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Android history: 10 of the most influential and important Android devices

Android history: 10 of the most influential and important Android devices

Android's been around quite a while at this point (Google's Android turned 12 last year), and even Android phones have been around well over a decade now. And while obviously hardware like the HTC Hero matters in terms of where the platform got its start, and ones like the original Moto DROID mark its real entry into the marketplace in a big way, we think there are phones (and even A tablet) that are less remembered or less appreciated for their impact on the larger ecosystem.

After, when's the last time you thought of the Galaxy S2, or the HTC One M7?

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HTC Finally Releases Missing AT&T HTC One Kernel Source, Along With The Long-Lost Thunderbolt ICS Source

HTC Finally Releases Missing AT&T HTC One Kernel Source, Along With The Long-Lost Thunderbolt ICS Source

HTC must've been doing a bit of spring (read: summer) cleaning when it suddenly stumbled across some source code that should've been released to the public ages ago. First up is the AT&T HTC One's kernel source, which was nowhere to be found back in late April when all other One variants' source hit the scene.

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What's even more interesting, however, is that the company also released the Thunderbolt's ICS kernel source. Just now. If you remember, the TBolt (finally) got its taste of ICS back in February – four full months ago. Better late than never, I suppose.

If you're the tinkerin' type, a ROM maintainer, a source code collector, a or just someone who likes to download things, you'll find all the new source code offerings at the link below.

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Verizon Approves Software Update 7.02.605.10 For The HTC Thunderbolt

Verizon Approves Software Update 7.02.605.10 For The HTC Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt has had one weird life. It was VZW's first LTE phone. But it was less than stellar, and had lots of problems. Then HTC promised that it would get ICS, which got delayed again and again. And again. But it finally came out, and Tbolt owners were kinda happy about it for five minutes.

Now the brick-of-a-device is in line to get another small OTA, which fixes some stuff that you may or may not use:

  • Microphone now works with HAC enabled
  • HTC Watch now shows titles available for viewing or purchase
  • Amber alerts are now visible
  • Text messaging app has been improved
  • Improvements to Yahoo and Microsoft Exchange Email Connectivity

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The details of the update just hit VZW's site a bit ago, which generally indicates the OTA is ready to go and should start hitting devices in the coming days.

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[Update: Rolling Out Now] Verizon Pulls A Miracle Out Of Its Hat, Will Release ICS For The HTC Thunderbolt Soon

[Update: Rolling Out Now] Verizon Pulls A Miracle Out Of Its Hat, Will Release ICS For The HTC Thunderbolt Soon

Update: The OTA is rolling out now. Go get it! Thanks for the heads-up, James!

We didn't think it was possible. We thought it was abandoned, left on the side of the road where no one would ever find it. Yet here, through the fog, a light comes shining through: Verizon is actually releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Thunderbolt. Assuming that users haven't already thrown theirs into a lake by now.

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The support page says the update is "coming soon", so we can't confirm exactly when the OTA will roll out, but the important thing to take away here is that it's real, it's definitely coming, and it won't be long now.

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[Leak] HTC Thunderbolt Gets Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 ROM Thanks To Leaked RUU

[Leak] HTC Thunderbolt Gets Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 ROM Thanks To Leaked RUU

Since hearing earlier this month that HTC's Desire S, Thunderbolt, and other select handsets would receive ICS updates "by the end of August," we have heard nary a peep from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Today though, thanks to an alleged leaked RUU, we have a stock Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 build for the Thunderbolt (aka Mecha).

According to Administrator's post at TeamBAMF's forums, the ROM, based on a leaked RUU (and carrying build number 7.00.605.2), is said to be fully functional and fully stock, but it's worth noting that the ROM is deodexed and rooted, meaning those wishing to retain root are in luck, but if you – for one reason or another – want a strictly stock, non-rooted experience, you'll have to wait.

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HTC Publishes Official, Detailed List Of Phones To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

HTC Publishes Official, Detailed List Of Phones To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

The title should make this one obvious. HTC has published a brand-new list of its devices to get Android 4.0, but the difference between this one and previous lists is the level of detail. Most phones have a target OTA deployment range of 2 months, significantly more precise than the typical "quarterly" guestimates we see manufacturers publish generally. Here's the list:

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC: To be determined (by the end of August)

HTC Amaze 4G: May-June

HTC Desire S: June-July

HTC Desire HD: July-August

HTC EVO 3D: June-July

HTC EVO 4G+: May-June

HTC EVO Design 4G: June-July

HTC Incredible S: June-July

HTC Sensation: March-June

HTC Sensation 4G: March-June

HTC Sensation XE: March-June

HTC Sensation XL: April-Jun

HTC Rezound: June-July

HTC Rhyme: June-July

HTC Thunderbolt: July-August

HTC Velocity 4G: March-June

HTC Vivid: March-June

A few notable absentees include the Inspire 4G (which is a Desire HD variant), EVO 4G, EVO Shift 4G, myTouch 4G, Status, and Wildfire S - though most of those weren't expected to get the update in the first place.

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[Update: New Radio, Too] Exclusive Download: Build 2.11.605.19 For The HTC Thunderbolt - No, It's Not ICS (But It Does Fix Some Things)

[Update: New Radio, Too] Exclusive Download: Build 2.11.605.19 For The HTC Thunderbolt - No, It's Not ICS (But It Does Fix Some Things)

It's been a while since VZW showed any love to Thunderbolt owners, but that doesn't mean that it has forgotten about them completely. In fact, we just received a leak of a new build that brings some fixes and enhancements to Big Red's first LTE device.

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While we already know that the Thunderbolt will be getting updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, this is just an incremental Gingerbread build.

Changelog

Here's a look at what's new in this build:

Features/Enhancements

  • CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert System) support added
  • IPv6 over eHRPD

Issues Resolved

  • Mobile Hotspot disconnecting
  • Previous state ID being displayed on incoming call
  • Viewing Yahoo email with mail app – body of message disappears
  • Support for Cisco Any Connect VPN
  • VZNav version updated (7.5.0.134)
  • Volume adjusted when in HAC mode
  • URL for VVM updated
  • Birthday mismatch while adding birthday and saving to contacts BUA+ updates
  • Device stability, resets
  • Retry for abnormal picture download for Facebook

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Verizon Releases List Of Devices To Get Ice Cream Sandwich, Few Surprises Enclosed

Verizon Releases List Of Devices To Get Ice Cream Sandwich, Few Surprises Enclosed

Verizon Wireless has just made public an official list of handsets on the network poised to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA updates, most being devices for which such updates were a given at this point:

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt™
  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Rhyme™
  • HTC Rezound™

Motorola:

  • Motorola XOOM
  • DROID BIONIC™
  • DROID RAZR™
  • DROID RAZR™ MAXX™
  • DROID 4
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7

LG:

  • Spectrum™ by LG

No timeframe was provided, but this is probably the most authoritative ICS update list you'll see out there, if for only one reason: in the end, it's Verizon that decides whether or not a device on its network gets updated.

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HTC Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Updates For Some North American Phones - Thunderbolt, Rhyme, Droid Incredible 2, And Raider All Make The Cut

HTC Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Updates For Some North American Phones - Thunderbolt, Rhyme, Droid Incredible 2, And Raider All Make The Cut

Last week, HTC detailed the Android 4.0 update for several handsets, but many U.S. models were noticeable absent form the list. Today, the Taiwanese manufacturer has taken to its Facebook page to highlight some of the North American handsets that will see the update, most of which are on Verizon. It's a shorty, but goodie:

  • Thunderbolt
  • Rhyme
  • Droid Incredible 2
  • Rezound
  • Raider (Rogers and Bell in Canada)

Sadly, HTC left out any timeline details, so we really have no idea of knowing when to expect these update to roll out.

Stay tuned for more info on HTC's ICS update releases, as it has yet to announce Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile device update plans.

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[Updated] Koush Adds ClockworkMod Touch Recovery Support To HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Desire, Desire HD, Sensation, Thunderbolt; Motorola Atrix 4G

[Updated] Koush Adds ClockworkMod Touch Recovery Support To HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Desire, Desire HD, Sensation, Thunderbolt; Motorola Atrix 4G

Koushik Dutta, the mastermind behind ClockworkMod recoveries and other goodies, has been hard at work today after releasing the initial beta versions of the new Touch iteration of CWM for the Nexuses. "What was he doing?" you may ask. Adding support for more devices, one by one. They are, as of this moment:

  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D (CDMA/GSM)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Sensation
  • Update #1: HTC Thunderbolt added
  • Motorola Atrix 4G
  • and, of course, Galaxy Nexus (CDMA/GSM) and Nexus S/S4G that we already knew about
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