According to a leaked ROM for the US version of the HTC HD2, it looks like T-Mobile USA have clinched the deal to offer the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone come Q1 2010. Unsurprisingly there's no confirmation from the carrier themselves, but a still-in-testing ROM leaked to WMExperts contains various T-Mobile content.
Details of Verizon's upcoming smartphones have leaked, and if you've been waiting for a new WebOS, Android or Windows Mobile device from the carrier then you're in luck. The Palm Pre Plus, Motorola Devour A555 and LG VS750 have all been tipped as arriving over the next few months by PhoneArena's tipsters, though right now details on all three are reasonably minimal. It's unclear, for instance, what the difference between the Sprint Palm Pre and the Verizon Palm Pre Plus might be.
One of the aspects of the HTC HD2 we most enjoyed was its expansive, eye-catching HTC Sense UI, particularly the way the weather updates swim lazily across the homescreen. If you've always wanted some Sense, but got sucked in by Samsung's hype machine about the Omnia II, fear not: you can now get a hacked ROM for putting the HTC interface onto your AMOLED Samsung.
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."
When it came to bugs and glitches, our experience with the HTC HD2 was generally uninterrupted; a few on-screen keyboard slow-downs were pretty much all we observed. Still, other users have reported more significant issues, and so HTC have pushed out a new firmware version for the smartphone, build 1.48 WWE, which attempts to address the problems. Xmoo - who happens to have two HD2's - put together a quick comparison video highlighting the improvements.
Satellite phones are, perhaps unsurprisingly given the costs usually incurred, yet to make any significant inroads into the mainstream cellphone market, but that's set to change (perhaps) with the Elektrobit TerreStar Genus. Announced in October along with a partnership with AT&T, the dual-mode HSPA/satellite handset has been spotted clearing the FCC in preparation for its tipped Q1 2010 launch.
HTC's injection of multitouch support into the HTC HD2 is one of the things that most impressed us about the smartphone, but so far the company have been reluctant to share the magic with third-party developers. One of the oft-missed benefits of Windows Mobile, however, is a huge developer community who'll go in and dig out what they're not being given, and xda-developers' l3v5y has come up with an API for multitouch.
There's no sign of an official press release yet - nor a product page - but AT&T are tipped to have unveiled their latest LG smartphone, the LG eXpo. A touchscreen Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, the eXpo's secret magic is a detachable Texas Instruments DLP projector, which can be used to project videos, images and webpages.
Update: The LG eXpo product page is now live - thanks Alejandro!
Update 2: Pricing is confirmed at $199 for the LG eXpo itself (assuming a new, two-year contract and a mail-in rebate) and $179 for the pico-projector attachment.
We were less than enamoured by Acer's tubby little Liquid A1 smartphone when we had a brief play earlier in the month, but if the touchscreen chunkster has left you similarly underwhelmed, fear not. According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer's phone unit, the company is planning 8 to 10 new smartphones for 2010, and they expect the balance between Android and Windows Mobile in the new range to be "much more balanced".
We'd forgive you for having forgotten about C-motech's Mangrove UMPC; after all, the market for a 7-inch touchscreen tablet running Windows Mobile 6.5 is hardly vast. Still, we were interested to see the unit at Qualcomm's event today, though its tubby form-factor was a whole lot less impressive when sat next to the Quanta Android Smartbook.