Google and Apple have upped their game in 2012, and a new crop of smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Apple's new iOS 6 will offer consumers a tough choice when it comes to choosing a new phone.
Apple isn't expected to launch the next iPhone until the fall. But the company gave a preview of what's to come with the unveiling of iOS 6 mobile software this week at its WWDC conference in San Francisco. From what I can tell, the new iPhone will give the current crop of Android 4.0 devices … Read more
HTC believes it's free and clear of infringing on a key Apple patent despite allegations to the contrary by the iPhone maker.
This week, Apple filed its third complaint against HTC in the past three years with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The company is alleging that HTC is still violating the same Apple patents that triggered a recent ban on imports of the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE.
HTC's patent dispute with Apple has damaged its finances, the company said.
The handset maker announced today that it has revised its second-quarter outlook (PDF) from an expected NT$93.6 billion (about $3.1 billion) to NT$91 billion. In addition, the company's anticipated gross margin of 29 percent has been revised to 27 percent. HTC's operating margin will now likely hit 9 percent, rather than the initial 11.2 percent figure.
According to HTC, the downturn is due in part to "lower-than-anticipated sales to Europe." In addition, the company says that the "… Read more
In my view, smartphones are all about the future, and the best handsets are usually the ones with the freshest, slickest mobile technology. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google's latest and greatest operating system though remains frustratingly out of reach unless you own an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Even so, the number of phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software is growing. … Read more
After a week-long delay caused by a patent spat with Apple, HTC's Evo 4G LTE will finally begin shipping to Sprint customers later this week.
The carrier made the announcement on a company blog this afternoon:
Customers who preordered HTC EVO 4G LTE...Your wait is almost over! Sprint expects to begin shipping HTC EVO 4G LTE for arrival on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint. We will provide details on the full national launch as soon as possible.
Customers who pre-ordered HTC's Evo 4G LTE through Best Buy may have to wait a while for their phone to show up.
Best Buy has starting e-mailing customers to inform them that Sprint has changed the phone's release date. But the new date is as yet unknown, according to blog site Phandroid. As a result, the carrier can't even provide an estimate as to when the new Evo may ship.
According to an e-mail sent on behalf of Best Buy, the Sprint smartphone now has a release date of May 23, less than a week after its initial target date of May 18. AndroidCentral is reporting that both its forums and e-mail inbox "lit up" with news of the e-mail, and that things seem legitimate at first blush.
Best Buy was one of the first retailers to offer preorders of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, so it … Read more