1. Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:30 am by Andy

    OnLive and HTC

    Smartphone manufacturer HTC has made an investment in a firm which could result in a partnership in mobile gaming services in the future.

    A £25 million cash injection was made by the Taiwanese firm in cloud-based game streaming service OnLive and comes in the same week that all five of the UK’s major mobile network providers announced that they would be backing the PlayStation-flavoured Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

    OnLive is a firm which offers game streaming to PCs and to living rooms, via a small set top box, eliminating the need for users to own a powerful computer or console. The same service could easily be applied to mobiles, enabling incredible graphics without requiring batter-draining hardware.

    HTC has said that it will be releasing more details about its links to OnLive next week, which means it looks like the Mobile World Congress will be the event at which serious revelations are made.

    Shifting mobile services into the cloud where remote servers and computer clusters do all of the number crunching, while end users enjoy the results, is an excellent plan, reducing the need for ridiculous specs on next-gen handsets. HTC is making a smart play to get in on the ground floor, if the reports from the Wall Street Journal are accurate.

  2. Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 2:12 pm by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro on it's way

    HTC is going to launch both the 7 Pro and Gratia smartphones in the UK next month and the Taiwanese manufacturer officially confirmed these plans this week.

    The HTC 7 Pro was originally destined to be a launch handset for the Windows Phone 7 platform but delays shifted it into 2011 and it could be a big hit thanks to its full slide-out QWERTY keypad.

    The HTC Gratia is based on Android rather than Microsoft’s platform and it runs version 2.2 of the software. It is a midrange handset with solid specs, including a 3.2 inch display and a five megapixel camera, so it should find an audience in a relatively busy segment of the market.

    So far no UK network provider has announced that it will be offering either of these handsets on a pay monthly tariff, so early adopters will need to pick them up SIM free when they arrive in February.

    However, it would be surprising if no operator jumped onboard with HTC shortly after the launch, so if you are holding out for a free handset you may not have that long to wait until you are satisfied.

  3. Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 9:17 am by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC’s next Windows Phone 7 handset, simply called the 7 Pro, is now thought to be arriving in the UK at some point in January, according to reports on the German website of network provider O2.

    Originally it was thought that the HTC 7 Pro would hit the UK before the end of the year with the other early handsets based on Microsoft’s flagship platform, but this deadline was missed and a January launch seems likely.

    The HTC 7 Pro is aimed at business users and heavy messaging fans, as it has a full slide-out QWERTY keypad arranged in a landscape orientation. It also features the type of hardware that all Windows Phone 7 handsets must possess in order to comply with Microsoft’s minimum system requirements, namely a 1GHz processor, a five megapixel camera and all the connectivity options you would expect.

    By adding a QWERTY keypad, the HTC 7 Pro is going head to head with the BlackBerry handsets which are current kings of the business sector, although the fact that this new arrival is integrated with various Microsoft services commonly found in enterprise setups, should bode well for its future success.

  4. Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm by Andy
    LTE Logo

    4G anyone?

    The world of pseudo-4G connectivity will come to mobile phones in 2011 as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has announced that it will be debuting handsets which can connect to new LTE networks in the new year.

    LTE is the acronym for Long Term Evolution and although there is argument over whether or not it can be classified as a true 4G service, there is no doubt that it will provide considerably faster connection speeds to mobile users around the world.

    Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, spoke out about LTE connectivity in an interview conducted by Mobile World Live, saying that the first LTE handsets will become available in the US, where network providers are upgrading their masts in preparation for next-gen services.

    Mr Chou also mentioned the fact that HTC will continue to support both Android and Windows Phone 7 over the coming year, giving its customers the choice between two high end platforms with very different styles and functions, although the specs of HTC handsets are likely to remain similar across the two.

    What remains to be seen is whether or not UK network providers will be able to get their LTE technology prepared for the arrival of HTC’s first compatible handsets in 2011.