AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G receives an update, brings Sense 3.0 but no ICS

It looks like HTC didn’t forget about the AT&T Inspire 4G because they just made a new update available for it. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to be ICS–it probably never will unless you go the custom ROM route. Its other variant the Desire HD was declared ineligible for Android 4.0 by the Taiwanese company. Here is the full changelog:

New features:

  • HTC Sense 3.0
  • Task Manager
  • AT&T Address Book

Fixes/Updates:

  • Call optimization improvements (fewer dropped calls)
  • Improved security functionality
  • SMS/MMS Thread – Contact Display Fix
  • Background Data Use Improvement

If you aren’t able to pull the update on you Inspire 4G, you could always grab the RUU (ROM Upgrade Utility) here. Don’t forgte to backup your data via HTC Sync before starting the process. Otherwise, you can keep hitting that AT&T update button to manually force the new update. For instructions, hit the HTC link below.

via HTC | AC

Update incoming for AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G

HTC has posted the details of an update that should be headed out to owners of AT&T’s Inspire 4G. The move to software version 3.20.502.2 brings the Inspire to HTC sense 3.0 and includes call optimizations, improved security, and background data enhancements. While HTC’s support site says the update will being rolling out to users today, they also provide a download and complete instructions for installing the latest software for the phone. A full changelog and complete instructions can be found at the link to their support page below.

[HTC via AndroidPolice]


HTC officially pulls the plug on the HTC Desire HD’s Android 4.0 update

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All the drama surrounding the Android 4.0 update of the HTC Desire HD has officially come to an end. In an official statement about the HTC Desire HD’s Android 4.0 update status, HTC has announced that the handset will no longer be getting the update due to a degraded customer experience. According to HTC, the decision was made after “extensive testing” and it was determined that handset owners would be served better if the phone remained on its current software build.

After extensive testing, HTC has determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.HTC

HTC Desire HD owners will certainly be disappointed with this announcement. HTC has not given us any indication that the AT&T HTC Inspire 4G and Verizon HTC Thunderbolt’s Android 4.0 updates has been scrapped, but we’d say it’s safe to assume that both handsets will live out their remaining days on Android 2.3.

Are you disappointed, frustrated or mad about HTC’s decision to drop the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Desire HD?


AT&T begins HTC One XL employee training, more release date speculation

As of yesterday AT&T has kicked off their web-based training (WBT) for the HTC One XL. The above photo comes courtesy of xda-developers forum member EGBTMagus and was accompanied by another screenshot that could shed some light on when the latest flagship from HTC will be available in the States. We see an “end of life” (EOL) date for the HTC Inspire set for April 22nd, which could coincide with a store refresh and new devices according to the original poster. He claims an HTC rep had previously stated that the HTC Vivid would replace the Inspire at its current price point and at that time the HTC One XL would assume the Vivid’s old price point.

The logic makes sense, and rumors pointed to the April 22nd date previously. This latest leak does, however, challenge another bit of info suggesting the One XL has been delayed until May 6th. We’ll need to do a bit more digging before we can say either date is confirmed, but with both approaching an official announcement might beat us to the punch.

[via xda-developers | Thanks to all who sent this in!]


Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list

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Since Google’s unveiling of Android 4.0 back in October 2011, the main question most of us want answered is: “When will my phone be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich?” We know HTC is working hard to update as many phones as they can, but there are hardware limitations to take into consideration, not to mention the dreaded fact that service providers must specifically “order” an update for each individual phone.

Jump to the bottom of this page to see if your phone is on the official HTC Android 4.0 update list.

Will my HTC phone be updated to Android 4.0?

Since we don’t work for HTC, we can’t give you an exact answer, but we can make educated assumptions based on the announcements HTC has made. HTC’s first wave of Android updates will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to its phones powered by dual-core Qualcomm S3 processors. The overwhelming majoroty of HTC’s phones running on this chip are already on the update list, and we expect the remaining stragglers to be added shortly.

For a while, we also assumed HTC would be delivering the Android 4.0 update to its phones powered by single-core Qualcomm S2 processors. This assumption was partially confirmed when HTC announced that the Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD would also be receiving  the update. Since most of the other HTC phones powered by S2 chips feature most of the same components, we expect other US-specific devices to be added to the update list, as well.

While we would like to see Android 4.0 running on all HTC’s devices, those who own phones powered by Qualcomm S1 chips should not expect an Android 4.0 release. HTC has not given us any details about these phones yet, but the fact that Google has chosen to let the Nexus One live out its remain days on Gingerbread should be all the evidence we need. The HTC EVO 4G, Desire and DROID Incredible all share the same basic configuration and would most likely not have enough memory or processing power to run Android 4.0 as smoothly as HTC would like them to.

Latest Android 4.0 update news from HTC

  • 02/09/12HTC says upgrades to Android 4.0 on track for next month
    HTC announces that the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE and HTC Sensation 4G will all receive Android 4.0 updates before the end of March. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation XL will follow shortly after. HTC also adds the HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible S and HTC Desire S to the official update list.
  • 01/22/12HTC customer service confirms Android 4.0 update for HTC Flyer coming in Q1
    The title pretty much tells the whole story. When a customer complained to customer service about the Honeycomb update for the Flyer, HTC rep said that he could send it in to be downgraded to Gingerbread or wait for the Android 4.0 update which would be available later in Q1 of 2012.
  • 11/07/11HTC reveals first wave of devices to get Android 4.0 in early 2012
    HTC names the HTC Vivid, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G as the first phone within its lineup to receive the Androdi 4.0 update “in early 2012.”
  • 10/19/11HTC excited about Android 4.0, looking into handset upgrade plan
    HTC comments on Android 4.0 and promises updates to as many phones as possible but stressed that their focus will be on “maintaining every phone’s performance and usability first.”

Official HTC Android 4.0 handset update list

  • HTC Sensation – March
  • HTC Sensation 4G – March
  • HTC Sensation XE – March
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Desire HD

HTC handsets expected to receive the Android 4.0 update

  • HTC Desire Z
  • T-Mobile G2
  • DROID Incredible 2
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • myTouch 4G
  • myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G


HTC starts rolling out Sense 3.0 update to older phones

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HTC has announced that a software update for the HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD is currently being rolled out to phones in the UK. No, the phones are not being updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but they are getting a new version of HTC Sense. The software update will bring Sense 3.0 to the two Android devices which will allow users to enjoy the new 3D carosel, enhanced unlock screen, new widgets and settings controls directly from the notification bar – features which were first introduced with the HTC Sensation.

The HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S just learned some great new tricks. Share what's on your mind and take that great shot even faster with Sense 3.0's lock screen shortcuts. Rolling out to handsets across the UK starting today. HTC

For now, only unlocked HTC phones in the UK will be receiving the update, but we suspect HTC is working to push out HTC Sense 3.0 to carrier branded phones in the rest of Europe and their U.S. cousins (AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G and the Verizon DORID Incredible2) as well.

How many of you enjoy would gladly trade your HTC Sense 2.x experience for Sense 3.0?


Get a free HTC phone when you buy Call of Duty MW3 at Best Buy

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If you’re planning on buying Call of Duty MW3 when it makes its debut on Tuesday, we suggest you do so at your local Best Buy and pick up a free HTC smartphone at the same time. The promotion is intended to raise consumer awareness of Best Buy’s mobile offering while cashing in on the hugely successful Call of Duty franchise.

Anyone who buys Call of Duty MW3 and is willing to sign up for a new two year contract will be able to walk out of a Best Buy store with a free HTC EVO 4G, HTC Inspire 4G or HTC DROID Incredible 2. It’s not surprising that Best Buy’s promotion features phones which are past their prime, but I don’t think anyone will be complaining. We’re just wondering why T-Mobile doesn’t have a phone available for the promotion.

We’re assuming that many of you are already planning on purchasing call of Duty MW3 on Tuesday. Will any of you be getting a free phone with your purchase at Best Buy?


AT&T’s Inspire 4G Free at RadioShack Through October 1

RadioShack, not wanting to play favorites with Verizon, is offering AT&T subscribers a heck of a deal through the end of the week.  Starting today, September 27th and running through Saturday, October 1st,  The Shack is offering the HTC Inspire 4G FREE with qualified two-year agreements!  Stop in and pick one up in either red or titanium and tell them AndroidGuys sent ya.  Specifications for the 4G (HSPA+) phone include a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8MP camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, Dolby + SRS Surround and built-in DLNA connectivity.

 

AT&T’s Inspire 4G Free at RadioShack Through October 1 originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Amazon Discounts LG Thrill 4G, HTC Inspire 4G to $30

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The LG Thrill 4G has been available for just a little while and Amazon has already got a good deal on it waiting for you. They’re willing to part ways with the device for $30 as long as you sign a new two-year contract. Both new and existing users can get in on this for both individual accounts and new users can get the deal for family accounts.

For an existing user on a family count AT&T’s asking for $70 but that’s still quite the steal for a dual-core 3D phone. Amazon has also posted a similar deal for the very solid HTC Inspire 4G. Check them out here and here and see if you can’t walk away happy.


HTC Evo 4G Was the Best Selling Android Phone in Q2 – Still Couldn’t Touch iPhone 4 and 3GS Sales

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According to NPD Group, the best selling smartphones from April through June (Q2), all happened to be devices that launched last year and not this year. So, even though we saw some great devices like the Motorola Atrix, HTC Thunderbolt and LG G2X — none of these managed take the top spot from last year’s heavy hitters. Here’s the tops:

  1. Apple iPhone 4
  2. Apple 3GS
  3. HTC EVO 4G
  4. HTC Inspire 4G

While at first I struggled to wrap my head around this info, it’s now easy to see that the reason for the iPhone 4 taking #1 is because it the phone continues to be reintroduced over and over to consumers. First on Verizon, then later as a newer white version. Say what you will about Apple and their evil phone, Jobs definitely knows to squeeze every last drop out of his cash cow. The Apple 3GS saw a big price drop this year too making it appealing for those with AT&T who are on a budget.

Even though Sprint is the 3rd largest carrier in the U.S., HTC’s Evo 4G takes its place as the best selling Android device for Q2 rounding up 3rd overall. This was arguably the “best” phone in Sprint’s lineup up until the Evo 3D’s release in July (Q3) so it will be interesting to see how this changes next quarter. When it comes to the HTC Inspire 4G, in my short time working with Best Buy Mobile, I saw Inspires fly off store shelves thanks to its higher-end specs but low $50 price sticker. What did you guys think about these results? Were you expecting different? Do you think a dual-core Android device take the top spot in Q3 or will consumers choose cheaper single-core models?

[Via Splatf]