For months, we’ve known that Google would offer Streetview on their Google Maps app for Android. It turns out, Google is now willing to share the experience with others. The Google Mobile Blog gives some clues about the new Google Maps 2.3, indicating that it is already available to for download on Blackberry and Java enabled phones. The Windows Mobile version is still in the works and should be available soon.
You would think that after announcing the Touch Viva, Touch 3G, and Touch HD in one day, HTC would need a little breather to recover, but I guess they still have a little energy to keep going. We just got word from out friends over at HTC that they will be launching an all new "Ice White" HTC Touch Diamond. Most people know that black has always been in style, but it appears that white is for all the fashionista out there that want to get noticed. So, is it time for you to sell your old Diamond for the new "Ice White"? Features and specs all remain the same, but there is one up side to having a white version: finger prints will blend in a lot better.
For those who thought that the HTC Touch HD was a hoax, we were able to find some shots of the device on HTC’s site. Apparently, someone at HTC thought it would be a great idea to launch the product page before they sent out a press release. The image above seems to be identical to the spied shots that we saw last week. The HTC Touch HD will feature 512MB of ROM and 288MB of RAM, Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchFLO 3D, a 3.5mm headphone jack, urope-friendly HSDPA, GPS / A-GPS, 802.11g WiFi, and 1350 mAh battery. I guess we’re goign to need to wait to HTC’s press release for a launch date on this one, but I’m sure it will be here soon.
More pictures after the read link.
It’s finally happened!. We just got an e-mail from our friends at HTC with the OFFICIAL press release detailing the launch of the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro on the Sprint network.
"The HTC Touch Diamond will be available in September and will cost $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. The HTC Touch Pro will be available in all Sprint retail channels beginning Oct. 19 for $299.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. "
There’s really nothing new in the press release, but if you’d like to read the entire thing, feel free to hit the "read more" link below.
We’ve known for a while that Sprint is about to release the HTC Touch Diamond on their CDMA network. Now it turns out that Best Buy will be selling the Diamond as well. Not satisfied with simply offering last years HTC Touch Dual, Best Buy has put up a pre-order page on their site for a GSM Touch Diamond. This sounds like incredible news for U.S. customers, but the only sad part about it is that this is the same HTC Touch Diamond you can import from a few dozen cell phone stores on the web. What does that mean? This version of the Diamond does not support U.S. 3G networks. Best Buy has a pre-order price of $699.99 for the Diamond and are expecting to start shipments between September 29 and October 4.
For those who have no need for 3G, head on over to Best Buy’s page.
We first heard about the HTC Touch Diamond coming to Sprint even before the device was officially announced by HTC back in May. Since then, the HTC Diamond has seen it’s "global release" to the whole planet except for the U.S. There have been a few dates thrown out for it’s release date on Sprint, but this time the Wall Street Journal seems to have a real source. According to the WSJ and their recent review of Sprint’s HTC Touch Diamond, the device will be launching on the Sprint network on September 14 for $249 with a two year contract and $100 mail in rebate. The Diamond slips in quite nicely into their Windows Mobile phone lineup and as we all know will be fallowed by the HTC Touch Pro by the end of the year.
Katherine Boehret’s WSJ review was not too friendly. She picked apart the Diamond for flaws that were based on the Windows Mobile OS and spent very little time highlighting the TouchFLO 3D interface. It’s true that TouchFLO 3D does not completely fix the underlining problems of the OS. But she goes on to say
"Yet like the iPhone, it relies solely on an on-screen keyboard for all text entries. Even with the Diamond’s stylus, the keyboard felt small and cramped. Using just your fingertips was next to impossible."
I think it’s a bit amusing that she forgets to mention that the Diamond has nearly a half dozen text entry method based upon user preferences. She then goes on to compare the iPhone’s web browsing with the Diamonds, but it sounds like she’s using IE rather than Opera.
With all the news lately about T-Mobile’s G1, HTC dream (or whatever they plan on calling it), it seems Sprint does not want to be left out of the mix. Engadget has gotten their hands on a slide deck from an anonymous tipster which shows the HTC Touch Diamond with all its specs, including pricing. Sprint will be launching the Diamond for $299.99 after a mail in rebate and a two year contract commitment. You’ll notice on the bottom left of the image that is says "Launch Presentation – Sept 2, 2008" We’re not sure if that will be the launch date of the sprint HTC Touch Diamond or if it’s the date they are supposed to show this presentation for some other Sprint big wigs. I’m sure some of you may have some additional info that we might not, so feel free to share it with us. Here’s the specs from the slide:
- TouchFLO 3D
- EV-DO Rev. A and Wi-Fi
- Full HTML Opera Browser
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- 3.2 MP Camera
- 4GM of internal flash storage
- Stereo Bluetooth
The device will also feature Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store, and Sprint Navigation which seems to indicate that it might not have a built in GPS, but that’s just our speculation. Let us know what you think.