New HTC Desire brings two more smartphones to Android family

by Kristen Nicole

It seems like literally everyday more Android-powered smartphones are entering the market. Fans of the original HTC Desire should look forward to upcoming the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z model, which adheres to the original design, including a QWERTY slider on the Desire Z.

Other similarities between the Desire Z and the original phone is the 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 802.11n Wi-Fi compatibility. One new feature the Desire Z will have is HTC’s Sense UI, which is a departure from the standard Google Android interface that’s being included on the HTC G2.

It’s the Desire HD that has a few extra perks, with a 4.3” LCD touch screen, looking quite similar to the EVO 4G.  The smart phone will come with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and HSPA+ instead of WiMAX.  It, too, will have an HTC interface, instead of the stock Google experience.

The upcoming devices validate Google’s efforts for Android, even with the additional customization HTC (and other manufacturers) are including on the phones. Verizon and T-Mobile are also introducing new customizations on top of Android for their upcoming devices.

At the Google Zeitgeist conference this week, Google hinted at more social-networking features to be layered into its core products this fall.  This will likely trickle down to Android, as the platform has become a mobile extension of its web tools, and can easily be incorporated into any social mechanisms Google may be adding.

Stay tuned for Google TV offerings

Looking to expound on Google’s far-reaching commercial brand, many companies are finding new ways to incorporate Android apps into their devices.  Samsung is one such company, considering the addition of Android apps with its HDTVs.  The Galaxy S and upcoming GalaxyTab have already pushed Samsung to the forefront of Android-supporting devices, so the inclusion of television sets won’t be a far cry for the manufacturer.