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T-Mobile Announces The HTC One S: $199 On-Contract On April 25 (Hands-On)


It’s only been a few short hours since AT&T announced the availability of HTC’s mamma-jamma One X smartphone, but there may be a few more tricks coming out of HTC’s sleeve before the day is done. For example, T-Mobile just sent over a bit of news regarding the One S, namely that it will launch on April 25 for $199.99 on-contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

We first spotted the One S back at MWC in Barcelona, and generally speaking we found it to be a pretty sweet device.

This time around, I walk away feeling the same sentiments. I’m all about the design, specs are adequate, and Sense is an entirely tolerable custom overlay.

Let’s delve deeper, yes?

It’s an HSPA+ device, meaning it will take advantage of T-Mo’s 42Mbps speeds. Past that, we’re looking at 1.5GHz dual-core chip, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video capture, and a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display.

HTC’s been building out its ecosystem a little differently than other phone makers, signing deals with companies who already have this or that service nailed rather than trying to build something from the ground up. That said, Beats Audio integration will come packed within the One S, as will 25GB of free storage with Dropbox.

Ice Cream Sandwich is certainly present and accounted for here, but you may not recognize it. HTC laid its Sense UI on top of the OS, which is good news considering that Sense is actually a pretty worthwhile skin, but bad news for those of us who prefer a vanilla experience.

I got the chance to go hands-on and came away feeling great about this handset’s future. 4.3-inch displays is where I draw the line, which works out well for the One S, and HTC did an excellent job of walking that fine line between feeling light and feeling cheap.

We’ll be hitting you guys with a full review before the week’s over, so you can be sure to know where you stand before sauntering into a T-Mo store come April 25.

In the meantime, check out this hands-on video we grabbed at MWC this year:

Hands-On Gallery:

T-Mobile Announces The HTC One S: $199 On-Contract On April 25 (Hands-On)

Change Is Good: HTC Axes HTCSense.com Cloud Service, But Its Successor Could Be Huge


Good night, sweet prince. Whether you knew about it or not (my money being on the latter), HTC’s HTCSense.com has provided users with online backup and device location services since October 2010. In an effort to “improve” their customers’ experience though, HTC has recently announced that they will officially shutter the HTCSense.com backup service so they can focus on revamping their cloud offerings.

Worry not, you HTC loyalists, you’ll be able to download all of your digital effluvia (contacts, messages, and the like) in a handy .zip file before April 30. But this whole thing raises a hefty question — what is HTC planning to do next?

Quite a bit, if the company’s string of parnterships are any indication. HTC realizes it’s time to go big, and key deals with cloud-loving companies like Dropbox (file storage), Dashwire (mobile data backup) and Intertrust/SyncTV (streaming video service) all point to the possibility of a much more robust HTCSense cloud service coming down the pipeline.

Representatives for the Taiwanese company were as tight-lipped as ever, and I’m not privy enough to internal chatter to make any bold claims, but the company certainly seems intent on gathering up an impressive roster of teammates. It’s not unthinkable that HTC would seek to tie all of them together under the HTC Sense brand, which itself got a boost when the UI bearing the same name got its own revamp at this year’s MWC.

I suspect that, in light of all of HTC’s other big partnerships, we’ll also be seeing a considerable bump in their new cloud service’s reach and visibility. Honestly, before this news started making the rounds, how many of you had heard of the HTCSense backup service, let alone used it? It launched in late 2010 with support for only two devices, and while HTC made minor improvements in the intervening years, it never really seemed like the success that HTC was hoping for. The company has already rolled out commercials playing up additions like Beats Audio, so if something as substantial as a multifaceted HTC Sense cloud service appears, you’ll probably be hearing a lot about it.

As Digital Trends points out though, HTC could have some issues when playing up their new services. To offer a cloud backup service, abruptly, and expect users to jump in the pool once again is indeed a bit of a leap. The big difference is that HTC’s new pool has the potential to be far more compelling than the original one-off backup service. Once they’ve got that in place, they’ll have a potentially tremendous selling point for all of their hardware releases — access to a formidable HTC Cloud. Sure, the abruptness of the transition may have ruffled a few feathers, but it could all be worth it if HTC delivers what I’m hoping they will.

Change Is Good: HTC Axes HTCSense.com Cloud Service, But Its Successor Could Be Huge

Galaxy S Blaze 4G Lights Up T-Mobile Shelves On March 28


Word of the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G first broke around the time Team TechCrunch was roaming the cavernous halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES, but at the time T-Mobile wasn’t feeling very talkative about release dates.

The mangenta-hued carrier seems to have opened up a bit during the intervening months though, as they’ve taken to Twitter earlier today to announce that their latest Samsung handset will hit their sales channels on March 28. If you’re really lucky (or willing to hop in a car and take some chances), you could snag a Blaze 4G even earlier than that, as some stores will be selling the device a week early.

You’d be forgiven for not remembering the Galaxy S Blaze 4G — between all of the nifty new gadgets on display at CES and MWC, a mid-range T-Mobile handset like the Blaze can slip though the cracks pretty easily. Still, while a Galaxy S III this thing ain’t, one could certainly do worse than eye up a device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 3.97-inch Super AMOLED display, and support for T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network.

For better or worse you’ll still have to deal with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and Samsung’s hallmark TouchWiz UI but hey, it’s not like the market is swimming in Android 4.0 devices yet. At $150 (after a $50 mail-in rebate, ugh) the Blaze 4G runs squarely in the middle of the T-Mobile pack, and while it looks to be a solid choice for anyone sitting on an upgrade, pulling the trigger on a phone like this still takes some consideration.

A few more bucks nets you a proper Galaxy S II (in white even!), while a few dollars less yields up some solid-if-dated hardware like the HTC Sensation. It’s a perpetually tough call for prospective phone shoppers — should they take a plunge on a mid-range handset now, or wait for prices on high-end devices to drop?

Galaxy S Blaze 4G Lights Up T-Mobile Shelves On March 28

Video: Dennis Crowley Says Half Of Foursquare’s Users Are Outside The U.S. [TCTV]


When I was in Barcelona this week, I met up with Dennis Crowley, the CEO of Foursquare, just after he had gotten off stage from a keynote presentation with the CEOs of Nokia and HTC at Mobile World Congress.

The check-in app that was once little known outside of the world of tech early-adopters may only have around 15 million users, but that number has actually made it a leader in its field, and that has amplified the company (and Crowley).

In effect, Foursquare has become the mayor of mobile social location, and everyone watches it closely to see what it does now, and what it will do next.

Earlier today we published a longer interview with Foursquare’s Crowley. That was conducted, appropriately enough, in a very sunny square in the middle of the MWC event. (Dennis, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry again I made you sit facing the sun.)

I caught the first part of our conversation in a short video, and it complements that longer post. Which you should read.

Some of the subjects covered here: Crowley’s take on who the strong third player might be after Android and iOS; where international sits for Foursquare; and whether the company would ever move into making pared-down services for lower-end devices, as part of a growth strategy. (That’s worked pretty spectacularly for another social network, Facebook.) Take a look.

Video: Dennis Crowley Says Half Of Foursquare’s Users Are Outside The U.S. [TCTV]