There are lots of bits of news that flow around the Internet and though I do not catch them all nor am I able to post about everything, a few notable things I felt were worth pointing out this week are: the HTC partnership with Dropbox, Mystery Phone Event in NYC, and which HTC phone are making the Ice Cream Sandwich list (unofficially).
HTC Partnership with Dropbox
When the HTC Rhyme was announced we found out the phone came with a ton of hardware accessories and 5 gigs of storage on the popular file sharing site Dropbox. Anyone can sign up for a Dropbox account, but without the HTC Rhyme you receive the standard amount of storage which is 2 GB. The service has apps for the desktop, smartphone of choice, and a simple web interface for transferring files and makes it convenient for sharing uploaded materials with others.
On Monday, HTC commented on their Facebook page that an official partnership has been made and that HTC phones running Android from this point on will include 5 GB Dropbox space. The post was pretty vague so I am unable to tell if that means the HTC Rezound will be included in the bunch or not, but I guess we will find out soon enough (more on this below). Maybe one could assume any phone released after the HTC Rhyme will be included. The offer is only for Android handsets since Microsoft offers 25 GB of cloud space on Windows Live SkyDrive with any Windows Phone.
Mystery Phone Event in NYC
HTC has issued invitations (not to me) for an event in New York City next week on November 3rd to unveil their latest innovation to the world. The invitation has a simple grey background, a few inviting words, and a red Beats Audio logo near the bottom to indicate the mystery phone will indeed have Beats Audio technology incorporated into the phone along with some form of headphones. HTC phones released since the Beats Audio deal have had ear buds included, but it would be pretty awesome if they decided to include a set of any of these over-ear headphones, with bluetooth capability to boot! Most online sources are speculating the HTC Rezound will be announced since no mention of its release has been made yet and leaked documents show advertising should begin on the November 10th. Mark you calendars for November 3rd and watch your social media sources like @htcfanatic for updates around 3pm eastern time.
Ice Cream Sandwich List
This topic is very near dear to a lot of reader’s heart, I am sure, but the sad truth of the matter is not all phones are created equal and not all phones are able to be upgraded. HTC said in a Facebook post last week they are evaluating which handsets they will upgrade, but did not specifically hand pick any devices that will see ICS in the future. The bottom line is HTC’s user interface is richly embedded within the operating system and takes time to modify on each phone for a quality user experience.
HTC Dev, Samarth Rasiwasia has made several posts from his Google+ account regarding his analysis of HTC phones and ICS. He has some excellent information and seems to be a valid source on the topic. See a couple comments below and make your own assumptions.
Latest comment: Now regarding Android 4.0 on existing devices. We all know that any Gingerbread capable device can run the Android 4.0 BUT Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability. And Performance and usability is what HTC concerned of . No ETA of Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades as of now may take 3-5 months as mounting the Sense UI is a tough job but HTC will be announcing something BIG regarding ICS within 2 weeks
First comment: HTC’s list of devices that will surely get ICS :
* HTC Sensation (XL,XE,Original)
* HTC EVO 3D
* HTC Incredible S
* HTC Desire HD
* HTC Flyer
* HTC Rhyme
* HTC Desire S
Update (1) : No ETA’s as yet. But may take 2-4 months because of the integration of Sense UI. HTC is definitely making every effort to provide update to most of the phones. Testing is under process. Desire Z and Salsa is going out of the list ,usability issues.
Update (2) : The phones exclusively on carriers such as HTC Amaze 4G,Thunderbolt,etc. will receive the update late.
Update (3) : New devices,i.e,Released after May 2011 will receive the updates prior to the old phones like Desire HD .
Update (4) : Google officially throws out Nexus One out of ICS list .
I updated a new post earlier about this .Forgot to edit this one. Link:https://plus.google.com/105502178297258827378/post
Did you watch the ICS announcement last week? Do you think the HTC Rezound will sell very well against the Galaxy Nexus? Do you think there could be another phone HTC has hidden up their sleeves and will announce next week instead of the HTC Rezound? Are you a Dropbox fanatic or do you dislike the service/have another preference? Let me know in the comments.