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There have been rumors flying around about a Google Phone for the longest time and many people are saying that the actual handset will be produced not by the search engine giant, but by a third party manufacturer already known for creating some rebadged wonders. And now, there's even more fodder to substantiate that rumor.
A UBS analyst is reporting that HTC is set to ship "about 50,000" cell phones running on a Google-developed mobile operating system. And the shipment will happen before Santa makes his rounds at the end of this year. As you recall, the HTC-produced google Phone will be running a mobile variant of Linux, hopped up with a bunch of Google software. Between 3 and 5 HTC devices have been seen running Google's mobile OS.
Interestingly, this first batch of GooglePhones will not be destined for the marketplace. Instead, the 50,000 units "are going to be available for developers only to understand how the software works." A commercial unit may be ready sometime in 2008.
Hopefully, more information will be revealed at Google's analyst event on October 24th.
After months of speculation, Sprint has announced the November 4th release date of the HTC Touch on their CDMA network. The price for this new device will be $249 with signing of a new contract. The EVDO equiped Touch will also include a memort upgrade of 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM. The Touch features integrated TouchFLO technology and a 3D cube interface allowing quick access to entertainment, communication tools and a "Dial-by-picture" photo caller ID screen.
Sprint's HTC Touch will also feature many of their networks media offering which are listed below.
- Sprint Music Store(SM), powered by Groove Mobile, which allows users to browse and wirelessly download full-length songs directly to their phone from a selection of more than 1.8 million songs
- Sprint Exclusive Entertainment (SEE), the industry's only made-for-mobile sports and entertainment video programming network
- Sprint TV(SM) with more than 50 channels of live and on-demand video and audio.
- More than a dozen streaming radio stations , including Sprint Radio and SIRIUS
- On-Demand with up-to-date information on sports, weather, news, money and more customized by zip code.
HTC and Telus Canada today announced the first North American availability of the HTC Touch (code named HTC Vogue). The HTC Touch is a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that ushers in an innovative new concept in intuitive touch screen navigation. It brings a new level of simplicity to the powerful and function-rich device experience that today's mobile consumers demand. Telus' HTC Touch features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 1X-EVDO (Rev A capable with future software update) dual band and Bluetooth but WiFi isn't mentioned (even if the European version of the HTC Touch, the HTC Elf includes WiFi):
The HTC Touch is available from Telus Mobility for CAD$ 179.99 on a three-year contract until November 1 and subject to promotional requirements or CAD$ 499.99 without a contract.
|Taiwan based High Tech Computers (HTC) has launched a Global Positioning System (GPS) phone. Called HTC P3300, the best feature of this phone its GPS function that lets users to take photos which then automatically embeds the photos with satellite location.
The phone comes with a MapKing R12 software. The phone is built with SiRF III chips with 20 parallel channel receivers and offers wireless LAN access. HTC P3300 also has a 2.0 megapixel camera and FM radio.
The company said, "The P3300 GPS phone with photo navigation is an addition to our existing portfolio of world class smartphones and PDAs available in India under the HTC brand."
The 128 gram phone is powered by a Windows Mobile 6 professional software and also has a 128MB built-in ROM and 64MB RAM.
It seems T-Mobile USA has not been trying hard to keep their new HTC Juno under wraps. Gizmodo has gotten their hands on a few more shots of the upcoming T-Mobile Shadow pictures next to the PlackBerry Pearl. Rumor has it that T-Mobile will be announcing the Shadow in a few week and will release it by the end of October. Like most newer HTC devices, the Shadow will feature Stereo Bluetooth, 128MB of RAM, and support for SHDC cards,
Rumors are still flying around that this HTC device may have the same TouchFLO technology as the HTC Touch since this device's screen in completely flush with the surface. If so, the T-Mobile Shadow would be the first device on a major U.S. carrier tofeaturing HTC's new technology.
HTC is poised to start a revolution with its Windows Mobile based phones. For years HTC has led the pack in smart phones but now that Nokia and Apple are brining their devices to the main stream markets, HTC is ready to undergo a new transformation.
The HTC Touch was released this past June in Europe and Asia and will soon be seen on the shores of North America. Its revolutionary user interface for Windows Mobile has led to an obvious comparison tothe Apple iPhone.
For those who know the potential and freedom that Windows Mobile offers its users, the HTC Touch is a step ahead of the iPhone. The Touch is only the beginning of HTC's new strategy to bring their high-tech devices to the masses.