References to seven unannounced HTC devices - including at least one, the HTC Legend, first spotted on the leaked 2010 HTC roadmap from late December 2009 - have been spotted in HTC user agent profiles, complete with keyboard and display details. CellPassion caught mention of the seven devices while digging through one of HTC's sites; in addition to the Legend, which is expected to replace the HTC Hero, there's also a version of the HTC Tattoo with a QWERTY keyboard.
So far AT&T have been pretty cagey when it comes to Android on their network, but it looks like 2010 is the year when it all kicks off. The carrier has just announced that it will be pushing out five Android-based handsets in the first half of this year, complete with models from HTC, Motorola and Dell. SlashGear is at AT&T's CES 2010 press conference this morning, and will be bringing you all the details as they arrive.
Update: AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed that the carrier will offer two Palm webOS device in the first half of 2010 too.
Another device from HTC's leaked 2010 roadmap has shown up in a better quality image, and this time it's the HTC Legend. The spiritual successor to the popular HTC Hero, the Legend matches the Hero's screen size and resolution - 3.2-inches and HVGA - but uses an AMOLED panel instead. It also has Android 2.x as standard, with the latest version of HTC's People and Footprints apps.
The neat thing about leaked ROMs is that often there are tidbits about upcoming devices to be discovered among the tweaked functionality. Supposedly buried in the recent Hero Android 2.1 ROM from HTC is a long string of device codenames, some of which - like the Hero and Dream - we've seen already, but many of which are new or, until now, merely rumored.
Verizon will be one of the first carriers to launch Windows Phone 6.5 on the HTC Imagio. The HTC Imagio will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Oct. 6 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Oct. 20 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The HTC Imagio feature a large 3.6” LCD touch-sensitive display with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution, 3.5-mm audio jack and five quick launch buttons, including one-touch access to multimedia capabilities.
Microsoft scored a win against Motorola back in May, with the ITC ruling that the smartphone manufacturer had violated an ActiveSync patent on its handsets. The ban is scheduled to come into effect starting from today, but Motorola has said that it has a plan that will allow its products to remain available to customers. The company issued a statement regarding the imminent ban, saying only that it had taken “proactive measures” to ensure its devices remain available.
Another week come and gone and another Week in Review is here for your perusal. Verizon Wireless has started to refund customers money that it overcharged for wireless access. The charges apparently went on for years and the refunds will cost Verizon about $90 million.
With the discovery of an official car kit in the works, we're wondering quite how strong a lead in Nexus One accessories Google plan to take. The undisputed trailblazer for courting third-party accessories is Apple, and they've created a huge ecosystem around the iPhone and the iPod; so far add-ons for Android devices have been pretty much left to the whims of their respective manufacturers, but Google's newly focussed involvement might change all that. Our prediction: some sort of "made for Nexus" tagline.
Right now, Android lacks a certification program - a "Made for Android" tag, as it were - in the same manner as Apple's, and aside from the openness of the platform itself the devices that have used it generally adopt standardized connectors and adapters. True, it took HTC a few iterations to get that down-pat, but going by the leaked roadmap we saw last week they've now got fully on board with things like microUSB. As Google climb aboard the device train, however, it might make sense for them to qualify what's like to become a rush of third-party Nexus One accessories with an official seal.