HTC plans new phones specifically for US
High Tech Computer of Taiwan, the manufacturer behind many of the Most Popular Smartphones and Pocket PC phones around the world, is now targeting the US. Previously, most of their advanced tech stayed in Europe and Asia.
Highlights of the US lineup include a version of the HTC Hermes 3G Pocket PC phone, designed specifically for American UMTS networks. A more unique contribution comes in the form of a Windows Mobile smartphone with a landscape screen that will support over-the-air digital TV broadcasts using the DVB-H standard. Just such a service is expected to launched in the US by Modeo later this year, with coverage supposed to reach half the US population in 2007.
2010 US Census to use 500,000 handhelds
The US Census Bureau has decided to go digital for the next national census, scheduled for 2010. The organization will buy a whopping 500,000 handhelds to help in counting and classifying the American public.
While it’s not known what device the Census Bureau will use, it will definitely be a Windows Mobile device manufactured by HTC. Some reports suggest that it may be the HTC Wizard, though this is unconfirmed.
MobiTV coming to Windows Mobile
Speaking of mobile TV, for all those Windows users who have been envying MobiTV for Palm OS, the wait is over. MobiTV is going to make their service available for Windows devices. The service provides a variety of streamed TV channels including MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, and The Weather Channel.
MSNBC mobile news offering
And if being able to watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann via MobiTV isn’t enough on-the-go MSNBC for you, they’ve got you covered. The news service is launching a new mobile offering designed specifically for Windows Mobile phones. The program is free, ad-supported, and provides top headlines as well as video and the option to save articles. The program currently only supports a limited number of devices, but the list is expanding.