A Detailed Comparison Between HTC’s Wildfire S and Desire S
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is world-renowned for creating the most sought after Android smartphones the world has ever seen. Here, we will make a detailed comparison between the HTC Wildfire S and the Desire S to find out what handset suits you.
Google isn’t offering much information about the forthcoming Android 5.0, even though there are rumors saying that the new version of the operating system will be available on a smartphone by early summer.
Previous talk slated the next version, rumored to be called Jelly Bean, to appear sometime this summer (which seems a little silly given that Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is still trying the gain some market share over Gingerbread). But now Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering for mobile, is indicating that the new OS might make an appearance this fall.
Unlike what the previous rumor on Apple’s next generation iPhone claimed, the latest info suggests that the company might be planning a fall launch for the iPhone 5 (or whatever the company might end up calling it), and they will keep this schedule for many years to come, that is a new iPhone every fall.
HTC is bringing some very good news to its fans, as the manufacturer has recently announced on its Facebook page that a new series of smartphones is eligible for an Ice Cream Sandwich update.
We’re talking about the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Rhyme, Droid Incredible 2 and also the HTC Raider, devices that we weren’t sure that they will receive some official ICS love. And since HTC announced fairly recent that devices like HTC Vivid, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD will get updated to Android 4 we feared that the manufacturer’s slightly older single-core devices have been forgotten.
This is very good, especially for the HTC Thunderbolt, which had a hard time getting upgraded to Gingerbread and a lot of people were afraid that the HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich update would be a long way should history repeat itself. Fortunately, this is not the case anymore.
Last week, a leak came out of the soon to be launched HTC Endeavor or HTC Edge that was available for download. With it came plenty of surprises and goodies such as the many images of the HTC Sense UI 4.0. However, the most interesting part of the leak was the inclusion of the app called the HTC Speak which hints that the company is coming up with a voice and speaking application to their product that can compete with the Siri feature of Apple.
Last week Google said it had fixed the latest security flaw in Google Wallet, whereby a determined thief could root your non-rooted device ex post facto and retrieve your Google Wallet prepaid card. That was partly true. From what we can tell the technical issue still remains, even if Google Wallet itself is safer.
To recap the Google Wallet brouhaha this month, first researcher Joshua Rubin from zvelo revealed a quick, simple brute force technique to extract the Google Wallet PIN from a rooted phone. That actually requires some skillz, but the next day The Smartphone Champ revealed that even in a non-rooted Nexus smartphone with Google Wallet, a thief can steal your Google Wallet prepaid card by simply wiping Google Wallet settings and attaching the app to a new Google account. Finally, Rubin reported how a thief can root your non-rooted phone ex post facto and steal your Google Wallet funds. This works because some root privileges do not remove all the data on your Android device, and Google prepaid cards are stored in the device, not in one’s Google Wallet account.
Google responded to Rubin’s discovery by suspending new prepaid cards on Sunday. It began re-issuing Google Wallet prepaid cards on Tuesday, claiming it had fixed the problem. But as a spokesman told my colleague Neil Rubenking, Google’s “fix” was to require users to contact Google Support to re-activate a Google Wallet account. So yes, the technical issue still remains.