Video driver issues
Soon after its release to market, reviewers and end users reported the TyTN II's graphical performance was below par. Both 2D and 3D graphics were affected, with notable symptoms being poor video playback and severely low frame-rates when running 3D applications and games. The hardware platform (Qualcomm 7200 chipset) suggested that the device was capable of high graphical performance, however the device is consistently outperformed by HTC products released two to three years earlier.
A community of enthusiast developers investigated what might be causing the poor performance and concluded that DirectDraw and Direct3D applications were running in software rendering mode only. No hardware acceleration was taking place, and the drivers required to take advantage of the ATI Imageon hardware appeared to be missing.
Many users within the community were dissatisfied by the apparent omission of a video driver that would allow hardware acceleration of graphics, particularly since the device itself included rendering hardware which was not being used. In an attempt to elicit interest from developers with relevant expertise, the community also began raising a bounty which could be offered to any developer (or team of developers) who could solve the problem by enabling hardware acceleration with a homebrew driver. A website was also established with the intention of documenting and publicising the problem, appyling pressure on HTC to provide a fix, and ultimately raising a [class action] lawsuit against the manufacturer.
There is at least one developer working on getting proper driver support working over at http://www.htcclassaction.org/. They have successfully created a driver that enables hardware acceleration under specific circumstances (everything but fullscreen). Right now the driver enables D3D and OpenGL ES. This driver does not solve any 2D drawing problems (GUI and Menus). The driver does prove that the TyTN II based devices do in fact have functioning GPU accelerated hardware, and it is enabled. It is also important to note that these drivers only work on roms based on Windows Mobile 6.1.
Some developers are now working on enabling 2D DDI support for the Polaris, which could lead to support for the Kaiser. They are using files obtained from the G810 rom(s).
Also, some users have upgraded to the driver present in the Samsung Omnia. This driver also uses software rendering, however it has been properly optimized for the ARM acrhitecture.
Besides the branding differences, there are several models of the HTC TyTN II: the KAIS100, the KAIS110, the KAIS120, and the KAIS130. The KAIS110 has no camera; the KAIS100 has a 3.1 megapixel rear-facing camera; the KAIS120 and KAIS130 have a 3.1 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
The TyTN II model was sold as:
AT&T Tilt/AT&T 8925/AT&T 8925a(United States)
AT&T Tilt/AT&T 8900/AT&T 8900a (United States)
Emobile Emonster S11HT (Japan)
HTC TyTN II P4550
O2 XDA Stellar (United Kingdom)
T-Mobile MDA Vario III (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, Montenegro)
Vodafone v1615 (the Netherlands, United Kingdom)
Vodafone VPA Compact V
3 TyTN II (Ireland, United Kingdom)
T-Mobile Austria MDA VArio III (Austria)
KPN HTC TyTN II (the Netherlands)
Optus HTC TyTN II (Australia)
Orange UK HTC TyTN II (United Kingdom)
Plus GSM HTC TyTN II (Poland)
SFR v1615 (France)
Swisscom Mobile Assistant XPA v1615 (Switzerland)
The TyTN II shipped with Windows Mobile 6.
Official updates are available for several versions of the TyTN II, including the AT&T Tilt (WM 6 AKU 0.4.4), the O2 XDA Stellar (WM 6.1), and the Vodafone v1615.
Some developers at XDA-Developers have succeeded in porting Google Android and Windows Mobile 6.5 to the TyTN II.
Screen size: 2.8 in (71 mm)
Screen resolution: 240320 pixels at 143 ppi, 4:3 aspect ratio
Screen colors: 65,536 (16-bit)
Input devices: Touchscreen interface, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and 360 degree three way jog wheel
Battery: 1350 mAh, user-accessible
Battery has up to 7 hours of talk and up to 365 hours of standby.
3.1 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling
Location finding by detection of cell towers and Wi-Fi networks and with Assisted GPS (through Google Maps Mobile)
Qualcomm MSM7200 (400 MHz ARM ARM1136EJ-S processor)
RAM: 128 MB DRAM
ROM: 256 MB flash memory
Removable Media: microSDHC, up to 32 GB
Operating System: Windows Mobile 6.1
Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE (GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900)
Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (UMTS 850, UMTS 1900, UMTS 2100) The EMobile EMonster S11HT is reported to have a UMTS 1700 band.
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Mini USB (HTC ExtUSB)
GPS Built-in GPS receiver for navigation experience. Built in antenna and MS-147 connector for external connector.
Size: 59 mm (2.3 in) (h) 112 mm (4.4 in) (w) 19 mm (0.75 in) (d)
Weight: 190 g (6.7 oz)
(Varies by operator)
AOL Instant Messenger
Business Card Scanner
CoPilot Live 7 Sat Nav (Not with O2 UK)
TeleNav GPS Navigator
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
TomTom Navigator 6 Taster Edition
Windows Live Messenger
Users of this phone have successfully installed and used other GPS map software applications (such as ALK Technologies CoPilot Live 7, DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2009, Fugawi, Garmin Mobile XT, Google Maps Mobile, iNav iGuidance, Intrisync Destinator, Microsoft Live Search Mobile, TomTom, Tracky, and VisualGPS BeeLineGPS), which are either free or cost nothing beyond the original purchase price. The map applications are compatible with the built-in GPS receiver, provided users set the appropriate COM port for the map application.
The built-in GPS receiver was intended by some wireless providers to be used preferably with Telenav, which is a service that charges users monthly fees or fees based on the amount of downloaded map data. It should be noted that Telenav can only provide map data in areas where applicable cellular phone services are available and that users must have a data plan with their wireless providers.
^ Artem Lutfullin. "Mobile-review.com Review of QWERTY-communicator HTC TyTN II". http://www.mobile-review.com/pda/review/htc-tytn2-en.shtml#9. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
^ RPG0 and others. "xda-developers Forum - For the people working at HTC". http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=339173. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
^ Qualcomm. "MSM7200 Chipset Solution". http://www.cdmatech.com/products/msm7200_chipset_solution.jsp. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
^ omikr0n and others. "xda-developers Forum - D3D or OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for Qualcomm MSM7200". http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=339745. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
^ gthing et all. "Kaiser Video Driver Bounty". http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=351986. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
^ "HTCClassAction.org". http://www.htcclassaction.org/.
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