An unnamed HTC smartphone with dual CDMA/GSM for the Verizon and Vodafone networks has leaked, believed to be on the way for a Verizon launch in early 2011. The handset - which is currently running Android 2.2 - has a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard and is tipped to use a 1.2GHz processor, likely Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon.
The iPhone 4 antenna saga looks to have claimed a high-profile victim, as Mark Papermaster - the executive responsible for the Apple smartphone's hardware - has left the company. According to the NY Times, Papermaster's role will be immediately assumed by Bob Mansfield, SVP of Mac hardware engineering. There's no official word on whether Papermaster left Apple of his own accord or was fired from his position.
HTC's upcoming Desire HD has apparently leaked into the wild, with a photo of the 3G-only EVO 4G showing up on forum Uwants. According to the screenshot, the Desire HD is running Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC's own Sense UI on top; we're expecting it to have a 4.3-inch WVGA display, like the EVO 4G, but lack WiMAX connectivity.
Having seen the BlackBerry messaging service shut down earlier today, RIM has seemingly come to an agreement with the Saudi Arabian government that will allow the system to continue running. While the messaging system is active once more, according to the BBC, the nature of the agreement Canadian company RIM has made with the government - or, indeed, what concessions to data security have been given - is still unknown.
What appears to be ASUS' Windows Phone 7 smartphone has shown up in the wild, caught in Pakistan by Twitter user Shaistajafri. No details on the handset have been given, but like other WP7 prototypes we've seen it has the mandated three hardware buttons on the front panel and a large touchscreen.
The Saudi Arabian government has apparently followed through on its threat to shut down BlackBerry messaging services, after RIM refused to hand over access to the encrypted network traffic. According to some BlackBerry users, the messaging functionality of their devices ceased working roughly four hours ago; the Saudi government had informed the country's three cellular providers to block access or face a fine of $1.3m.
Nokia reckons that location-based services are the future of mobile internet, and believes itself to be ahead of the pack with its NAVTEQ IP. That's the message from sales and marketing chief Niklas Savander, who took to Twitter yesterday and invited questions about the Finnish company's plans and premonitions. Savander also reiterated Nokia's plan for "a major product milestone by the end of the year"; however anybody looking for true insight in their tweet stream likely ended up disappointed.
It's no Torch but the BlackBerry Curve 9300 has gone up for sale through Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, despite not having been officially announced by RIM themselves. As expected, the Curve 9300 is pretty much an 8520 with a hot injection of 3G. $79.99 - and a three-year agreement - gets you the handset, complete with a 3-megapixel camera, dual-band UMTS/HSPA, a 2.8-inch QVGA display but not, despite what Rogers' spec sheet reckons, Android 2.1 as the OS.