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Amazon Now Offers Galaxy S3 for $139.99, Drops Prices of 3 Others

Amazon Wireless launches hot mid-summer sale starting July 17th running for a limited time to give Android lovers great deals to choose from. Best-selling phones like Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC EVO, Motorola Droid Razr, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G are now being offered at low prices; only Sprint and Verizon participated in this promotion and there’s no word if AT&T will also be jumping on the bandwagon.

The much appreciated Samsung Galaxy S3 from Sprint now appears at Amazon with a listing price of $139.99. Previously, this dual-core ICS smartphone was listed with $149.99 on a two-year contract. Also, the carrier’s HTC EVO 4G LTE which was listed with $129.99 price tag is now offered for just $79.99.

Sprint has recently activated some of its LTE base stations offering data transfer speed of up to 8 Mbps. This promotion is actually not about selling its popular smartphones but also promoting its new service.

On the other hand, Verizon is also offering two of its devices starting with Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G which once was listed for $79.99 but now offered for just $0.01, or literally free. This is a dual-core, LTE-capable device and one of Verizon’s most popular smartphones. Another handset currently offered for free is the Motorola Droid Razr (black only); listed with $0.01 price tag on Amazon, it was previously offered at $99.99.

The US is on a high-speed course to upgrading its infrastructures on telecommunications and the Big Red is one of the most aggressive companies as far as upgrade is concerned. It is predicted by experts and analysts that by 2013 a huge percentage of smartphone users will be subscribing to 4G LTE connectivity. Thus, no time is wasted to promote such service as early as now.

Sprint’s and Verizon’s offerings are only valid for people who are willing to sign up for a new two-year individual contract or add a line to existing family plan. For more details, please check the links below:

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HTC Earnings Slide Down in Q2 2012

HTC recently announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2012, or between April to June of this year. The Taiwanese company earned US $3.05 B or NT $91 billion in revenue and $275 M or NT $ 8.2 B in income. Meanwhile, it raked in US $248 M or NT $7.4 B in net profit, amounting to a drop of 57 percent than the company’s NT $17.52 B profit in the same quarter last year.

In a nutshell, the figures are quite dismal, but are in fact congruent with HTC’s predictions. Earlier this year, HTC forecasted slightly higher revenue of US$3.56 billion or NT$105 billion. By comparison, the company earned NT$67.79 B in the preceding quarter.

HTC’s revenue is low compared to the US$585.1 M or NT$17.5 B profit it gained during the same quarter last year. However, it is a bit higher than the NT$4.47 B it gained during the first quarter of the year. Earnings had also been predicted to fall down to as much as US$275 M or NT$8.25 B.

 

HTC identifies several factors that contributed to these figures. One is pressure from both manufacturers for the the high-end market segment such as Samsung Electronics and Apple, as well as from China-based phone makers like ZTE and Huawei targeting the lower end of the market. Another factor is the weakening European economy which is causing the company’s sales to go down in the region. The third quarter of the year, which had been usually a lucrative season, is not expected to bring as much profits this year. Carriers, likewise, are reluctant to provide subsidies given the economic climate. Still another blow comes from the banning of the EVO 4G LTE and the One X phones in the US.

To cope with these problems, HTC has introduced new phone models. Furthermore, it recently forged a partnership with Beats Audio that could help the company offer better music solutions on their devices.

HTC has a long way to go if it wants to regain its former financial success. It would take a lot of will and strategizing on the company’s part to develop attractive products in spite of the many challenges it faces today.

Sprint Announces the Availability of HTC Evo 4G LTE Online and in Stores

Finally, the HTC Evo 4G LTE has landed – online and in stores, Sprint has announced on Saturday.  After an extended stay at the customs due to copyright infringement issues with Apple, the device is now available, just in time for its release.

Enthusiasts and fans who have been waiting for its arrival can now place an order of the Android smartphone online or walk to their local stores and get the HTC Evo for just $199.99 with a two year agreement.

For those who may have forgotten, the HTC Evo 4G LTE smartphone features a 4.7 inch Super IPS LCD2 display with a 720×1280 resolution (~312ppi), 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage (expandable via microSD), an 8MP LED flash camera and a 1.3MP front-shooter, Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 4.0.3 ICS operating system.

Whether you are a Sprint Evo line diehard or just looking to upgrade to a slicker fully-featured smartphone, this powerful device is a great, and cheaper, option for you.  The 22-year agreement comes with an option for eligible upgrade

The journey of the Evo to the shelves has not been easy.  The handset was set to hit the shelves on May 18 but an order from the International Trade Commission that required it to review and investigate Apple’s complaint that HTC allegedly infringed on some of its patents caused the over two week delay.  HTC however handled this by taking the infringing code off the handset’s firmware before they got the green light to ship the smartphone.

For those eyeing the HTC Evo 4G LTE, this handset may be a blessing and by far the finest handset so far on Sprint’s Android-powerd smartphones lineup.  It comes with LTE network support which Sprint is rumored to get the green light to go online sometime in this year.  Simply put, Sprint subscribers who purchase the HTC Evo will enjoy the LTE network on Sprint when the company finally lights it up!

Sprint Issues Call To Journalists For HTC/Sprint Collaboration Event April 4th Next Evo Getting Closer

Sprint has invited the mobile media, including thedroidguy, to a press event being held on April 4th. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse alongside HTCs President, Jason Mackenzie are slated to speak.

Regardless of whether the next Sprint/HTC phone is a version of the One X, or an entirely different device, with Spring in full bloom now, it’s definitely time for an HTC Evo re-up. In the late Spring of 2010 we saw the original HTC Evo 4G, in the Spring/Summer 2011 we saw the HTC Evo 3D and now Sprint will dazzle us with something, that will most likely be better than the original Evo was at launch.

Google has Android 4.0, HTC has Sense 4.0 with Beats Audio, and Image Sense, and Sprint has a 4G/LTE network rolling out. The possibilities are endless.

This does give a little more credence to the June 10th date that was leaked by website S4GRU over the weekend.

So there you have it just another couple of weeks, and we’ll know. Sprint does through some of the nicest events, expect a live blog and recap here on thedroidguy.

More Info Emerges On Sprint’s “HTC One X”?

I’m still not totally comfortable calling the phone that’s rumored to be heading to Sprint as the next Evo, the HTC One X. The reason is because HTC made it pretty clear in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress which carriers were getting One series phones and both Sprint and Verizon Wireless were not one of them. In fact 140 carriers globally were on that particular list.

I am however, confident in the fact that HTC and Sprint will re-up the Evo line as they’ve done every year since the Evo 4G’s release. Moreover, the Evo replacement will almost definitely be announced with big fanfare at the upcoming CTIA Mobile Life show in New Orleans.

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Best Buy Puts All HTC Evo’s On Sale This Weekend Only

Should we call this evidence substantiating the rumor that HTC and Sprint are working on an Evo refresh for June? Maybe, maybe not… Either way the news is still great if you’re a Sprint customer looking for a good solid HTC Android device.

Starting today through Sunday Best Buy has marked All of the HTC Evo phones down to $49.99, except for the HTC Evo Design 4G, which is free… All of this is of course with a new two year activation, and available only at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile. So if you’re contract is up, or you’re looking to move over to Sprint for their really unlimited, unlimited, this may be for you.

Save $99.99 – Sprint HTC EVO Design (FREE)

·         Save $50 – Sprint HTC EVO 3D ($49.99)

·         Save $50 – Sprint HTC EVO Shift ($49.99)

·         Save $50 – Sprint HTC EVO 4G Black ($49.99)

·         Save $50 – Sprint HTC EVO 4G White ($49.99)

Source: Best Buy

HTC Gives More Information On Forthcoming Android 4.0 Upgrades

We are just weeks away from the release of the White HTC Sensation in Europe. The device which will arrive in Euopean stores March 1st, will come with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich in tow.

Knowing that the only significant changes in the HTC Sensation from black to white are the casing itself and the OS, it’s no wonder that the Sensation line of HTC Android phones will be first to get the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.  The HTC Sensation, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE and Sensation XL should all get Ice Cream Sandwich shortly.

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Has The HTC Evo 4G Finally Reached It’s End?

Android phones don’t typically have as long a lifespan as other smartphones. Apple for instance, only does one new phone a year. RIM/Blackberry comes in spurts, but they don’t put out new phones quite as quickly as Android.

It seems these days that as soon as you get your Android device, the rumors for it’s replacement start bubbling. Take the Droid 2 for instance, the Droid 2 Global immediately followed and the Droid 3 wasn’t but 6 months later.  Now there are rumors surfacing of a Droid HD, also from Motorola and said to be the replacement of the franchise numbered devices (Droid, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid HD).

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HTC Adds More Devices To Their Bootloader Unlocking Tool At HTCDev.com

If you’re like most developers when you heard that not only was HTC unlocking bootloaders going forward, they were going to do it on their own branded website and with a “web tool”, you got really excited.  Well the excitement continues as HTC has added even more phones to their unlocked bootloader list.

The HTC Evo 3D on Sprint and The HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile are the US phones on the list.  The HTC Sensation released to the European Union, The HTC Sensation on TUR, the arabic version and the Bouygues Telecom version are all now on the HTCdev.com website.

Jerry Hildenbrand over at Androidcentral.com offers some really important information to consider before unlocking the bootloader via HTC’s website.  Some of the firmware actually stays locked.  Since we’ve never professed to be experts on the subject we’d rather just let you go read the piece on AC by clicking here

 

Sprint Adds No Contract Data Plans For HTC Evo View 4G Tablets

If you’ve been thinking about getting the Sprint HTC Evo View 4G and were put off by the thought of putting it on a contract, Sprint has fixed that issue.

Starting today, Sprint has unveiled some “prepaid” or “Pay as you go” data plans for the HTC Evo View 4G.  There are three plans, a day pass, week pass and month pass. The day pass plan gives you 50 more mb of data than Verizon or AT&T’s current day pass offerings.  Sprint’s weekly pass gives you 500mb of data  opposed to the 300mb on AT&T and Verizon. Finally the monthly pass gives you 500mb more data than the 1gb monthly pass for Verizon and AT&T.

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Accessory Spotlight: Amzer’s Simple Case & Holster For HTC Evo 3D

Ok so it looks like the HTC Evo 3D is going to stick around for a while as the successor to the original HTC Evo 4G on Sprint. Of course we know that in addition to being a powerful 3D device, the HTC Evo 3D is 4G as well, it’s just that the HTC Evo 3D 4G sounds kind of silly.

If you’ve recently purchased an HTC Evo 3D from Sprint or Best Buy and you’re in the market for a case and holster at a good price you should definitely consider the Amzer Simple Case and Holster for the HTC Evo 3D.  It completely protects the back and sides of the Evo 3D while also giving a small space along the front should you drop your Evo 3D face first.

The Simple Case & Holser for the Evo 3D also provides a belt clip holster that makes it easy to get to your phone in a hurry, but provides the security you need to protect your phone.

It’s just $26.95 and can be purchased here

Oh Canada! Rogers Getting Invaded By 3D Androids

It seems that the good folks at Rogers up in Canada couldn’t decide which of the two 3D superphones currently available, should end up on their network. After all it’s a tough decision between the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D.  To make it easier on them, they pawned the decision off on the customer and announced they would be carrying both the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D.  I can totally understand though, if you’ve ever been to Canada, with a lot of their landscape it would be an awesome place to shoot in 3D.

According to Rogers via Unwired, both devices will be  available this summer. The HTC Evo 3D will come with Android 2.3, Gingerbread and of course the LG Optimus 3D will come with Android 2.2 Froyo with an upgrade reportedly due in October.  Rogers goes on to let customers know that existing customers can pre-order now using Rogers Reservation system while new customers will have a way to preorder starting next week.

Source: Rogers via Unwired

Netflix Works On HTC Evo 3D As Well

As if you didn’t already have a bad ass phone… We’re glad to report, by way of our friends at Gizmocrunch, that the NetFlix APK for the HTC Evo 4G works on the brand new HTC Evo 3D as well. Of course it should be compatible because both phones are made by HTC and both have SnapDragon processors.  Add in the 4g “WiMax” to the mix and you have a blazing fast NetFlix experience.

Netflix was one of the most sought after applications to come to Android and when it did it disappointed many as they limited the release to the LG Revolution and a handful of HTC Android devices with a Qualcomm SnapDragon processor. Thank goodness someone had the sense to try the Evo 4G apk with an Evo 3D.

When their public files aren’t too busy you can get the working apk here

source: Gizmocrunch

HTC Evo 4G Update Needs Another Update

Sprint and HTC released an update in June that fixed the damage from a previous update that was affecting Netflix compatibility with the Evo 4G.  Now users are reporting more problems stemming from that update.

The latest official update for the HTC Evo 4G has caused problems with Vlingo Virtual Assistant, Stock RSS widget, voice search, Google voice to text, app reloading issues, digital compass and Yahoo mail capability.

HTC also separately told Thedroidguy that they are looking into problems stemming from the recent Gingerbread update of the HTC Evo Shift 4G but haven’t given an expected fix date for either device.

HTC has really turned a corner with the Android community and seems to be taking a proactive approach to addressing user concerns. Hopefully these problems will be addressed with a quickness.

Source: Pocketnow and Wirelessandmobilenews