Microsoft's US event for the launch of Windows Phone 7 isn't until later today - and we'll be liveblogging the whole thing at http://live.slashgear.com - but HTC has given us a sneak preview of what they'll be bringing to the North American market. The HTC 7 Surround is set to arrive on AT&T in the US and TELUS in Canada on November 7 2010.
Orange UK has confirmed its pair of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, offering the HTC 7 Mozart as an exclusive, together with the Samsung Omnia 7. The two devices will drop on October 21 2010, with the HTC 7 Mozart being the cheaper model: free with a new, two-year agreement on a £35 contract.
The HTC 7 Mozart has been spotted passing through the Global Certification Forum, complete with quadband GSM/EDGE support and dualband UMTS/HSPA (900/2100). The listing - which, as the GCF only test cellular wireless standards, doesn't include any other specifications - confirms that the 7 Mozart is HTC's European model.
Earlier this morning, design images of the HTC HD7 and HTC Trophy broke cover. While we've all been waiting to see some live shots of the device since the first bits of information began to leak about the device, we've had to, up until now, sit on our hands in something like patience. But now all that waiting has come to an end, as the first live images of the HD7/3 have come to the Internet.
HTC's device line-up for the first half of 2010 has apparently leaked, courtesy of xda-developers, after a prototype brochure fell into the wrong hands. The range consists of five Android devices and three Windows Mobile handsets, including the so-called hero model of 1H 2010, the Android-based HTC Bravo. The Bravo will pack the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor as the HTC HD2 along with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and HD 720p video capture. Full line-up details after the cut.
Updated: We've contacted HTC for a comment, and unsurprisingly they're not confirming anything. "We cannot comment on speculation or rumour," HTC tell us, "but we’re excited about our upcoming roadmap and encourage you to watch this space."
This week there've been a couple reports of Verizon hitting the End of Life marker for a variety of phones working with their 4G LTE network, this including (for starters) the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III (32GB), and original DROID RAZR. When an official End of Life notification hits Verizon, this means that any devices tagged with said notification will no longer be shipped to retail locations and the carrier will be winding down advertisements for said devices as well. While this isn't a definitive marker for Verizon's end-of-service for software updates, End of Life is often indicative of lowered priority for the devices listed from that point forward.
Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system has been struggling to compete against the iPhone and Android devices. Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up for a line of Windows Phone smartphones that the duo hopes will help push the adoption of Microsoft's operating system and Nokia smartphones across the global markets. A source claiming knowledge of the matter says that Verizon intends to sell a Nokia smartphone running Windows 8 software this year.
Microsoft showed off all the new features of Windows Phone 8 at its Summit event a couple of weeks ago, but is the company planning to introduce a new keyboard as well? WMPoweruser has been handed a picture of a new keyboard from a Microsoft Research presentation, showing a curved approach that would match the user's thumb placement.
Verizon has reignited talk of a Windows Phone push, with comments by chief financial officer Fran Shammo prompting suggestions that the carrier might take a second try at pushing the Microsoft platform. The Windows Phone namecheck came at the tail-end of the carrier's financial results call earlier today, with Shammo saying that Verizon believes a third ecosystem is particularly important in the smartphone business, beyond merely Android and iPhone.
Verizon has confirmed to CNET that it will be requiring all future smartphones to support 4G LTE. The carrier revealed that it would be an unyielding requirement for all upcoming 2012 mobile devices if they wish to run on Verizon's network. This includes smartphones, tablets, and even mobile hotspots and netbooks.