Archive for the ‘HTC’ Category
Over this past weekend the story broke that Google has developed a new phone that it is giving its employees to play. The Nexus One, as it is called, is being positioned as a “innovations lab”, according to Google.
Today, we hear that Google is in serious talks with T-Mobile to introduce Nexus One. This G-Phone is built by HTC and looks strikingly like the HTC Passion without, of course, the HTC logo. All this makes me wonder what Google is thinking?
First off, why does Google see the need to branch out into hardware. Imitating Apple in trying to control the complete user experience is not good enough reason as they are already late to that party having already open-sourced their operating system. If they have some legitimate reason for getting into hardware, starting out with a look-alike phone of a publicly available (or soon to be) phone is not the best strategy to launch a new product that is going to bear your name in such a competitive market.
Also, if Google is going to compete with its Android partners, I wonder how long they will tolerate that. Now, I truly believe that 2010 will be the year of Android, however, this is a fast moving market and both consumers and the hardware makers are fickle. Google will have to tread carefully so as not to antagonize its partners.
Finally, is Google ready to be a hardware company? So far they have been outsourcing the actual manufacturing of the phones. And it will work if they have a handful of devices. But, then they need to think of all the other things that goes with standing behind the hardware from support to logistics to marketing.
It was day 2 (almost on its way to day 3) of the MWC in Barcelona and it was Android’s day to shine. Several carriers and smartphone makers announced today that they will be launching devices powered by Google’s Android OS. First up, Vodafone announced that it will launch HTC’s Magic, the keyboard-less G1. Following up on Vodafone’s announcement with 1-2-3 punches, Heuwei launched its sleek-looking Android device; Acer is working on 2 Android based devices while Samsung does one better by launching 3 Android devices and potentially a Linux Mobile phone too.
In other news, Nokia announced that it will bundle Skype software on all its N-series phones starting with the N97. Also, a group of 17 phone manufacturers and carriers, under the auspices of GSM, adopted the universal charger standard. Phone manufacturers including LG, Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and operators like AT&T, Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Telefonica agreed to use the microUSB socket as the standard power sockets on all their phones by 2012. Key holdouts include Apple, RIM and Palm, though RIM already uses MiniUSB on its Blackberry devices.
Today, HTC announced the release of the updated Touch Cruise, the GPS centric device that it launched last year. The new release is a much sleaker version of the older model along with a host of new features including its new geo-tagging software called Footprints. This new software allows users to not only geo-tag their photos to make digital postcards but also add notes and audio to it. According to HTC, the Footprints software will be able to geo-tag both outdoors and indoors, though how it manages its little trick indoors is bit of a mystery. It also has a 2.8 inches touchscreen display and its detailed specs are:
The phone is slated to release worldwide in Q2 2009 with the price to be $500 to $600 for unlocked handset.
[Via Engadget Mobile]
Rumor has it that T-Mobile is getting two very good gifts from HTC in the new year. HTC is working on G2, a follow-up to its popular, Android-based G1, code-named, Sapphire. Another device is code-named Rhodium, which is the follow-up to the Wing, a Windows Mobile based phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. There is not much else that is known about these phones yet except for these images.
[Via Engadget Mobile]
AT&T has finally released the Fuze, aka, HTC Touch Pro. This touch screen phone has been anticipated for a while now. Unwired View got their hands on it and reviewed it for us. Stasys at Unwired View was very impressed by the phone though he was not sure about it being an iPhone killer. You can read his entire review here.
There are numerous rumors about which phones will show up when and on which carrier. Based on what we know so far, here is a list of phones that Verizon Wireless is set to release in time for the holidays:
- RIM Blackberry Storm
- HTC Touch Pro
- Samsung Omnia I910
- Samsung Saga I770
- Samsung Renown U810
- LG VX9600 (possible, not confirmed)
- LG VX5500 (already released)
- Motorola Krave ZN4 (already released)
We have talked about some of these phones in the past. But it is an interesting lineup which by no means is the complete and final lineup. Launch windows can change and additional phones that I am not aware of will be added. But, with the Blackberry Storm, Omnia and Touch Pro, it certainly will be an exciting holiday season for Verizon customers.
Starting tomorrow, Walmart will start selling the Android based, HTC Dream G1 in about 550 stores nationwide. The phones will be priced at $148.88 with 2 year contract, which represents a discount of $31.11 from the price T-Mobile is selling at its stores.