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Even though the HTC Status (or “Facebook Phone”) has only been out for a little over a month, it may have already overstayed its welcome. Rumor has it that the Status will be getting the boot from AT&T.
According to TechCrunch, “multiple sources” have confirmed that the carrier will be bailing on the phone because of underselling of the product. This may not come as a shock to some (or anyone) since the phone sort of took off as a dud at the start. The “Facebook”-ness of the phone relied solely on the ability to update smoothly with their Blackberry style keyboard, and the dedicated Facebook button at the bottom of the page. Apparently, the phone is difficult to navigate, overwhelmed by Sense, and in my opinion kind of pointless. The audience they were aiming for was probably aiming themselves for a better gadget anyway.
AT&T released an official statement contradicting these rumors though, saying, “The HTC Status is a great product and our plans for it to be part of our portfolio haven’t changed.”
We’ll see, we’ll see.
If the HTC Status- or “Facebook Phone” as it’s more often referred to- caught your interest, you should be happy to hear that a release date and price has been officially confirmed by AT&T.
The phone with integrated facebook features and the first dedicated Facebook button will be coming July 17th, for 50 bucks on contract. It’s got a 2.6 inch 480×320 display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC Sense, 5 mega-pixel camera, and a blackberry-style keyboard. Pre-order starts today.
The HTC Status’ Facebook page (how fitting) officially announced the phone today. So, it looks like the “Facebook Phone” everyone’s been hearing so much about will be coming soon.
What’s it got going for it? Well the main point of it is Facebook, obviously. It’s the first phone to have a dedicated Facebook button, that you can press to instantly access the social site and post pics, statuses, tracks, and to check in to spots. It has a Blackberry-type keyboard, which fits in with the whole Facebook status update thing as well.
Other specs on the phone include a 2.6 inch 480×320 display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC Sense, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 5 MP rear-facing camera and 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and 512MB RAM.
The Status’ Facebook page also said it’ll coming for Telus in Canada. There’s no confirmed time of release or price for either countries.
The latest Facebook update is now available for your Android device.
There are a few tweaks that come with the 1.6 version. There’s better Facebook page browsing- the pages now open up easily through the application.
More importantly to most users is the new ability to upload videos. This is most convenient since you can now record videos from your Android device and directly upload them to the Facebook app without any extra steps.
Overall, the update makes things a bit easier, but we’re still waiting for some things (tagging pics?). The update is manual so you’ll have to go into your Apps to get it for your device.
Yes, this is still going. More news for the whole HTC Desire Gingerbread thing. Telstra- a telecommunications and media company in Australia- has come up with their own solution to the “not enough space for Gingerbread” ordeal with the phone.
Quick recap: the Desire’s Facebook page said Gingerbread was impossible for the phone, and they’d never sacrifice HTC Sense. Then the next day they took it back and promised they’d figure it out somehow. Within a day or two they had their solution: scrape a little off the top of the “special HTC Desire experience” or something. Basically they were gunna cut back on the extras and make room for the 2.3 update.
But Telstra decided they had no desire for the special Android UI whatsoever, and figured it made more sense to cut it out completely (see what i did there?). So they’re introducing the Gingerbread updated HTC Desire, sans Sense in Australia.
HTC had a bit of a hiccup the last few days with the HTC Desire. First, they told everyone via the UK Desire’s Facebook that Gingerbread couldn’t possibly make its way to the phone. Then, the very next day they took it back and promised to find a way to do that thing they just promised wasn’t possible.
The question on plenty of people’s mind was how they were going to pull it off. After all, they had just said it wasn’t possible. Within another day though, they’ve announced their solution-
“To resolve Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.“
So they’re cutting back on those extra apps that come with the phone that you didn’t handpick yourself. Makes sense. And, to avoid upsetting those customers who actually use whichever apps they’ll be removing (no word on which ones yet), said apps will be available in the Android Market to download.
Surprise! Today, HTC retracted a Facebook comment and assures us that the Android 2.3 update will be available for the HTC Desire.
Just Yesterday the HTC Desire’s Facebook page filled its customers in that bringing Gingerbread to the phone was an impossibility:
“We’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire.”
Either they’ve magically discovered a new solution, or plan on cutting the HTC Sense- something they refused to do.
A flood of responses through Twitter and Facebook is probably what changed their mind so suddenly.
Owner’s of the HTC Desire are in for some disappointment- your phone is definitely not getting Gingerbread. It’s been confirmed by HTC’s facebook. The post reads:
“Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.“
Basically, the Gingerbread update just can’t happen without cutting HTC Sense short, and HTC has no intention of doing that.