RIM's press release for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was strong on US launch details but light on availability everywhere else; however, we now know of at least one UK carrier which will be offering the touchscreen/QWERTY smartphone. We've just confirmed with Vodafone UK that they will indeed be offering the Torch.
AT&T may have scooped RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 reveal, but the Canadian company is now filling in the meat of the OS 6 smartphone story. We already know the quadband UMTS/HSPA smartphone is arriving on AT&T come August 12th, complete with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and WiFi b/g/n, but now we have full details on the BlackBerry 6 OS it'll be running, plus a new Java SDK to support the refreshed platform.
All eyes may be on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 this morning, but there are plenty of people wondering if they'll see RIM's new BlackBerry 6 OS arrive on their existing smartphone. The company has confirmed that they have updates planned for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G.
We can't see RIM being too pleased - their event hasn't even started yet - but AT&T has already announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800. A new teaser page has gone live, confirming the smartphone's 3.2-inch 480 x 360 touchscreen display, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash, along with BlackBerry OS 6.
In just under two hours time we're expecting RIM to announce their new BlackBerry 9800 slider alongside BlackBerry OS 6 in New York - our own Vincent Nguyen will be bringing us all the news from the event - but there's the thorny issue of FCC approval to be navigated before the smartphone can go on sale. Engadget spotted a "BlackBerry smartphone model RCY71UW" clearing the FCC earlier, and after some mild Photoshoppery discovered that the wireframe matches up with leaked 9800 prototypes.
That gives us a list of wireless specs to go from, including Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and UMTS II (1900) and V (850), together with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz bands and UMTS I (2100) bands for international users.
Multimedia management for Android devices has always been underwhelming when compared to the sort of integration Apple offer with iTunes and the iPhone 4, with many users turning to DoubleTwist to fill the gap. Now HTC have stepped in; the new version of HTC Sync (v3.0) adds media synchronization with "popular media players" on the PC, sucking over music, playlists, images and other content and squirting it into - at first - your HTC Wildfire.
Got an HTC EVO 4G and a hankering for some frozen yoghurt? The good news is that Sprint and HTC are finally pushing out the promised Android 2.2 Froyo update for the WiMAX-enabled smartphone, offering both the updated OS and HTC's Sense UI.
Since Microsoft and HTC basically confirmed that they were abandoning the HD2 in the move to Windows Phone 7, the developer community has instead turned their attention to getting a solid Android build on the 4.3-inch smartphone. Last we saw, Froyo was working on the HD2 but with some conspicuous issues; now, a new ROM promises an almost 100-percent functional experience, suitable for daily use.
The Verizon iPhone 4 rumor rears its head once more, with speculation that Apple is using a rented production line separate to their mainstream Foxconn facility to develop alternate versions of the fourth-generation smartphone. The facility - which is being used while a new $100m production line is built - is currently staffed by over 500 Foxconn employees; Computerworld suggests that a CDMA iPhone 4 could be in development, however there's also the possibility of alternate antenna designs being explored.
Microsoft's release schedule for Windows Phone 7 has never been more specific than "in time for the holidays", but that's changed thanks to COO Kevin Turner. At a recent presentation on the new smartphone OS, Turner revealed that WP7 will arrive in October 2010 for Europe and in November for the US, though he stopped short of anything more specific.