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MWC 2010: Day 2 wrap-up

A brief summary of the second day of Mobile World Congress 2010.

T-Mobile will get the HTC HD2
T-Mobile will get the HTC HD2

T-Mobile kicks off the second day of Mobile World Congress 2010 with the announcement that they'll be bringing the highly coveted HTC HD2 to the U.S. market. This Windows Mobile smartphone is equipped with a 4.3-inch WVGA multitouch screen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, and plenty of other goodies like compatibility with Blockbuster's OnDemand video app, a Barnes & Noble eReader app, MobiTV, and six months of free in-flight Wi-Fi courtesy of Gogo Inflight Internet. T-Mobile says it expects to ship the HD2 in Spring 2010. T-Mobile also announced its plans to roll out HSPA+ across the states, and addresses nagging questions about the Nexus One and Android OS updates. As for Europe, T-Mobile plans on releasing the Samsung Wave and the T-Mobile Pulse Mini to select European markets this year as well.

Also in Barcelona, HTC shows off its latest crop of smartphones. They include the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire, and the HTC HD Mini. The Desire is essentially the Nexus One with HTC Sense, while the HTC Legend is a refinement of the HTC Hero. The HTC HD Mini is like a mini version of the popular HTC HD2. Expect these phones in Europe and Asia first--no word if they'll come to the U.S. any time soon.

HTC Legend
HTC Legend Bonnie Cha/CNET

Speaking of HTC, the company also announced that the Hero and the Droid Eris will soon be getting the Android 2.1 update. This makes the Droid Eris even more valuable, as it is possibly the cheapest Android phone with the 2.1 OS. Motorola also took the chance to announce its own Android OS upgrade schedule, as well as the Motorola Cliq XT.

Google made a showing at Barcelona as well, with CEO Eric Schmidt taking the chance to make nice with world's carriers, which is probably a good thing as Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao doesn't seem too pleased with the Mountain View company's dominance. Finally at the show, LG shows off its GT40 Android phone, RIM is said to give away its server software, and yes indeed, Skype will be coming to Verizon's 3G phones.

There's still more news to come, so stay tuned to our Mobile World Congress 2010 blog for more news this week!