The Chinese versions of the HTC One will differ from the models sold in the West, a leaked picture reveals.
There’s no disputing that the aluminum unibody of the HTC One lend it excellent resistance to mechanical shocks (as illustrated in our recent HTC One drop test), but also a special look and feel that can’t be emulated through other designs. But the unibody approach has its own set of drawbacks, mainly the sealed battery, which cannot be replaced by the user, and the absence of a microSD card slot or of a secondary SIM slot.
At least two of these inconveniences will apparently be absent from the Chinese versions of the HTC One. The device selling on China [...]
Not to be outdone by its larger rival China Mobile and its Android-based OPhone smartphone OS, number 2 Chinese carrier China Unicom has shown that it is working on its own flavor of Android that is to be called UniPlus, with the products that feature the OS to be called Uphone.
According to a story posted by QQ.com, the OS is set to be available in the third quarter of this year and products should show up running the OS in the fourth quarter of 2010.
China Unicom is also planning to open an Android app store for its Uphone devices that will be called UniStore. More photos after the jump.
In light of what has developed recently in China with regards to Google, unfiltered search and the lack thereof, China Unicom has dropped Google as a search partner from its forthcoming Android based smartphones.
In the past days Google has defied the Chinese government somewhat, forwarding Google.cn to Google Kong Kong as an ‘entirely legal’ way of bringing about unfiltered search results to Chinese residents. However, this whole series of events has not sat well with the Chinese government, and Unicom’s president Lu Yimin has said,
“We are willing to work with any company that abides by Chinese law…we don’t have [...]
Google announced, just one day before releasing two brand new Android devices to China, that both releases will be delayed indefinitely due to intensifying battle between Google and China’s censorship laws. The devices, both set to launch with China Unicom included one Motorola device and one Samsung device. Google is currently in a heated battle with China after a cyber attack was supposedly launched by China’s government against Google in an effort to try and gather information about key Chinese human rights advocates by accessing their Gmail accounts. This problem has gotten so large that the United States government, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is [...]
Those three mystery Android devices that kept appearing over the past few weeks have finally been given a name and a destination. The trio include the MT710, the XT701 and the XT800 and all three are slated for launch in China in early 2010. Each handset will land at a different carrier with the MT710 headed to China Mobile as part of its OPhone platform, the XT701 headed to China Unicom, and the XT800 headed to China Telecom. With their 3.7 inch, 854×480 touchscreen displays and 5MP cameras, these handsets are on the fast track to success. Hit the jump for the full specs and press photos.
[via AndroidandMe and Engadget]