SoundHound, the Shazam-like music identification service may now come pre-loaded on all HTC manufactured Android handsets. The company has signed into a partnership with HTC that will make all upcoming handsets loaded with this service. This could take the competition between SoundHound and Shazam into the next level. As MobileCrunch rightly points out, these services have pretty indistinguishable services and the only way forward for growth is through partnerships with manufacturers and vendors
However the terms of the deal is not clear. We are hearing that SoundHound could make a few cents for every handset sold. But it is also likely that SoundHound pushed for the deal and agreed to share revenues from purchase of songs over the pre-loaded application with HTC. Eitherway, it is just a speculation from my side. Continue reading »
Windows Phone 7 fans in the US eagerly awaiting to get hold of the soon-to-launch HTC HD7 handsets can now begin pre-ordering the device from Wal-Mart. The popular discount retailer has announced that the new smartphone will be available at a price of $149 along with a T-Mobile contract. That is pretty cheap if you will realize that going through T-Mobile directly will cost the buyer an additional $50. Wal-Mart should be launching the device officially on November 8 – that’s just a week away.
You wouldn’t need this, but in case you are wondering about the specs and features on this new device, well, it comes with a 1GHz processor, a 512MB RAM, 720p video recording facility and a decent 16GB storage capacity. While the features are more or less on par with most other smartphones in the market today, do note that they are relatively better simply because the Windows Phone 7 OS is better optimised for performance which means a 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM work better on a WP7 phone than on another OS.
Earlier this month, T-Mobile unveiled their new myTouch Android phone. As we had noted back then, the slider phone comes with a 3.8″ WVGA display, a 1GHz SnapDragon processor, a 5-Megapixel rear facing camera and other features like 720p HD video recording, video calling,etc. The device will run on the carrier’s HSPA+ network that will give realistic browsing speeds of up to 14Mbps.
T-Mobile has now announced that myTouch 4G will begin to ship starting November 3. Pricing depends on where you buy it from. Hit the T-Mobile retail stores directly and you will be shelling out $199.99 along with a 2 year contract. On the other hand, third party retailers like WireFly are selling the phone for just $150.
As you know, the Windows Phone 7 handsets from manufactures like HTC and Samsung launched this week in several countries in Europe and Australasia. Now that the customers have started exploring the new device, there appear to be a number of complaints from users who have reported that the XBox Live Extras; a free download on WP7 phones appears to be crashing on launch. The problem is not restricted to any one particular handset but to almost all the HTC handsets – the Trophy, HD7 and 7 Mozart.
This is not the only problem that users have been experiencing with their new WP7 handsets however. There are two other popularly discussed issues. One is with game loading where a number of users have noticed an extraordinarily long load time on their new phones. Also, a select number of users are reporting inaccurate reporting of the GPS location on their handsets. This is on phones other than HTC as well which means the problem could well be software based.
Are you seeing any of these issues?
This has been a pretty hectic week if you love smartphones – so many launches and pricing announcements to deal with. Anyway, this is just a problem of plenty and here is one more to add. T-Mobile USA has announced that the carrier will start offering the new Windows Phone 7 based HTC HD7 on their stores starting the 8th of next month. The phone comes at a price of $199.99 and that, as you already know, comes with a two year contractual period after a $50 mail-in rebate.
HTC HD7 is definitely one of the cooler looking WP7 handsets though an Engadget review had recently noted that the display on HD7 was probably less impressive than those on the Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Mozart. But at 4.3″, the HD7 features the largest screen among the Windows Phone 7 handsets launching in the United States. T-Mobile users can expect the HD7 to retain the native HTC Sense Hub of the phone besides incorporating apps for Netflix, Slacker Radio and T-Mobile TV by default.
Looking to check out some really cool Windows Phone 7 goods? Folks at Engadget have got us a couple of really cool video demonstrations comparing three WP7 handsetst that have gotten some rave reviews. Not all these phones are available in all parts of the world. But if you had any doubts about how good the Windows Phone 7 handsets shall perform against one another, here are the videos.
As the Engadget report points out, the Super AMOLED display of the new Samsung Omnia 7 really sets up a display that is extremely good compared to the other displays. The report ranks the Omnia 7 on top followed by 7 Mozart thus pushing the HD 7 to the last place.
Check out the videos above and let us know what you think of these Windows Phone handsets. Which is the best of the lot in your opinion? Write to us in the comments below.
HTC Desire HD, one of the two recently launched Android devices from the Taiwanese manufacturer has finally hit the virtual shelves of the UK stores. The 4.3″ WVGA display device that comes with an 8-Megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, 1.5 GB internal storage, Android 2.2 OS and integration with HTCSense.com will at present be available only on the web stores and have be ordered online.
There are three stores where you can head rightaway to buy – uSwitch, Expansys and Play.com. At uSwitch and Expansys, customers can choose to pick the HTC Desire HD at anywhere between £0 and £499 depending on the corresponding carrier contract and monthly payment chosen. At the higher price, you can get it unlocked. But do note that in case you choose to buy a SIM-free version, go for uSwitch since the device is available at £465. The Android phone is available for pre-orders only at Play.com though the launch is expected to happen soon on October 25.
Are you buying one?
HTC launched their new HTCSense.com online portal last month to give their users an easy way to manage their mobile phone data and security. You may be already aware that users may register with the HTCSense.com website to access all of their messaging data, track their phone location as well as remotely wipe off data.
However, at the moment only Desire HD and Desire Z smartphones are supported while other users may not do much apart from downloading wallpapers and other media content. But if you have a rooted Droid Incredible, you can access HTCSense from your handset as well. All that you need to do once you have rooted your Incredible is to install this Desire HD ROM that will give you access to all of these features.
Of course there are risks with rooting your phone. But if you are really interested, get started on rooting and install the ROM linked above.
[via Droid Life]
HTC launched two new Android handsets last month at their media event – HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. The launch was followed by an announcement about the new HTCSense.com online portal that offer complete online access to the users’ messaging content besides offering a phone locator and remote data wiping service.
The company has now announced that the website is now open for signups. At the moment, only Desire HD and Desire Z users are eligible to sign up though we expect HTC to open up the website for other recently launched models as well. If you do not own either of these new handsets, you can still sign up if you are a HTC customer. Such users can activate their warranty, download free wallpapers and other media content using their HTCSense account.
As expected, T-Mobile has finally unveiled their newest Android handsets; the myTouch. Unlike the other slider version, the new T-Mobile myTouch comes with a fully touchscreen interface and packs a number of powerful specs including the ability to do video calling. This is incidentally, the first smartphone from T-Mobile to come with the ability to video call. The functionality is expected to be available over Qik and Yahoo Messenger.
Speaking of technical specifications, the T-Mobile myTouch comes with a 3.8″ WVGA display, a next generation SnapDragon core processor running at 1 GHz and two cameras – one rear-facing camera sporting a 5-megapixel camera sensor and another front facing camera that will support video chat. And yes, 720p HD video capture is supported as well. Wi-Fi 802.11 is supported and video chat is expected to be supported on Wi-Fi as well as 3G. Best of all, the network is expected to work over T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network that will give you realistic browsing speeds of up to 14Mbps.
No word on pricing or launch date as yet.