Android OS-based HTC Aria Now Available from AT&T

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AT&T has just launched its second smartphone running Google’s Android OS. The HTC Aria has a mid-range feature set and price.

It has a tablet shape with a  3.2-inch, 320 x 480 (HVGA) touchscreen and an optical trackball but no sliding keyboard.

HTC Aria with Google Android OSThe smartphone is debuting with Android OS 2.1 and the HTC Sense user interface layered on top. Rather than replacing Google’s standard UI, HTC’s enhances it with additional homescreens and widgets.

Thanks to Google’s operating system, it comes with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity software, as well as access to many thousands of additional apps on the Android Market.

More Hardware Details
The HTC Aria is able to access AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps 3G network, and it also sports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.

In addition, the model has a 5 megapixel camera, microSD memory card slot, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

This smartphone was previously known by its code-name, HTC Liberty.

See a Gallery of HTC Aria ImagesPricing and Availability
The HTC Aria is available now at AT&T’s website and at this carrier’s retail stores.

It costs $130 with a qualifying two-year service contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.

AT&T’s Latest
The HTC Aria is only AT&T’s second model with the Android OS, as this carrier was slow to adopt Google’s operating system.

Its first was the Motorola Backflip, which debuted earlier this year. It has also announced plans to offer the Dell Aero and the Samsung Captivate.

On the other hand, the Aria is far from AT&T’s first HTC device. These two companies have been working together for many years.

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