Major kudos are in order for a band of modders known as The Dark Forces Team who went and released a Windows Phone 7 ROM for HTC's HD2 handset.
You can find instructions on the XDA-Developers.com forum, which aren't terribly hard to follow. You'll need to download the Windows Development Tools and Zune PC App, and once you've done that, it's just a matter of following a handful of easy steps.
The latest hack/ROM even allows access to the Marketplace and Xbox LIVE service, at least for now. Keep in mind that this isn't an official release, so the usual disclaimers about warranties, bricked devices, and proceeding at your own risk all apply.
Some of the first tablets built around Google's much anticipated Android "Honeycomb" platform will likely come from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes says the search giant is giving priority to these three companies for cooperation to develop slates around the first version of Android intended specifically for tablet computing.
Honeycomb was built from the ground up for tablets, and from what we've seen, it definitely shows. Google posted a teaser video this week of Honeycomb in action, and while it's still Android, it's Android like you've never seen it before.
Being one of the first out the door with a Honeycomb tablet could prove a major advantage, and a major disadvantage for those left waiting in the wings. DigiTimes says Compal Electronics "tried in vain to cooperate with Google" on a Honeycomb tablet for 2010, but Google instead has given priority to handset makers.
We might look back on 2011 as the year of 4G (in addition to the year of the tablet, year of Sandy Bridge, the year 3D fizzled, etc). That's what HTC's hoping for, as company execs have set an internal goal of shipping around 10 million 4G-enabled smartphones with support for either LTE or WiMAX, DigiTimes reports.
For the sake of comparison, HTC shipped just 3.5 million 4G smartphones in all of 2010, and that includes 3 million of the popular Evo 4G devices for Sprint. The other 500,000 were myTouch 4G phones for T-Mobile. Combined, the two smartphones accounted for 14 percent of HTC's total smartphone shipments.
This year HTC plans to supply 4G models to Verizon, Sprint, and some lesser known names in Europe and Japan. One of these will include the HTC Incredible HD, which will start shipping to Verizon in the second quarter.
What you're looking at below is a leaked pic of a new HTC device for the Sprint network, which has sparked plenty of speculation as to which upcoming smartphone it's supposed to be.
If we're to believe the supposed Sprint employee who posted the pic, then you're looking at the HTC EVO Shift 4G. You can see that it sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, just like the original EVO 4G, but curiously missing is a front-facing camera. The whole thing also looks a little janky, if you ask us, which makes us wonder if this is anything more than a clever Photochop.
Adding to the mystery, Android Central posted projected launch dates for several upcoming phones, including the HTC A7373, which some folks believe is the EVO Shift 4G. If so, look for it to launch on January 9, 2010, though it might get a name change by then. According to Pocketnow, HTC may have dropped the EVO Shift 4G nomenclature and renamed this device "Speedy."
That's enough unconfirmed speculation for one post.
When 2010 comes to a close, HTC can officially celebrate its greatest year ever, which is thanks in large part to the popularity of Google's Android platform. But as good as 2010 was to HTC, the handset maker expects to ship even more mobile devices in 2011.
According to a DigiTimes report, HTC has told its suppliers to ready parts and components for up to 60 million handsets next year. If HTC manages to ship 60 million devices, that would represent a three-fold increase over 2010, industry sources say.
We have little reason to doubt HTC's prediction. Not only does Android continue to woo smartphone buyers -- Google says it's seeing over 300,000 activations every day -- but Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform is shaping up to be a viable contender, too.
A recent slip-up on the Verizon website revealed the HTC Merge for all to see. This rumored handset offers a few interesting features for customers of Big Red, and its release can't be too far away. The Merge is a QWERTY Slider with a spacious keyboard. The touchscreen is 3.8-inches; likely the same WVGA panel as on the MyTouch 4G. We are also expecting a 800MHz Snapdragon CPU identical to the one in the T-Mobile G2.
While all that sounds fine, some users will be put off by the apparent decision to replace Google search with Bing. This is not the first Android phone Verizon has changed in this way. It appears to be any Android device that does not carry the Droid branding that gets Binged. Verizon quickly pulled down the Merge images, but they are preserved on the internet for you to salivate over if you need a new QWERTY slider on Big Red.
Microsoft’s rebirth as a mobile phone player in the US market begins on Monday with the retail availability of five Windows Phone 7 devices, making for a global total of ten first-wave smartphones on the new platform. Starting Monday we’ll see the first of three WP7 phones on AT&T and two more on T-Mobile. A single CDMA device has also been unveiled for Sprint, with announced availability in early 2011. Verizon, for what it’s worth, has publicly stated they don’t plan to carry any WP7 phones, though that may or may not pan out.
Early reviews of the HTC 7 Surround and Samsung Focus for AT&T and HTC HD7 for T-Mobile - along with the first WP7 phones launched in Europe - have already hit online and print outlets. Dell’s Venue Pro is said to be coming to T-Mobile in time for Christmas and that Sprint phone, HTC’s 7 Pro, may go up for pre-order in early December with an early 2011 ship date, but we don’t yet have solid launch information on either device.
Hit the jump for more information and detailed spec sheets!
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 has already launched outside the US, and if supplies there are any indication, the US launch could be in trouble according to Business Insider. Carriers are reporting shortages of many of the smartphones, and have taken to offering vouchers to interested customers. Both the HTC Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7 are in short supply across Europe.
This wouldn't be the first time we've seen new hardware plagued by shortages. Many of the components used in these handsets have been in short supply for months now. Need we remind you of the AMOLED shortage that brought Droid Incredible sales to a grinding halt last summer? HTC eventually switched the super TFT screen in that case, but the WP7 launch doesn't need any obstacles.
Of course, it is possible that this is an engineered shortage. You know, the OEMs make just slightly too few to drum up interest in the hot new hardware people can't get. Well, that may be a little to conspiratorial a theory to hang our hat on, but you never know.
One thing HTC doesn't seem to struggle with is staying self motivated. Earlier this year, the handset maker set a goal to ship 6.5 million smartphones in the third quarter, and now the company wants to up the ante by shooting for 8.5 shipments for the fourth quarter.
Using our abacus and an advanced algorithm, we confirmed that number to be 2 million higher than before. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the potential for HTC to grab a 10 percent market share if it meets its goal.
Much of HTC's success is due to Google's Android platform, a point of focus for HTC since the OS first debuted. But looking ahead, HTC is also preparing itself to ride any waves of success Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform might create by offering four WP7 phones from the get-go, including the Surround, Mozart, Trophy, and HD7.
These are conservative numbers HTC is putting out, too. Some analysts predict HTC will ship between 9 million to 10 million devices in the fourth quarter, but due to component shortages, HTC is keeping its goals a little more cautious.
HTC Mozart, one of four Windows Phone 7 devices HTC is putting out.
With so many smartphones now sporting 1GHz processors, we were a little surprised to find out T-Mobile's G2 smartphone would ship at 'just' 800MHz. This led us to believe it would have some overclocking headroom tucked inside, and boy does it ever.
XDA forum member "coolbho3000" dropped an overclocking kernel module into the wild that allows adventurous G2 owners to push their smartphone's MSM7x30 processor to new heights. Keeping in mind that overclocking smartphones is risky business and you could very well brick your device, coolbho3000 managed to push his G2 all the way to 1.42GHz.
"Benchmark scores are very, very high, and the improved CPU performance is in line with what you'd expect from such a high clock frequency," coolbho3000 said. "All of this is possible without permanent root (and the ability to flash kernels) because we are using a kernel module and not flashing an actual kernel."
Full instructions can be found here, though allow us to reiterate this is not for the faint of heart. If you kill your device trying to overclock it, you're on your own.