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HTC Phones Stuck at Customs Due to ITC Ruling

clock May 19, 2012 01:01 by author Jeremy

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)

 



Nokia's Popular Cameraphone Will Arrive In The U.S.

clock May 12, 2012 00:26 by author Jeremy

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



HTC One X: Built-In Battery, Built-In Frustration

clock April 25, 2012 23:16 by author Jeremy

I'm not the first to admit that I can't stop eyeing the HTC One X - as an award-winner from Mobile World Congress 2012, just about everyone expects its sales to go through the roof. Justifiably so, considering the specs behind this behemoth of a phone.

But, there is a catch: the battery. Most phones nowadays make use of removable/replaceable batteries, which is handy when we feel like carrying spares, or when the battery is just old and needs to be replaced. HTC's high-end smartphone, however, has a built-in battery.

What does this mean for users? Well, no more resetting a freezing phone by removing the battery (but that's not so bad). Also, you may need to contact a specialist in case your battery ever stops working (or replace it yourself by removing the back-casing, but that isn't recommended, of course). Current reports indicate that the One X's 1800mAh battery doesn't last too long, which might be expected given the powerful processor and graphics the phone provides.

And since you can't (easily) replace the battery yourself, you might as well carry around a high-quality charger whenever possible!

Source: zdnet.co.uk, phonearena (picture)



Google ICS List - Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility, Part 2!

clock March 6, 2012 00:03 by author Jeremy

For those savvy in the ways of the smartphone, an upgrade to Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS (4.0) is like an early Christmas treat (pun intended). We previously posted a list of phones that would get the new operating system; since then, Verizon and Motorola have updated the list on their end, and we figured you might want to know. Check out the bolded items for the latest additions.

 

 

Samsung
Phones:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Nexus S

Tablets:

  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1

 

HTC
Phones:

  • Amaze 4G
  • DROID Incredible 2
  • Evo 3D
  • Evo Design 4G
  • Rezound
  • Rhyme
  • Sensation
  • Sensation XL
  • Sensation XE
  • ThunderBolt
  • Vivid

 

Motorola
Phones:

  • Admiral
  • Atrix 2
  • Atrix 4G MB860
  • DROID 3
  • DROID 4
  • DROID BIONIC
  • DROID RAZR
  • DROID RAZR MAXX
  • DROID X2
  • Electrify
  • MOTOLUXE / XT615 / XT685 (Asia Pacific/China)
  • MILESTONE X2
  • MT870 (China)
  • MT917 (China)
  • Photon 4G
  • Pro+
  • RAZR
  • XT605 (Latin America)
  • XT882 (China)
  • XT928 (China)

Tablets:

  • Xoom
  • Xoom 2
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

 

Sony Ericsson
Phones:

  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia PLAY
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Pro
  • Xperia Ray
  • Live with Walkman

 

LG
Phones:

  • Optimus 2X
  • Optimus 3D
  • Optimus Black
  • Spectrum

 

Asus
Phones:

  • Asus Padfone

Tablets:

  • Eee Pad Transformer
  • Transformer Prime

 

Other
Phones:

  • Meizu M9
  • Meixu MX


KDDI Corp. replaces Sony batteries in Casio, Hitachi phones

clock October 10, 2011 22:34 by author Jeremy

Three phone models (two by Casio, one by Hitachi) will be replacing their Sony-made batteries with KDDI Corp. batteries, the second-largest mobile phone operator in Japan. This is due to concerns about the batteries overheating.

Sony, a giant in consumer electronics, has had several recalls over the years, including several years in a row (starting 2006) of Dell laptop batteries. They're also known for their recent issues this past year revolving around computer hacks made against the company.

The phones in question were sold between 2007 and 2009. There have been customer complaints in both 2010 and 2011 of the batteries overheating, which may result in the battery melting.

While a change of batteries in three handheld electronic phones may not have a large effect on the company's monetary standing, it could definitely affect their reputation.

Source: businessweek



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