Despite the Customs Debacle surrounding HTC phones recently, it seems enough have made it into the country for Spring to warrant an actual release date. In their community forums, Sprint says that the EVO 4G LTE should arrive "on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint."
This doesn't tell us much for those who didn't pre-order and wished to walk into a store to buy one. It also doesn't tell us why it states "on or around", nor does that sound promising. It could just be that shipping would delay your order by a few days, but we'll find out soon enough.
Source: Sprint forums
A ruling made by the U.S. International Trade Commission back in Dec. 2011, has resulted in a ban of importing and selling HTC phones. This issue was initially addressed due to Apple filing a complaint that HTC phones violated one of its patents regarding how data is stored and interacted with.
That same ban, which started on April 19, has now proposed a problem for the release of HTC's latest phones, the One X and EVO 4G LTE. Some units of the One X were shipped before the ban occurred, but now extra stock can't pass customs. HTC released a response on the matter:
"The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get thesep roducts into their hands as soon as possible."
The EVO 4G LTE was supposed to launch today, but HTC (and several customers, including one of our own staff members who had pre-ordered a unit) has confirmed that the phone will not be available for purchase in stores today, while pre-orders have also been placed on hold.
Sources: thedailybeast, blackmediascoop, engadget (1), engadget (2)
If a human turned into a phone, then their heart would become the battery. That electrically-charged piece of equipment is what'll keep your phone running for hours (and hopefully not just minutes). This plays a large part when consumers are looking for a new phone - after all, no one wants to charge their phone every hour.
GSMArena, home to many phone reviews and updates, just released their findings on battery tests done on the latest Samsung Galaxy S III. We already know that the S III is packing a whopping 2,100mAh battery, but how well does it actually fare when one considers screen size and display quality?
In its most basic function, talking on the S III will result in over 10 hours of call-time. Impressive, right? But, remember that when you're talking on a phone, the screen will be off. A different test utilized the phone's web browser and network connection, which resulted in over 5 hours of use - just a little more than half of the call-time. Surprisingly, when just playing videos, the S III came up to 10 hours and 1 minute.
A reason for this could be network-use draining battery life. Another reason could be that the phone is simply powerful enough to play video without too much constraint. Overall, the battery seems fairly solid and is definitely an advantage against other phones.
Source: gsmarena (blog), gsmarena (results)
What happens when you mix a phone with a whopping 41-megapixel camera? Either you get a giant piece of broken rubble (note: don't try to shove the two together to physically mix them), or you get the Nokia 808 PureView.
Running on the Symbian Belle operating system, Nokia's hyped-up imaging flagship phone was announced in late February, but has still yet to come out with an actual release date. On top of that, the phone was to be available in several countries but not the U.S.
Fortunately, it seems Nokia has found a workaround for this. Speaking to PC Mag, the Finnish phone manufacturer admitted that an unlocked version could be rolled out to the U.S. within a few months. The downside to this, however, is that customers will have to pay full price for the phone, with no subsidized pricing available.
Currently, the smartphone is priced for roughly $711 in the UK. One could argue that, if someone wanted a powerful camera, they should just check one. But there's nothing quite like holding a 41-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics technology, that can also connect to the internet and make phone calls, now is there?
Sources: pcmag, phonesreview.co.uk
CTIA, now more commonly known as The Wireless Association, held their annual wireless telecommunications trade show this past week, with a closing keynote from President Bill Clinton.
Since his departure from presidency, Clinton has continued to create and work with programs in countries all over the world that help economic growth and stability. He admits that much of the change that can be seen happening worldwide is credited towards wireless communication, with an emphasis on cell phones.
"In 2010, a UN report said that wireless technology is becoming a common medium and has done more to bring people out of poverty than anything else in history." Clinton used fishing families in Southeast Asian countries as one example: "If we gave every one of them a cell phone, they could immediately find out what the cost of fish was and increase their income 30-50% over a year."
Mobile phones have even had an effect on banking. In 2011, 80% of Hatians had access to a cell phone, which helped them more easily access their funds.
While much of Clinton's speech also dealt with politics, he made his point clear that cooperating together and using technology such as recent wireless innovations can easily steer countries toward better futures.
Sources: allthingsd (picture), engadget, mashable