We've been pestering HTC for a new Android smartphone with a physical keyboard for months now, and it looks like they've quietly acquiesced. njuskalo.hr managed to grab a few live shots of what's believed to be the HTC Vision, pretty much the HTC Desire blessed with a slide-out QWERTY 'board.
Updates for the HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire aren't far off, as HTC has confirmed that they're planning an Android 2.2 Froyo roll-out - complete with HTC Sense, of course - sometime from Q3 2010. According to the company's UK team, the three handsets are among "several of our 2010 models" that will get the updated version of the Android OS, which their engineers are currently hard at work on.
If you haven't read the review of the Droid Incredible, or the HTC Desire, then we'll add the main draw of those phones right here (even though you should go read them, anyway): Their 3.7-inch AMOLED displays are amazing. Unless you plan on using your device in direct sunlight all the time, AMOLED is definitely one of the best displays out there (yes, Super AMOLED is better). But, it's been rough for HTC to keep their latest AMOLED-toting device in stock, and a lot of that has to do with that screen. Changes are afoot, though, which may help people out there aching to get their hands on the Droid Incredible they've purchased before the end of July.
HTC has announced that their Desire smartphone - aka the Nexus One with HTC Sense - will indeed be getting a launch in the US. As of August, according to the company's official Twitter account, the Desire will debut on "select regional operators", though they're withholding details until closer to the launch.
AMOLED screens have once again come in for attention over concerns regarding image quality, as Tweakers took two HTC Legends into the lab to demonstrate the issues they have displaying grayscale correctly. The Legend - shown here snuggling with an Apple iPod touch and an HTC Hero - apparently proved unable to show regular grayscale, instead offering up a range of muted pinks, grays, greens and browns.
We've been pestering HTC for a hardware-QWERTY blessed high end Android smartphone for some time now, and that needling might have come to fruition. Mention of the HTC Vision - along with the HTC LED and HTC Glacier - has been found buried in the company's website, complete with a profile that basically sounds like the HTC Desire only with a hardware 'board.
Google weren't shy about confirming Android 2.2 Froyo's star features at Google IO yesterday, but definitive timescales about when Android-addicts (other than developers) could actually get their hands on the OS were in short supply. That's beginning to slowly change, with the official Google IO Twitter account announcing that the Nexus One would get Froyo in the "next few weeks". As for other manufacturers, so far only HTC have stepped up with their plan.
Middle of the week again, so we've got enough news to get you through the rest of your night, before you rest your eyes and hit the tail-end of the work week. We're happy to have you here with us for another edition of the Daily Slash, and we hope we can keep you awake long enough to reach the end. First up, in the Best of R3, the HTC Desire's been rooted, looks like a certain online publication is going on the offensive, and does Windows Phone 8 already exist? In the Dredge 'Net, we've got a temperature-sensitive coffee cup, the BlackBerry Partners need Super Apps, and a touch-sensitive faucet that needs to be seen to be believed.
Welcome to the most recent hump day edition of the Daily Slash. It's the middle of the week and we're sure you're pining to get your feet firmly planted to the end of the week, but until we get there, at least you've got us. Tonight's edition is pretty lengthy, at least in one part, but we promise it's worth it. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got a whole laundry list of new devices from Dell, then iPads being used in the medical field, and finally a huge piece of bad news for the HTC Hero. And then in the dredge 'net, we've got Android running on the iPhone, a washing machine, and then Microsoft pitching some live TV ideas.
Keen on an HTC Desire and insisting on Vodafone UK as your network of choice? The carrier has just told us that preorders for the Android 2.1 smartphone are being taken from today, with shipments expected on April 8th. As we predicted, the Desire is available from free on select monthly contracts; £30 ($45) per month (for 23 months) gets you the Desire plus 900 minutes (if ordered online), unlimited SMS and a 500MB data allowance.