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HTC Touch Cruise gets makeover, debuts with new Footprints software

HTC unveils an updated version of its HTC Touch Cruise smartphone with new Footprints software that geotags photos and more.

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On Thursday, HTC revealed a revamped version of its HTC Touch Cruise smartphone, complete with an updated look and souped-up geotagging software called HTC Footprints.

The new Touch Cruise replaces the original model, which debuted in January 2008, and expands on the capabilities of the GPS-centric smartphone with HTC Footprints. The application not only lets you geotag photos that you take using the device's 3.2-megapixel camera, but you can also add notes and audio clips to these digital "postcards."

In addition, Footprints will automatically name each postcard with its general location or area, so you have all the information as you flip through the images at a later time. The HTC Touch Cruise can be used as an in-car navigation system as well and comes with a car cradle that allows for turn-by-turn directions.

Other goodies on the Windows Mobile 6.1 device include a 2.8-inch QVGA touch screen with HTC's TouchFlo interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a slimmer, sleeker design. HTC said it will bring an unlocked version of the smartphone to the United States that will support our 850/1900 HSDPA bands (that's AT&T's 3G bands, FYI). Expected ship date for the HTC Touch Cruise, here in the States and globally, is this spring for an unlocked price of $500 to $600.