Nokia, HTC, and Microsoft fuel the phone war fire, while new tablets debut. Also: IE9 beta arrives.
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The phone wars are dialing up again with Nokia and HTC sending new handsets into the battlefield and Microsoft retreating a bit on its Windows Phone 7 strategy.
Nokia got the ball rolling by introducing three smartphones that use its new Symbian 3 operating system, though none of these new devices will be offered by a U.S. carrier. The company, which was once king of the mobile market, is now battling Apple's and Google's economic might, brand power, and sudden relevance.
HTC introduced two Android phones, the Desire HD with a large, 4.3-inch screen and the Desire Z with a flip-out hardware keyboard. Both are set to arrive in October in Europe and Asia; the Desire Z will arrive in North America later this year. The phones come with an updated version of HTC's Sense user interface and tie in with the new HTCSense.com Web site designed to augment the phones' abilities.
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