The International Consumer Electronics opened with the Microsoft keynote speech last night in Las Vegas. Just a couple of days after the Google Nexus One announcement was splashed all over the mainstream media, many expected fireworks from Microsoft too. Instead the news wasn’t all that groundbreaking and a power failure also delayed the presentation for nearly 30 minutes.
The expected HP touch-screen slate PC was announced and there’s an agreement to make Windows 7 the default OS, MSN the default home page and Bing the default search engine on many new HP systems. We’re guessing people will still remove all that within the first few minutes and replace it with Google though. As for us mobile fans, there are a couple of things to look forward to. Firstly, although there was no Windows Mobile 7 announcmement, Steve did state that..
“We will have a lot more to say about phones next month at Mobile World Congress”
..that kinda says to us that Windows Mobile 7 will get a full announcement at the MWC. There was also news on the rather splendid HTC HD2 – it will be arriving in America at last and it’ll be available exclusively on T-Mobile USA. Grab the press release below..
Links – HTC HD2 Review – T-Mobile USA Coming Soon
Arriving in the U.S. this spring, the HTC HD2 features a big, brilliant screen, blazing fast processor, and the celebrated HTC Sense™ experience
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and HTC today announced that HTC HD2ä is expected to be available for the first time in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile USA this spring. With its industry-leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display and high-powered features, the ultrathin HTC HD2 phone delivers content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.
The HTC HD2 comes equipped with the 1GHz Snapdragon™ by Qualcomm mobile processor and utilizes T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience.
“T-Mobile and HTC have a long history of partnering to deliver innovative, cutting-edge products to T-Mobile customers,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “The HTC HD2 delivers a thin, sophisticated design and powerful features that we are excited to add to our dynamic smartphone lineup this spring.”
The HTC HD2 is the first Windows® phone with HTC Sense, a software experience focused on putting people at the center by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. For example, the HTC HD2 includes a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call, and a light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display.
“Combining the intuitive user interface based on HTC Sense with an outstanding set of specifications and the powerful T-Mobile network, the HTC HD2 adds up to be not only an amazing device, but an amazing experience as well,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “The HTC HD2 is a Windows phone that has already been enthusiastically received in Europe and Asia, and we are excited to bring this highly anticipated device to the U.S., exclusively through T-Mobile USA.”
The HTC HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone for the smoothest possible performance and to make viewing, zooming and resizing Web sites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a simple pinching motion. The large capacitive display makes it easy to read and reply to Outlook e-mails, edit a Word document or modify an Excel spreadsheet right from the HTC HD2. In addition, the HTC HD2 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality, a Web browser, and an advanced 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash for capturing images, even in dim conditions.
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.
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