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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

HTC Commits To Ship Windows Phone 8 Devices Later This Year

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:33 PM

""HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and we are excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers later this year," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation."

HTC has announced its commitment to bring Windows Phone 8 devices to market later this year in a press release made available today. No word yet on how many devices or specs.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

HTC Titan II Camera Samples

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 PM

The HTC Titan II has a few differences when compared to the Lumia 900. Custom HTC software and a larger 4.5 inch screen are two of the big ones. However, the stand out feature for the Titan II has to be the 16MP camera. While many may feel this is overkill for a smartphone camera, you have to appreciate the fact that HTC went all out in hopes of making the phone unique. For most, the quality of the camera will determine whether or not spending $199 (vs. $99 for the Lumia 900) is worth the extra expense. Luckily, WPCentral has stepped up and provided some great low-light and macro shots to help us make a decision. Hit the link for the samples and let us know what you think.

Monday, January 9, 2012

HTC Announces HTC TITAN II - HTC's First 4G LTE Windows Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC TITAN II features a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button, offering a viable replacement for digital point-and-shoot cameras. The HTC TITAN II delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help consumers capture photos in a variety of conditions; for instance, panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography. The smartphone also enables 720p HD video recording with the rear-facing camera, as well as on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi with its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Today, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, HTC introduced the HTC TITAN II as the company’s first Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device to run on a 4G LTE network. Packed with an impressive feature list, including a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (for video chat), this phone provides the largest display among Windows Phones, an advanced digital camera and access to 4G LTE speeds. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, be sure to check this out and perhaps buy yourself a "little" present. Read on for the full press release.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

HTC's Portable Bluetooth Conference Speaker

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

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As accessories go this one's rather specialised, but you don't have to use it as a conference call speaker - it works just fine as just a speaker. That means movies, music, what-have-you's, can be played through it, and that versatility makes the price a little more palatable. It's not available yet, but you can pre-order through Expansys.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

HTC Titan Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

"Rarely does a gadget's name quite so well describe its nature, as is the case with the HTC Titan. A huge 4.7-inch display packed into a battleship-strong metal chassis, the TItan is an unapologetic slab of Windows Phone 7. Question is, can Mango provide sufficient sweetness to balance the Titan's brutal charms, or are HTC's big ambitions in for an equally big fall? Check out the full SlashGear review to find out."

Slashgear delivers a review of HTC's flagship Titan - 4.7" screen, 1.5GHz processor and an 8MP camera to go along with the usual bevy of sensors. WP7.5 comes standard as does HTC Hub, so as its about as up to date as you might expect. The verdict: despite the size, it's easier to handle than you'd expect and hardware's rock solid.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

T-Mobile To Offer HTC Radar

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM,

"T-Mobile on Tuesday announced that it will soon offer the HTC Radar 4G, the carrier's first Windows Phone-based smartphone with 4G speeds...The Radar 4G will run the most recent version of Windows Phone, known as Mango, which was released today."

The Radar doesn't quite meet the Titan's uber-specs, but I daresay the more svelte chassis and usability means that the Radar will probably be the more popular of HTC's new Mango handsets. The Radar offers a 1GHz processor, %MP camera, an aluminium unibody frame and a 3.8" screen. Exact availability is not known, but T-Mobile says it will be in stores before the holidays (press release here).

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm Selling These Web Sites, Moving to the USA, and I Got a Job Working for HTC. Any Questions?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 08:00 AM

I've been writing and re-writing this post in my head over the past couple of months, and that headline was the best I could come up with. It's not easy to encapsulate one of the most significant changes in my life in a single sentence. Now let's unpack that bombshell I've just dropped...

The HTC Job

I've been working with HTC, the mobile phone and tablet maker, since August 1st of this year. Being a long-time fan of Microsoft's efforts in the mobile space - and largely tying my career to those efforts, for better or worse - I've watched HTC grow from being a nameless, brandless, tiny Taiwanese ODM making Palm-sized PCs/Pocket PCs to the mobile powerhouse they are today. I've always had tremendous admiration for HTC as a company and loved their products, so when someone I knew from Microsoft got a job with HTC in late 2010, I reached out and we started talking. The rest, as they say, is history. I believe HTC is uniquely positioned to do some amazing things in the mobile space over the next few years and I'm excited to be a part of it!

Thoughts Media is currently a vendor for HTC USA, and come October 1st, I'll be a full-time employee. I have an H1B work visa, and after closing the sale of my house this weekend (phew!), I'll be moving in the near future to the Bellevue, Washington area with my wife, our two year old son and our dog, and starting my new career. To add a little extra stress into my life, we're also building a new house and will be in temporary lodging until it's finished. Oh, did I mention this is the first corporate job I've held in 13 years? This is the single biggest career transition I've ever gone through. Read more...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple Comes Out #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Apple has once again been named number one by JD Power and Associates for customer satisfaction. HTC and Samsung also scored high on list. On the other end of the spectrum, Nokia, RIMM, and Palm ranked near the bottom of the pack. This is not surprising for Nokia, since have very few phones available in the US. It remains to be seen whether Nokia's partnership with Microsoft will improve their rankings, but at this point it can only help.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

HTC Radar and HTC Titan Videos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:42 AM

Some video goodness for you. The first two videos in particular look great in full screen, 1080p, with your speakers turned up. :-)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Mobility Market Crystal Ball

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:00 PM

"In two years, we'll mark the thirtieth anniversary of the first commercially available cellphone -- built by Motorola, incidentally. Given this week's big news from Google, and other big events that we can only presume are yet to come, those two years may also prove to be some of the most interesting yet for the mobile industry."

If you read this site regularly then you likely enjoy tracking the mobility market and smartphone industry. In all of technology could there be more interesting and as fast changing sectors as these? We all tend to speculate these days on RIM's future, Google's moves, and Microsoft's challenges, not to mention the plethora of Android devices that are continually released. The folks over at Engadget must feel much the same. Donald Melanson posted an editorial today, citing statistics from such stalwarts as Gartner and Nielsen regarding the smartphone market. He speculates on what changes we might see in the future. What do you think of Microsoft buying HTC? What about HP getting out of the smartphone business? Where will Dell settle it's focus in the future? There are some juicy statistics and interesting ideas proposed in the editorial, not to mention in the comments from readers. It's a fun piece to peruse, and will stimulate debate for, well, at least another 24 hours or the next major market development, whichever comes first.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

HTC Eternity: One For The Ages

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

HTC has always had a reputation for pushing the size envelope, and the Eternity is no exception. Slated for this autumn to coincide with the release of WP7.5 Mango, the Eternity will sport a massive 4.7" screen, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and HDMI output. I remember my old HTC Advantage with mixed feelings, but one thing that's never bothered me about it was its size, so the Eternity's won't bother me much either. This isn't for everyone though. You can get more details through HTCInside (Google translation here).

Friday, July 1, 2011

HTC Eternity Leaked

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 AM

Call me a pessimist, but the leaked HTC Eternity Windows Phone doesn't excite me very much. The specs sound fantastic: a 4.7-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen, 8 mega-pixel camera, 1.5GHz processor, 512MB Ram, and 16GB or internal storage. The problem is that these specs sound great for a phone that is out now! Besides the screen, all of the other specs are already available on Android devices, and this will only become more apparent as those devices continue to evolve. Secondly, does anyone actually need a 4.7-inch screen? If you compare the specs to the HD7 (already a large phone) you can see that body of the Eternity has gotten even larger. If this is the best WP7 enthusiasts have to choose from I still may get one come the fall, but my bet is that a Nokia built device will be in my pocket by late this year/early next. What kind of hardware do you want to see in your next Windows Phone?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cellular South Offering HTC 7 Pro

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 09:00 PM

"Cellular South, the largest privately held wireless communications provider in the U.S., introduced the HTC 7 Pro smartphone today offering customers its first Windows Phone 7-powered glance-and-go experience combined with an innovative design that features a sliding full QWERTY keyboard and tilt-up display."

And here I thought there were only a handful of national level carriers in the United States (hey, I don't live there!). Cellular South is a regional carrier based in the South East with about 900,000 customers, and they've just released their first smartphone based on WP7, the HTC 7 Pro. Not a bad start, though I'd quibble at the $199 price tag. But then to be fair I don't think they have the deep pockets to subsidise their phone offerings too deeply, especially expensive smartphone models. You can access CellSouth's 7 Pro page here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Verizon's Trophy Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"The HTC Trophy is the first Windows Phone 7 handset to grace the Verizon Wireless network, and it is based on the HTC 7 Trophy that was released last fall...The Trophy still has the nice, rubberized soft-touch back and solid build quality that its forebear had, though Verizon has swapped out the bright yellow under the battery cover for a more appropriate bright red."

Mobileburn does a run through of Verizon's version of the Trophy and find not much has changed. It's still a phone with more than decent hardware specs, and whether you think it's right for you depends really on how you view Windows Phone 7 - which is probably what Microsoft had in mind when they set down the hardware parameters.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rumored HTC WP7 Phone Seems To Have A 12MP Camera

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"According to Eldar Murtazin, famed Russian leakster, this is the HTC Mazaa, which appears to have a 12MP camera and the ability to shoot in RAW mode if so required. And wait-is that Mango it's running?"

A juicy rumor has HTC releasing a new phone with a 12MP camera. What's more, the camera is purported to have an option to shoot in RAW format, and to be running Mango. Curious? The Read link also directs you to a somewhat lengthy video with additional "evidence".

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Verizon Trophy Release Dates Made Official

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:21 AM

"At last. I know many of you were eagerly waiting for this one: Verizon Wireless today said that the HTC Trophy, its first Windows Phone, will be available on its website starting May 26-and hit Verizon stores a week later on June 2. The phone will cost $149.99, after accounting for a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract."

The Trophy release dates have just been made official by Verizon Wireless. It will be available by their web sales on May 26th and in their stores on June 2nd. Verizon is promoting the launch with the offer of a free XBox 360 console game with purchase before July 15, 2011. With the addition of Verizon Wireless, Windows Phone is now available on the four major U.S. carriers.

Friday, April 29, 2011

*Updated: Possible HTC Hidden Wi-Fi Tool Temporary Workaround

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:18 AM

"Problem is when you open the app an error pops up stating, "This application requires the latest Wi-Fi software. Please update your phone to the latest system software"."

When I previously posted about the HTC Hidden Wi-Fi app, a few of our members voiced that they experienced errors while trying to run the app. Mobility Digest has posted a potential workaround to get the Hidden Wi-Fi app working until HTC can issue an update.

Give it a try and let us know if it works.

*Update: Our own Adan Galvan tried this on his phone and unfortunately, it didn't work for him. If it works for you, please chime in and let us know what you did differently.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Application Makes Connecting to Hidden WiFi Points Possible

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:06 PM

"Until now it was not possible to connect to hidden networks on your Windows Phone 7, leaving a lot of disappointed users with no other choice to connect other than visible networks."

A lot of people hide their router's SSID to prevent others from seeing the access point. Unfortunately, one of the omissions of WP7 is the ability to connect to hidden WiFi networks. Luckily HTC has stepped up and created an app that'll help you to connect to hidden WiFi networks assuming you are using a HTC WP7 phone. If you are, head over to the marketplace and look for Hidden Wi-Fi by HTC Corporation.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

HTC Releases Manufacturer Update

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:51 AM

"While Microsoft and its carrier partners are still in the process of rolling-out Windows Phone 7's pre-NoDo and NoDo updates, it looks like HTC is going even further and is currently distributing its first own Windows Phone 7 update!"

If you have a HTC phone and recently updated it to NoDo with the ChevronWP7.Updater, make sure you keep an eye out for an update that comes directly from HTC. This marks the first update directly pushed by a manufacturer. If you receive the update, let us know if you notice any differences.

Tags: software, update, htc

Monday, March 28, 2011

NoDo Available For Samsung Focus or HTC Phones By Unbranding

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:30 PM

"One user on xda-developers has nailed it down for HTC devices. In addition to this, another user, as reported by WPcentral, has managed to get NoDo onto the Samsung Focus early."

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If you are tired of waiting for your carrier to finish testing the NoDo update, the developers over at XDA-Developers have got you covered. They've discovered how to unbrand HTC phones and the Samsung Focus in order to bypass the carrier and get the update pushed to them directly from Microsoft. The process does require the phone to be either a developer or Chevron unlocked device. If you are interested, the instructions for HTC phones can be found here and Samsung Focus here along with the required Samsung registry app here.

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