Mystery Android world phone heading to Verizon?

One of the problems with Android here in the U.S. is carrier exclusivity and lack of an Android world phone that can jump freely between carriers. It looks as though Verizon may put that problem to rest. A recent FCC filing shows a dual-mode CDMA/GSM Android landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard phone. The Phone is made by HTC and this isn’t its first public sighting. Back in early August, ‘The Droid Guy‘ was saying that an Android world phone with a 4″ screen and a 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor will be coming to Verizon in Q1 of 2011. It looks like the phone he was talking about has shown its pretty black and red face. The keyboard on this phone looks very similar to that of the MyTouch 3G Slide. The screen being 4″ is new territory for HTC. Usually they have a 3.7″ or 4.3″. 4″ is sort of the sweet spot for me so I am pretty excited for something like this. Switching carriers and not being limited to GSM or CDMA will be a huge plus for a lot of people. Especially business users and international users that need to travel countries like China and the U.S. with CDMA carriers. We will be keeping an eye out for some official announcements on this one.

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HTC’s Christmas Gift for all: Android 2.2

Santa knows what you want for Christmas HTC Android owners, the Froyo 2.2 update, and (Spoiler) he will be bringing it. Talking to Pocket-Lint.com, Eric Lin, HTC’s global PR and online community manager, gave relief to those HTC owners of when to expect the Froyo update. While he says the update process is difficult because they want to make sure everything is fine, he does say it is going quicker then expected.

“I don’t think you’re going to see that really long six month, seven month lag, like you saw in the updates from 1.5 to 2.1, simply because it’s a less severe change. Switching from 2.1 to 2.2, they made a lot of tweaks, but they didn’t make any gigantic changes, so it should be a much swifter process”.

But me personally, I am not looking forward to 2.2, I am looking foward to Gingerbread, that big 3.0 update and he does talk about if and when they will get it, when to expect it on any device.

“I don’t think so. I don’t know what Gingerbread involves, but I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas. And since Google hasn’t made any announcements as to when Gingerbread is going to come out, I’m not going to make that guess, it could be Q1 of next year”.

It is good to know that HTC keeps everyone in the loop and while it is a long wait, it is better then nothing some other users are experiencing.

[via Android Central,Pocket-Lint]

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AT&T loves locking down Android phones, HTC Aria is no exception

HTC Aria on the left, stock Android on the right

AT&T basically took everything good about the Motorola Backflip and removed it. They changed the search, removed any apps they don’t like, and removed side loading of apps. Exact same thing happened with the HTC Aria. Read more of this post