It doesn't seem like it, but just a year and a few days ago, Google made available the first handset to bear the Nexus name - and what a long way we've come since. When the Nexus One was released, there were cries of "iPhone killer" and of Google entering the handset arena in direct competition with Apple. While the latter assertion remains debatable - the first does not. The Nexus One was a near-total commercial failure next to the iPhone 3GS, and even the original Motorola DROID ate the Nexus One for breakfast in terms of sales.
Certainly makes sense (get it?), doesn't it. Nearly every EVO owner I know has, at some point or another, complained about the fact that their battery life drops about 5-10% as soon as they unplug it. Well, it turns out that's because of there's an overcharge protection chip inside Li-Ion batteries.
XDA user willy900wonka decided to tear his extended EVO battery apart, and lo and behold:
- A 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
- A 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display
- An 8MP rear camera capable of recording 720p HD video
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Android 2.2 Froyo with the new HTC Sense, as seen on the Desire HD and the Desire Z
- 32GB (!) microSD card slot out of the box
- Integrated kickstand
- Dolby and SRS surround sound audio
- Skype mobile pre-installed (presumably the new version with video calling)
- DLNA support
- Mobile hotspot (presumably with a nice fat fee attached)
- An LTE radio
Eyeing the HTC Thunderbolt or EVO 4G with envy but stuck on AT&T? Fortunately, the carrier, which has a long reputation of not embracing Android (none of their Android phones can officially sideload apps) has just announced its next "superphone." The HTC Inspire 4G looks to be just about the same as the Thunderbolt, with a 4.3" screen and 4G connectivity, although it will support AT&T's HSPA+ network instead of their upcoming LTE network.
Sprint's just sent out the official press release announcing the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and it looks like just about everything we've heard is true - right down to the price. Need a refresher on what this baby EVO is packin'?
- Android 2.2
- 3.6" 480x800 screen
- 5 MP camera
- 720p camcorder
- 2GB microSD card (support for up to 32GB)
- 800 MHz CPU (likely the same one found in the G2)
- 1 GB ROM
- 512 MB RAM
- $150 with 2 year contract, after $100 MIR
EVO Shift 4G: Now with 100% more keyboard!
Remember Trident Case, the company that produced the excellent Cyclops case for the EVO 4G? Well, it turns out that very manufacturer has a whole lot more cases in its inventory, including the following beauties:
From left to right: the Cyclops case for the Samsung Vibrant, the Kraken case for the HTC Droid Incredible, and the Kraken case for the Motorola Droid X
As good as they are, however, there will be those of you reluctant to hand over $34.95 for a case to protect your phone, which is understandable in these tough economic times.
If you're counting down the days until the January 9th release of Sprint's next 4G handset, then you'll probably be interested in the leaked specs, even if you won't find anything too surprising. Thanks to LetsTalk.com, which powers Walmart's online cellphone store, we now know the following:
- 3.7" display
- Android 2.2 with Sense
- Slide-out keyboard
- 4G WiMax connectivity
- 8GB microSD card pre-installed (upgradeable to 32GB)
- 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
- Front-facing camera
- Dimensions: 4.63" x 2.3" x .47"
- Weight with battery: 4.6 oz
Details on the processor are noticeably lacking.
In an impressive display of nerdery, XDA member JsChiSurf (who you may remember as the guy behind the re-mapped EVO buttons and a shout-out in Fresh 3.5) has used a host of tools and tricks to create an app that allows him to use his EVO as a garage door opener. Check out the video below (it's on the longer side at nearly 4 minutes, but it's got all the details).
The group behind Unrevoked, a tool that roots and unlocks a variety of supported Android devices, just released a nice New Year's present for EVO 4G and Incredible owners. Version 3.3 of Unrevoked adds support for:
- Droid Incredible with SLCD screens
- EVO 4Gs updated to OTA 3.70.651.1
- the newest EVO 4G models with HBOOT 2.02 and 2.10
Besides compatibility updates, the new Unrevoked now uses another exploit under the hood, which is supposed to be more reliable than the previously used (and now infamous) rageagainstthecage.
There's not much left to leak about Verizon's upcoming LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt (previously thought to be called "Incredible HD" or "Mecha"), but some high-quality pictures can't hurt, can they?
You can check out the phone in all its glory by hitting the source link, but you won't find anything surprising - we've already heard about the kickstand, 4G LTE connectivity, and front-facing camera. Still, it's definitely a nice-looking device, and we can always hope that HTC will somehow manage to shove in a dual core processor.