An Android phone is like a Leatherman Tool. It does a lot of things - without a doubt, a triumph of function over form. Android is the world's most versatile mobile operating system, the most tweakable, the most adaptable, and the most fully-featured. It just does more than any other comparable product out there. But if Android is a Leatherman, the iPhone is the basic Swiss Army Knife - compact, simple, iconic, and good enough for the vast majority of people, even if it does do a little less.
HTC, keeping up with its recent pattern of speedy source release, has dropped official ICS kernel source code for a heaping handful of devices, perhaps most notably the One V, a member of HTC's new One line which hasn't yet debuted in many countries.
Other devices include the US variant of the Vivid and several iterations of the Sensation, with the Desire HD and myTouch 4G Slide's Gingerbread (2.3) kernel source also being dropped.
Update 2: Turns out that HTC is ready to make good on this issue, but only by telling customers to return their chipped phone to the store from which it was purchased and get a replacement. If, however, you'd rather send it off to HTC to be repaired, that's always an option.
Kindly refrain from drooling into your keyboards for a moment while we fill you in on today's deal: HTC's latest high-end phone, the One X, packing 32GB of storage, Android 4.0, a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and an unlocked GSM radio is currently available from Daily Steals for $629. For those of you who buy your phones unlocked, grab your wallets.
Update 4/11/12: The deal is back for one day, though this time through eBay (thanks, Daniel).
A new update with version 2.20.605.3 is coming to Verizon's girly HTC Rhyme. Before you get too excited, no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, and it doesn't even contain anything particularly exciting. Here, take a look:
While we're all drooling over the One X (codenamed Evo 4G LTE on Sprint), HTC's new middle child is working its way into the US markets. TmoNews has acquired some leaked slides that declare rather confidently that the HTC One S will land on T-Mo on April 25th, keeping its surname. The date, TmoNews notes, is a Wednesday which T-Mobile is typically known for favoring as a launch day.
Little else is known (like a price) at this point, except that T-Mo is currently training employees on the talking points of the One S before it become available.
In a move that is going to surprise approximately no one who knows anything about selling smartphones, HTC has indicated to CNET that it no longer plans to bundle Beats headphones with its handsets.
The reasoning should be pretty obvious - people aren't going to buy a smartphone on the basis that it comes with a pair of decent headphones. Headphones are a separate market, and if you care about them at all, you're going to buy them separate of any other hardware.
In a fascinating new video titled "Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE," HTC explains the ins and outs of Sprint's One X variant, from the conceptualization of its design, to decisions surrounding build quality, materials, and a pretty interesting explanation of the new EVO's soft-touch unibody form.
Senior Director of Advanced Materials Chris Porter details the EVO's soft-touch feel in the video, explaining that the device has a "warm, velvety, soft-touch feel as opposed to a harder, rougher, cold metal feel." Porter explains that creating the effect involves sand/grit-blasting the device's frame, followed by a light chemical etching process to remove the sharp "peaks." The EVO's design also utilizes around 100 custom-designed machine cutters, used to create exactly the right geometry and feel for each device.
We've been hearing rumors about Sprint's version of the HTC One X for a few weeks now, and the pair just took the wraps off the device. Simply known as the HTC EVO 4G LTE (okay, so I was off by one letter and a number on the name speculation, whatever), this will likely be Sprint's flagship device at the time of launch, and will be one of the premier devices on its LTE network.