Sigh. Engadget Mobile is saying that they've heard some "pretty believable" information indicating that the HTC Lancaster, originally expected to be AT&T's first Android Phone, has been canceled. As in it'll no longer be released. Shelved. Dead. Bye Bye.
Obviously this is bad news for any AT&T customer looking forward to Android devices but simply put, the HTC Lancaster wasn't going to be a game changer, hardware-wise at least. QVGA screen? Psssh. Yeah, it would have been nice to see how Android would take off on a bigger carrier but good things come to those who wait (so we've heard, at least).
So AT&T, the ball in your court. If you really did drop the HTC Lancaster from your product portfolio, we better see a better Android device lined up to take its place. Maybe something from Motorola? Or maybe the "pretty believable" information turns out false and the Lancaster will launch on AT&T as originally planned. Yikes, counting on AT&T to deliver typically never pans out.
I'd also suggest that putting out a device with pretty chintzy optics (3MP *fixed-focus*) is a significant problem, when the Android devices to date have featured nice optics (including auto-focus / macro mode), which has enabled some of its banner apps like barcode scanners.
AT&T is digging a hole for themselves, probably with the help of Apple not wanting a direct competitor to their iphone.
AT&T is digging a hole for themselves, probably with the help of Apple not wanting a direct competitor to their iphone.Yup, don't expect any other smart phones, with the exception of WM to be released on ATT as long as the iphone deal is in place.
Well at least will get the Motorola Android phones, for which we at motorola-android.com are very excited about
ya ive had att for a couple years now and i continually have problems with dropped calls and network loss. but my main problem is that there are no phones which are really striking. its the iphone, a blackberry or a funky flip phone. its nice to have the sim card option but it would be amazing to get some android action. i am switching my service as soon i get confirmation on either the hero or the sholes. done deal, imo. :D
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