HTC are tipped to be developing their own App Store, which would offer not only smartphone software but ebook and emagazine content. According to the Financial Times' sources, HTC is already recruiting "content editors" for the online store, with a core Taiwan-based team paving the way for around 100 people spread around the world.
The HTC Desire Z is the company's second new Android smartphone of the season, smaller in chassis and screen than the Desire HD we reviewed last week, but toting a flip-out hardware keyboard in an attempt to clean up in the heavy messaging market. Does this European version of the T-Mobile G2 hit the spot? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The second of HTC's new flagship Android smartphones has arrived, and just as we put the HTC Desire HD review to bed, the HTC Desire Z has arrived on the test bench. Unlike the HD, the Desire Z makes do with a more mainstream 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, but counters any screen shortfall with a flip-out QWERTY keyboard. Full unboxing video and hands-on demo after the cut.
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Big screen, big specs, big appeal. HTC know how to play the Android smartphone market, and the HTC Desire HD is no exception. Announced to great fanfare - and alongside the new online HTCSense.com service - last month, the Android 2.2 Froyo handset promises to take the original HTC Desire experience to the next level. Is this the best Android smartphone around today? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
This week may be all about the run up to the European launch of Windows Phone 7, but that doesn't mean there isn't an interesting slice of Android on its way to shelves as well. The HTC Desire HD has just dropped over at our sibling site Android Community, where no time has been wasted unboxing the 4.3-inch Froyo smartphone and playing with its new Sense enhancements.
HTC's newest Android phone has been revealed, the HTC Gratia, though given it appears to be a European version of the HTC Aria they're not making a huge fuss over it. Packed into a compact chassis is Android 2.2 Froyo, a 5-megapixel camera and HTC Sense; there's also a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen and 600MHz Qualcomm processor, along with dualband 900/2100 HSPA/WCDMA and WiFi b/g.
Microsoft's US event for the launch of Windows Phone 7 isn't until later today - and we'll be liveblogging the whole thing at http://live.slashgear.com - but HTC has given us a sneak preview of what they'll be bringing to the North American market. The HTC 7 Surround is set to arrive on AT&T in the US and TELUS in Canada on November 7 2010.
The online component to HTC's latest version of their Sense interface for Android smartphones, HTCSense.com, has gone live and is now accepting sign-ups. Announced alongside the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z last month, the new site allows users to remotely access messaging content stored on their device from the browser, locate and wipe their handset if it's lost, send content including mapping directions to the phone, and download new multimedia.
Good news and bad, today, if you've been waiting for an HTC Desire HD. Vodafone UK has just put the Android 2.2 smartphone up for pre-order, offering it free from October 14th with a new, two-year £35 agreement; however, if you're more interested in an unlocked, SIM-free version, you'll have to wait until the end of October.
The HTC Spark has found its way into the wild, with a leaked batch of photos apparently showing the Windows Phone 7 handset turning up at xda-developers. Not much to see that we haven't already been shown, with a sizeable touchscreen, the usual three touch-sensitive buttons, and HTC's own Hub on the homescreen.