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Windows Phone not selling? Who cares – Android makes more money for Microsoft

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Microsoft may not have a runaway success in Windows Phone 7, but don’t think the company is too worried at the moment. Aside from a major “Mango” update that might make Windows Phone 7 more appealing, Microsoft can rely on the steady stream of money that it makes from Android products.

Asymco estimates that Microsoft makes five times as much money from Android sales than it earns from sales of Windows Phone 7. That’s because Microsoft pressured HTC into paying a $5 per device licensing fee based on alleged patent violations in Android. Since HTC has sold an estimated 30 million phones since the deal was reached, the $5 fee translates to $150 million. That’s a great deal more than the estimated $30 million Microsoft has so far made licensing Windows Phone (2 million phones at $15 per device).

While this is just an estimate and cannot be taken as fact, it’s a reminder of why Microsoft is going after practically any company that produces Android products. Microsoft alleges that there are patent infringements at the core of Android, so everyone releasing an Android phone, tablet, reader, or other device must pay a licensing fee ranging from $7 to $12 per device sold. Microsoft has been in negotiation with multiple device makers and has already filed suit against Barnes & Noble and Motorola.

Microsoft would surely prefer to have Windows Phone 7 be more successful, but the company will have to settle for revenues produced by Android’s popularity for now. Hey, Microsoft could use some more cash after paying $8.5 billion to acquire Skype earlier this month.

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Asus Transformer Source code released already, shows HTC how it’s done

Whoa, what do we have here. It looks like Asus has already released the source code for the yet-to-be released Asus Transformer Tablet/Laptop. Check out the fancy Transformer in our very own Hands-On. Asus recently released a website all about the Transformer, and now things just got even better.

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In case you were wondering, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer is basically a top of the line Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with some very nice specs. 10″ IPS Display is a nice one, the usual Tegra 2 dual-core beast, along with all those other treats you’d expect in a good, quality tablet. But like the Motorola Atrix it plugs into a keyboardish device making it a full blown tablet and a laptop. Neato! Recently just the tablet showed up at Best Buy for $400 just for the device making it a great price compared to the Xoom, other than it only having 16GB of storage vs the 32GB on the Xoom, but for $400 I’d be saying goodbye to the iPad 2 (if I’d even get one in the first place).

Let me remind you all that the Transformer is not even on store shelves (in the states at least), so this is pretty fast for them to release the source code. Some manufactures I wont mention *cough* thunderbolt *cough* should take notice of how fast Asus has done this. I wish everyone else would do the same. The source seems to be struggling so follow here, go to downloads, android and then expand the source code entry. – thanks for the tip, Jack!

 

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HTC EVO View 4G Launching With Android 3.0 Honeycomb?

view3 Sprint announced the HTC EVO View 4G back in March at CTIA and what we saw was a gorgeous, WiMax enabled tablet that was running a version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, just a short time ago, Sprint’s “This just in” page listed  the HTC EVO View 4G will be arriving with Android Honeycomb 3.0.

So which is it? Will the tablet that won our award for Best Tablet of CTIA arrive with the sweet taste of Honeycomb? Or will it arrive with a version of Gingerbread?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear. Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott had told Android Central that the company will in fact be offering Honeycomb on the HTC EVO View 4G however, they don’t know exactly when they will be offering it.  He states that:

It’s too early to determine whether or not Honeycomb will be available at launch.

He also says that the ‘This just in’ page will be tweaked (it has already, saying ‘Latest version of Android’) so as to not cause as much confusion about the version of Android that will be on this thing when it hits shelves. While a launch with Android 3.0 sure would be nice, the fact that HTC and Sprint as of yet don’t have the Honeycomb code make the prospects of said launch extremely bleak.

It’s likely that we’ll see Gingerbread when the device launches this summer.

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HTC Pyramid with Android Gingerbread specs and photos leak

Specifications and bunch of photos of Android powered HTC Pyramid have leaked again. This time the credit of this leak goes to guys at XDA-Developers, who have completely exposed this Smartphone’s hardware and software. From these leaked photos we can see that the HTC Pyramid features HTC’s aluminum uni-body and have resemblance to HTC EVO 3D as respect to its features except 3D. The photos further reveal that there is HTC Sense version 3.0 on-board and along with it there is an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread for the operating system.

There are still no words on when this device will be out and what it will cost though Pocketnow claims that he has been tipped that this Android Smartphone will land on T-Mobile in the USA. However take a look at the leaked specifications and photos below and let us know what you think about this Smartphone by your comments in the comment box below.

HTC Pyramid Specifications

Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, a huge 4.3-inch qHD display of 960×540 pixels, an 8 mega-pixel camera most probably capable of 1080p video capture plus a VGA front-facing camera and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

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More HTC Pyramid images leaked – detailed and clear

pyramid3-740x1024-361x500 We caught a glimpse of the HTC Pyramid a few days back from pocketnow.com, and now a tipster sent in some nice, CLEAR images of the Pyramid in all its glory…ok, maybe not ALL its glory, but close right? At least these images show more than the body in a blurred state of confusion.

As reported earlier, this bad boy will be 4.3 inches in display size, under the hood comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor, 8 megapixel camera on the rear, 1.3 on the front, Android 2.3.2 to start with at launch, and HTC Sense UI. We still don’t have pricing or a launch date yet, but rest assured we’ll find it…if I have to tear this universe another black hole, I’m going to find it….I’VE GOT TO MISTER!” [via xda-developers]

 

 

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Exclusive: HTC Pyramid Photos

An anonymous tipster has sent us several pictures of HTC’s presumed upcoming flagship phone, the HTC Pyramid. According to these shots, the powerhouse Pyramid is confirmed to have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 768MB of RAM. It will come running on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread with the latest Sense 3.0. The screen looks to be 4.3″, and is qHD 960×540 resolution. On the back there is an 8MP camera which probably can record in 1080p, plus a front-facing camera that can do VGA shots. If this phone so far seems like the HTC EVO 3D but without the 3D, you’re right. Click on to see more pictures of the HTC Pyramid!

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Thunderbolt’s Kernel Source Code Released!

Thunderbolt_Source-238x46 Looks like many of our beloved phone manufacturers are beginning to realize that the true development for their devices does not happen in their labs, but rather as soon as they hit the streets. As a result of that (and GPL licensing requirements), we are seeing that many companies are releasing the source code for the kernels used in their devices, so that developers out in the wild may have a chance at playing with and tweaking the code to fit their purposes. XDA member uthinkisay started at thread in the Thunderbolt forums where he points at what he found browsing HTC’s site. What this means is that you will be seeing custom kernels with the changes made by HTC along with others from all over the net. Also, this means cross compatibility with other roms will also be possible.

This is truly a good day for developers, so stay tuned and be sure to visit the Thunderbolt forums to see the first custom works resulting from this release.

Just looking around the web and came across this,
http://developer.htc.com/
Is this what devs need to start developing custom kernels or are we waiting on a newer one?

You can join the discussion in the original thread.

 

 

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HTC Incredible S has signed bootloader and recovery image

incslock Wow, this is really bad news for anyone hoping to run custom ROMs on HTC’s new Incredible S anytime soon. A recently-discovered RUU for the device seems to indicate that like its distant cousin the Thunderbolt 4G, the Incredible S has a signed bootloader and recovery image. This means any custom recovery image without a valid HTC signature (the kind you’d need to load a custom ROM on your device) would be detected by the phone, which would then deny you access to it.

This is a potentially major setback for any Incredible S owners hoping to ditch the stock ROM in favor of something a little more exotic, as it adds an extra hurdle to the usual rooting/flashing process. All is not lost, though, as recent progress in hacking the Thunderbolt may prove useful in eventually cracking the Incredible S’s security. If you’re thinking of picking up an Incredible S, let us know whether this will affect your choice in the comments.

Whatever the reason behind these actions may be, this probably marks the end of the dev-friendly HTC we’ve all come to know and love, and that breaks my geeky heart. Farewell, HTC. You will be missed.[AndroidPolice]

 

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HTC ThunderBolt Review

Introduction:

htc-thunderbolt-review-2-14-sm When we first learned in 2007 that Verizon was going to be updating its network to 4G LTE, we’ve been wondering which smartphone would be the first to utilize it. Now it’s here: the HTC ThunderBolt. Without a doubt, the ThunderBolt is being advertized as the must-have device, with fast internet data speeds, a 4.3” display, and a 1GHz processor. Verizon is counting on early-adopters at this point; people not wanting to wait around for other 4G smartphones, such as the dual-core Motorola DROID BIONIC, LG Revolution, or the (un-named) Samsung 4G LTE smartphone with Super AMOLED Plus display. But there are already a few 4G devices out from other carriers, so let’s see if the ThunderBolt was worth the wait, as we dive into it.
Included in the retail box is the HTC ThunderBolt ADR6400 phone, 1400mAh battery, SanDisk 32GB Class 4 microSDHC memory card preinstalled, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.

HTC Thunderbolt Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.52 inches (122 x 66 x 13.2 mm)
  • Weight: 5.78 oz (164 g)
  • Display: 4.3 inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
  • Memory: 8 GB + 32 GB MicroSD
  • OS: Android OS 2.2
  • Processor: 1GHz MSM8655 Snapdragon
  • Camera: 8 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Connectivity: CDMA Dual Band (800/1900 Mhz)
  • Data: 1xEV-DO rev.A, LTE
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1, Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS: GPS with A-GPS
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAh

The Good

  • 4G speeds are unbelievably fast – LTE is a game changer
  • Big, beautiful SLCD display
  • Outstanding build quality
  • 40GB of storage out of the box (8GB internal storage + 32GB microSD card)
  • Snappy performance all around

The Bad

  • Single-core processor that will likely be rendered obsolete very quickly
  • Rather chunky design
  • No fewer than 11 non-removable bloatware apps
  • Costs a rather pricey $250 upfront
  • Still running Froyo

Design and Display
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For those familiar with the HTC Desire HD, the HTC Thunderbolt should look very familiar. In fact, it’d be safe to say that the HTC Thunderbolt is designed almost exactly like the HTC Desire HD. The biggest difference being that the HTC Thunderbolt can access Verizon’s new 4G LTE network.

Starting off the HTC Thunderbolt has a 4.3 inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display covering the front of the phone. Below the display are the usual set of Android shortcuts for menu, home, back and search. Up above is a small 1.3 inch megapixel front facing camera used for video chatting. Placed on the right is the volume rocker, opposite resides the microUSB, and on top the 3.5 mm headphone jack and power / lock button. The HTC Thunderbolt is rounded out on the back with an 8 megapixel camera and dual LED flash. Underneath, the camera on the back, is a small kickstand that can be lifted up from the back. It’s nicely designed and adds functionality to the HTC Thunderbolt.

The 4.3 inch display is decent and the viewing angle is fairly wide, however, compared to the likes of the Samsung Continuum on Verizon’s network, which utilizes Super AMOLED technology, it is a bit lacking. Also, with the likes of the iPhone and the soon to be released Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon’s network, one has to wonder how well the HTC Thunderbolt will take off.

Hardware

htc-thunderbolt-review-2-21-sm The Thunderbolt doesn’t buck the trend of packaging high-end phones in high-end boxes — put simply, it’s an elegant, sturdy, matte black cube encased in a black sleeve. Lots of black here, actually, which means you can’t see the name of the phone… but you can feel it. It’s embossed! Nice touch, the kind of thing that’ll make you want to put the packaging away in a closet or drawer somewhere rather than throwing it away. The black theme is broken in rather spectacular fashion when you crack open the box – which is split down the middle – to reveal gobs of bright Verizon red and your shiny, new purchase square in the middle. Underneath, you’ll find some literature, a slim, glossy black USB wall charger, and a micro-USB cable – sorry, no trashy earbuds here. As we’ve said in the past, that’s just fine by us; odds are good that if you’re spending $250 on a phone, you’re going to be spending a few bucks on a decent headset, anyway – the units that are bundled with phones are almost universally awful, which ends up unfairly tinting your opinion of the phone’s audio quality. In our review unit, both the battery and 32GB microSD card came pre-installed.
Pulling the phone out of its cardboard cradle, you instantly recognize that this thing is a beast – it’s just big and heavy. There’s no other way to put it. If you’re acquainted and comfortable with the EVO 4G, you’ll feel right at home – the EVO’s actually a few grams heavier, which took us by surprise when we looked it up – but if you’re coming from pretty much anything else, you’ll probably mouth the word "whoa" the first time you take it into your hand. For comparison’s sake, it’s right around 20 percent heavier than an iPhone 4. We’re not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing; in general, phones have a tendency to feel higher-quality when they’re more substantial and they’ve got a little more junk in the trunk, and that’s certainly the case with the Thunderbolt – but it’s still something to consider. We’re fairly certain there will be at least a few potential buyers who are off-put by the weight, so you should swing into a store and spend a little quality time with it before pulling the trigger.

Once you get past the heft, you start to notice the details of the design. It’s typical HTC through and through, though we suspect they started working on it alongside Verizon quite some time ago because the design language feels somewhat last-gen – more of a remixed EVO than anything else. The most direct, concrete proof of this might be AT&T’s Inspire 4G – also a 4.3-inch HTC device – which shares a newer "unibody" metal design with the Desire HD. It’s thinner, less plasticky, and more solid-feeling (which is really saying something) than the Thunderbolt, and it better represents where HTC has been going with its handset designs in the past six months. Obviously, as one of the first commercial LTE smartphones in the world, HTC has probably had this one baking in the oven for a good, long while.
That being said, "last-gen design" doesn’t mean "bad design" – far from it. There are many ways you could screw up the details of a phone this chunky, but the Thunderbolt is a legitimately handsome device. Unlike the EVO, the Thunderbolt’s soft touch back cover only extends about three-quarters of the way down from the top, leaving the integrated brushed-metal kickstand permanently attached to the surface of the phone chassis (which is smooth plastic in this bottom area) rather than poking through the cover. Underneath the kickstand (which has "with Google" engraved on it, by the way), you’ll find a metal grating that conceals the Thunderbolt’s loudspeaker – which is, in fact, quite loud. The only real problem here is that it’s a bit muffled with the kickstand retracted, but we suppose HTC’s logic is that you’re going to want maximum volume in kickstand-deployed video mode.
The Thunderbolt’s thickness and design details save it from a problem both the EVO and Inspire suffer from: the camera’s rim is essentially flush with the back and the lens is actually recessed, meaning you’re not going to scuff up your 8 megapixel shooter simply by setting the phone rear-down on a few too many hard surfaces. The dual-LED flash is arranged exactly as you find it on HTC’s other 4.3-inch devices, and it suffers from an unusual (but now familiar) quirk: you can’t use it when the Mobile Hotspot feature is enabled. Presumably, it’s just too much simultaneous power draw between the giant display, the beefy processor, and the LTE, CDMA, and WiFi radios to add a pair of ultra-bright LEDs into the mix, though it’s interesting that Mobile Hotspot uses no more components than you would in normal phone use – we suppose the WiFi power output might be at a higher level.

It’s a good thing that the 32GB microSD card comes pre-installed, because the battery cover is nigh impossible to get off. Actually, that’s not fair – it’s nowhere near as difficult as the side-mounted cover on the Desire HD and Inspire 4G, but it’s up there. It’s difficult enough so that you’re thinking "man, I hope I don’t break or gouge something" as you’re prying, red-faced, at the top-mounted notch. Underneath, you’ll find a relatively measly 1400mAh battery (more on that later), the microSD slot underneath (which, again, thanks to the 32GB that comes with the phone, you’ll probably never need to touch), an LTE SIM card tray, and an array of gold contacts that have us intrigued. At the top are four connection points in two locations that hook up to matching connections on the cover, which suggest that the cover probably plays an active role in signal reception. What had us more intrigued, though, were four pins near the camera lens that aren’t hooked up to the cover, which had us wondering whether there might be NFC capability in the Thunderbolt’s future – or whether it was in the works and got spiked along the way. Hard to tell, but it’s a thought.
The edges of the Thunderbolt are clean and simple; notably missing, of course, is an HDMI-out – a big deal for some and a complete non-issue for others. The power button is perfect: correct location and correct level of flushness with the surface of the phone. The volume rocker is also perfectly shaped, sized, and in the best possible location along the right edge, but for some reason, it feels really mushy. Not only that, but it feels mushy in distinctly different ways on the top and bottom – it’s just poorly engineered or assembled, as far as we can tell. While you’re on a call, it can be difficult to tell whether you’re actuating the rocker without proper detents.
As for the display, it’s pretty fantastic – definitely an upgrade from the EVO’s component thanks to a superior viewing angle that never washes out or inverts. Admittedly, WVGA starts to look just a tad pixellated once you get past 4 inches into the 4.3-inch category, but we’re spoiled these days – and if they Pyramid rumors are true, HTC is hard at work on qHD solutions for its next-gen devices anyway. One characteristic that we’ve noticed on a number of other phones in the past year that we miss here is the gapless display, a display so close to the glass that it appears to be on the surface of the phone itself (in fact, it’s so cool that Sony Ericsson actively markets it as a feature of the Xperia Arc). Well, there’s definitely a noticeable gap on the Thunderbolt, but it’s a purely aesthetic complaint – there’s zero effect on capability or usability whatsoever – it’s just fun to hold your phone at an angle once in a while and say, "wow."

Audio quality ranges from "good" to "great," with two caveats: one, the aforementioned problem with loudspeaker muffling when the kickstand is closed (not severe, but something to take note of), and two, the earpiece could use another level or two of volume. It’s plenty clear, but in noisy environments, we found ourselves wishing we could eke a little more out of it on a couple occasions. Callers told us we sounded a little "staticky" but were still totally audible – we were never asked to speak up or repeat something we’d said.

In the amount of time since we received the Thunderbolt, we’ve only had time to run one proper battery test, which consisted of roughly 50 minutes of voice calls and two hours, 25 minutes of heavy LTE data / screen usage (a live Ustream feed). That test yielded five hours, 47 minutes of run time from full to automatic shutdown – certainly not enough to make it through a full day, but then again, we’re talking about some pretty extreme data consumption. Standby seems fine; we let the phone sit for about fourteen hours with a loss of around 20 percent of the battery.
Interestingly – unlike the EVO – we weren’t able to find a way to disable the Thunderbolt’s 4G radio and stay on on CDMA / EV-DO alone in an effort to conserve the battery. The phone seems to be doing some intelligent radio management, automatically switching between the two when necessary (and, presumably, staying pegged on LTE whenever it can find an LTE signal). From a pure consumer-friendliness perspective, that makes sense… but from a power-user perspective, it’s annoying at best. When using this as a primary device, we’d probably consider carrying a portable battery-powered micro-USB charger or a spare internal battery for peace of mind.

Cameras

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HTC has a spotty track record of delivering fantastic picture and video quality – but as 8 megapixel models go, we’re happy to report that the Thunderbolt is markedly improved from the EVO 4G. It’s unclear whether the changes are in software alone or if HTC has moved to a different combination of sensor and optics, but whatever they’re doing, they’ve moved in the right direction. That said, the system isn’t without its flaws. The touch-to-focus works quickly and consistently, though we were a bit disappointed at the lack of a macro mode. It really shows, too – we couldn’t focus extreme closeups at all. We also noticed some problems with light metering – it seems that HTC has elected to go with a permanent full-frame metering mode, which makes it extremely difficult to get the proper exposure on certain backlit shots (see the gallery below). And of course, we always prefer a physical shutter key – something the Thunderbolt lacks.

The 720p video was remarkably free of artifacts or distortion – it doesn’t do continuous autofocus, but you can refocus on the fly with a tap on the screen. Likewise, sound quality was quite good; we were surprised at how clearly our voice cut through the ambient noise when narrating.

Software

The Thunderbolt is, of course, running HTC Sense. In this case, it’s on top of Android 2.2.1, but it’s a bit of a hybrid – it lacks support for the cloud features introduced with the launch of the Desire HD / Desire Z and HTCSense.com last year, but does include support for HTC’s unusual "Fast Boot" option (which was introduced at the same time). It comes disabled by default, but can be found in the Power menu in Settings with the ominous warning, "Turn off to use some Market apps." Which ones? Well, that’s for you to guess, and HTC to know, apparently. The feature basically puts the phone into an ultra-low power mode (akin to standby or sleep on a laptop) rather than turning it off altogether, and we’ll admit, the results speak for themselves: with Fast Boot on, we were seeing boot times of roughly 9 seconds, as opposed to 58 seconds with it off. If you frequently turn your phone off (say, on airplanes, when they tell you to power down your gadgets rather than simply using airplane mode), that’s a notable difference.
From a UI perspective, Sense looks exactly the same here as it has on any other Sense device from the past year or so: same colorful menus, custom soft keyboard, home screen elements, and so on, so we won’t spend much time talking about it. We’re not huge fans – we prefer almost everything about the stock experience – but we know that it’s largely a matter of personal opinion (and Sense certainly has its share of fans). So instead, let’s take a look at the non-standard apps that HTC and Verizon have included, along with descriptions of the less-obvious ones:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Bitbop: A subscription service that offers a variety of movies and television shows streamed to your phone, along the lines of Hulu Plus.
  • Blockbuster
  • City ID: A service that displays the city and state of incoming calls – handy, admittedly, but probably not for the $1.99 they charge after your 15-day free trial expires. Too bad you can’t uninstall it if you don’t want to subscribe!
  • FM Radio: Yes, that’s right – the Thunderbolt’s got an FM radio tuner. Nothing fancy in the app, which – like most phones – requires a headset be plugged in to use (it doubles as the antenna).
  • Kindle
  • Let’s Golf 2: A trial of a 3D golf game with a silly name. $4.99 to buy the full version.
  • Quickoffice: Many Android phones have one version or another of Quickoffice in ROM, but the Thunderbolt’s got full Word and Excel editing capabilities at no extra charge – a nice touch.
  • Rhapsody
  • Rock Band: This is actually nothing more than a shortcut to download a trial version of Rock Band from EA. That’s already uncool, but what’s even more uncool is that when we tried, it just went to a black screen and hung. The only thing worse than crapware is broken crapware.
  • Slacker
  • TuneWiki
  • V CAST Apps
  • V CAST Media
  • VZ Navigator

Interestingly, as far as we can tell, none of these can be uninstalled, which is an unfortunate decision on Verizon’s part – especially considering the fact that we found most of the crapware on AT&T’s Atrix 4G can be removed without any hacking or trickery. Sure, some of these – Reader, Kindle, and Slacker, for example – are Android staples that you’ll probably want installed anyway, but it should always be your choice, not Verizon’s.
Notably absent, though, are Skype and Netflix. Skype video calling on Android was introduced by Verizon at CES (alongside the Thunderbolt) to great fanfare, but recent rumors prior to the Thunderbolt’s release had suggested that the carrier elected late in the game to pull the app from ROM. What we don’t know, though, is why that happened; we’ve heard rumors that Skype’s partnership with Verizon is souring (there have been AT&T talks, after all), but it could just be a bout of last-minute bugs that Verizon didn’t want to hold up the phone’s release. Video calling aside, you’d think Verizon would’ve at least put its standard Skype build on here that allows calling outside WiFi networks, but no dice – you’re stuck with the standard Android app in the Market that locks you out on 3G.
Netflix was more of a wildcard, but we thought it might be loaded – it’s got a Qualcomm processor that can handle Netflix’s DRM scheme, after all, and that 4.3-inch display and kickstand would be a solid way to get the Watch Instantly functionality off on the right foot. Alas, we gave the leaked APK a whirl, and it wasn’t working, either. That’s not to say it definitely won’t work by the time it’s released, but it’s a no-go so far.

CONCLUSION

The HTC ThunderBolt will be an amazing device, and it’s going to be a noticeable improvement over models that Verizon released last year, like the Motorola Droid X or HTC Droid Incredible.

If it has a flaw, it’s a lack of innovation. This is essentially going to be an enhanced version of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G a smartphone that was released last year. Still, sometimes it’s best to not mess with a good thing.

Verizon hasn’t said yet when the ThunderBolt is going to be released, aside from the fact that it’s going to be after march but before the end of June.

The carrier has also kept mum about pricing, but I’m willing to guess it’s going to be in the neighborhood of $200 with a two-year wireless contract.

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HTC EVO View 4G – Further Future of Sartphone(Your New Recreational Application)

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HTC EVO View 4G is Sprint’s first 4G Android tablet shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and not 3.0 Honeycomb. :( Nonetheless the 7 inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen display tablet packs 1.5GHz processor, 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. HTC introduces HTC Scribe with pen (sold separately) for next level note taking on the tab. It also acts as mobile 3G/4G Hotspot for up to eight devices. HTC EVO View 4G will be available this summer (2011) and pricing still to be announced.

Key Features of HTC EVO View 4G:
  • Android 2.3 operating system
  • HTC Scribe Technology enabling enhanced voice-synchronized note taking with the HTC Scribe digital pen using Timemark to capture the audio of a meeting at the same time as written notes
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Voice Actions and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Integrated GPS
  • 4000mAh battery

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