Android, schmandroid. HTC's using its annual showcase to show off nothing but Windows Phone Mango devices next week.
Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.
HTC will unveil two new handsets, the HTC Eternity and the HTC Omega, according to a source at the company who spoke to BGR. The Eternity will pack a 3.7-inch screen, while the Omega will sport a massive 4.5-inch panel -- that's almost as huge as the Dell Streak, which was almost a tablet. And look what happened to that.
The HTC Eternity will be on the AT&T network in the US, while the Omega will be on T-Mobile USA (or towering over it, staring down like Godzilla, given its size). There's no official confirmation for the UK as yet -- neither do we have any release dates. But Windows Phone Mango is rumoured to be out on 1 September, so don't expect to be kept waiting too long.
The handsets will be HTC's first to use Mango, the newest version of the Windows Phone 7 OS. Mango is the first major update to WP7, bringing more than 500 new features, including directly integrated social networking, live tile notifications, improvements to the Xbox Live gaming service, Bing indoor maps, and Internet Explorer 9 that's closer to a desktop browsing experience than previous versions.
Now, Nokia -- stop fiddling about bringing something new to Symbian and make your Mango phone official. You know you want to.