TomTom and HTC go hand in hand for GPS navigation

TomTom and HTC just announced that they are combining forces to deliver a new GPS navigation and location solution on HTC smartphones. It will be called HTC Locations and will have TomTom’s maps preloaded so you won’t have to rely on OTA (over the air) maps to load. We already have seen Sprint Navigator and Bing Maps on board in HTC Arrive.

HTC Locations is already available on the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z in Europe and Asia but will be expand to rest of the universe in a short while.

Real news is Maps and location content will be preloaded with HTC Locations but you’ll have to pay for turn-by-turn navigation. Now if you live in the US or have unlimited data you’re probably saying “why bother when Google Maps are free?” but in some parts of the world data charges are expensive and relying on locally stored maps maybe the cheaper option.

T-Mobile G2 by HTC

Finally the successor for T-Mobile G1 is out. It is simply called T-Mobile G2 and is designed by HTC. It was just officially announced by T-Mobile and it will be available later this month. This is the first phone in the U.S. to support HSPA+ network, a version of 4G connectivity. T-Mobile claims their 4G network covers more than 100 million people in 55 major metropolitan areas.

Back to the phone. T-Mobile’s G2 has a 3.7″ screen, full slide out keyboard, 5MP camera with LED flash, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS of course, Adobe flash support, Android 2.2 OS, 1300mAh battery, and a 800Mhz processor.

Some other features include the ability to record HD videos, 8GB microSD card (supports upto 32GB), and 4GB internal memory.

It should cost the usual $200 with a 2 year contract.

HTC Wildfire

HTC Wildfire is a brand new mid range Android powered smartphone from the company - targeting young folks who may be going mobile for the first time. HTC Wildfire will be running Android 2.1 Eclair operating sytem and will come with a decent set of hardware features for a mid-range device.

Take for example the 3.2″ QVGA capacitive touch screen with pinch to zoom; or the 512MB ROM and the 384MB RAM, and even microSD card for extra storage. 1300mAh battery should give you more than 400 hours talk time but not sure how much that would translate if you were to browse the web the whole time. HTC Desire has a 5MP camera with auto focus and flash and can geotag your photos if you choose to. That means Wildfire has a GPS receiver and a few other sensor such as the G-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and the ambient light sensor.

Some other stuff includes Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio, WiFi, 3.5mm audio jack, and a micro USB port. And the processor of course: Qualcomm MSM7225 buzzing at 528 MHz.

No word U.S. release just yet. HTC Wildfire will be out in Europe and Asia in third quarter of this year.

myTouch 3G Slide is here

T-Mobile just introduced the next generation myTouch 3G phone called myTouch 3G Slide from HTC. One of its biggest highlights - different from the original myTouch 3G is the fact that Slide carries a slide out qwerty keyboard. Pricing on myTouch 3G Slide is not announced yet but we have a decent list of specs on this now mid-range Android operated smartphone. Slide will have a large 3.4″ screen, come with the latest Android 2.1 OS with Swype preloaded, and carry a GPS receiver. Other decent software enhancements include myModes which can take away say work related apps when it is the weekend. Another is the Genius Button (from Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications) which allows use of voice commands for things like making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or even your surroundings. It can also read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally as if you were speaking directly to a person.

Camera is also better on myTouch 3G Slide; 5MP camera with autofocus and flash. It comes out in June and will be offered exclusively by T-Mobile in red, black, or white.

Verizon Droid Incredible

Why try to pick a fancy name for a phone… Just call it “Awesome”… too much. How about “Incredible”… that’s better. That’s what Verizon is calling their latest Android powered handset from HTC. Droid Incredible. Droid Incredible will be available beginning April 29 and will cost $200 after a 2 year contract and a $100 mail in rebate.

Droid Incredible will come with HTC Sense user interface, integrate with Exchange ActiveSync, carry Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP digital camera.

Here are the detailed specs for the device:

  • Android 2.1 with HTC
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 8 MP camera with dual LED flash
  • 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack

There are many ways you can get GPS navigation on this phone. The easiest of course is Google’s own Google Maps with Navigate feature.

Kyocera Zio M6000

Looking for a new Android powered device with GPS capabilities? There’s a lot out there. Kyocera Zio M6000 is yet another one. It was announced yesterday at CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show and it supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A 3G band.

There’s nothing too spectacular about the specs, especially compared to Sprint HTC EVO 4G we mentioned yesterday but they’re still pretty decent.

You’ve got the 3.2MP camera, 512MB memory, digital compass, microSD card slot, A-GPS of course, 1130mAh battery, 3.5″ touch screen, 3.5mm audio jack, bluetooth, WiFi, and more… then why is this exciting? The price: It is going to sell for something around $200 - with no contracts. That’s the cheapest Android phone we’ve heard of so far. Thanks Kyocera.

HTC EVO from Sprint

Look at this beauty. This is world’s first 3G/4G handset from Sprint. It is made by HTC and it is called HTC EVO 4G. It is coming out this summer for an unannounced price. We’ll have to wait and see. This would also be world’s first Android phone supporting WiMAX (4G) connectivity.

We’ll mention a few other highlights such as the 4.3″ display, HDMI out, and the 8MP camera, and then will go more into detail for the long list of features:

  • Android 2.1
  • HTC Sense interface
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 1500mAh battery
  • WiFi/3G/4G/
  • 1.3MP for video conferencing
  • 8MP main digital camera
  • GPS navigation
  • stereo bluetooth wireless
  • microSD card slot
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • proximity and motion sensor
  • digital compass
  • kickstand
  • 4.3″ display (WVGA capacitive touchscreen)

Read more about it at Sprint’s press release page.

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TeleNav now works with no wireless coverage

TeleNav GPS Navigator just announced a new version of their GPS Navigator - now it’s Version 6.0. It has some pretty decent new features but the most important of it all - according to Navigadget - is that now your entire route, maps, and maps of surrounding areas are downloaded to your phone so navigation will still work when you’re out of wireless coverage area.

Other exciting features are speech input (voice recognition), audio alerts for intersections with red light cameras, warnings when driving over the speed limit on freeways, and lane assistance.

On other TeleNav related news T-Mobile HTC HD2 is out and it comes preloaded with with TeleNav Navigator (60 days free, then $10/mo). Here is the demo video:

HTC Desire

HTC Desire is one of the latest phones introduced by the company just today. It is pretty much an “HTC version” of the Google Nexus One, except the optical joystick. HTC Desire will be headed to Europe and Asia starting this March. Here is everything there is to know about HTC Desire:

  • 3.7″ AMOLED capacitive touch screen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 1400mAh battery
  • 5MP camera with face detection, auto focus, flash, and geotagging
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • micro-USB
  • Android 2.1 Eclair OS
  • 512MB ROM, 572MB RAM, microSD card slot
  • 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • G-sensor
  • digital compass
  • proximity sensor
  • ambient light sensor
  • and of course A-GPS

We’ve included two HTC Desire videos here:

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Nexus One $530, or $180 with T-Mobile

We’ve been quite conservative about our Nexus One coverage here at Navigadget compared to other people. We only talked about it when we first heard of Nexus One, and then again we found out about the specs. We couldn’t skip what we just found though. We now have news from Gizmodo that nexus one will cost $530 with no contract, unlocked, from Google. And a much bearable price of $180 with a two year T-Mobile contract.

A few more facts were also revealed. T-Mobile’s plan is $80/month which gets you on the Even More plan they’ve got going. Nexus One is manufactured by HTC, not Google. We already suspected this. You can buy five Nexus One’s per Google account.

I guess this was their announcement they had scheduled for January 5th. So there, you don’t have to wait for it now.