HTC Evo phones get privacy fix at Sprint
Sprint on Tuesday sent notice that it was the first carrier to push a broadly available fix for the major privacy hole in HTC's Android phones. Evo 3D, Evo 4G, Evo Design 4G, Evo Shift 4G, Evo View 4G, and Wildfire S owners on the network are now getting an over-the-air upgrade. Users will get the notices in stages, although anyone can push the update sooner by checking in HTC's software updates.
HTC makes first CDMA-GSM dual mode Evo phone
Sprint Wednesday brought out a new budget Evo that's its first dual-mode model in the line. The HTC Evo Design 4G is a close cousin of the Hero S that can roam on GSM networks along with Sprint's native CDMA. Its version adds WiMAX to get the claimed 4G speeds.
3D causes unusual thickness for high-end phone
A Sprint Premium customer has posted a video teardown of the HTC EVO 3D (below). The user noted that the unusual thickness of the handset was due in large part to the glass needed to produce the glasses-free 3D effect. HTC may also be considering a version of the phone for T-Mobile, as a request for a new smartphone using T-Mobile's frequencies were filed with the FCC.
HTC Evo 4G Plus to be 2D cousin of Evo 3D
HTC's mystery Rider smartphone has been identified in a sighting that confirmed most of its details. The phone would virtually be a 2D adaptation of the Evo 3D with a single eight-megapixel camera in place of the twin five-megapixel sensors. PocketNow also understood it would have the same dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, 4.3-inch, 540x960 display, and 1GB of RAM.
Sprint disputes test giving Verizon LTE speed win
Sprint in a statement on Monday took issue with a speed test by BTIG that gave Verizon's LTE network an unambiguous lead in 4G speeds. Spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge-Walsh claimed the tests were "inaccurate" and that real-world tests on Sprint's WiMAX were much better, at about 4-5Mbps in New York City. Verizon's speed edge may have been because of the youth of the network where Sprint's were based on a more established network with a full load of users, BGR was told.
We cover Sprint's CTIA spring 2011 event live
We're at Sprint's CTIA event in Orlando, where it's expected to unveil a swath of new devices. We expect the HTC Evo 3D dual-core smartphone as well as Sprint's first proper tablet, the Evo View 4G (HTC Flyer). Check our live coverage page starting from 1:30PM Eastern for real-time updates as they happen.
HTC Shooter spotted in 3D tests
HTC's Evo 3D may have been spotted under its working codename in a GLBenchmark test. The Shooter would be a high-end device running Android 2.3 and a 540x960 screen on Sprint's network. While the processor wasn't caught, the phone is running Qualcomm's new Adreno 220 graphics and would have to be a Snapdragon; original spotter Blog of Mobile has speculated that it would be a 1.2GHz dual-core chip.