HTC Flyer rumors hint at March launch

Friday, January 21, 2011, 8:35 by Tech Correspondent

HTC has a new tablet called Flyer, according to DigiTimes, a publication in HTC’s home town notorious for breaking (some times false) rumors about Taiwanese firms. HTC’s Flyer it is said will begin shipping to the United States in March, but it isn’t known which carrier it will go to.

Flyer will look like HTC’s Desire, but will be larger. The device will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the operator will push Honeycomb, Android version 3.0, updates soon.

HTC Desire, an Android smartphone released early last year around the world, uses a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and HTC’s Sense User Interface which has features such as a Polite Ringer which turns the ringer volume low when the phone is picked and mutes it if the phone is turned over; a customizable homescreen; a social networking aggregator app called Friend Stream for collecting feeds from Facebook, Twitter etc; a feature called Leap to any Panel which produces thumbnails of all the screens one has opened when the display is pinched, after which the user can tap on the screen he wants to go to. It has Text Reflow to support this – which means that when you zoom into the screen, text automatically gets adjusted to the new size.

It’s unclear how different HTC’s upcoming tablet will be from its Desire smartphone. The company might showcase its tablet lineup at Mobile world Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona this February. HTC has two other tablets lined up, which it will ship in the second quarter. Among these could be one called Scribe, a name that HTC recently trademarked. Related: Top 10 Android Tablets.)

HTC has no tablets in the market yet, but it sold a range of popular Android devices last year including Droid Incredible on Verizon, myTouch 4G on T-Mobile and Evo 4G on Sprint, and it is expected to have a similar market in tablet devices. DigiTimes says Flyer will be in stores before Motorola’s Xoom and RIM’s PlayBook are expected to arrive.

There are said to have been about a hundred tablet devices at CES 2011 held earlier this month and more are expected at MWC 2011 in Barcelona come February. Among these tablets are devices with detachable and sliding keyboards. The most talked about were the Motorola Xoom, running Android Honeycomb, which was made in close association with Google. HTC too has had close ties with development on Android because it worked with Google for Nexus S, the first Google-Android flagship smartphone.

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