Android 3.1 On HTC Phandroid Phone!


A couple days ago, BGR posted a screenshot from an anonymous tipster from a device that claimed to be the HTC Supersonic running Android 3.0 for T-Mobile. They were so enthused by the story they watermarked the screenshot as seen below:


It was fake. We got a screenshot of from our own “anonymous tipster” from a device called the HTC Phandroid running Android 3.1:


This is also fake and it DIDN’T come from an anonymous tipster – it came from Android Developer Evan Charlton who whipped up the screen shot at my request. It took him about 17 seconds to produce and only slightly longer to explain how:

there’s a text file on the phone (/system/build.prop) which contains information about your build
ro.product.model=HTC Phandroid
edit it, reboot the phone

I think these types of “About Phone” screenshots should be categorically ruled out as reliable tips. Tech sites get tons of “tips” every day and sometimes it’s hard to separate the real from the fake, but this type of evidence is just too easy to fake and duplicate. We’ll forgive BGR this time… not only because he gave us a stream of deliciously accurate Droid leaks a few months ago but also because we know he still has a lot to learn about Android.

If you still believe that HTC is releasing a “Phandroid Phone” with Android 3.1 there is one other thing you should know: right afterwards Motorola is launching the Motorola COASTER special edition sponsored by Six Flags running on Android 6.WOAH. Screenshots coming soon.

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: I’m not suggesting the HTC Supersonic doesn’t exist… or even that Google isn’t currently working on Android 3.0. My point is that this method of proof is severely flawed and too easy to duplicate to take seriously.

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  1. can I PLZ has Android 6? mmmmmm :)

  2. BGR steals whatever they can get their hands on, put’s a watermark on it and claim it as news. Not even counting all the grammatical errors. TOTAL HACKS/APPLE-FANBOYS

  3. The HTC TeaTime should be coming any day now as well. Running Android Infinity. Werd.

  4. lol, BGR is sooo lame :P

  5. Just to clarify: I’m not saying the HTC Supersonic is fake–just that this isn’t necessarily proof.

  6. If 3.x was already out and droid still doesn’t have 2.1 id just quit. I’m waiting patiently for it, but i dont see it in the near future. =/

  7. I wonder if HTC is going to announce that they’ll be skipping a 2.1 upgrade for the Hero and wait for 3.0 :p

  8. ok to be honest the google source tree is still on 2.0 last time i looked it might be 2.1 right now but to say i’ve got a pic that shows 3.0 is kinda lame cause google loves bragging about there next venture which they have anounced as fryo and have yet to get any type of working prtotype os. but the source tree still is in the 2’s so anything above 2.1 is fake till google anounces it.

  9. I think the possibility that this is a fake could be true. But I also have a source whom said that they (GOOGLE) have been working on 3.0 since the end of November so, take that how ever you want. But, if you ever followed my comments you know that I have been ahead of the curve quite a few times with the help of my sources. So,mull that over for awhile peoples.

  10. ATTENTION: To Danny and others – read the UPDATE/CLARIFICATION that I posted. I’m not suggesting that HTC Supersonic or Android 3.0 are fake. Just that this screenshot is and that in general, this method of suggesting inside information is severely flawed and subject to such easy tampering that it’s pointless to suggest these screenshots as evidence in their current form.

  11. Not saying this _is_ true, but there’s the Pre-esque rounded corners (which I hate) and the arrow beside System Tutorial as well.

  12. @Josh Join The group , my hero is still on 1.5 !! and there is no update since I bought it 5 months ago ! .

  13. @amz haha. 2.0 is still pretty glitchy. Id hate to be on 1.5 :)

  14. The BGR article about Android’s inferiority that is linked to in this post was extremely annoying to read. Someone ought to write a formal response to it. I was slightly appalled by the blind iPhone fanboyism. I didn’t know what to think of BGR before, but now I’ll never trust that site again.

  15. 3.0? google needs to slooooow the f@$k up with their updates and im tired of having to wait for the developers to update their apps which “break” when google updates their OS. thats why Google has lost me to Nokia and its MAEMO OS…………sorry Android but im getting my N900 in a few days

  16. Google works on different android versions at the same time. It has been stated by google employees before. Anyway, that screenshot always seemed fake. Android 3 will come… at it’s time ;)

  17. I personally like the sound of Android 6.WOAH

    I would use it all the time! ;)

  18. OMG 3.1! it’s fantastics!!!
    Ahahahahahah yes is really fake because if the HTC Supersonic will exist has it an HTC SENSE not ANDROID GE..

  19. I love my Droid! What do you think of your latest competition revealing itself today in San Francisco?

  20. My Droid has far exceeded any of my expectations, but I do have 2 recommendations… A pointer for those of us who have difficulty with our fingers touching the right key and the time out feature. It seems to resort back to 15 seconds too quickly. Otherwise, I love it!!

  21. Scentsy, I can’t help with your fingers, but there is a timeout setting:

    From the home screen:

    Menu->Settings->Sound&Display->(scroll all the way to the bottom)->Screen Timeout

    The default is 1 minute, unfortunately there is no “1 minute and 15 seconds” option.

  22. I’d love you to do one up for fun that says iphone, Android 2.2

    Get that leaked and we’ll have all sorts of fun with the icrowd!

  23. I would love to know more information regarding Android 3.1. Can any one text an article regarding Android 3.1 to [email protected]

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