Could the tide be turning against HTC’s prime position in the Android smartphone segment? UK carrier Vodafone has confirmed this morning that it has ditched the HTC EVO 3D from its line-up, over concerns that ongoing delays in the GSM version’s launch meant it would come simply too late to compete with rival devices.
“We’ve decided that due to delays to the launch of the device, we no longer plan to include the EVO 3D in our smartphone range. We will be contacting customers who have registered for updates about the device to make them aware of this decision shortly” a Vodafone spokesperson told us. “We realise this will come as a disappointment to some people but we already offer some fantastic phones, like the HTC Sensation and Galaxy S2, with some really exciting handsets in the pipeline.”
Unfortunately Vodafone couldn’t be coerced to tell us what, exactly, those upcoming handsets might be, and the carrier’s “coming soon” page is looking unusually sparse with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 the only smartphone listed. Interestingly, Vodafone also lacks any glasses-free 3D handsets, such as the LG Optimus 3D; it’s not clear whether that’s due to underwhelming interest in the display technology or something else. It’s perhaps telling that Vodafone’s choice of alternative devices, the Sensation and Galaxy S II, each have regular displays.
[via Android Community]