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Less than 24 hours have passed since Google announced their plans for a Mobile OS and web browser and already there are rumors flying around about the HTC “Dream” and weather or not the HTC Omni fits the specs. We first heard about the HTC Omni about one year ago, but since then, things have been silent on any development progress on the device.
The similarities between the rumored HTC Dream phone and the HTC Omni are a few. The 3-inch by 5-inch size, rectangular touchscreen, full QWERTY that swivels out, and a beveled edge that "nestles in the palm" give the impression that these two devices are one and the same. Unfortunately we have no real concrete evidence quite yet as HTC has assured us it will be months before we see the actual Dream Phone.
The speculation is now over. For months we have been waiting to hear what Google's mobile plans will be. This monring, Google released their vision and strategy. Rather than having a single gPhone, google has opted for a Linux bases OS for mobile devices with an integrated web browser which
will display websites the same way your PC browser does.
Googles strategy is to get nearly 3 Billion cell phone users to view their ads to increase their own revenue. The new OS will be open source and will not feature Google's brand. The hope is that each manufacturer will use the free OS to pewer their phone, making software development cheaper as well.
More good news is that all the different gPhone prototype designs you've seen around the web may actually come true since all the cell phone makers have to do is design something that will work with Googles OS.
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News reports indicate that the new 3.5G HTC Touch Dual will launch in the Mideast by late November. It seems like the Touch and the Touch Dual will be the most adopted Windows Mobile 6 devices on the planet by early next year.
For those of you who have not memorized all of the it's features yet, the HTC Touch Dual integrates 3.5G connectivity and a sliding keyboard into a slim and stylish design. It has a 2 mega pixel camera plus a front facing camera for video calling, 2.6-inch QVGA flat touch screen, internal memory of 256 MB flash and 128 MB RAM, removable memory, Bluetooth and a 1100 mAH battery which offers up to 360 minutes of talk time. It is priced at Dh2,699.
HTC has announced that they are expecting revenues for the current quarter to grow more than 20 percent over last year. The sales and revenue growth is due to strong demand from the consumers for it's new phones and great support from U.S. cellular carriers who are in the process of launching some of the
most anticipated Windows Mobile phones in years.
HTC is debuting its new handset for the T-Mobile US today and will introduce a high-speed third-generation (3G) phone featuring a touch screen for US wireless service provider Sprint Nextel Corp early this month. HTC is also expecting to launch at least four more new phones this quarter.
More details at Taipei Times
HTC and Brightpoint have just inked a new deal to expand Brightpoints logistics and distribution reach. The new agreement is an extension of the agreement from 2006 which allowed Brightpoint to distribute HTC devices in the U.S. and Canada. Brightpoint shipped 64 million handsets in 2006 through its network of over 20,000 sales outlets, according to HTC sources.
More details from Reuters
It's a happy date for Sprint Mogul users as Sprint has just released a ROM upgrade for their HTC device. Several of the new features on the ROM include
For those of you who are thinking of making the software upgrade, keep in mind that is will completely erase everything on your phone. You can download the ROM update from HTC here.
It seems like with every passing day, another network provider gets in on the HTC Touch goodness. Rogers has just announced that they will soon be releasing the Touch and will be offering a few different price points based on what customers are looking for. $349 on a 3 year data only plan, $299 on a 3 year voice plan or $199 on voice and data. Unlike Sprints version of the Touch which is due out in a few days, Rogers has not indicated that they will be offering any additional software enhancements to the device.
Here's a refresher on the specs if you have not memorized them by now
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