Sprint Touch Pro2 gets new OS, Hero upgrades soon
(Update: confirmation of Android update) Sprint on Friday made available one phone OS upgrade and leaked another. The provider has posted a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for the HTC Touch Pro2 that gives it all the new features of the Microsoft OS, including the more touch-friendly interface and improved built-in web browser. It should also supply upgrades to HTC's own TouchFLO layer (incorrectly labeled as Sense UI by Sprint) and other minor fixes.
VZ Touch Pro2 to drop TouchFLO for Sense
Verizon's edition of the Touch Pro2 should get a firmware upgrade that adds HTC's Sense UI, leaked firmware appears to have confirmed today. A new build would replace TouchFLO with a customized version of the same interface used on the HD2. Little has changed from the reference Sense UI other than carrier branding, and the OS would still sit at Windows Mobile 6.5 rather than the newer 6.5.3.
Apple claims HTC violates 20 iPhone patents
(Update with lawsuit details) Apple today sued HTC for allegedly infringing on 20 patents relating to the iPhone. The simultaneous International Trade Commission and Delaware complaint accuses Taiwan-based HTC of copying elements relating to the iPhone's interface as well as its hardware and "underlying architecture." The American firm doesn't say what damages it seeks but claims HTC is thieving its technology rather than being original.
Windows Phone 7 may be deliberate step backwards
Microsoft may consciously limit Windows Phone 7 in its attempt to compete against Apple, a leak sent out today claims. Echoing some previous reports, a source says WP7 will have a Zune-like interface at many levels but goes on to say this will extend to the underlying framework as well. It would drop multitasking and instead pause apps, using an iPhone-like push notification system to handle new updates.
HTC's latest multimedia-focused smartphone
Electronista at CTIA had a chance to handle HTC's Imagio, the company's upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. The device is focused on multimedia features, while retaining the business capabilities of Microsoft's mobile software. The system also integrates HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface, which utilizes the touch-based features available in the latest Windows Mobile OS.
HTC Pure and Tilt 2 arrive at AT&T
AT&T's phone introductions on Monday have been headed up by its first smartphones to ship with Windows Mobile 6.5. The Pure is AT&T's more unique entry and has a 3.2-inch but very sharp 800x480 screen that takes advantage of the Microsoft platform's more touch-friendly interface, Windows Marketplace and a more accurate web browser with Flash. HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface is similarly new for AT&T and puts contacts, media and other data at the top level. A 5-megapixel camera, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi put it on par with HTC's Touch Diamond2 despite the smaller frame.
HTC Leo spotted in O2 catalog, has WM 6.5
The HTC Leo has shown up in UK wireless provider's upcoming catalogue, revealing it will be officially called HD2, at least in Europe. The phone is the first Windows Mobile device to use a capacitive touchscreen and multi-touch input, and is due for a release at O2 sometime in mid or late October. The catalog photo shows a standard Windows Mobile 6.5 interface as opposed to the expected TouchFLO 3D from HTC, though it's unclear if this is just O2's particular choice of image or an indication that its HD2 will go without TouchFLO.
HTC Mega screen caps
Images, screen captures and specs of the upcoming HTC Mega smartphone, first spotted earlier this month, have been unveiled in a recent ai.rs blog post. The device is expected to be priced as an entry-level smartphone and be powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Its 2.8-inch, 240x320 resolution touchscreen is run by HTC's TouchFLO interface, and the handset supports HSPA for 3G on top of GSM and EDGE.
New Sprint phones dated
A leaked document from wireless provider Sprint reveals the release dates for a number of new handsets, including the HTC Touch Pro2 and the previously unknown Samsung Instinct S50. Other devices scheduled for a September 3rd launch include an orange LG Rumor2, as well as the entry-level Samsung M240 and M330. The Touch Pro2 will run on Sprint's CDMA network and sport Windows Mobile 6.1. Users interface via a 3.6-inch, 800x480 touchscreen and HTC's TouchFLO UI. There is otherwise a 3.2-megapixel camera, a GPS sensor and a Wi-Fi connection.
HTC Touch Pro2 for T-Mo
T-Mobile today confirmed frequent rumors by launching its own version of the HTC Touch Pro2. The Windows Mobile 6.1 phone reaches the US carrier with 1,700MHz 3G native to T-Mobile's network and replaces the Wing in the company's phone roster. Its centerpiece is a 3.6-inch, 800x480 touchscreen that provides a much larger view, particularly for the web or for HTC's TouchFLO interface for contacts and music.
HTC at a press event this morning launched its third-generation Android phone in less than a year. The Hero is designed as a web- and music-focused phone with a touchscreen-dependent design like the Magic but is even more compact. Its key, however, is a new interface known as Sense: like TouchFLO, it offers quicker access to calendars, contacts, the time and the weather as well as a quick launcher for the phone dialer. These are all accessible as Android-standard widgets.
HTC Hero at June 24 Event
HTC's teaser for a June 24th event is to introduce its upcoming Hero Android phone and with a twist, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said today. The device shown in videos to date is just one variant and will be supported by a version known as the Memphis with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its American counterpart will be the Lancaster due for AT&T, the leak claims.
HTC Touch Pro2 leaked
Photos of a branded HTC Touch Pro2 have surfaced that all but confirm the handset will be coming to provider T-Mobile, as previously reported in separate leaks. Also known by the codename Rhodium, the handset may be formally titled as the T-Mobile Wing II when it arrives at the carrier. Little is known about the changes that would come to the provider-specific version of the smartphone.
HTC Touch Diamond 2 Pro 2
HTC's choice of introductions at MWC include major overhauls to its two most important phones. The Touch Diamond 2 jumps to a larger and even sharper 3.2-inch, 480x800 touchscreen as well as a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus. The company also tries to improve the interface by including a touch-sensitive zoom strip underneath the display to simplify centering in on photos or websites. HTC further switches to microSDHC cards for the bulk of storage and says the battery life is now about 50 percent longer.
HTC Touch Cruise 2009
HTC today added one last phone to its current touchscreen line in the form of a reworked Touch Cruise. The new model is much slimmer and more compact than the old model while keeping the signature scroll wheel that lets users flip through documents more quickly than with the 2.8-inch touchscreen or the directional pad. It also brings the modern TouchFLO interface and a new postcard feature that lets users send text, sound clips, and geotagged photos that provide the location where the shot was taken.