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.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Review

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is designed to compete with high end phones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. That said, HTC is currently on the down end of the race with Apple dominating the market and Samsung continuously taking more market share away from HTC.

The question is, will the new HTC EVO 4G LTE help bring the brand back up?

This new handset release for 2012 is set to feature new apps, more sophisticated use and faster speeds. We’re also seeing some design additions that look good so far.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE comes with a good sized screen at 4.8 inches. It is still a relatively small phone so how much you like its feel really depends on you. If you like a more comfortable handle on your handset, you’ll probably like larger phones.

In addition to the the size, it comes with a slim, sleek design. You have some metal parts on the case especially at the edges. Still it is very thin in terms of design.

On the side, you have a very accessible and easy to push power button. While the volume toggle controls are on the right side. Both the buttons are not too obvious if you look from afar. But, they protrude just enough to make it easy to use them.

One of the new things we see with this release is the kickstand. This is something introduced in some Sprint phones and also the earlier HTC ones. What you get is plastic stand the snaps outwards from the back of the phone. This lets you keep the phone up while you do something else. We like its practicality since it lets you easily see and use the phone when on the stand.

The screen uses a Super LCD 2 technology and comes with 1280 x 720 pixels. This gives you the highest resolution available as of today. So, you can expect the same high quality images and videos that you seen on the HTC EVO 4G.

As for OS, it comes with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This is the newest release of the OS so you can’t get any newer than that.

In addition to the high quality image and video resolution you also get Beats Audio so the sound is great. It’s definitely much better than many other phones around. This lets you place music apps on your device and enjoy it.

The HTV EVO 4G LTE runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor. Ihas 1 GB or RAM and 16 GB of internal storage via flash. The 8 MP camera in the rear and 1.3 MP camera in front give you the ability to take pictures whichever way you’re at.

Overall, this is a nice release that we really like. It is fast, and has good Wi-Fi capability. The video, camera and audio are top notch and you get the newest apps available.

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.

Nandroid Browser Lets You Browse Files From NANDroid Backups

Nandroid backups are an essential piece anytime you decide to root your phone. But, it is designed to make a complete backup. This makes it a hassle if you only need to only do a few files because you can’t.

With the current setup, the Nandroid backups will have to be done in full, then restored as well. So, if you happen to only need one or a few files, you’ll still need to go through the entire process of backing up the new setup then restoring the old backup and finally, recovering the new backup to get the data there.

Now, there’s a new app that will save you all the extra trouble of having to do those repetitive steps again should you only want to extract specific files form your full backups.

Enter the Nandroid Browser. Aptly name for its ability to let you browse any Nandroid backup, you’ll be able to select individual files for extraction from the full backups. This saves you the time and effort of having to recover the entire full backup just to restore a few files.

The Nandroid browser not only lets you inspect the different files, it also allows you to open, copy and share the files individually. Best of all, it’s very easy to use and its free. Yes, no money out needed to access and use this fast file manager for Nandroid backups.

So, if you like rooting your phone to try the newest hacks you see on the web, this is going to be a very useful tool. You won’t need to restore the entire backup anymore. Instead, you can navigate through the backup and look for the files you want. You can open them or copy them depending on what you’re doing.

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.

Slide 2 Wake Kernel Wakes/Locks Your GSM HTC Evo 3D By Sliding Capacitive Buttons

If you own a GSM version of the HTC EVO 3D you probably know that to sleep or wake your phone, you’ll need to use the power button. Now, there’s a super cool mod that makes it much easier to enable the sleep/wake function of your phone.

This is what’s so great about Android phones. There are so many innovative things different people can do with them. The best part is, they’re all very willing to share what they’ve done and let you do the same with your own phone.

In the video below, you’ll see a mod version of the HTC EVO 3D that is able to trigger the sleep and wake functions without going though the normal route. The Slide 2 kernel, as its called, shows that you can swipe the capacitive keys to get this done instead. This is so much easier and more convenient. No need to keep pressing the power button to get your EVO to sleep and then wake up later on.

Be aware that this isn’t an app you can install. It is a kernel. So in order to get this running in your device, you’ll need to do a flash. This means a bit more modification to get it to work.

As we mentioned earlier, this is what’s so great about Android. The modifications you can do with it are endless. It’s all up to you on what you can think of. And, somewhere out there, there will be someone willing to try and succeed in making that happens.

Just by looking at it, I know I’d want something like this is the future updates. We know that it’s possible. The question now is, will it become reality in future upgrades? Fingers crossed it will.

Learning More About Carrier IQ

If you own an HTC EVO, you’ve probably heard about Carrier IQ recently, for no good reason. Al lot of the news that came out about this hidden app in the HTC phones has gotten the company bad press. And, for good reason.

Sprint has repeatedly defended itself by putting making announcements to help clarify what Carrier IQ really does. According to the company, this little piece of software collects information from your phone to understand you better. And by doing so, it is able to provide you with better customer service.

Basically, Carrier IQ collects actions from your keystrokes. This allows it to track and record data of most of the things you do on your phone. All your messages, data and where or whom did you send them to are all collected by this tiny pieces of software.

Who gets to access this information? Well, it’s your service provider of course. This is where Sprint comes in and says that while they information is used to understand customers better, they do not and in fact, cannot see the contents of your messages. The same is true for your photos, videos and everything else that may be confidential. All it’s after are the general patterns of behavior to understand customers better. Not the actual data or information of the different types of content.

Well new light on Carrier IQ now seems to show that different actions cause various triggers within your phone. In addition, there is a portal administrator that has a lot more control than we previously known about. This administrator is apparently able to categorize things and also see the different devices.

Besides that, they can also track you individually, that’s because they’re able to use subscriber IDs, equipment IDs and other information to check your tasks. This means they’re able to see and track your phone’s exact location in addition to what you’re actually doing with it. That’s a bit scary.

That said, it doesn’t mean that they are doing anything wrong with. So, if customers actually agree to opt in to them being tracked then that shouldn’t be a problem. The only issue is that they were doing it without anyone’s knowledge until they got caught.

Is Your HTC EVO 3d Slower After Updating to PRL 50580?

One of the things we’ve noticed from users who updated to the latest PRL 50580 is that speeds have slowed significantly. This is a common problem and what makes it worse is how bad the speed is.

Just to give you a brief background. PRL stands for Preferred Roaming List. The current update 50580 seems to have some sort of an issue where you’re not able get into Sprint’s 3D Network. As a result, you’re stuck to the slower 1xRTT network also by Sprint.

When this happens, you won’t be able to enjoy the usually speed you experience. Instead, since you’re going back to a second generation network, you’ll be downgrading speed.

If you haven’t made any updates then, there’s nothing to worry about. If you speeds seems normal, then you don’t need to bother with trying to fix anything.

However, if you’ve updated and noticed a considerable slowdown in network speed, it’s time to check the version of your PRL. You’ll be to take a look at this in your setting’s about area under software information.

If you do find yourself stuck here’s what you can do.

Start by downloading the EPST.apk and PRL 21081. You’ll then unzip the PRL file into you SD card.

Next, check your MSL code. The easiest way ere is just to call your provider.

Now get the .apk file into the system/app and overwrite the current EPST.apk file. Then, restart your phone.

Upon restarting press the following in your phone ##775# (##PRL#). Your password will be your MSL code.

Finally, choose update PRL and choose the file from your SD card.

When these steps are done reboot your device again.

This will let you regain access to your 3G network and the speed that comes with it. It should fix your problems from the PRL update.

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.

Skype 2.0 Now Running on HTC EVO 4G

If you’re been waiting to be able to make free phone calls using your phone’s Wi-Fi, you’ve now got it. For the longest time, Skpe hasn’t been available to HTC EVO users because it isn’t in the list of supported devices.

After a long wait, it is now here and Skype 2.0 with video calling is said to work with HTC EVO 4G. The recently released official Skype 2.0 for Android now comes with a number of new supported phones. While HTC EVO devices still aren’t among the list. All is not lost since there is a cool hack that allows you toe use the Skype 2.0 version on five different HTC phones including the EVO 3D, EVO 4G, ThunderBolt, Flyer and Sensation 4G.

For those who are Samsung users, it also now supports the Galaxy Tab. This is good news in that you’ll be able to run the popular chat program on your phone. As long as you have Wi-Fi and the person you’re calling also has it, then you can connect to one another using Skype and save the money. This is much better than phone calls since you’ll also be able to see one another as you talk.

In order to get Skype working on your phone, you’ll need to download the .apk file. Then install into your phone. You may need to take out the old version of Skype on your phone if you happened to install one.

Happy Skypeing!