Androids, Androids, Androids everywhere! (plus Android phone hotness scorecard)

htc-you-brandingMy head has been hurting all week trying to keep up with this madness called Android. The short: Google is taking over the world, again. This time, the mobile one… cell phones… oh, make that smartphones!

I don’t need to go into all the details here, since you can find a massive number of Blogs dedicated to the onslaught of new phones running Android including Samsung, Motorola and htc_logoHTC. Despite all the buzz about Motorola Droid which releases tomorrow for $199 at Verizon stores, HTC is the most curious story. As in, who are these guys? Why, all of a sudden, are they one of the hottest manufacturers around? Most recently, their Sprint Hero phone has been receiving rave reviews. Not only does it run Android, but it also sports an uber-slick skin crafted by HTC that make the user interface very pretty and easy to use.

So I did some quick Google “research” and found many interesting factoids about HTC, not the least of which is that they are only 2 years old. Amazing! Read on for more, plus my take on the hottest Android phones now available.

Cheat Sheet: Who the heck is HTC?
  • HTC is based in Taiwan and formally known as HT Corporation
  • Founded: May 2007
  • Employees: Over 5,000>
  • It’s run by Cher! – really! – as in Cher Wang, Chairwoman
  • She is daughter of one of Taiwain’s richest men, and she is also acting chair of Via Technologies, of Netbook processor fame… does she have any spare time?
  • Last year, HTC  manufactured the first handset to run Google Android. The HTC G1 was released September 23, 2008 on the T-Mobile network (it was working at the time)
  • Tag line: “quietly brilliant” – indeed, it seems marketing is a lower priority then engineering; the strategy is working
  • # of shipping handsets: 44
  • Web site: www.htc.com
Hotness Factor: Android Handsets

HTC ErisVerizon

  • Motorola Droid, $199 (HOT)
  • HTC Droid Eris, $99 (TOASTY)

T-Mobile

  • Motorola CLIQ, $199 (WARM, overshadowed by scary Droid brother, and cooling fast thanks to network issues)
  • T-Mobile G1, $129 (Almost retired, but well respected)
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G, $149 (COLD, and lonely)

Sprint

  • HTC Hero, $179 (Last month’s HOT is now COOL, but still cool)
  • Samsung Moment, $179 (FORGOTTEN?)

Rogers

  • LG GW620 Eve, $49.99 CDN (HOT, and what a deal!)

AT&T

  • Crickets…
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  • plz check the fact b4 posting HTC was found in 2007 may but 1997 May 15 and formerly known as
    High Tech Computer Corp not HT Corp.

    Source 1:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Corporation

    Source 2 :http://www.htc.com/in/about_htc.aspx

    Introduction

    HTC Corp, (TAIEX: 2498) produces powerful handsets that continually push the boundaries of innovation to provide true mobile freedom.

    Founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HT Cho, Director of the Board & Chairman of HTC Foundation, and Peter Chou, President and CEO, HTC made its name as the company behind many of the most popular operator-branded devices on the market. It has established unique partnerships with key mobile brands, including the leading five operators in Europe, the top four in the US, and many fast-growing Asian operators. It has also brought products to market with industry leading OEM partners and, since June 2006, under its own HTC brand.

    HTC is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile sector and has achieved remarkable recognition over the past couple of years. Business Week ranked HTC as the second best performing technology company in Asia in 2007 as well as giving the company the number 3 spot in its Global listing in 2006.

    Since launching its own brand 18 months ago the company has introduced dozens of HTC-branded products around the world.

  • plz check the fact b4 posting HTC was found in 2007 may but 1997 May 15 and formerly known as
    High Tech Computer Corp not HT Corp.

    Source 1:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Corporation

    Source 2 :http://www.htc.com/in/about_htc.aspx

    Introduction

    HTC Corp, (TAIEX: 2498) produces powerful handsets that continually push the boundaries of innovation to provide true mobile freedom.

    Founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HT Cho, Director of the Board & Chairman of HTC Foundation, and Peter Chou, President and CEO, HTC made its name as the company behind many of the most popular operator-branded devices on the market. It has established unique partnerships with key mobile brands, including the leading five operators in Europe, the top four in the US, and many fast-growing Asian operators. It has also brought products to market with industry leading OEM partners and, since June 2006, under its own HTC brand.

    HTC is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile sector and has achieved remarkable recognition over the past couple of years. Business Week ranked HTC as the second best performing technology company in Asia in 2007 as well as giving the company the number 3 spot in its Global listing in 2006.

    Since launching its own brand 18 months ago the company has introduced dozens of HTC-branded products around the world.