Its not just Nokia handsets which are receiving the Windows Phone Tango update today.
We just had a tip saying the HTC Titan is receiving the 7.10.8773.98 update, which should bring the new Tango features of improved MMS, the disappearing keyboard fix and the fix for the deadly SMS bug, amongst other improvements.
Readers should either wait for the update notification or check for an update via the Zune client to pull down the latest software.
How did we miss this one? It seems some HTC Titans who shipped with bootloader 2.2.160015.3(134181) have been completely unable to update via the Zune Desktop client, generating Error Code: 80070013 / 8007000F.
Fortunately the news of the flaw comes at the same time as the news of a fix, with HTC releasing a SPL which can be flashed to the device from the desktop and which will then allow normal updates. The update will only overwrite the bootloader and not affect the data on the device.
Our tipster reports after flashing the update he was finally able to install the 8107 update successfully, after months of waiting.
It may not have a 16 megapixel camera, but the HTC Titan with its 4.7 inch screen and excellent 8 megapixel camera is still a great handset, and is being offered for the very low price of only Â£274.99 at online UK retailer Play.com.
The handset was selling 6 months ago for Â£499, making the price great value. I suspect stock will be limited, so if you have always wanted the big screened monster, grab it while you can.
It seems HTCâ€™s flagship Windows Phone, the HTC Titan, had made a quiet exit from the UK market.
Large online retailers Phones4U and the Carphone Warehouse both no longer show the device when searching for HTC handsets, and searching Vodafone, O2, Orange and T-Mobileâ€™s websites also do not show the device.
The reasons for the disappearance of the handset is not clear â€“ there is no LTE networks in UK, so there is not much point in releasing the HTC Titan II here. It may be that HTC has rationalized their range in UK, and withdrew the handset from the market.
Phones4U Customer service said:
If the handset disappears completely from the European market, it really only leaves us with one choice for a high-end Windows Phone â€“ the Nokia Lumia 900. I guess Nokia at the least would be happy for that, but I lament the Windows Phone market shrinking down to only one OEM, no matter how good the handsets are.
The 4.7inch beast from HTC marketed as Titan is now available on a great deal from AT&T. HTC Titan is now available from AT&T for 1 cent under 2 year contract.Â The device has got a rating of 4.9/5 and 97% of the customers would recommend this to others.Â Its a great deal to take advantage of and pass this message among your friends!
WPDang reports that the HTC Triump AKA HTC Titan, which went up for pre-order recently, will hit the market as early as next week, on the 14th March 2012.
The handset has been confirmed to be coming with Windows Phone Tango, which replaces services such as Facebook, Twitter and Xbox Live with local equivalents.
Interestingly this suggests the roll-out of Tango is further advanced than we thought, and that there could potentially be quite a significant number of sales into the Chinese market in Q1 2012, which should boost Windows Phone numbers overall for the quarter significantly.
Of course one barrier is the price of the handset â€“ far from being a mass market device such as the Nokia 610, the Triumph will cost a pretty penny at CNY 4,399 (USD 697.5). Hopefully there is enough pent up demand to support this pricing level in the worldâ€™s biggest phone market.
It seems HTC is getting ready to beat all the other Windows Phone OEMs to the punch and release an official Chinese localized Windows Phone into the market first.
Chinese site WPDang.com reports that HTC flagship store in Beijingâ€™s Solana mall has started taking pre-order for HTC Titan, to be released in China as the Triumph.
The handset is being promoted as the â€œThe first ever Chinese Windows Phone 7.5 device on this planetâ€ and â€œthe authentic Chinese versionâ€ and is being sold for CNY 4,999 (USD 793.7). This price is significantly more than the grey market imports, which average CNY 3,600 (USD 571.6), but then those are not â€œauthentic Chinese versionâ€ handsets with all the appropriate localizations.
These localizations likely includes those we associate with Tango in China, including replacing the hardwired Facebook and Twitter features with local Chinese equivalents such as Weibo.
Providing for the Chinese market is increasingly important as the market there grows explosively, with China recently becoming the first country with over a billion mobile phone subscribers.