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Droid Eris Confirmed: November 6, $99


New leaked documents suggest all the Droid Eris grumblings we’ve heard were true: it should launch November 6, and it will supposedly run $99 after rebate. That’s pretty cheap considering it matches the specs of the $180 Hero.

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No Android HTC HD2 for Verizon?

Yours truly reported a rumor circulating a few days back that the HTC Passion, the CDMA equivalent of the Dragon, would be coming to Verizon as Android’s version of the HD2. According to a recent interview however, that rumor has been dispelled by HTC’s CEO. Continue reading

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Good News for Hero Owners: Android 2.0 Coming to Hero

HTC has posted on the following on their Twitter account:

“The rumors are true! Hero will be getting an Eclair update. We ask for your patience as we update Sense for the fancy new Android OS.”

And a picture for those who need photo proof:

This is good news for the early adopters of the CDMA Hero. Now the question is, how long do we have to wait?

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HTC Launches “You” Campaign

A few years ago no one knew who or what HTC was.  Now they’re one of the biggest smartphone manufactures in the world and certainly the biggest and longest supporter of Android around.  HTC smartphones can reach the average consumer with their countless form factors on different platforms, yet they still manage to spur innovation with both their designs and software and offer high-end build quality in their devices. We’re happy that HTC has been a staunch supporter of Android and hopeful to see more devices come from their way.

We’re even happier now that HTC has decided to step into the spotlight after so many years behind the scenes. The ‘You’ ad campaign is what we believe to be their first foray into mainstream consumer marketing and it works wonderfully well. Just take a look at the commercials. To quote, “You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you”.

Too bad Sprint isn’t jumping out with Android commercials of their own. This would have a been an awesome marketing ploy, “A phone that gets you, from a company that gets you.”

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Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System

Published: October 25, 2009
Since 1996, Microsoft has been writing operating systems for little computers to carry in your pocket. It was a lonely business until the company’s perennial rival, Apple, introduced the Web-browsing, music-playing iPhone. But now that smartphones are popular, Microsoft’s operating system, Windows Mobile, is floundering.Laptop Cop

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Andrew Lees, Microsoft’s vice president for mobile communications, says the company has altered its cellphone software strategy.

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Motorola is one of the cellphone giants switching to the free Android software. Above, the company’s Cliq smartphone.

More cellphone makers are turning to the free Android operating system made by Microsoft’s latest nemesis, Google.

Cellphone makers that have used Windows Mobile to run their top-of-the-line smart-phones — including Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson — are now also making Android devices. Twelve Android handsets have been announced this year, with dozens more expected next year. Motorola has dropped Windows Mobile from its line entirely in a switch to Android. HTC, a major cellphone maker, expects half its phones sold this year to run Android. Dell is using Android for its entry into the cellphone market.

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HTC Tattoo

We’ve seen the HTC Tattoo before, just in a different name. Previously known as the HTC Click, the Tattoo is a budget minded, low end Android phone that’s been officially announced and will be releasing in Europe in early October. What’s amazing is that even though it’s not targeted for the high-end user the Tattoo will still run HTC Sense.

The downside of the HTC Tattoo? Well, again since it’s not targeted for the high-end user, it’ll only use a 2.8-inch QVGA(240×320) resistive touchscreen. We know the resistive touchscreen was used to keep costs down but if it’s at the expense of user experience, it’s a tough pill to swallow. Hopefully the average consumer won’t blame the Android OS for hardware shortcomings.

On the bright side, the other specs look magnificent for a mass market device: 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, 3G, quad-band GSM, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, compass and accelerometer. HTC is seriously positioning themselves as the Android phone manufacturer. High-end, low-end, mid-end, anything–they’ve got it covered.

Here are two review videos:

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HTC Executives Claim the Hero is in High Demand

According to HTC VP of Asia Pacific, Jack Tong, the HTC Hero is enjoying high demand and great sales in the European and Asian markets. Because of such hot demand, it looks like the Hero is in tight supply for the next month or so. According to Tong:

The tight production will not be eased until November and the sales momentum of HTC Hero is expected to continue in the first quarter of 2010.

We’re excited to see an Android device take off and hold such a strong demand. It’s clear that the European GSM HTC Hero is a success and that the European and Asian markets love Android. But it definitely leaves us to wonder how the Sprint HTC Hero is performing (we think very well). Either way, we can’t wait to see more Android devices made by HTC!

via: digitimes

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