T-Mobile myTouch 4G
UMTS Bands I and IV
HSPA+ 14.4, HSUPA 5.76
United States November 3, 2010Canada July 8, 2011 (T-Mobile USA) (Mobilicity)
|Predecessor||myTouch 3G Slide|
|Successor||T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide|
|Dimensions||4.8 in (120 mm) H
2.44 in (62 mm) W
0.43 in (11 mm) D
|Weight||5.4 oz (150 g)|
|Operating system||Android 2.2.1 Froyo up-datable to 2.3.3 Gingerbread|
|CPU||1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon|
|Memory||768 MB RAM|
|Storage||4 GB (1 GB available for storage)|
|Removable storage||8 GB microSD flash memory (supports up to 32 GB)|
|Battery||1,400mAh Internal rechargeable Li-ion, user replaceable|
|Data inputs||Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
Ambient light sensor
|Display||TFT LCD 3.8 in (97 mm) Super LCD
480×800 px widescreen (246 PPI)
|Rear camera||Photo 5 megapixel
2592 × 1456 px max
Video 1280×720 px max (720p)
|Connectivity||3.5 mm TRRS
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
Micro USB 2.0
|SAR||Head 0.94 W/kg
Body 1.03 W/kg
|Hearing aid compatibility||M3|
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is a smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC Corporation for T-Mobile USA's "myTouch" re-branded series of phones. HTC's name for the device during development was "Glacier". This is T-Mobile's second "4G" phone, after the T-Mobile G2, and the third smartphone by T-Mobile that runs Android 2.2 Froyo software. The phone was released in black, red, and white colors.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G was released in Canada on the Mobilicity network as the "HTC Panache 4G" with the original, unmodified HTC Sense 2.1 user interface on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and with the genius key replaced with search functionality. The HTC Panache 4G was available for $299.99 CA on the Mobilicity web site.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G runs on a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 768MB of RAM. It has a 5.0MP camera with auto-focus and flash that also captures 720p HD-quality video. It sports a front-facing video camera for video chat and video calls, has a wireless card supporting a/b/g/n connections, and a bluetooth 2.1+EDR chip. The myTouch 4G has a lithium-ion battery that is capable of up to 10 hours of talk time and 18 days of standby time.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G comes bundled with a pair of headphones, USB cable and documentation, all inside a unique carrying case that also serves as the retail box. The phone itself also has a 8GB SanDisk Class 4 microSD Card (SDHC) inside and is expandable up to 32GB.
In November 2010, T-Mobile began airing a series of popular television commercials mocking Apple's Mac vs. PC commercials by portraying the iPhone and AT&T network as "a haggard pair of piggybacking fellows" and the myTouch 4G as model Carly Foulkes.
As with many other Android phones, the official software updates for the phone remain controversial. T-Mobile has officially stated that an update to Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" would be made. In July 2011, it was revealed that an official update was finished and would be available onwards from 20 July 2011, via the means of the over-the-air programming.
However, to date, many customers have never received the update, and T-Mobile support representatives on Twitter suggested in October 2011 that the OTA update is no longer available as T-Mobile is working on further improvements before making the update available again. No clarification is ever given on the exact reasons why the update is no longer available, or why it was pulled out, or what further improvements are required to be completed before it would be available again. Moreover, there is no option within the interface that allows you to check for updates.[note 2]
Although the update is offered in some T-Mobile retail stores through an in-store microSD card update, such procedure represents a significant inconvenience to the customers, as it requires finding a T-Mobile store which offers the update, planning an hour-long visit to the store, and having a fully charged battery prior to the visit.
As such, T-Mobile users still don't have any means to perform a supported and official update from 2.2 to 2.3 at their convenience at home.
According to a Tmobile Support post on December 19, 2011, beginning December 20, 2011 T-Mobile will start an over-the-air (OTA) update for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. This update is to Android 2.3.4 / Software version 2.32.531.1. The OTA roll-out will complete by January 23, 2012. Users that have received the 2.3+ system update are able to manually check for system updates via the settings menu.
However, according to a Tmobile support post on January 25, 2012, the OTA update was "paused for customers whose devices are currently on Android 2.2. HTC has stated they paused the update to improve the update utility." These customers "[c]annot download the update manually, nor receive it as an OTA. T-Mobile does not know when the the [sic?] update will resume."
- Figuring out what model LCD has been used on your phone, Sony's LCD-SO-C2 or Sharp's LCD-SH-C2, is very simple. Simply download and install a Terminal emulator, then restart the phone. As soon as the phone is started, start the terminal emulator and type in
dmesg | grep tag_panel_parsingand press enter. If it says
<7>[ 0.0000000] tag_panel_parsing: panel type = 1then the LCD is the lower quality model from Sharp, whereas if it says
<7>[ 0.0000000] tag_panel_parsing: panel type = 2. it is the higher quality Sony LCD.
- *#*#checkin*#*# (e.g. *#*#2432546#*#*) might work for some.
- "T-Mobile myTouch 4G - Black phone details from T-Mobile". t-mobile.com. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- myTouch 4G Phone Specifications, T-Mobile
- Nguyen, Vincent (2011). "myTouch 4G Review - SlashGear". slashgear.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
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- Super LCD Screen Technology Explained Archived January 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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