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It’s been a month since HTC unveiled the HTC Touch Diamond2 and nearly a year since they introduced the original Touch Diamond, but that doesn’t seem to phase Verizon Wireless one bit. The largest service provider in the U.S. is finally shipping their version of the HTC Touch Diamond. If you’re thinking that Verizon is simply putting out a "me too" phone, think again. Sprint has had the HTC Touch Diamond in their show rooms since last fall, but I guess Verizon’s plan was tweak the features a bit and then charge a little more. Verizon has chosen to downgrade the processor and swap out the 4GB of internal memory that most versions of the HTC Touch Diamond have and replace it with a MicroSDHC card slot. We’re assuming that the processor downgrade will give you a little more battery life, but I don’t see how they expect to sell the phone for 299.99 with a new two year contract (a whole $100 more than Sprint) without the 4GB of memory. Verison’s HTC Touch Diamond still features the crisp 2.76-inch touch screen and the TouchFLO 3D UI all housed in a 102mm x 51mm x 11.35mm brushed-metal package.
We’re not saying that this phone is not good. It’s just too little too late from Verizon (the same as they did with the original HTC Touch about one year ago). HTC is expected to ship their new HTC Touch Diamond2 any day now. Why couldn’t Verizon just wait a few weeks and give their customers a NEW HTC phone rather than one that’s about to be discontinued?
It would seem that T-Mobile is testing the waters to find the best name for the HTC Sapphire. TmoNews has uncovered some market research material that indicated T-Mobile might not be happy to simply call their next Android handset the T-mobile G2. Some of the names being tested are "T-Mobile Genius 3G with Google" and "Prism 3G with Google" and even "T-Mobile G3". That last one leaves us a little perplexed. Why skip a number?
If T-Mobile is looking for a new name, I’m sure some of you might be able to come up with some better ideas than "Prism". What would you call T-Mobile’s second Android handset?
If you’re one of the lucky people who have enough money to buy the HTC Touch HD, we have some good news for you. HTC has just pushed out an official ROM update. We’re assuming this is only for those who purchased the Touch HD from a third party retailer and not your service provider. HTC’s ROM update includes the following updates:
As we’ve stated in the past, running a ROM update is risky and could cause your phone do die if the updating steps are not followed to the letter. For more details on the HTC Touch HD ROM update, head on over to HTC’s site.
If reports from DitiTimes are to be believed, HTC has plans in place to release their first non-smartphone by the end of 2009. HTC started their business as a simply OEM for Windows Mobile phones. Over the past two years, they have transformed themselves into a leading brand and dominating the Windows Mobile marketplace and they are currently the only manufacturer to release an Android phone.
Though there are incredible profit margins in producing smartphones, HTC is missing out on a whole lot of money that’s up for grabs in the feature phone segment. HTC’s feature phones will most likely be based on Qualcomm’s BREW Mobile Platform (BREW MP), which allows in depth Flash integration.
Over the past couple years, HTC’s revenue and profits have increased by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately for HTC, Q1 of 2009 has taken a hit. HTC’s net profits came in at NT$4.89 billion ($148 million), down from NT$6.94 billion ($210 million) for the same quarter in 2008. HTC is not blaming the global economic downturn for the 30% drop in profits, but did note that the numbers could have been higher is they had not missed a few product shipping deadlines. HTC did beat most analysts estimates which predicted that profits for the quarter would come in at about NT$4.64 billion ($140 million). Check out the pull press release here (warning – pdf file)
With Q1 behind them, I’m sure HTC is looking forward to an incredible Q2. HTC is about ready to release the Touch Diamond2, the Touch Pro2, the Snap, and the Android powered HTC Magic. Lets just see what happens.
Our friends over at TmoNews have just released a list with T-mobile’s summer releases. Samsung will be launching six new handsets on the T-mobile network, but since we don’t care much about them, lets move on to the good stuff. The HTC Rhodium (also known as the HTC Touch Pro2) will be launching July 22nd. Everyone is expecting T-mobile to call it the Wing 2. But is you can’t wait till them for a new HTC handset, you will be able to pick up the HTC Maple (it was unveiled last week as the HTC Snap) on July 1st. At the moment, TmoNews does not have a date for the HTC Magic, but we’re expecting it to hit store shelves before the summer is up.
A few days ago, we broke the news that Google had yanked all the 3G tethering apps from the Android Market. Google pulled the apps since they did not comply with T-mobiles TOS. I guess it took Google a few days to realize that the HTC Dream (currently the only Android phone on the market) is also available in other countries and also from other service providers. Google has sent out a message to the app developers, stating:
"We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application."
Let’s just hope, Google learns from their mistake and takes a more systematic approach next time they decide to remove app from the Android Market.