfire S gets Android 2.3.5 update along with Sense 2.1 originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2011-12-17T11:13:39Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j
This week was packed
with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here's some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of November 21, 2011:
Bell Canada is getting a couple new LG devices: the entry-level LG Eclypse, coming December 2nd, is a QWERTY device with Gingerbread [PocketNow], and the high-end LG Optimus LTE, which offers a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, HD display, 1,830mAh battery, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing cam, is available now. The Optimus LTE is available for $150 with a three-year commitment. [AndroidCentral]
MetroPCS announced the availability of the HTC Wildfire S sometime this week. You'll be able to grab one for $180 with no contract attached. [Unwired View]
T-Mobile is getting its Galaxy S II in white, so why not the Skyrocket on AT&T? A few press images of the device's new hue have leaked out. [PocketNow]
Verizon's message app just got a refresh which now offers support for SMS / MMS syncing between your phone and tablet. Both devices have to be attached to the same WiFi network, however. [AndroidCentral]
Verizon's rolling out LTE to another selection of cities on December 15. [PhoneScoop]
User Agent Profiles outed the Sony Ericsson Arc HD (previously known as the Nozomi), amongst other unknown devices. [Android Community]
It appears that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 may be coming to T-Mobile, according to leaked marketing materials. [PocketNow]
Cincinnati Bell just launched the BlackBerry Torch 9810 for $200 with a two-year commitment and after $50 mail-in rebate. [BusinessWire]
Mobile Miscellany: week of November 21, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! We're well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties surrounding the seasonal shopping experience, so we're here to help you sort out this year's tech treasures. Below is today's bevy of curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they're added throughout the holiday season.
Jack Frost nipping at your phone and you need a new one? We know it can be difficult to decide on a smartphone to add to your holiday wish list, but if you're going to be hitting up all of the New Year's Eve parties, you don't want to be using something that's too embarrassing to take out of your pocket. This season offers a lot of tempting options: Ice Cream Sandwich
, Windows Phone Mango
and iPhone 4S
are all worth drinking a lot of eggnog over. Unfortunately, there are so many tantalizing possibilities that we aren't able to include every single handset, but we've whittled it down to a mere nine devices that we think even Old Man Winter would enjoy. Join us after the break to help ring in the holiday cheer.
Prices are subject to change. Amazon, for instance, is holding a week-long holiday sale (from November 21st to 28th) in which almost every smartphone is a penny.
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Engadget's holiday gift guide 2011: smartphones originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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MetroPCS has picked up another Android phone, as users of the prepaid carrier can now pick up an HTC Wildfire S for about $180.
If you think that nearly $200 may be too much for a mid-tier device like the Wildfire S, you’d best to remember that MetroPCS doesn’t come with a two-year contract, so you’ll be buying the phone outright. MetroPCs plans cost about $50 to $60 a month for unlimited plans. The cute phone rocks Android 2.3, 3.2-inch screen and you can have all the benefits of using an Android phone.
We’ve yet to see the MetroPCS Wildfire S but we did review the version for T-Mobile and found it to be a solid smartphone for the budget conscious. Blake reviewed it and he said:
The Wildfire S is a small budget Android phone that is easy on the eyes and the wallet. HTC Sense is one of the nicest skins you can find for the OS and it’s extremely easy to use, and that alone may be worth grabbing this handset.
You can head on over to MetroPCS to check it out. Any of you planning to pick this up?
Note: the image is of the T-Mobile version.
MetroPCS nabs the HTC Wildfire S originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2011-11-21T17:36:05Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j