HTC HD Mini’s new Lock Screen & Multi-Touch enabled IE Mobile video

Here’s a short video of the new Lock Screen featured on the HTC HD Mini and the new multi-touch enabled version of IE Mobile. The HD Mini seems to be running a slightly modified version of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (notice there’s no big start button on the lower left…).

LG Mini (LG GD880) hands-on pictures & video


As I told you before having “mini” versions of your flagship phone is becoming a new trend this year at MWC. LG has officially announced the LG Mini (LG GD880) phone today and I had the chance to get some hands on action with the device. First of this is a featurephone, not a smartphone but it does look pretty nice. The build quality is really high and the handset feels really solid in your hand. The Mini sport a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen (pinch to zoom works as you can see in the video, but it’s a bit sow..). It’s got a dedicated Facebook & Twitter client and a an HTML5 compatible WebKit based browser. On the back you’ll find a 5Mpx camera with AF. I still don’t know what is the screen resolution though.

HTC Legend Announced


The third and final phone that HTC announced today at MWC was the HTC Legend that we have seen several times in last couple of days. The HTC Legend is a refresh of the HTC Hero with an upgrade CPU (MSM 7227 @600mhz) and an AMOLED screen instead of the LCD TFT found on the Hero. I’ll grab some hands-on action later and post it here.

LG GT540 Hands-on video and pictures


Here are some hands-on picture I took of LG’s second Android handset, the LG GT540 is currently running Android 1.6(with some customization done by LG)but I was assured that it will be upgradeable to Android 2.X in the future. The device sport a 3Mpix camera with AF and a resistive touchscreen (it is so good that I initially thought that it was capacitive at first but then the LG Rep told me to use my finger nails to prove that it was indeed resistive) and will feature native WMV & Divx playback support. The GT540is  also really light. LG plans to ship it globally in April 2010.

More info about HTC HD2 upgrade to Windows Phone 7 coming next month

Microsoft just tweeted the following regarding a potential upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series for the HTC HD2:

Lets up that the HTC HD2 will officialy recieve a WP7 update later this year…

Source: Twitter

HTC Desire announced


HTC has also unveiled the the HTC Desire (also know as the HTC Bravo) today at MWC. The Desire is basically the European version of the Nexus One but with a slightly different physical design (it has an optical trackpad instead of the trackball) and HTC’s Sense UI slapped on top of Android 2.1. There was no word (AFAIK) on the video capabilities of the device. Does it support 720P deconding/encoding and Xvid decoding? One thing’s for sure though, the Deisre will support Flash 10.1.

T-Mobile US HTC HD2 to feature Barnes & Noble eReader, Blockbuster VOD


T-Mobile US has just announced that the HTC HD2 will ship with an eReader application (the same we saw here) which will also let you access Barnes & Nobles catalog of eBooks. The handset will also ship with Blockbusters On-Demand for downloading videosn demand and a 16Gb SDHC card (with the Transformers movies on it). Here’s the full press release:

T-Mobile USA’s HTC HD2 to Bring a Never-Before-Seen Mobile Experience to Entertainment Fans Across the U.S.

T-Mobile to Deliver a Multimedia Powerhouse With Content From Barnes & Noble, BLOCKBUSTER, MobiTV and Paramount Pictures on the Largest Screen on a Smartphone

BARCELONA, Spain, and BELLEVUE, Wash. – Feb. 16, 2010 – During a press conference at Mobile World Congress today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the creation of a comprehensive mobile entertainment experience for the upcoming HTC HD2, available exclusively in the U.S. from T-Mobile this spring. Offering the largest touch screen on a smartphone in the U.S., the new HTC HD2 will come ready with access to millions of eBooks, movies, television programs and more.

The slim and sleek HTC HD2 comes equipped with an industry-leading, high-resolution 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, a blazing-fast 1GHz Snapdragon™ by Qualcomm processor, and support for T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience. Designed by HTC, the HTC HD2 is also the first Windows phone with HTC Sense™.

“T-Mobile is committed to offering innovative solutions to connect, inspire and entertain our customers through the power of mobile technology,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “By combining leading innovation in the world of entertainment with the large screen and processing power of the HTC HD2, we’ve created a unique and powerful mobile entertainment experience.”

Consumers will have access to a complete entertainment package consisting of pre-loaded content and new pre-installed applications. In addition to the device’s array of built-in multimedia applications, the HTC HD2′s top entertainment features include the following:

• Barnes & Noble eReader application puts the world’s largest eBookstore in your hand with access to more than a million eBooks, newspapers, magazines and your Barnes & Noble digital library everywhere you go. Enjoy reading on the largest screen available for eReader smartphone software.
• BLOCKBUSTER on Demand® application is for discovering and downloading the hottest new releases on the go. Blockbuster’s first-ever video download application on a smartphone allows consumers to buy a movie on one device and watch on another connected device through Blockbuster’s library.
• MobiTV mobile application offers consumers access to live and on-demand TV on their phone – including news, sports and entertainment. Favorite channels such as MTV, NBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, ESPN and more are available for HTC HD2 consumers to watch at home or away. Plus, when HTC HD2 consumers subscribe to MobiTV, their first 30 days of service are free.
• Paramount Pictures’ popular films “Transformers” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” come pre-loaded on the device’s memory card and optimized for viewing on the HTC HD2′s high-resolution screen.
• Gogo® Inflight Internet service offers consumers who purchase the HTC HD2 an added bonus: up to six months of free in-flight Wi-Fi access on their device, with Internet access on 2,500 daily flights in the continental U.S. and growing.

“With an ultrafast 1GHz processor, crisp, vivid 4.3-inch screen and the hallmark HTC Sense user experience, the HTC HD2 represents the ultimate fusion of power and usability,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “By building on this highly capable platform with a wide range of mobile entertainment options, HTC is helping deliver a multimedia powerhouse to people looking to enhance their on-the-go lifestyle.”

“Windows phones offer flexibility for people who want to get the most out of life – work and play – with no compromises,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft Corp. “The HTC HD2 is an ideal phone for people who are always on the go as it gives access to the things they care about most. Whether it’s music, TV, Internet or e-mail, they have what they want, when they want it.”

In addition to the comprehensive entertainment features of the device, the HTC HD2 delivers advanced phone features including Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator™, a Web browser, a pre-installed 16 GB microSD card, and an advanced 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash for capturing images, even in dim conditions.

Availability
The HTC HD2 is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers this spring. More details will be available at http://www.sticktogether.com/htchd2.

3G coverage is not available everywhere. For information about T-Mobile’s 3G service, device features, or the offers and services mentioned, see T-Mobile.com.

HTC HD Mini Announced


Looks like Mini is the new buzzword here at MWC. First it was Sony Ericsson with he Xperia X10 Mini (and Mini Pro) and now it’s HTC’s turn with the the HTC HD Mini (also know as the HTC Photon):

Spécifications:

Specs:

•Size: 103.8 X 57.7 X 11.7 mm (4.09 X 2.27 X 0.46 inches)
•Weight: 110 grams (3.88 ounces) with battery
•Display: 3.2 inches, 320 X 480 HVGA, Glass
•Processor: 600 MHz
•Battery: 1200, 400 mins talk time on 3G
•Camera: 5mp
•3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
•Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense
•ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
•Bands: 900/2100 3G, Quad band Edge
•WiFi, Bluetooth

I will grab some hands-on photos in a a few..

HTC announces support for Windows Phone 7 Series

HTC just announced that they are going to deliver several Windows Phone 7 series at the end of the year. Other OEMs like Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Dell, HP and Garmin-Asus & Toshiba are also currently working on WP7 phones.

HTC TO DELIVER PORTFOLIO OF MICROSOFT
WINDOWS PHONE 7 SERIES PHONES

Xbox LIVE games and Zune music and video service coming to HTC phones in 2010

BARCELONA, Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced plans to bring Microsoft’s next generation of Windows ® Phones, the Windows Phone 7 Series, to market later this year.  The revolutionary new software offers a fresh approach to smartphones by bringing web content and applications together to create a phone experience that is very personal, relevant and connected.  With this news, HTC builds on its Windows Phone leadership and extends its commitment to offering customers the most innovative mobile phone experiences available. 

“Windows Phone 7 Series is a significant milestone for Microsoft, the industry and ultimately people looking to do more on their phones.  HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation.  “Microsoft has clearly listened to feedback from people and brought a new, fresh approach to the smartphone experience that is beautiful, powerful and compelling.”

Announced today at Mobile World Congress 2010, 7 Series offers a new approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the web and applications.  For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together the Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience to the mobile phone, exclusively on 7 Series phones. 

“People are moving faster than ever, juggling more priorities and turning to technology to manage it all.  Windows Phone 7 Series simplifies common tasks by bringing together related content from the web, applications and services into a single view to make life easier,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president of Mobile Communication Business at Microsoft. “We are pleased to work closely with HTC, a global leader in mobile phone technology and design, to bring new Windows phones to customers around the world.”

Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on video and behind the design video

Microsoft posted a 26 minutes long hands-on demo video of Windows Phone 7 Series where you can se Joe Belfiore handling the protype device. You’ll see all the Hubs, some web browsing and a lot of talk (click here if the video below doesn’t show up):

Here a video of Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design at Microsoft, discussing the design inspiration for Windows® Phone 7 Series:

Windows Phone 7 Series: Did Microsoft finally do the right thing?


A few hours ago Microsoft finally announced what many of you have been waiting for a long time; Windows Mobile 7 aka Windows Phone 7 Series. Time for us to take a step back and think about what Microsoft just did today. The most surprising part of the whole thing was that all the info that was posted here and at PPCGeeks was actually true.

This clearly a step in the right direction but looking at new OS I could help myself thinking “Wow that’s the Zune HD slapped on to a phone” and frankly I expected something a bit different. Obviously I can’t really judge an unfinished product but it won’t stop me from asking myself some question:

- Is aiming at the iPhone market the best possible decission Microsoft could take?

- Windows Phone7 Series seems to feature iPhone-like multi-tasking which means that you won’t have a taskmanager or anything like the “ cards” UI features on Palm’s WebOS. I know that a lot of people are angry about that but, lets wait and see how it looks like. I’have used an iPhone 3G for more than 6 months and rarely felt the need for a taskmanager or a more some sort of support advance task macanisme. What’s important is the speed/responssiveness of the handset IMO. If you can go from one place to another fast enough, why would you need a taskmanager? Microsoft will talk more about how they will allow third partie develpoers to build apps that can have some sort of background service during the MIX10 in march.

- Can I transfer files/photos/videos etc directly to the phone without using the Zune Application on the desktop or is it like the iPhone+iTunes. If that’s the case then Microsoft clearly missed the boat here. So I hope the they will speak about it sooner rather than later. I want my smartphone to be able to act like an external hard-drive (just like any WM6.X handset)

- Will I lose the ability to do things like tethering, using my phone as a WiFi router?

- No OEM costumisation can also be seen as a bad thing. One of the main reason people buy HTC products is because of their top-notch UIs on Android & Windows Mobile. Microsoft is saying that they will allow OEM to chande the backgrounds, colors and have their own “Hubs” but the OS UI will stay the same (so no more TouchFlo/Sense/TouchWIZ/S-Class). It is going to be intersting to see how this pans out and what OEMS do to differentiat their products.

All in all todays announcement is a radical shift for Microsoft. Windows Mobile went from being a Business centric OS to a consumer centric product. There are still lots of unanswered questions that will probably be addressed next month during the MIX conference so lets all just wait and see how it unfolds.