Word on the street (and by “the street,” I clearly mean TechCrunch) is that the next version of Android, (Gingerbread, which is rumored to be coming in 4Q2010), will focus on refining the UI. It may seem like a waste of time, as most Android phones today run a custom UI (HTC, Motorola, etc) – but that’s just the point. By stepping up the default UI, handset makers (hopefully) won’t feel the need to layer on their UIs.
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Ad firm Chitika has run the numbers, and found that the HTC EVO accounts for 1.93% of android handsets, just days after the phone’s release. That may not seem too impressive at first sight, but keep in mind that:
1) The phone sold out nearly everywhere, right away. Personally, I went to 3 stores and called 2 more to try to find one on launch day, without luck. I managed to order one from Sprint, but within 2 days of launch they were reporting being sold out online as well.
Good news, AT&T customers – starting June 20, AT&T will begin selling its first HTC Android device, the Aria. A few days ago, they (accidently?) released a video showing the HTC “Liberty” being tested. At the time, we speculated that it might actually be the HTC Aria we’d heard about before. Turns out we were probably correct, as various news outlets have been receiving the Aria to play around with, and they look to be one and the same.
The process involves booting into recovery mode, pushing the “update” to the phone manually, and installing the root. Users of the HTC Droid Incredible may recognize that “… it's the same root method as the HTC Incredible...