Just when you think the storm had passed with the HTC One Series fiasco (which caused significant delays of anticipated devices), Apple has slapped HTC with yet another International Trade Commission complaint. Apple’s claim: HTC hasn’t done enough to avoid patent discrepancies and is still violating patents. The complaint identifies 29 devices which not only include the One Series smartphones, but devices dating back to 2 years ago including the EVO 4G, Amaze 4G, Rezound and Thunderbolt. In short– Apple is seeking “an emergency proceeding and enforcement action to prevent further infringement”. Essentially— if Apple gets its way, the ITC would essentially force HTC to modify its existing devices within a specific timeframe, while causing additional delays for devices that still have yet to be released.
Ladies and gents, be prepared for another round of the waiting game for the HTC One Series smartphones… whether or not Apple’s cause is heard or not.
Telus customers with the HTC Amaze 4G will now be able to get their tongue wet with a nice helping of Ice Cream Sandwich. This’ll bring you up to the latest version of Android 4.0, but you’ll only be getting Sense 4.0 as this is not being considered a One phone. This update is a hefty one at 322MB so you’ll definitely want to be on WiFi before you get started. Also be sure that you have at least 30% of battery life to make sure things go smoothly. Once you’ve done all that, hit Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Software Updates > Check Now to get started. [via MobileSyrup]
If the import ban on the HTC One X and the Evo 4G LTE wasn’t already a bitter pill to swallow for HTC, it looks like they’re in a bit more trouble than earlier anticipated. TmoNews were tipped off earlier today that customers who were looking to purchase a new Amaze 4G were being told that the device is unable due to “unforeseen issues”, and the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G was being offered as an alternative.
While there’s no arguing that the patent issue itself is the main problem, and that Apple has taken advantage of that, HTC must still take some blame for the ban. They knew months ago of the ruling, and they said they would remove the infringing features. It seems like they were trying to push their luck. Surely they didn’t just... forget?
Hey T-Mobile users, don’t get comfortable watch fans of HTC’s One X and EVO 4G LTE wait for the International Trade Commission’s customs embargo to lift. According to TmoNews, customers who ordered an HTC Amaze 4G online are being told that due to “an unforeseen issue with receiving the product from the manufacturer”, their phones are being indefinitely delayed. The delay is serious enough that T-Mobile recommends going with another phone entirely.
There’s no evidence that points directly to an ITC embargo due to Apple’s latest bit of patent trolling, but it would certainly fit the circumstances. Here’s the text of the email in question:
Dear T-Mobile Customer,
Thank you for your recent order. We wanted to let you know that your order for the HTC Amaze has been delayed due to an unforeseen issue with receiving the product from the manufacturer. At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when the product will be available. Because we don’t know when the product will be available, we recommend that you choose an alternate device. Please call us at 1-800-672-5390 if you wish to do this and one of our agents will be happy to assist you with finding another device that will meet your needs. If you do not select another device, the Amaze will ship to you as soon as product becomes available.
We recommend the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G as a replacement. This device is free for you with no rebate required… We sincerely apologize for the delay. Thank you for being a T-Mobile customer. We truly appreciate your business.
Thank you, T-Mobile Customer Care
Note that T-Mobile recommends a Samsung phone as a replacement, and not the much newer and only slightly more expensive HTC One S. Notably, both phones still appear on T-Mobile’s website.
This mess started back in December, when the International Trade Commission ruled in Apple’s favor on a single patent for contextual linking. Earlier this week shipments of the AT&T HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE (which would have launched today) were stopped in customs for a purpose that still hasn’t been confirmed, but is widely believed to be compliance checks for the Apple patent case. HTC says that it has modified the software on all its current phones to comply with the ruling.
We’ve contacted HTC on the matter, and are waiting an official response.
As owners of the HTC Sensation 4G are gleefully receiving their OTA update of Ice Cream Sandwich, which has been available since May 16, we expect to hear the same collective sigh of relief from HTC Amaze 4G owners pretty soon. It seems we’re not that far off the mark when we said that ICS upgrade for the phone would come not too long after it lands on HTC Sensation 4G.
As can be seen from the updated support page for HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile’s website, the carrier is ready to roll out ICS for HTC Amaze 4G starting May 21. Since it’s an OTA update, all you have to do is check your phone for an update notification on the due date. You can also request the update via HTC software updates menu and tap “Check Now”.
The update will bring the following to your HTC Amaze 4G:
Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
Data usage controls.
Home screen folders
Improved battery life
With three days away from the OTA update for the HTC Amaze 4G, you could use the remaining time to say goodbye to the good old Gingerbread. Enjoy your ICS treat soon.
T-Mobile Sensation 4G users, there’s some good news for you. 2 days after announcing that Android 4.0 was finally coming to the Sensation 4G, HTC and T-Mobile have gone ahead and released the update for the device, as promised.
In addition to rolling out ICS for the Sensation 4G, T-Mobile has gone ahead and provided a date for the Amaze 4G’s ICS update. According to T-Mobile, the Amaze 4G will be receiving its Android 4.0 update on Monday, May 21. News
So, if you’re a Sensation 4G user, check your device for that ICS update. If you’re an Amaze 4G user, hang in there. In 5 days you’ll be enjoying Android 4.0.
Sensation 4G ICS update now live, Amaze 4G coming May 21st, post to come!
T-Mobile today confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the HTC Sensation 4G, matching previous reports from earlier in the week. Available as an optional download for users, Android 4.0.3 can be manually installed beginning today, May 16th. Further, T-Mobile also tapped the Amaze 4G with its own Ice Cream Sandwich update just five days from now, May 21. We were thinking it would be a few more weeks until we saw the latter but we're not complaining. For details on either of these updates, please head to their respective support pages.
T-Mobile has updated their support pages with an exact date to expect Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Amaze 4G. Previously the update was pegged as coming sometime in the next couple of weeks. Now users can look forward to Android 4.0 (but only Sense 3.6) on May 21st.
In related news, the upgrade to ICS for the HTC Sensation 4G should begin pushing today, just as promised. Any owners of the T-Mobile handset receive the prompt to update yet? You can manually pull the software by navigating to the “About phone” menu under Settings and checking for any new software updates. Let us know how things work out!
HTC Sensation 4G owners were thrilled to find out that their Ice Cream Sandwich update was finally coming from T-Mobile this week – tomorrow, in fact. But PCMag spotted a frustrating caveat in the official support document: you won’t be able to use the “4G Hotspot” function for free anymore. Users who wish to share their connection will have to fork over $14.95 a month for the official tethering plan, allowing them to “officially” use the WiFi hotspot or USB data tether.
T-Mobile’s new stance echoes the one taken by all four of the major US carriers, who charge extra for tethering and attempt to dissuade users who opt for alternative (free) services. AT&T goes as far as automatically signing its customers up for a tethering plan if they detect unauthorized usage. T-Mobile has technically had its Hotspot plan in effect for over a year, but has not actively monitored its users to see if those who weren’t paying were using the service anyway. T-Mobile still has technically unlimited data plans, but speeds are capped after a certain amount of bandwidth is used by a single customer.
T-Mobile claims that its somewhat lax enforcement of its own pricing policy was due to a limitation of the software at the time. With the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, they’ll be actively monitoring connections to see if those who haven’t paid for hotspots and tethering are using them. A few short connections probably won’t trigger anything, but sustained and regular tethering use almost certainly will. Instead of automatically signing up customers a la AT&T, they’ll simply deny Internet access to anything beyond the device itself.
The update for the Amaze 4G doesn’t say anything about tethering, but it’s safe to assume that the same policy will be in place once the upgrade rolls out. It’s still unclear whether non-standard tethering methods, popular with rooted users and those with custom ROMs, will be monitored as well.
T-Mobile USA has updated its support page for the HTC Sensation 4G, finally bringing some news on the Android 4.0.3 ICS upgrade that owners of the phone have been longing for. After promising early in the month that the update to Ice Cream Sandwich would be here “very soon”, the carrier is now ready to open its dessert bar on May 16.
As stated on T-Mobile’s website, the OTA update for the HTC Sensation 4G will roll out starting May 16. Aside from all of the features of ICS that one can expect, such as Face Unlock and re-sizeable widgets, you will also get HTC Sense 3.6 as part of the package. T-Mobile promises improved battery life performance as well.
If you’re getting weary about not seeing the OTA update, you can also push for it manually by requesting the ICS update from your phone. You might even get it early if you try it now, who knows.
In other related news, the support page for another HTC phone on T-Mobile has also been updated. Owners of HTC Amaze 4G, get ready to receive the Android 4.0.3 ICS upgrade on your phone in the coming weeks. Previous leaked document showed that the ICS upgrade for the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC Amaze 4G was scheduled for June 16. Since the HTC Sensation 4G is getting it early, the HTC Amaze 4G might just get it around the same time as well. We’ll keep you posted.