Yesterday, we mentioned that the HTC Sensation 4G was suffering from "death grip." An international website posted videos of the Sensation losing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals while holding the device in the palm of their hand. HTC says that the Sensation 4G doesn't suffer from the problem under normal circumstances, and the accuser was holding the phone in an odd position.
"Every phone experiences a slight variation in signal strength when the antenna is covered in its entirety by a palm and/or fingers. However, under normal circumstances this does not affect the performance of the phone."
Basically, you may experience a decrease in signal strength if you engulf the entire device in your hand, not the normal way people normally handle their phones. The HTC Sensation 4G will be available death grip free on June 15th.
We also covered another story about the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade. A Phandroid reader received an e-mail saying he was mailed instructions on how to receive his upgrade, but the package never arrived. Phandroid asked if other XOOM owners received the same e-mail, and after getting very few replies, reached out to Motorola for an answer. Motorola said a few XOOM users were sent an automated e-mail by accident.
"A very small number of Motorola XOOM users recently received an email from Motorola regarding the 4G LTE upgrade process. While we are very excited about being able to offer the upgrade this summer, and know our customers are equally excited about the benefits that 4G LTE speeds will bring to their Motorola XOOM, the email was sent in error. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and look forward to being able to share more specifics on how — and when — users can take advantage of 4G LTE on their Motorola XOOM in the near future."
Previous rumors stated that the upgrade would be vailable after the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released. We originally assumed since the Tab went on pre-sale in New York yesterday, that the reports and e-mails were legit, but I guess we were wrong. However, since Motorola seems to be testing out their automated service, and with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 right around the corner (June 17), the 4G LTE Xoom upgrade can't be too far away.