It’s Awesomsauce: HTC Phones Will Not Have A Locked Bootloader

It’s awesome news straight from the top — HTC’s CEO Peter Chou, who on the company’s official Facebook page, stated the following regarding locked bootloaders on HTC’s future Android devices:

There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.

Way to go, HTC! Oh, and by the way Motorola, it’s your turn to not look like a sucker with locked bootloaders.

Via: HTC’s Facebook page

Google Wallet Uses NFC Technology To Make Your Phone A Wallet

20110526-010854.jpgIt’s time for some great future tech. NFC, which stands for Near-Field Communication, is the core technology used with the just-announced Google Wallet, which will be a mobile app deployed first on Android phones with an NFC chip (like the Nexus S 4G), then will be expanded to others (and maybe even other platform). Google Wallet allows a user to store multiple credit cards, gift cards, debit cards and more on the account, enabling a tap to pay system, and will automatically redeem various offers. Also, Google plans to add things like passes, tickets, ID and even keys. Another addition to the app will be a Google Prepaid Card, which in turn can have funds put into it by any other card. The technology and app is currently in field-testing with a full release pegged for sometimes “soon”.

Via: Official Google Blog

Minecraft Beta 1.6 Has Been Released, Has Three Patches To Back It Up

It’s some amazing work by Notch and his team, but in the bug fix and feature lists that have been added to Minecraft Beta 1.6 this very morning, more problems arise, so in the meantime Notch has issued three patches, bringing Minecraft Beta 1.6 to Beta 1.6.3. You can check out the extremely long changelist for Minecraft Beta 1.6 at the source link, then the latest patch right afterwards. Also keep in mind that when the Minecraft client is launched, it auto-updates, so you’ll always have the latest version.

Via: Notch (Minecraft 1.6), Notch (Minecraft 1.6.3)

Motorola And Sprint Holding A Joint NYC Press Event On June 9th

While strolling around New York City’s Chelsea area, I found this waiting on my news feed. Motorola and Sprint are holding a joint press conference on June 9th in NYC, where both Sprint’s CEO  Dan Hesse and Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha will be speaking. The reason for the event? For  “hands-on demonstrations of Sprint and Motorola’s latest collaborations.” Sounds like new product launches to me! Hopefully, with a little luck (and time on m up-and-down schedule) I’ll be liveblogging from the event.

Image credit: BGR

Minecraft Pocket Edition Demoed On Xperia Play, Will Get Demoed At E3 2011

Big news, Minecraft fans! The Pocket Edition of Minecraft, which is not yet complete although fully playable in the demo seen above, is headed to both iOS devices (including iPad) and Android later this year. The creator of Minecraft, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, and his company Mojang AB will be demoing the mobile edition of the hit PC game at their own both at E3 2011, and as seen above, the Xperia Play gets special treatment as it has a full gamepad.

LG Revolution Landing For $249 On Contract, May 26th On Verizon

So here’s something that has long been delayed. The LG Revolution is headed to Verizon Wireless on May 26th for a beefy $249 on a 2-year contract. The Revolution has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with an 800×480 res, 4G LTE, 5 megapixel back facing camera with 720p HD visor recording, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing, Android 2.2 with LG skin and Netflix support, 16GB microSD card, HDMI-put, Bing Search and Maps coating (although Google Maps and Search is available the Market), WiFi b/g/n with Bluetooth 3.0, a 1,500 mAh battery, and finally 4G LTE hotspot sharing for up to 8 devices (5 on 3G). So will you be buying one? Seems like a great handset.

Via: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Will Ship With Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update

Hey, it’s good news from a manufacturer that hardly is on time with its software updates.! The Samsung Galxy Tab 10.1, which is launching in a few days (but Samsung hasn’t clarified what a “few” means) will contain Android 3.1 from the start instead of the original 3.0 software version of Honeycomb. The 3.1 update will allow users to resize widgets, see better stability, and play with a more polished operating system as a whole.

Via: Samsung (Facebook page)

Almost Forgot: Dell’s XPS 15z, One Of The Thinnest 15-Inchers Around

Today has been a doozy of tech news, and Dell is just continuing the cycle. The XPS 15z is a .97-inch 15-inch machine that has taken extreme cues from the Macbook Pro design. Starting at a very reasonable $999, the entry-level XPS 15z has a 2nd-gen Core i5 processor clocked at 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus, a 15.6″ HD (at 720p, can be upgrade to 1080p) WLED Display with 1.3 megapixel webcam, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive, slot-loading DVD drive, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, a fully-backlit keyboard, and a purported 8 hours of battery life on a single charge.

For a $1000, that’s a lot of bang for your buck, but until I try one out for myself (or you do), then you can’t be too sure. Via: Dell