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HTC Announces The Facebook-centric Status, Coming to AT&T This Summer

We've known of this phone and all of its different monikers - everything from the "Facebook phone" to the ChaCha - for a while, but now it's finally official, and bearing the name Status. Honestly, I can't think of a name more appropriate for a phone that's entire existence is defined by Facebook.

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From a spec standpoint, the Status is nothing to brag about:

  • 2.6 inch 480x320 display
  • 800MHz Qualcomm processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Full Blackberry-style keyboard
  • Android 2.3 with Sense

What does make this phone special, however, is its social integration and the inclusion of a Facebook button.

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[Deal Alert 3D] Get The HTC EVO 3D For Just $150 At AmazonWireless

AmazonWireless has gone slashing more prices today - this time on the EVO 3D. You can pick up the 3D on a new 2-year agreement or line addition to your existing Sprint account for just $150 right now. That's $30 less than it was yesterday, so if you've been waiting for the right price to pick up your 3D, now seems like the time to do it. Those looking to upgrade from their current Sprint handsets will still have to pay the old price ($180).

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HTC Is "Diligently Working" On That EVO 3D Bootloader Unlock, In Case You Were Wondering

EVO 3D owners across the US have been patiently waiting a whole 3 days (I know, it's an eternity) for HTC to make good on its promise to unlock the phone's bootloader. HTC has now issued a statement on the matter in response to a wall post on its Facebook page, which is overrun with complaints from EVO 3D owners (or people who just like to whine) criticizing what they perceive to be the slowness of the company's efforts to issue a bootloader unlock solution.

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OnLive Viewer APK Pulled From HTC Flyer, And It Appears To Be Working On Most Devices

Last night, the HTC Flyer received an update that included the OnLive viewer, allowing users to get a glimpse of what the future of mobile gaming should look like. Naturally, those of us that don't have a Flyer want to peep into said future, too - so, in typical XDA fashion, the APK was extracted from the update so it could be installed on other devices. It's worth noting that this is the viewer, not the player, so you'll only be able to watch the action.

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[Deal Alert 2] EVO Shift 4G Now Free At Wirefly On New 2-Year Agreement

Last week, I listed the EVO Shift 4G in my roundup of the best Android phones under $50, but that was when it was priced at $40 on AmazonWireless. Wirefly has now gone and beaten that price silly, offering the QWERTY-keyboard slider phone for the low, low price of "free" if you open a new Sprint account, or add a new line to your existing plan.

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The EVO Shift 4G does have a tiny 3.6" display, but it's also packing a next-gen single core Snapdragon processor and a big 1530mAh battery - along with a fresh update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

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Exclusive Download + Video: Root-Friendly Flashable Gingerbread Update For HTC Droid Incredible 2 [Leak]

Yesterday, a signed Gingerbread RUU was leaked for the HTC Incredible 2 by MobileUnderground member Football. xgunther and I over at the AndIRC Incredible 2 chat repacked it and made it root-friendly.

Right now, you have to be one of the lucky few to be set S-OFF and rooted by AlphaRevX and running ClockworkMod recovery in order to flash the pre-rooted ROM. For those who are not that lucky (yet), enjoy the pictures and videos while we all wait for AlphaRevX to release the full unlock for the Incredible 2.

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[Tip] [Updated] Don't Want Bloatware On Your HTC EVO 3D? It Can Be Uninstalled Just Like Any Other App

Update: It turns out that this may not be as encompassing as we originally thought. According to Reddit member apantek, only a very limited amount of bloatware can be removed, leaving the bulk of it untouchable (this has been confirmed by our own Jaroslav Stekl). The unremovable files include:

  • Facebook for HTC Sense
  • Flickr
  • Footprints
  • HTC Hub
  • Peep
  • Picasa web albums
  • Polaris Office
  • Ringtone Trimmer
  • Spider-Man
  • Sprint Zone
  • The Green Hornet 3D
  • TrimIt

So, while Sprint may be making steps in the right direction, it's not completely there yet.

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HTC EVO 4G vs. EVO Shift vs. EVO 3D: Battle Of The Specs

It's June 24th, and you know what that means: the heir to the throne of the EVO 4G, one of Sprint's most successful Android devices ever, has officially gone on sale. But considering that reviews have been mixed and that purchasing the EVO 3D will lock you into a two-year contract, the buying decision is understandably difficult.

To help you find out whether Sprint's latest flagship phone is right for you, we've put together a handy-dandy table comparing the specs of all three members of the EVO family:

Spec type EVO 4G EVO Shift 4G EVO 3D

CPU

1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 single-core Snapdragon 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 2nd-gen single-core Snapdragon

1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core Snapdragon

Display

4.3" WVGA (800x480) TFT 3.6" WVGA (800x480) TFT 4.3" qHD (960x540) SLCD with stereoscopic 3D capabilities

OS

Android 2.3 Android 2.3 Android 2.3

Front camera

1.3MP N/A 1.3MP

Rear camera

8MP 5MP Two 5MP shooters

RAM

512MB 512MB 1GB

Internal storage

1GB 2GB 4GB (note that the OS takes up a lot of that)

Included SD card

8GB 2GB 8GB

microHDMI

Yes No Kind of (via MHL adapter)

DLNA support

No Yes Yes

Keyboard

Virtual Physical Virtual

Buttons

Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive

Size

4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches

4.61 x 2.32 x 0.59 inches

5 x 2.6 x 0.47 inches

Weight

6 ounces 5.85 ounces 6 ounces

Battery capacity

1500mAh 1500mAh 1730mAh

Price on contract

$99.99 $99.99 $199.99

Of course, a phone cannot live on horsepower alone, so rest assured that we're already testing the EVO 3D to see if its formidable specs amount to a good user experience (and yes, our review will be up soon - stay tuned!).

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[Unconfirmed] Telstra: Who Cares About Sense UI? We'll Put Stock Gingerbread On Your HTC Desire

Last week, HTC dropped the bomb: "due to memory constraints," Gingerbread would not be coming to the Desire. Then, less than 24 hours later, it flipped the script and said that Gingerbread will hit the Desire, minus a few apps. It appears that Australian carrier Telstra doesn't want to deal with the flip-flop, according to a statement on the software updates page of its site:

Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared.

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Nightly Build Of CyanogenMod 7 Now Officially Available For HTC Incredible S

The recent unlocking of the HTC Incredible S' bootloader made possible some astonishing feats, not the least of which is the possibility for custom ROMs. Cyanogen and his team have already gotten to work on that last part, and the fruits of their labor are nothing to scoff at: a nightly build of CyanogenMod 7 is now available for the Incredible S.

This article deals with a couple of advanced topics.

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