Posts Tagged ‘HTC’

Samsung i897 Has a Name

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

According to BGR, the Samsung i897 is called the Samsung Captivate. Another Samsung is on deck, the Eternity II (a597). With no official word from AT&T, we don’t know if this is part of the promised 1st half of 2010 lineup or something coming further down the road. Hopefully we will get some answers on June 7.

BGR also confirmed with their source that the HTC Aria is on deck as well. That makes up to five new Android phones in the queue – The HTC Aria, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Eternity II, Dell Aero, and Dell Streak. Add the rumored Xperia X10 and it looks like AT&T will finally be on board with Android this year. It’s about time. As the phones have yet to be formally announced though, I won’t give AT&T credit until the phones actually launch. Let’s go AT&T, the boat already left the dock. You’re really late.

AT&T Android Tally

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As mentioned in the last post, AT&T announced in January that it would be launching 5 Android phones in the first half of 2010. It listed Motorola, HTC, and Dell as three of the brands bringing Android to the carrier. Being as close to the end of the first half of 2010 as we are, let’s take a look at where AT&T’s promise stands.

AT&T promised a phone from Motorola with a unique form factor. Sure enough, the Motorola Backflip was released, a lackluster effort on Motorola’s part, and surprising as AT&T’s foray into Android. The Backflip isn’t a horrible phone, but it is nothing to write home about.

A long time passed between the launch of the Backflip and the announcement of the Dell Aero. At this point the Aero has not been released, so AT&T has a long way to go still. Assuming the Aero is launched in early June, there will still be three phones to launch before July 1 if AT&T is to keep its promise.

Rumor has it that HTC is next in line for AT&T, with a new device called the Aria. That brings the count to three, if indeed it is announced June 7 as rumored.

The Nexus One presents an interesting twist, and AT&T might be inclined to count it as an AT&T phone although it was never sold by AT&T. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully AT&T really does launch 5 phones. The problem remaining however is the fact that June starts next week. Even if the deadline is pushed to midnight on June 30, there is little chance that four phones will be launched by then. All indications show that AT&T has missed its promised deadline. I really hope I am wrong on this, but we’ll soon find out.

HTC was assumed to be releasing two of the five phones, so perhaps we will be hearing more about HTC soon. Dell’s Streak appears to be heading to AT&T as well. Thre is also the long-standing rumor that Sony’s Xperia X10 will show up by August.

So far AT&T hasn’t made a big splash with Android. Hopefully they remedy this soon. They are well past fashionably late to the Android party, and it is time to ramp up and get with the program.

Is the HTC Aria AT&T’s Next Android Phone?

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

AT&T announced back in January that it would be releasing 5 Android phones in the first half of 2010. Today is May 27, and so far only one phone has been released, the Backflip from Motorola. The Dell Aero has been announced, but has yet to be released. The third Android phone has not been formally announced, but since everyone else is talking about it I thought I would too. As we know from AT&T’s announcement, three of the 5 Android phones will be from Motorola, Dell, and HTC. We never learned what HTC was bringing to the table, until now, at least if the rumor pans out.

Phonedog has announced the HTC Aria will be unveiled on June 7 by AT&T. June 7 isn’t so far away, so we should know soon enough if this rumor pans out.

While everyone initially assumed that Google’s Nexus One would be one of the five AT&T phones, it was never offered by AT&T directly. Considering the fact that the Nexus One was replaced by the Droid Incredible on Verizon, it would stand to reason that an HTC Aria would come to AT&T as an alternative to the Nexus One. We won’t know for sure until at least June 7, if even then.

As soon as more details emerge I will be posting about it. Until then, cross your fingers. This could be a really good phone.