Owners of the HTC Rhyme and its charming ways should be on the lookout over the next couple of days for an update to build number 2.20.605.13. It’s not Ice Cream Sandwich, which this device was at one time expected to be updated to, but it does remove a bunch of bloatware. In fact, that’s all it does is remove bloatware – MOD, VOD, and V CAST.
The update is 10.1MB in size.
HTC posted a timeline for Ice Cream Sandwich rollouts some time over the last few days on their support pages and it includes more details than we have seen to date. The HTC Rezound and Rhyme will see Android 4.0 in either June or July, Thunderbolt in July or August, and the Incredible 2 is now up-in-the-air as to whether or not it will see it. Previously, the Incredible 2 was listed as a device on the upgrade list, so this is a new development. If you own one of HTC’s tablets, you are stuck on Honeycomb. (more…)
The HTC Rhyme should see Ice Cream Sandwich at some point – both Verizon and HTC confirmed that – however, this is not it. This would be a small bug fixer as we wait as patiently as possible for that to arrive. In this update to build 2.20.605.3, Rhyme owners will see some minor changes to their docking experience, a 5-bar signal strength meter, and some other overall experience enhancers. Again, nothing major, but someone you will want to grab as it becomes available.
The update is 67.8MB in size. More info.
Verizon has been silent for the most part when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their lineup of Android devices. Many of the OEMs that they deal with have informed us in one way or another, but we were waiting for Big Red to make some things official since they sign off on final software. Their list is now public and is as follows.
For HTC devices, we will see Android 4.0 on the Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, Rhyme and Rezound. Sorry original Incredible owners. For Motorola devices we will see it on the XOOM, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and XYBOARD tablets. Sorry DROID X, DROID X2, and DROID 3 owners. For Samsung devices it looks like only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 will see it. No DROID Charge. From LG, only the Spectrum will receive ICS.
Sooo, quite a few devices missing including a couple that should have more than enough power under the hood to run Android 4.0.
Update: Yes, I see that it says “4G LTE devices currently scheduled” in the press release which has led many to believe that this is simply a 4G LTE only list and that some 3G devices were specifically left out. I’m having a hard time following that logic since the Incredible 2 and Rhyme were also listed and are 3G-only phones. Also, the DROID Charge which is 4G LTE, is left off. This is an assumption of course, but I would tend to lean towards this list being pretty complete.
No dates were given. (more…)
Oh you thought HTC was going to leave you out Thunderbolt owners? OK truthfully, we did too. But that has all changed! According to their official Facebook page, not only will the Thunderbolt see Ice Cream Sandwich, but so will the Rhyme and Incredible 2. Yessir, HTC doin’ big thangs.
No timeframe for release was given, but they have confirmed that upgrades “are planned.” (more…)
If you purchased the HTC Rhyme, feel free to jump into Settings>System updates to see if a surprise is waiting for you. According to our friends at Verizon, an update was made available last night to address a number of security issues. With HTC taking some heat over the last month over privacy concerns, this is a good thing.
The update is only 8.89MB and will bring your phone to build 1.26.605.11.
Pretty version of the changelog after the break. (more…)
Verizon kicked off one of the more interesting promos we have seen in a while today through their Facebook page. They are offering up to a 50% off discount of the HTC Rhyme depending on the number of “Likes” they receive. The deal will run for 6 days and if they land 2000+ “Likes” by then, anyone interested in the device will be able to grab it for half the normal price. They are calling it the “Group Buy.” Pretty cool idea, right?
Two of Verizon’s newest devices – HTC Rhyme and Pantech Breakout – received their standard video overviews this morning. The Rhyme walks through some of HTC’s new Sense 3.5, the accessory pack for the phone, how easily it takes pictures of bikers, and reminds you to always ignore calls from work.
The Breakout video takes you into a world of pure dance and social awesomeness. If you need a phone that is hot in the break dancing scene, then look no further than the Breakout. It’s also amazing at finding rooftop parties, sending texts to your crew, and bringing the “cool.” I can’t believe I just typed all of that with a semi-straight face. (more…)