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Taiwan's High Tech Computer Corp, or HTC (by which most of us know them by) recently announced that their sales for Q4 of 2007 grew roughly 20 percent. HTC has yet to release any sales data for the month of December, but since they previously announced a 22.3 percent sales growth in October year-on-year and 32.7 percent in November, we can easily assume that the numbers for December were not as high as HTC had hoped for.
Last week, HTC assured the media that the 3G chip shortage would not damper its sale numbers in any way for the first quarter of 2008. they also mentioned that HTC is expecting a 20 percent growth rate for 2008 as they continue to build thei own brand to drive sales.
It seems as if a few people are hard at work, trying to make our experience with our Windows Mobile devices a little more simple and user friendly. PointUI is a new software that will run on top of Windows Mobile, but gives a much nicer interface experience.
PointIU does have some similarities with the iPhone interface in the way it displays some information on the screen, but unlick a lock of iPhone interface rip-offs, PointIU does not steal any of the graphics. PointUI’s interface is unique and extremely appealing.
hte control of PointIU does take some inspiration form HTC’s TouchFLO technology. Unlike iPhone’s interface in which you simply tap on menu items, in order to slide PointIU’s menues to the left or right, you slide your finger left or right. This is the same trick touchFLO utilizes to navitage through it’s Cube interface.
Unfortunately we do not have a hands on review of PointIU just yet, but according to the countdown on their website, it will be available by January 1 of 2008.
2007 has been an great year for HTC with a slew of new Windows Mobile 6 devices and their entry into the UMPC market with the Shift. Probably the phone which has received the most news and hype this year is the HTC Touch. With Apple introducing the iPhone, HTC knew they had to fins a way to differentiate their Windows Mobile devices from the rest of the pack. The Touch introduced us their HTC's new TouchFLO technology which gave the HTC Touch what is now known as the 3D Cube interface which allows you to access its menus through swiping gestures on the screen. HTC had just created a Windows Mobile Pocket PC with which you no longer needed the stylus. HTC did not stop there. A few months after the release of the Touch, the announced the Touch Dual which was very similar to the Touch, but added a slide-up keypad for those who still were not completely sold on using the touch screen for typing and dialing numbers. Not content with introducing two of the best pocket pc phones of the year, HTC went one step further and launched the HTC Touch Cruise. The main feature upgrade the Touch Cruise had over the Touch and Touch Dual was its integration of GPS so that users can "cruise" around with their Touch Cruise. 2007 had some great devices, but I'm sure a lot of people can't wait till we dive into 2008. With the partnership HTC has announced with Google to develop several handsets which will use the new Androis OS platform, HTC is setting the stage to have an incredible year.
The highly anticipated Google Android powered phones could see the light of day as early as this February at the Mobile World Congress show. According to the exhibitor listing, Google will have two large spaces on the show floor which they most likely will use to show off some new features to the Android platform as well as a veriety of handsets running the mobile OS. Google has not released a list of manufacturers will be with them at the Mobile World Congress, but I’d imagine HTC would be more than happy to show the public what they plan on doing with Google’s Android platform.
|If you have not yet noticed, HTC is on a quest to make their smart phones look a little less "smart" and give them the flashy and stylish feel that the general population would rather carry in their pockets. HTC's latest device on T-Mobile's network, the T-Mobile Shadow seems to play the part of the not so geeky smart phone. The fit the mold of a sexy handset, HTC had to tak out a lot of the|
bulk, the Shadow measures only 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces and yet still included a slide-up keyboard. t-Mobile went the extra mile and added their own user interface to the phone to give is a more user-friendly appeal. traditional smartphone users may not like the extra touches since the changes do hinder the phones performance a bit. But for those who have always liked the idea of a smartphone, but never liked the looks, the T-Mobile Shadow may be exactly what you have been looking for all these years.
A recent review of the HTC 5800 by www.pdastreet.com, labeled the phone as the "Swiss Army Knife" of smartphones. The HTC 5800 featues a slide out qwerty keyboard, bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition.
The 5800 offers an array of hardware-based capabilities, including the already mentioned Bluetooth, that have by now become almost obligatory in smartphones. The video-capable digital camera has a resolution of 2.0 megapixels. It has no built-in flash, however, as many phone cameras now do. And although the documentation says it has a zoom function, this feature did not work on the unit I tested. (No matter, digital zooming is pointless anyway.)
Qwest is currently offering the 5800 under the name Qwest Fusion HTC 5800 for $200 – $200 off the regular price. Bell Canada is also offering the device and Verizon says they have plans for their own version of the HTC 5800 to be released some time in January of 2008.
With Qualcomm's recent announcement for a chip shortage, HTC has stepped up and assured their share holders that the chip shortage will not effect their revenue projections for the year. HTC said that Qualcomm chips, although is short supply, should be able to hold them over till the end of production of HTC handsets until the end of Q1.