Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HTC Glacier/myTouch 4G to hit Mobilicity as the HTC Emerald with Android 2.3 Gingerbread?

It's pretty well known that the new entrants WIND, Vidéotron and Mobilicity are somewhat at a disadvantage of having to rely on AWS (1700MHz) as their 3G band as there aren't as many handsets made for this specific band. But if there was one advantage is that they can piggyback handset unit purchases with T-Mobile in the US since they also use AWS.

While this hasn't happened at the pace most Android enthusiasts would like, given T-Mobile's extensive Android portfolio, this little bit of news is pretty interesting.

MobileSyrup is reporting that the T-Mobile myTouch 4G by HTC will be headed to Mobilicity in May, possibly under the name HTC Emerald. While this isn't the newest phone, it is basically the internal hardware equivalent of a HTC Desire HD or HTC Incredible S. So this is still a solid addition to Mobilicity's steadily improving lineup of phones.

I would personally like WIND and Vidéotron to try to similarly piggyback on T-Mobile bulk handset purchases on phones like the upcoming T-Mobile G2x by LG (aka. LG Optimus 2X) or even the recently announced HTC Sensation 4G

Lastly, the tipster also informs MobileSyrup that the "Emerald" will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is VERY interesting as the T-Mobile myTouch 4G is still running Froyo with no clear update in sight. In contrast the 4.3inch behemoths HTC Thunderbolt and HTC EVO 4G are expected to have Gingerbread by late June.

Source: MobileSyrup

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