HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE Finally Cleared By US Customs

The current shipment of HTC EVO 4G delay has everyone asking when the phones will be available. Now, there’s some good news to bring to the table as some of the products that were stuck in customs have gotten clearance. This will let them get through US Customs after being delayed.

Earlier, there have been news that customs reviews are causing the delay of the new devices. This has prevented the company from moving forward with its planned release date. As a result, pushing back the launch until they’re able to get their items clear of the customs.

After a lot of wait, the devices seem to be coming in slowly through the review. This is in contrast to earlier in May when they weren’t allows to get through at all. Still, it may take a bit of time before the entire shipment comes through considering the lengthy extra checkups that’s being conducted I customs.

In addition to the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC One X is also stuck there. One of the questions being raised is why the products are actually not getting though. And, why they require “reviews”.

Among the possibilities is Apple’s current complaint about its patent regarding data detection. This possibility of infringement is the main reason why the shipment was indefinitely delated earlier in May. The agency is currently thoroughly investigating the patent issues. So, until they’re completely satisfied, which they seem like is happening, you won’t see the release of the new phones in stores till then.

First look at marketing materials for HTC EVO 4G LTE, May release date is confirmed

News just leaked that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is set to be released to the public on May 18 (Friday). Along with this news are some exclusive photos of the marketing materials that will be on the Sprint store shelves by May 14. This gives the stores enough time to set them up for display for the product’s May 18th launch.

The release of this information verifies the recent rumors about the latest EVO model to hit stores. The day is on track with what we’ve heart and this will be way ahead of the initial rumors that have targeted the release of the new products for June 6.

Sprint will be accepting pre-orders for the new EVO 4G LTE starting May 7. This means that you will be able to sign up via Best Buy or directly through Sprint’s websites. The EVO 4G LTE is set to retail at $199.99. But, you can check for other retailers for discounts. This includes Amazon Wireless which often provides a lower price for customers. This will give you a chance to get the new release at the cheaper price much like they’re offering the HTC One X.

Here are some more of the exclusive photos.

The new EVO 4G LTE will include the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.7 inch HD LCD display. It also houses Beats audio, running on a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. You’ll enjoy 1 GB of RAM and an 8MP camera for photos. Internal memory is set at 16GB.

HTC Blames Sprint for Carrier IQ on HTC EVO 3D and 4G

With the revelation of Carrier IQ and how it invades privacy, we’re now seeing HTC along with carriers deflect the blame onto someone else. Or, at the very least come up with their sides of the story to defend themselves from what’s about to come.

That is, an investigation into Carrier IQ by Senator Al Franken.

For its part HTC has released an official statement. The statement below basically says they don’t have any fault in it. Instead, they’re placing all the blame on phone carriers.

Here’s a copy of the statement.

“Carrier IQ is required on devices by a number of U.S carriers so if consumers or media have any questions about the practices relating to, or data collected by, Carrier IQ we’d advise them to contact their carrier.

It is important to note that HTC is not a customer or partner of Carrier IQ and does not receive data from the application, the company, or carriers that partner with Carrier IQ. HTC is investigating the option to allow consumers to opt-out of data collection by the Carrier IQ application.”

This is a good move by HTC to separate themselves from the mess. By shifting blame, they’re able to deflect any attacks from themselves onto the phone carriers.

HTC EVO Privacy Issues Due to Carrier IQ

You may not be aware of it but your phone tracks many of your moves. This includes every keystroke you enter allowing it to know exactly what you’re doing. In the process it logs your personal data as well as data that you send out to others via SMS.

Needless to say this is a violation of privacy rights of the user. More importantly, almost everyone is unaware that this is happening.

How does it work?

It all comes down to Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ is a software that’s hidden deep in Android. And wait for it. It was requested by Sprint. So, you’ll find this little bit of software in phones including those by Samsung and also your HTC ones. As long as they’re marketed or distributed by Sprint, you’re going to have it.

Because of what it does, Carrier IQ is able to track each owner’s movement and keystrokes. This allows them to quickly understand your behavior and whatever data you’re put through your phone.

According to phone developers, the software does all sorts of things to record your information. This includes button presses, queries you make during searches as well as your text message contents.

So why does Spring even bother to do this?

It all comes down to competition. The more you know about your customers, the better you’re able to market your services to them. It also gives you an idea of what addition products or services you may want to make in the future. Already knowing the fact that there is a demand for this particular service or product even before creating it.

As for users, it really depends on what you’re looking for in terms of privacy. Many people don’t really mind. Others aren’t so sure. The bottom line is how you perceive Carrier IQ to affect your privacy rights.

Get Netflix up and running on your new HTC EVO 3D

After waiting in line to get the new HTC EVO 3D, you may be a little disappointed that the device with all its features and niceties doesn’t come with Netflix’s streaming service. After all, that’s one of the things you looked forward to with the better display.

The HTC EVO 3d with its three dimensional display and long running battery are in fact perfect of the running better videos. In addition it also comes with the responsive Sense 3.0 software which makes screen control much easier.

Of course you get with that that the dual stage camera which provides high quality picture taking.

So what’s the deal?

While it isn’t directly obvious to consumers, you’ll actually be able to enjoy the delectable streaming service and the videos on demand. It does take a bit of fiddling around the device to figure out how to get it out and running. But from there, you’ll be able to watch your favorite movies streaming on the EVO 3D. So, relax, sit back and enjoy it.

To run the Netflix apk on your EVO,

  1. Make sure that your phone is able to install apps from unknown sources. You’ll need to have this feature enabled. Otherwise, you won’t be able to download Netflix. To get there, click on the menu button on your home screen.
  2. Then choose settings, and applications. Finally, check the Unknown Sources settings.
  3. Now, download the Netflix app. It is free to get in the Android market for EVO 4G users.
  4. Lastly, install the application. You can do this in one of two ways.
  5. One is to save the download in your phone’s SD card. Then use a file explorer to install the app.

Another option is to send the file as an attachment to your Gmail. From there install it. This saves you space in your SD card.

So there you have it. Once installed you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite movies from Netflix’s streaming service.

Radio Shack confirms HTC EVO 3D price: $199.99 with contract, $499.99 without

According the email ads being sent out by Radio Shack, the price of the upcoming HTC EVO 3D will retail at $199.99 if you get it with a new or upgraded 2 year contract. If you decide to pick up only the phone, be ready to shell out $499.99.

With the prices being confirmed, only the release date is still up in the air. With Radio Shack’s lead, you can expect Sprint and Best Buy to be taking pre-orders soon as well.

The New EVO 3D will also include the $10 premium data monthly fee that’s currently included with your EVO 4G. This will be part of the regular package.

As seen in the previous leaked system dump there will be a 3D version of The Green Hornet included. We’re not sure if this is the movie or game that’s included with the new device.

As for the Radio Shack ad, it offers other exclusives for buyers.

EVO 4G and EVO Shift 4G owners will be able to trade in their phones for $100 against the price of the EVO 3D.

You also get a “Phenomenon” from the Black Eyed Peas as a free song download.

So if you’re looking to get the phone, you can preorder one at either Best Buy, Sprint or Radio Shack.

Official Gingerbread update for the HTC EVO 4G Coming Mid Year

It looks like the HTC EVO 4G is going to get its Gingerbread update after all. The update is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011. This allows the EVO owners to possibly get their versions mid to later in the year.

The entire process does take time because upon release from HTC, it will still need to go to the carrier, in this case Sprint. Spring for its part will review and test the system before loading it onto it devices. Only after all these steps will it be rolled out to the public.

So, you’re more likely to see the update come around mid year at around June or July. This is even if the company does mention 2nd quarter which could at the earliest mean April.

The update is set to fix some of the bugs and add more features, effectively moving up your Android software to Gingerbread. If you aren’t a fan of waiting, they’ll probably offer a manual update you can do yourself. This is often available earlier for download. But, you’ll need to spend a few hours at least fiddling with your device to get everything up and going.

Among the things we expect the update to offer are:

  • Android 2.3, which is the Gingerbread.
  • SMS fixes
  • A fix for the battery discharging issue.
  • Download management application for easier downloading.
  • Some streaming media fixes.

With the update, things should run smoother and faster. It should also let you control your tasks much easier.

HTC files for “HTC EVO View 4G” trademark

It’s confirmed. HTC is filing a trademark on its View 4G technology. This paves the way for a potential unveiling of the HTC EVO View on the upcoming CTIA trade show. While still a rumor, it definitely puts more proof into the talks that have been swirling around.

To check out the filings, you can take a look that them here and here.

What this means is that the EVO View table will soon be coming into Sprint’s Network. We’re assuming that the partnership will continue from their previous association.

The EVO View 4G will likely be linked to the HTC’s Flyer which is a 7 inch Android table running on Gingerbread.

Of course, all this is still speculation although the information looks to be confirming everyone’s suspicions. To make sure though, you’ll need to look out for the official announcement when the CTIA actually comes around.

Official HDMI dock for HTC EVO 4G finally available

A few months after the release of the HTC EVO 4G, we finally have the HDMI dock available. This is the official version. And, it’s available in Best Buy as well as Spring. The dock costs around $40.

The EVO is one of the first Android phones to have such a dock. This is thanks to the fact that it has an HDMI port with the device.

We like the look of the dock as it is simple, yet stylish and practical. Most importantly, it works like a charm.

The dock works right out of the box. It includes everything you need to get started. In the box, you also get a 6 foot long HDMI cable which should be enough. Installing and attaching your device to it is straightforward. It comes with easy to follow instructions that allows you to get the device up and running in a few minutes. From there, you’ll be able to watch videos on you computer or television screen.

The dock comes with a small footprint. It is slightly larger than the base of your phone. It’s also lightweight at under 4 ounces. Together, these features make it very portable, allowing you to take it with you anywhere. This lets you share your photos and videos wherever you go onto a larger screen.

To get it up and running all you need to do is plug the HDMI cable to the dock with the other end to your computer or TV. And, you’re ready. It also comes with a micro USB which allows you to charge while you’re viewing your video.

To keep the device stable on the table, it comes with rubber footing. This keeps it from sliding on surfaces. In doing so, it helps prevent your phone from dropping or falling over when plugged into the dock.

This is just one of the reasons why the HTC EVO 4G is one of the most popular Android phones around. It comes with a bright, sharp display and it loaded with features. To top all those things off, you’ll now be able to watch your videos on larger screens thanks to the affordable HDMI dock as well.

HTC EVO Car Dock Is Available Now

For those of you who like being able use your phone as you drive whether for navigation or checking the weather in the area you’re about to go to, the HTC car dock for the HTC EVO 4G is here.

It’s available at Sprint stores for around $60. This makes it quite expensive considering. The accessory’s official title is Car Upgrade Kit. And, it lets you mount your phone on the dashboard or the windshield. The unit also automatically sets you phone to navigation mode once it’s docked.

This gives you a simple screen control system where you can see the basic functions. To plug into the dock, it comes with a mini USB car adapter. This lets you plug it into your vehicle’s DC outlet while you’re driving.

It has a simple but solid build. The suction cup is also strong and big allowing it to hold the device in place without having to keep sticking it back up.

Depending on how you’ll be mounting the kit, you’ll want to do some tooling around. Playing around with it to see where it fits best in your car is something we recommend. We do like that it’s very sturdy. This not only prevents it from falling while driving, it also lets you press your phone’s screen without jarring it out of place.