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HTC Wildfire S Gets CM10 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Taiwanese phone maker HTC only confirmed two devices that would surely get an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean—the One X and One S. Owners of HTC devices other than these two are left wondering whether they will soon receive an update or not. XDA Developers, however, found a way to port Google’s latest version of Android to HTC Wildfire S via Cyanogen MOD 10 firmware package. 

Average smartphone users may not be so happy about this news knowing that flashing a custom firmware into a phone is risky and require above average knowledge of the hardware-software match-up. Besides that, it would also void the warranty of the device. People who are willing to take the risk, however, end up being among the first few ones to try the new system.

Among the promised features of this update are the following:

OTA Updates Made Available via Goo Manager. Everyone knows custom ROMs couldn’t get official over the air updates but with the use of this app, users can get updates up to the latest build. GooManager Beta is currently available at Google Play Store but it is advised that only rooted users would use this or at least, those who understand how it works on a smartphone device.

Theme Manager. User interfaces as well as graphics are essential to making a phone much desirable. This feature apparently enables users to change, add, remove and manage themes in their Wildfire S. Normally, theme managers are offered only to devices running Cyanogen MOD ROMs so it’s not a surprise seeing this feature.

Notification Bar Toggles. Jelly Bean comes with many ways to manage the Notification Bar and CM10 Jelly Bean update for Wildfire S is on the course to matching what the official firmware may offer, perhaps even better.

Lock Screen Shortcuts & Weather. The developer of this firmware is actually trying to produce a ROM as close to the official firmware as possible. One of the things which are notably being patterned from the official ROM is the way users can manage lock screen shortcuts.

Cyanogen MOD 10 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware is still a “work in progress” thus, as of the writing of this report, there are many bugs than features. The developer, known only as “benjamingwynn” on XDA Developers forum, promised to bring the full functionality of official Jelly Bean to this ROM with some cool features added. You may visit the forums for instructions on how to flash the custom ROM to HTC Wildfire S.

HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S and HTC Wildfire S See Updates But No ICS

Although most people are waiting for their phones to get the nod to update to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC has released updates to the HTC Incredible S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Desire HD.

No, these updates don’t include Ice Cream  Sandwich goodness, they do bring some significant changes to each of the three handsets. The Desire HD and the Incredible S both updated to Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), and HTC Sense 3.0.

While the 2.3.5 update from the previous version of Android, only provides some bug fixes and tweaks the Sense 3.0 upgrade is significant to those who love HTC’s Sense user interface.

The Wildfire S, which has become a widespread favorite on America’s prepaid carriers, received an update to Android 2.3.5 and it’s version of HTC Sense has been updated to Android 2.1

source: popherald

MetroPCS Adds HTC Wildfire S To Their Line Up

MetroPCS has added the HTC Wildfire S to their line up of Android smartphones.

The HTC Wildfire S has been making it’s rounds on prepaid carriers with the latest being MetroPCS. The Wildfire S is a compact, stylish Android device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s UI, HTC Sense on top making it easy to use for first time smartphone, and first time Android users.

The WIldfire S features a 3.2 inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 with Gorilla Glass on board. It has  5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and takes VGA video at 24 frames per second.

This isn’t a superphone by any stretch but it’s the perfect midrange device for the MetroPCS customer.

MetroPCS does have 4G LTE however the Wildfire S is a “3G” phone for their network. It’s the first HTC phone for the Dallas based carrier.

“As we continue to deliver Android for All to our customers, our partnership with HTC is yet another way we’re delivering today’s most advanced smartphones with the affordability and flexibility of our no-annual contract services,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “The HTC brand continues to increase in popularity given its high-quality, cutting-edge smartphones that allow consumers to do more while on the go. The HTC Wildfire S is a perfect example – a powerful, yet chic device that delivers the most of Android, while making it easier to enjoy the multimedia and entertainment consumers love.”

MetroPCS offers an unlimited plan that allows customers to choose a media service as well. For just $60 a month the MetroPCS customer gets unlimited calls, text, data and a choice between Rhapsody unlimited music  or MetroStuido’s unlimited video service. Both are offered as competition to Cricket’s Muve Music service.

“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.

The HTC Wildfire S will be available this week at MetroPCS stores for $179 plus tax. That’s of course off contract so you own the phone for that $179 investment and pay as you go with MetroPCS.

source: MetroPCS

Virgin Mobile Gets First HTC Android With Wildfire S

It seems everytime we turn around another prepaid carrier is getting a new Android device. This time we’re happy to report that the HTC Wildfire S is headed to one of Sprint’s prepaid carriers, Virgin Mobile.

The HTC Wildfire S marks the first HTC smartphone to make it’s way over to Virgin Mobile. The HTC Wildfire S will join the Virgin Mobile cash and carry line up starting October 23 at both Best Buy and Radio Shack. It will only set you back $199 and that’s off-contract, so you own the device.

The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2″ HVGA touchscreen, 5mp camera with flash, 600mhz processor, Android 2.3 and HTC Sense.

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US Cellular Grabs Up 3 HTC Android Devices

US Cellular isn’t being the least bit shy about their aggressive Android strategy. It shows this week as they’ve announced the addition of 3 new HTC devices to their Android portfolio.

The HTC Hero S, Wildfire S and HTC Flyer are all headed to US Cellular. According to a US Cellular press release all three devices will start to arrive in US Cellular stores next month (October).

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HTC Wildfire S Passes FCC, Headed To AT&T (We believe)

We have some good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on the HTC Wildfire S in the United States. The Wildfire S has finally passed the FCC and we should be seeing this device show up soon.

While there has yet to be any word on which carrier will be receiving this gem of a phone, we are pretty sure it will be AT&T. The version of the device that passed the FCC supports 3G on 850 and 1900 MHz bands which is an excellent indication.

Hopefully we will be hearing more regarding the Wildfire S in the coming weeks and we will be sure to keep you updated.

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