According to a report out of Bloomberg, Google has created a ranking system for Android device manufacturers based on how quickly they are not only updating their phones to the latest versions of Android, but applying the most recent security patches as well. Google has apparently considered publishing their findings, which of course, would be bad for manufacturers, almost all of which are terrible at updating phones in a timely manner. (more…)
According to HTC, delivery date of the Android N update will depend on when Google actually delivers Android N to manufacturers, and of course, carriers go through their testing/certification phase. Because of those reasons, HTC is not able to provide a timeframe for updates, but realistically, owners should hope to see it within three months of release from Google. (more…)
We have attempted to throw an active Verizon SIM into the unlocked model of the HTC 10, but it doesn’t work. This really shouldn’t shock anyone, even though the device features the necessary radios to run on Big Red’s network. However, with S-OFF and root achieved for the HTC 10, the good folks at XDA have released a fix for this issue, meaning anyone with an unlocked HTC 10 can now get their device working on Verizon. After all, in our opinion, this is truly what unlocked should mean. (more…)
According to T-Mobile, the Magenta-colored carrier is, “the only place to enjoy the HTC 10 with its powerful HTC BoomSound HiFi speakers and OIS on the front and rear cameras – the way they were meant to be used – unrestricted and untamed.” While this statement is completely false (you can enjoy those things no matter where you buy the HTC 10), the company cites its Music Freedom and Binge On services, which allows customers to stream music and video from select services without the used data counting towards your monthly allotment. (more…)
An update for the unlocked HTC 10, labeled as 1.53.617.5, is rolling out to those in the US. While it doesn’t include Android N or anything fancy like that, it does include a few very important performance tweaks.
As listed in the changelog, users can expect an improved camera experience (seriously, the camera needs a big boost in speed), enhanced WiFi stability, as well as system stability improvements. Once updated, the overall phone should behave and perform better, which is always a good update in our book. (more…)
Starting right now, anyone can walk into a Verizon store or head online and purchase the HTC 10. No more pre-orders. Announced on April 12, with pre-orders kicked off on the same day via the HTC online store, folks who pre-ordered through Verizon had to wait until April 29, and shipments followed earlier this week.
As listed on Verizon’s website, the HTC 10 will cost you $0 down (for qualified buyers), followed by 24 months of $22.83 device payments. For customers “working on your credit,” you will owe an estimated $220 down, plus about $14/month for 24 months of device payments. Current customers also have a 2-year contract option where the phone would cost $199. (more…)
According to HTC’s US Twitter account, pre-orders for the HTC 10 have begun to ship in the order that they were received on HTC’s site. In other words, this is the unlocked HTC 10 sold through htc.com, not the pre-ordered Verizon model, which may have begun to ship as well within the past 24 hours.
The unit we ordered certainly has not shipped yet. Has yours? (more…)
With HTC 10 pre-orders through Verizon shipping and arriving next week, those of us who pre-ordered the unlocked model a couple of weeks ago have been starting to wonder if Big Red’s early exclusive would push us aside as well. According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, that shouldn’t be the case and unlocked pre-orders should ship next week as well. (more…)