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Apple Emergency Ban Request vs HTC Phones, Denied

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC can continue selling its Android smartphones in the US after Apple’s request for emergency ban due to patent infringement was denied by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) Monday, July 2nd, 2012. This gives HTC a go signal to bring its smartphones, including EVO 4G LTE and One X, into the US.

In May, HTC phones were detained at the border after Cupertino-based tech giant Apple claimed that  one of its patents were infringed by HTC devices, thus urging the company to seek exclusion order to stop the entry and sales of the said devices in the US.

According to the claim by the iPhone maker, HTC uses the system to detect telephone numbers in emails. When numbers on screen are tapped, they can be stored in contacts or be called even without dialing; Apple said this system is its patent.

“The commission finds that Apple has not demonstrated the propriety of temporary emergency action here,” ITC said. This is after HTC said in an official statement that all its devices were redesigned including its software. This, and Apple’s legal arguments that weren’t made in the original case triggered ITC to allow HTC smartphones to enter the US border.

HTC is Asia’s second largest phone maker. Last year, it has reached a market share of $312 billion and its newest flagship, HTC One X, is the key to reaching or surpassing the revenue it has gained in 2011. The latest development in its favor added 0.8 percent to NT$393.50 a couple of days ago in Taipei evident that One X and EVO 4G LTE have great impacts on the manufacturer’s market share.

HTC is just one of the companies Apple is having a faceoff with. This year, the company has been so aggressive in claiming that a few manufacturers including Samsung and HTC have infringed some of its patent. But it is apparently its way to prepare the way for its incoming iPhone 5.

[source: Business Week]

Sprint HTC EVO LTE 4G Android ICS Smartphone Now Available for $49.99

Sprint HTC EVO LTE 4G Android phone is now available at [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]AmazonWireless for just $49.99[/easyazon-link] with a 2 year contract, the sale is only for a limited time.  The deal is available for new customers, existing customers, and also customers looking to add another line.   Existing customers would be required to extend the contract by 2 years.

Update: the $49.99 deal is for new customers and existing customers looking to add a new line.  Existing customers looking to upgrade would cost $149.99.

This handset is one of the much anticipated HTC devices in the United States (US) because it features LTE connectivity while sporting fairly high hardware specs. While we already know Evo LTE 4G will be made available in midyear, it will be offered in limited markets for a shorter period of time. Thus, the people who may have been waiting for the release of this device may head straight to Amazon to place an order.

This 4.7-incher device comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM making it one of the most powerful LTE-enabled devices in the US. Its specs, design, OS and connectivity features are its highlights and these aspects also made it so attractive for both tech enthusiasts and Android lovers. While technology is fast evolving, not every day can people see an HTC smartphone with LTE-capability and being operated by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Aside from the obvious LTE feature which can be shared through mobile hotspot functionality that comes native to it, HTC Evo LTE 4G is capable of multi-tasking through the help of Recent Apps button. Owners of this phone can switch from one task to another without putting so much strain on the phone’s memory.

The Face Unlock option is also available in this device which uses face recognition technology. Many manufacturers are trying to stuff face unlock to their devices but unfortunately, there is only a handful of brands that actually come with. So, like the other high-end devices, owners would be able unlock their screen without using their fingers, rather their faces. You can also add Voice Input app that serves like Samsung’s S-Voice for Apple’s Siri.

After the release of HTC One X, the Taiwanese phone maker hasn’t released devices that would pose a significant threat to other manufacturers. Instead, it waited for the right time to launch a new surprise for people who have been waiting for smartphones that could give their internet connection a boost in speed. Evo LTE 4G is apparently a catch-up device for the company and knowing LTE is among the fastest-selling commodities in the US, HTC couldn’t just afford to let possible sales and popularity pass by.

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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!