We happen to believe that QWERTY smartphones are craved for by mobile enthusiasts. An Admob report in 2010 showed that 54% of Android traffic was driven by devices that feature a full QWERTY keyboards. It’s hard to deny that a huge amount of people still want a powerful smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Following that, let’s take a look at what’s in the store for you this year in the world of Android QWERTY phones.
[ Last update July 26, 2011 ] [ Last update October 12, 2011 ]Samsung Stratosphere (Verizon)
Verizon and Samsung jointly announced the Samsung Stratosphere last October 10 and expect to have the QWERTY smartphone in stores starting on October [...]
A new post from the well informed guys at The Next Web argues that a new report from uSwitch is demonstrating that interest in the iPhone is finally waning. HTC Android Smartphones, in particular, appear to be extremely popular with consumers these days. With more and more consumers looking for “better bang for buck” deals, HTC has effectively marketed different Android phones, at varying price points, in a bid to win the hearts and minds of customers worldwide.
uSwitch ranked the UK’s most favorite mobile handsets, and discovered that the HTC Desire, Desire HD, and HTC Wildfire currently occupy the top three spots. Of the top ten selling smartphones [...]
What is Mobile World Congress you may ask? Basically, it’s a huge event held every year in Europe, where the top mobile technology manufacturers come together to create hype and show off their latest wares. According to Wikipedia,“MWV is the combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a congress featuring prominent Chief Executives representing mobile operators, vendors and content owners from across the world.” It’s really the equivalent of CES, but for Europe. Historically, some significant developments in mobile technology have been debuted at MWC, and 2011 is looking to be no different. It really is an exciting time for Android fans worldwide! [...]
However, the similarities stop there. Rumor has it that the Knight will pack a powerful dual-core 1Ghz processor. We are set to learn more come January 6th where Sprint as likely to launch this event at the first day of CES 2011.
Unfortunately there is not much else to say on the matter for now, but everything fits in with the timelines we [...]
Virgin Media in the UK confirmed that its HTC Desire and Wildfire handsets will be getting the Android 2.2 Froyo update in September. Via its Twitter account, Virgin Media tweeted “MOBILE: HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire – great news, we’re expecting to release OTA updates to 2.2 (Froyo) early Sep :).” Right on schedule with HTC’s statement that Froyo would roll out starting Q3 of this year.
Two of the latest Android smartphones, the Samsung Vibrant and the HTC Desire, have been launched in Canada. Mobile users can pick up the Samsung Vibrant, a Galaxy S phone, on Bell for $79 with a three-service agreement or the Desire, which is available from Telus for $79.99 with a three-year service agreement. Those that want to buy the Android smartphones outright can plunk down $450 for the Desire and $499 for the Vibrant without a contract.
HTC Desire users in Europe will start seeing the Android 2.2 Froyo update hit their smartphones this weekend. HTC is including a new iteration of its Sense UI as well as the following:720p video capture enhanced HTC Caller ID improved multi-language keyboard HTC App Share widget iTunes music sync
The update is being deployed OTA and will be sent to unlocked HTC Desire handsets first, followed by carrier-branded models.
Today HTC has announced that it is expanding its presence and will be offering TD-SCDMA 3G based HTC branded phones in China through a partnership with China Mobile and China’s largest electronics retailer, GOME Electrical Appliances Ltd. Initially HTC will offer the the HTC Tianxi, HTC Tianyi, HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire; all Sense UI devices.
“We are proud to introduce the HTC brand in China and look forward to bringing a fresh customer-centric smartphone experience to consumers in China,” said Cher Wang, chairman of HTC. “Together with our strategic partner Dopod, we have introduced many state-of-the-art phones over the past [...]
Telus has announced it will soon be offering HTC’s Desire Android smartphone – but with one big change. It will have a Sony LCD, not a Samsung AMOLED display. This is due to the shortage of AMOLED displays that have caused delays for other devices like HTC’s DROID Incredible.
The HTC Desire runs Android 2.1, and has a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, as well as a 5 megapixel camera. Telus did not say when it would offer the phone or for how much it would sell the Desire.
The HTC Desire is an Android-based smartphone that offers a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, and runs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Desire landed overseas first and U.S. Cellular (a CDMA carrier) announced that it would carry the smartphone this summer, but it has not been announced for any other U.S. carriers to date. However, FCC documents suggest that a version of the device with support for AT&T’s 3G network could be on the way.