HTC has announced a new version of HTC Sense for superphones, with portrait and landscape orientation support, and specially coded for high-resolution displays like the 1024 x 600 panel on the HTC Flyer. It’s part of what CEO Peter Chou describes as a transition in the mobile market to expected smartphone features: “nice-to-have has turned into must-have” he suggested at the tablet’s launch.
After a record quarter of HTC device sales, Chou said the onus is on HTC to continue to improve the Sense experience. The company has already told us that it sees the UI and software suite – which will soon be getting OnLive gaming and streaming movie servies – as an essential part of the HTC proposition.
That means that, even when devices like the HTC Flyer are updated to Android 3.0 Honeycomb shortly after its launch, HTC will still be loading Sense and it won’t be something – third-party ROMs aside – that users will be able to turn off. Whether HTC will be pushing for the same sort of flexibility with Windows Phone, now that Nokia has agreed such a deal with Microsoft, remains to be seen.
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If you were expecting all of HTC’s rumored Facebook plans to culminate in the announcement of THE Facebook Phone, brace yourself for disappointment. Just as we figured, HTC has taken a similar path as INQ with their Cloud Touch and announced a pair of Android 2.3 smartphones aimed at the mid-range market with the social media conscious in mind.
As far as the Facebook functionality goes, an “F” logo button positioned at the bottom of the phone will glow when content is accessed that can be shared via Facebook. Press the button and send your content out into the world of social. It is designed to offer one-touch uploading of content in conjunction with a modified HTC Sense-like UI that incorporates the social site heavily.
The HTC ChaCha features a 2.6-inch display and a portrait QWERTY keyboard below. The HTC Salsa gets a 3.4-inch display. They are coming out in Europe and Asia during Q2 of this year. Hands-on to follow.
HTC UNVEILS TWO SOCIAL PHONES WITH ONE-TOUCH FACEBOOK® ACCESS
HTC raises the bar for mobile social phones with HTC ChaChaTM and HTC SalsaTM
BARCELONA, SPAIN - Mobile World Congress - February 15, 2011 - HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced two new phones built entirely to be social, combining the simplicity, ease-of-use and depth of HTC SenseTM with the power and connectivity of Facebook®. As part of an extended portfolio of six new HTC Sense-based devices being unveiled at Mobile World Congress, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa feature a dedicated Facebook® button for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.
“HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.”
“We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage,” said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business for Facebook. “HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative way enabling people to connect and share easily whenever they want, wherever they are.”
The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more. For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button. Or let your friends know what song you’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.
The new devices feature Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, the latest version, and use the latest iteration of HTC Sense to integrate Facebook throughout the HTC Sense experience. When you make a phone call, the dialer screen displays your friend’s latest status and photos, and even tells you if their birthday is approaching. The same updates are also displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. You can also use your phone’s existing contacts to help you connect with them on Facebook or personalize your handset further with a number of new, Facebook-branded widgets.
The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones make it simple to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Your Facebook messages and conversations are integrated within your phone and appear within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations.
Stay connected with the smartphone for the Facebook generation - HTC ChaCha
The HTC ChaCha smartphone is designed to provide a seamless, social experience by enabling you to stay in touch with your friends anytime, anywhere. The unique tilt design shapes the display and physical QWERTY keyboard so it is easy to view and comfortable to type. Capture special moments in crisp, High-Definition detail or video chat with your friends using the dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. The ChaCha smartphone also brings the Internet to your fingertips with a 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution landscape touch screen.
Your Facebook friends never felt closer - HTC Salsa
Boasting the same deep Facebook integration as the HTC ChaCha smartphone, the HTC Salsa smartphone provides a fast, high-performance smartphone experience. Capture the moment in high-resolution stills or video with the 5-megapixel camera and immediately share it with friends on the generous 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touch display. Upload your photos to Facebook at the touch of a button. For face-to-face conversations on the move, the VGA forward-facing camera enables high-quality video calling.
The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011. In the United States, AT&T and HTC are exclusively bringing this unique user experience to market later this year.
HTC just wrapped their Mobile World Congress press conference, and among announcements of their first Android tablet and Facebook-buttoned handsets was the unveiling of three new Sense devices: the HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S, and HTC Wildfire S. If you couldn’t tell by the names, they are all updated versions of handsets currently pedaled by the mobile manufacturer.
The Incredible S is the second in HTC’s lineup to bear the name but the first to make it to Europe. It features a 1GHz Qualcomm chip, 768MB RAM, and a large 4-inch display. For pictures we get an 8MP rear camera capable of HD video capture. It runs on Android 2.2, unlike the Desire S and Wildfire S, which are running on Android 2.4 (surprise!).
As far as those handsets go, the Desire S features a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 3.7-inch display, and aluminum unibody design. It also gets a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera. The Wildfire S remains in the lower range with a 600MHz chip, 3.2-inch display and 512MB RAM.
All three will be available in Europe sometime during Q2 of this year. We’re headed off to HTC’s booth in mere moments to check out the goods for ourselves.
HTC LAUNCHES THREE NEW SMARTPHONES WITH HTC SENSE™
HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S™ and HTC Incredible S™ deliver premium style, power and speed
BARCELONA, SPAIN - Mobile World Congress - February 15, 2011 - HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled three new versions of its most popular and advanced smartphones - HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S. The new smartphones continue HTC’s commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones while providing distinct choices in design, power and value. Each phone also includes HTC Sense, HTC’s unique customer-focused user experience that puts people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way.
"HTC developed the HTC Sense experience to bring cutting-edge innovation to our customers in simple and natural ways that just make sense - this is what HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S represent best," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "These new phones offer an exhilarating mix of style, innovation and features that extend people’s mobile experience in ways that feel personal and completely original."
HTC Desire S
As a successor to the popular and award-winning HTC Desire, the new HTC Desire S blends stunning design with power and speed. Inspired by the HTC Legend™ smartphone’s aluminium design, the HTC Desire S is sculpted out of a single block of aluminum making it feel solid and natural in your hand. With Qualcomm’s new 1GHz Snapdragon™ MSM8255 processor, the HTC Desire S offers snappy performance and power. It offers dual front and back cameras, High-Definition video recording and the 3.7-inch WVGA display presents multimedia content brilliantly.
HTC Wildfire S
Building on the popularity of the HTC Wildfire™ smartphone, the HTC Wildfire S smartphone is an affordable, compact and playful device that packs a powerful smartphone experience. It enables people to maintain and build connections and friendships through popular sites like Facebook®, as well as through voice and text messaging. You can instantly tag your friends in photos before posting them on Facebook, or share your latest discoveries from the Android™ Market at the touch of a button.
HTC Wildfire S is one of HTC’s smallest phones ever - measuring just 10.13cm long and 5.94cm wide - and boasts a distinctive 3.2 inch, HVGA display.
Celebrate your individuality and choose from a wide variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone’s home screen is fully customizable with your favorite apps, widgets and content, while a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus, expandable microSD™ memory and support for a variety of audio and video formats make a great all-around multimedia device that slips easily into any pocket.
HTC Incredible S
The alluring HTC Incredible S smartphone combines cutting-edge design with a premium mobile experience for those who dare to be different. Showing what can be achieved when engineers and designers work together to raise the bar for mobile phone design, the HTC Incredible S smartphone features a stunning, contoured body that highlights the internal hardware components of the device. Capturing and viewing video in crystal clear High-Definition has never been so easy and a bright 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display and stereo surround sound bring a vibrant cinematic experience to the palm of your hand.
HTC Incredible S also takes high quality pictures with its 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and it easily enables videos, photos and music to be shared from the handset direct to a TV using DLNA® technology. Thanks to the HTC Incredible S’s front facing camera and video call functionality, users will constantly be able to chat with their friends face-to-face.
The HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S smartphones, will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011.
HTC’s just announced the HTC Flyer at their press event here in Barcelona. Due to limited space we weren’t able to get in on the unveiling ourselves, but we hear it has a 1.5 GHz processor, is 7 inches large, and runs Android 2.4 – no Honeycomb here, guys.
A new tablet version of Sense dons this thing, and from the images we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t look too bad. More specs include 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 1280×600 resolution, and comes with a capacitive stylus. In short, this thing has just about everything.
It has a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing VGA camera on the front, a 4,000 mAh battery, and an aluminum unibody casing. We’ll be on the show floor looking for this thing and we can’t wait to get our hands on it so we can deliver some good, tablet-y video to you. The device will be shipping Q2 of this year.
Why did this come out in the middle of Mobile World Congress, one of the busiest conferences of the year? How will I get any work done? I digress. Words With Friends from Zynga (the makers of several highly popular Facebook games including Farmville) is now available for Android. It is a Scrabble clone that is sure to waste away many hours for language enthusiasts.
I have been waiting for this game almost since the first day I bought an Android phone, so forgive me if I keep this short. I have to save all the good words for besting my friends,