HTC Mondrian, HTC Shubert , HTC Spark and HTC Gold Windows Phone 7 handsets

According to Conflipper the 4 Windows Phone 7 handsets are headed to North America this fall. But are they all the same? HTC usually uses different code names for the same hardware just to differentiate them between carrier versions (but it looks like 2 different handsets are going to Telus…). The HTC Mondrian and HTC Schubert are going to Telus, the HTC Spark_W is going to bell and Verizon and the HTC Gold_W is going to Sprint. Finally he claims that the long rumored HTC Scorpion aka HTC Olympian Android tablet is headed to Bell and Verizon.

Source: ConFlipper here and here

Qik announces Premium services for HTC EVO 4G

As promised last week Qik is announcing today new premium services associated with HTC EVO 4G handsets. For £’.99/month EVO 4G owners will have access to higher than 640×480 video chat, the ability to snap photos while recording videos, automatic downloads to the PCs, video mail etc… All those services will be available for free until July 15. If you don’t have an HTC EVO 4G you can still download the new version of Qik on the android Market but you won’t have access to any video chat feature. Check out the full comparison table and video after the break:
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The HTC EVO 4G is now on sale at Spint online

The beast is finally available. Sprint is now officially selling the HTC EVO 4G online for $199 on two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate anda a $150 instant savings). No need to wait because if you ware in the market to buy and Android handset this is the one to get and you better hurry up beofre it goes out of stock. Don’t forget to grab the user manual from here.

Source: Sprint

HP: WebOS smartphones…maybe


Woops, looks like yesterday’s CEO speech didn’t really please the PR team at HP so they issued a damage control statement about the future of WebOS on smartphones:

When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.

Well, this is rather vague in my opinion. Especially when you compare to the Mark Hurd’s statement :

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.

Anyway, both statements should probabyl be forgotten for the time being (HP hasn’t bought Palm yet btw). We will know the really deal soon enough (Windows Phone 7 handsets will start to be announced this summer).

Steve Ballmer talks about mobile, Google, Android, the iPad and the future of PCs


Steve Ballmerand Ray Ozzie were interviewed today at the D8 conference in Los Angeles. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything new to learn at all but Ballmer had a couple of things to say about Microsoft‘s current situation in the Mobile space and openly admitted that the company fell behind and has to play catch up now. Check out the videos after the break:

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