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We reported way back in April that the Raphael (now known as the HTC Touch Pro) would be coming to the U.S. courtesy of Sprint. Today, that reality is one step closer as the FCC has given the phone their stamp of approval. An HTC "RAPH800" featuring CDMA with EV-DO on the 850 and 1900MHz bands will be gracing us with it's presence in the coming months. There's still no official word from Sprint or Verizon that they will actually be carrying the Touch Pro, but our money says that Sprint will have it in their lineup before the end of the year.
Vogue owners rejoice! The official Sprint WM 6.1 ROM has been released on xda-developers.com. Other than being late to report this story, we're also a bit disappointed. Sprint and At&t have been rolling out WM 6.1 upgrades for their phones, but it seems those who purchesed HTC branded devices are still out of luck.
HTC, Microsoft, and several other partners announced today the launch of Pl@net, a new mobile service for HTC devices. Pl@net is poised to offer entertainment, shopping, news, and travel information to users with a quick tap on their touch screens. The service will also feature several Taiwan's most prominent Internet shop and exclusive content and concert tickets through Warner Music. HTC's Pl@net service is expected to go live on July 1, but it's not known how many markets the service will cover.
Along with Pl@net, HTC also announced HTC My Connect 2.0. My Connect 2.0 will allow direct software downloads to HTC devices and also gives users the ability to easily share pictures and other media from their devices. A launch date for HTC My Connect 2.0 was not given, but since the Diamond is set for near global release within the next few weeks, HTC My Connect 2.0 should not be too far behind.
It seems like it's a never ending battle in this high-tech world. BetaNews is reporting that Typhoon has just reworked a lawsuit against Dell to also include HTC, Apple, Toshiba, Lenovo, Fujitsu, and Panasonic over their patents #5,379,057, and #5,675,362 issued in 1995 and 1997. Both patents share the title "Portable Computer with Touch Screen and Computer System employing Same," and have practically identical abstracts. Typhoon is alleging that HTC and the other manufacturers named in the case, knowingly and willingly infringed upon their patents. Typhoon has already settles with a few other companies over their touch screen products. I'm sure we'll see a few rounds of settlements with Typhoon before the end of the year, followed by licensing agreements. What does this mean for us who love these touch screen devices? HTC will have to either swallow a few extra dollars in producing every touch screen device or they'll end up passing the extra cost onto us.
It seems that the internet is all hyped up today on the fact that Google’s Android may not make it’s launch schedule. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Open Handset Alliance may not release any devices till late in the 4th quarter of 2008 or early 2009. I hope the reported over at the Wallstreet Journal did their homework before writing up that story, but it doesn’t seem like they have. Currently, HTC is the only manufacturer that has committed to developing an Android powered device. Late last year HTC promised to release the device before the end of 2008. I’m not 100% sure, but before the end of 2008 still falls into the 4th quarter, right? google may still be tweaking the Android OS to make it work better for others in the Open Handset Alliance, but that does not indicate that it will be delayed. Until we hear something from HTC, telling us that their Android based phone will be shipping late, we can all rest easy and hope to see it just in time for the Holidays.
Remember back in the day when using AIM on your PC was all the rage? AOL has finally revamped their AIM for Windows Mobile to give you an experience much like the one you would get on your home computer. AOL has chosen not to give full details of everything that the new version is capable of since the program is still in beta. Their website does indicate however that this new AIM is only available in the U.S. at the moment. I’d expect that the change once they officially launch it.
I just installed the software on my Touch and things seem to work just as I expected. Once you’re in conversations with people, their buddy icons show up on the side for easy access. I’m not sure how much I’d use this, but since it’s free to send an IM to someone rather than an SMS, there should be a good number of people who will love this software.