AT&T Updates Its Facebook Status to Intro HTC Status
AT&T today announced via its Facebook page that it will offer a re-branded version of the HTC ChaCha, to be called the Status, later this summer for an undisclosed price. The single most interesting feature of the Status is that it has a "Facebook button" and customized software that allows users to more easily share what they are doing with their Facebook accounts. The Status is a bar-style QWERTY phone that has a 2.6-inch touch screen; 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS with A2DP radios; 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and VGA user-facing camera; gyroscope, compass, proximity and light sensor; 800MHz processor, 3.5mm headset jack, and support for microSD cards. The Status runs the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface.
HTC Bolt, with 3-Channel CA, Is a Sprint Exclusive
HTC and Sprint today announced the Bolt, the first smartphone to ship with support for three-channel carrier aggregation (3xCA) for Sprint's LTE Plus network. The HTC Bolt can aggregate three 20MHz LTE channels to improve wireless performance.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Facebook: Breaking Up Shouldn't Be Hard To Do
Facebook is testing new tools to help people better manage relationships that have ended. The tools are activated when people change their status from "in a relationship with..." to something else.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
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