News on the Windows Phone 7 front for HTC has been quite sparse as of late, but as the expected launch date for the platform nears, things may pick up quite a bit. Conflipper has just dug up some more evidence that HTC is hard at work in developing a few new phones on the Windows Phone 7 platform. A few XML files on HTC’s site have revealed hardware profiles for the HTC Mondrian and Mozart. The profiles don’t reveal much, but the details do include specs for 800 x 480 displays, touch-screen only form factors, A2DP Bluetooth support, and Internet Explorer Mobile 7.

With only about four months to go before Microsoft officially launched Windows phone 7, we’re pretty sure we will be seeing a lot more news on the topic. HTC has had an incredible first half of the year, relying for the most part on Android. With a complete redesigen of Microsoft’s mobile OS, HTC will definitely be looking to make a huge splash with their first few WP7 handsets.

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Nokia’s new Smartphone, the X6 with ComesWithMusic has stormed to stardom. The phone has an awesome 3.2inch nHD display with a built in accelerometer, the screen is fully touch capacitive which enables multi touch control and the massive 32GB internal memory delivers more than enough storage space. There is a handy digital camera bolted onto the back and multimedia centre is the icing on the cake. Your social network activities can be managed from the handset and a range of wireless connections support your surfing activities.


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We typically get treated to an occasional rumor or tip, but it’s not often the we get a sneak peak at a carrier’s 6 month handset roadmap.  Apparently, AndroidSpin has been treated to pictures of a slide which outlines what T-Mobile has in store for the next six months.  HTC and T-Mobile have always had a pretty close relationship, so it’s no surprise that there are a few HTC references in the lineup. 

T-Mobile’s roadmap indicates that the myTouch 3G and the Slide will both be getting Android updates over the summer.  Starting in September, HTC will be introducing the HTC Vanguard with the HTC emerald and Schubert to follow in November. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of everything included in the roadmap:

  • July: Android 2.2 update for the myTouch 3G Slide
  • August: Android update for the myTouch 3G
  • September: Launch of T-Mobile HTC Vanguard (aka HTC Vision, Android)
  • November: Launch of T-Mobile HTC Emerald (aka “Project Emerald”, Android )
  • November: Launch of HTC Schubert (aka HTC Scorpion, Windows Phone 7 with 1.5 GHz processor)

Quite a few people have been pretty vocal about T-Mobile not getting any of the new higher end smartphones that have been hitting other carriers over the past few months.  Fortunately, T-Mobile hand HTC appear to have listened to the complaints of their customers.  We still don’t know many of the details regarding HTC’s upcoming phones, but if the rumors and speculation are true, we’re in for a great treat. 

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AT&T Samsung Captivate

AT&T announced today that the Samsung Captivate (see our hands-on) — one of the four Galaxy S-class phones announced last week — will be available July 18 for $199 after contract. You’ll need a minimum $15 data plan, which should just about cover everybody, right? [@samsungmobileus]

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htc wildfire rooted

Carriers release them, then Android hackers crack them open — as we see today with the HTC WildfirePaul O’Brien (a name we all should know by now) once again circumvents the protection schemes carriers and manufacturers put in place and has rooted the HTC Wildfire.  The method (see source link) doesn’t look very difficult, providing your Wildfire has a bootloader version of 0.80 or lower, and a ROM version of 1.14.xxx.x or below.  You can check this by booting your phone while the back key is held — the ‘HBOOT -’ line needs to be 0.80 or lower.

We’re all happy to see Android gurus rooting even the less popular devices, but it raises the question — should handset makers and cellular carriers really spend the time and money to put these restrictions and roadblocks in place?  So far, it isn’t working too well and the model that Google used with the Nexus One (making the phone easily unlocked, but then branded as such permanently) seems to have worked well for both sides.  Maybe the money could be instead spent on tools to find those who abuse or otherwise cause a ruckus on the network vs. the losing war against opening the software on the new devices.  Guess that’s why I’m not in charge of anything :p. [Modaco via Twitter]

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In the world of Android phones, it’s becoming harder and harder to find the perfect phone for you. It’s not because there are no good phones to choose from, but because there are a lot of good options out there. HTC’s new myTouch 3G Slide is the newest member of T-Mobile’s myTouch family and presents a great option for those looking to trade up from the defunct Sidekick brand or even the original T-Mobile G1.

Hardware
At first glance, the myTouch 3G Slide looks very reminiscent of the of the original HTC made T-Mobile myTouch 3G. The curved edges along the front and back side of the phone as well as the slight chin at the bottom of the handset are clearly pulled from its older sibling. While the Slide is only slightly larger than the original, HTC has managed to cram in a four row QWERTY keyboard and a slightly larger 3.4” capacitive display. Along the bottom of the screen, the myTouch Slide features a home, menu, back, and “Genius” button separated by an clickable, optical track pad. On the top of the handset you’ll find the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack; along the left side is the volume rocker; on the bottom is the micro-USB port,; on the right is a dedicated camera button. The back of the myTouch Slide features a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash, speakerphone, and brushed aluminum “my” badge close to the button.

Sliding the phone open from the left side reveals the four row QWERTY keyboard. Those familiar with the HTC Touch Pro2 or the G1 will most likely find the smaller keyboard a little cramped, but the evenly spaced, raised keys offer a great typing experience.

On the inside, the myTouch 3G Slide is by far the most powerful Android phone in T-Mobile lineup. HTC has equipped the Slide with a 600MHz MSM7227 Qualcomm processor, 512MB ROM and 512 MB RAM and a 1300 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery. The internal specs may not turn any heads these days when compared to the Nexus One, DROID Incredible or the EVO 4G, but the small boost in performance does give the myTouch Slide a pretty big performance jump over HTC’s first generation Android phones.

Software
While HTC Sense and Android 2.1 are the standard on all of HTC’s new Android phones, T-Mobile and HTC have given the myTouch 3G Slide a unique twist. HTC Sense on the Slide (also know as HTC Espresso) has been given a more glossy or bubbly UI treatment. All the elements of HTC Sense remain the same with the additional widgets, Facebook integration, customization of the contacts, clock, calendar, and calculator application, but simply giving the UI a facelift wasn’t enough for T-Mobile. Since T-Mobile is still sticking with the “make it mine” slogan for the myTouch brand, they thought it would be a great idea to incorporate further customization into the UI and the Scenes component of Sense. Scenes has been renamed to myModes and now allows you to customize HTC Sense with a selection of sever different themes. The themes change the colors and textures in all of HTC’s applications and definitely gives users the sense the UI is finally customizable to their liking. In the past, HTC allowed you to save and switch between various customized scenes, but the myTouch 3G slide has a trick up its sleeve not found on any other HTC phone. Rather than manually choosing which scene you want to use, the Slide allows you to switch between them based on a specific time of day or even geographic location. This new feature should come in very handy for people who need to use specific apps or widgets while at home or if they simply need a more appropriate desktop wallpaper or ringtone while at work during the week.

As mentioned above, the myTouch 3G Slide has a slight performance boost with a faster processor and more internal memory than the G1 and original myTouch, but combined with Android 2.1 and system tweaks from HTC for better performance, the myTouch Slide is able to hold its own when playing 3G games and other processor intensive applications. We took our time browsing through the market, testing out games like Raging Thunder, Homerun battle 3D, and Backbreaker Football. The games do not run as sharp as they would on a Snapdragon powered HTC phone, but the 3D, graphic intensive games are definitely playable and offer great entertainment options.

Camera
The 5 megapixel camera on the myTouch Slide will in no way replace your dedicated point in shoot camera, but it does offer a great alternative when you find yourself wanting to take a quick snapshot on the go. The LED flash does give you the ability to take pictures in low-light situations, though the results may not be very flattering. Our suggestion would be to keep the flash off, unless it’s absolutely necessary. The camera produces saturated pictures and the settings option provided by HTC allow you to tweak things until your heart’s content.

Video capture on the myTouch Slide is capped at 640 x 480 VGA resolution. Just like with images, you might want to keep a dedicated camera handy if you’re planning on capturing video. The video quality will suffice if you really have no other options, but if all you are interested in doing is capturing some spontaneous fun, the myTouch Slide will suffice.

Battery
When it comes to smartphones, most people’s main complaints is in regards to battery life. Yes, we all want a superphone that can blow up distant planets or make our car transform into a jet, but if the phone can’t get you through a day without dying on you, it’s completely useless. Fortunately, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide manages to deliver above par battery life. We’ve been thoroughly testing out the Slide for over a week now and have only once managed to drain the battery in less than 10 hours. On occasion, we were even able to use the phone through a whole day of work, leave it over night, and return to work the next day before needing to recharge the battery.

Conclusion
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide is by far the best Android phone you can buy from T-Mobile.  Yes, you can get a Nexus One from Google with a T-Mobile contract, but most people like walking into a store or ordering their handset directly from their carrier.  The 600 MHz processor of the Slide definitely has enough power to deliver a satisfactory gaming experience and the QWERTY keyboard is an adequate upgrade for those looking to retire their G1.  At $179.99 with a new two year agreement, it’s pretty easy to see that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide is by far the best option in T-Mobile’s expansive Android lineup.

Note: if you are looking to purchase the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, we would suggest heading over to Wirefly and checking out their latest deals. Last we checked, they were offering up the Slide for only $99 with a new contract.

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Vibrant release July 15

Remember that July 21 date for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile?  It looks like that’s not gonna happen.  Instead, some leaked documents say that the phone will actually be available on July 15 — a full week or so early.  Maybe T-Mobile decided to get in on the party a little early to time with Verizon’s Droid X launch, or maybe they just love us more than we thought.  Either way it looks like you ‘ll have an opportunity to get some 4 inch SAMOLED goodness in your hands a week sooner than we all expected.  [Tmonews | Engadget]

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It’s the not-quite-4G, but still fast as hell HPSA+ network that T-Mobile has been working on recently, coupled with an HTC Android powered smartphone, and it’s coming in September — according to a spokesman at Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA’s parent company), that is.  Rumored to be the HTC Vision (pictured), the device will be able to hit the full 21 Mbs speed that so far has only been possible on aircards.  While HSPA+ isn’t technically 4G, it ‘s pretty darn fast and can be put in place without any new hardware (except for that one tower T-Mo needs to build in the WV panhandle!), and seeing it debut on a qwerty slider running Android should make more than a few of us happy. 

We’ve seen the roadmap, and now we see this, so hang in there T-Mo subscribers, your time looks to be coming in a couple months! [Light Reading via Engadget]

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This saga of the hilarious Evo vs. iPhone videos produced by a Best Buy employee just got even better. When last we heard, Brian Maupin, 25, had been suspended by the retailer while it conducted some sort of investigation. His job hung in the balance. The investigation — which we have a hard time typing while keeping a straight face — concluded, and Best Buy chose not to fire Maupin, who then said thanks, but no thanks, and is looking for work elsewhere.

Takes some stones to do that, for sure. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for the laughs. Check out Best Buy’s statement and Maupin’s reaction — as well as the videos in question — after the break. [via TechCrunch]

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T-Mobile Motorola Charm

We’ve known the Motorola Charm would be coming to T-Mobile, and now it’s official. Let’s look the details:

  • Android 2.1.
  • Motoblur
  • The "Backtrack" rear touchpad.
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen.
  • Full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Adobe Flash Lite.
  • 3MP camera
  • Motorola’s CrystalTalk audio enhancements.

Pricing (we’ve seen it touted as a free back-to-school special) and availability weren’t announced , other than "this summer." Full presser after the break. [Motorola]

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