HTC Touch HD to Run Google Android OS?
Handset maker HTC is
reportedly working to release the update to the company's Touch HD smartphone,
currently running on the Windows Mobile operating system (OS), which is instead
powered by Google's fledgling Android OS. Technology blog Register Hardware quoted sources from the company saying the company is making the switch for the
handset, for which a release date hasn't yet been set.
The source also said the
updated handset will use a faster 628MHz Qualcomm chip and feature a 3.8-inch
touchscreen. HTC's decision may not come as great surprise to some, as the
company has launched previous handsets with Android, including T-Mobile's G1
(the first phone to the market that used the Android mobile device platform)
and the Vodafone Magic, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in
February and Hero (the first Android device to support Adobe Flash).
Earlier this month, wireless
carrier Sprint announced the availability of the long-awaited HTC Touch Pro2 on
September 8, this Tuesday, when customers can grab the smartphone for $350
including a two-year contract. The device offers Windows Mobile 6.1, TouchFlo
user interface and entertainment options like Sprint TV with live and on-demand
programming, as well as Sprint's exclusive sports applications NFL Mobile Live
and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile.
Google's platform, which has
experienced a relaxed rate of acceptance in the mobile ecosystem, is
nonetheless establishing a foothold. In April, T-Mobile, the U.S.'s
fourth-largest wireless network operator with 32.1 million customers, announced it
had sold one million G1 Android smartphones since its debut in October 2008.
Facing intense competition from the Apple App Store, Google also bolstered
Android on the application side. Earlier this year, Google announced a
mobile-friendly version of its Product Search application, emphasizing its
utility for iPhone and Android-powered devices. Product Search allows users to
type whatever they're searching for into the search bar and receive results
pulled from a variety of shopping sites.
However, HTC isn't quite
ready to migrate completely over to Android, if the company's recent
announcement in collaboration with Sprint is any indication. Announced earlier
this month, the HTC Touch Pro2 features a 3.6-inch WVGA variable-angle tilting
touch-screen,a wide, slide-out keyboard that is larger than its predecessor-and
the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. Features like TouchFlo 3D bring information
important to the user-such as quick access to contacts, messaging, e-mail and
weather-to the top level of the user interface, and battery life has been
expanded by 20 percent.
Sprint claims their mobile broadband network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 271 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The company boasts it has three times the coverage of AT&T's current 3G network and more than 20 times the coverage of T-Mobile's current 3G network, both based on square miles.