While some of it has been reported via leaks and the like over the past few months, Sprint's David Owens sat down to discuss the carrier's upcoming strategy in regards to smartphone development. It's evident that the company has quite a bit planned in regards to Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices.
Here's a few of the smartphone tricks that they have up their sleeve:
- Google Android OS updates are coming for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. While he didn't specify a version, HTC has confirmed (via Twitter) that they're working on an Android 2.0 update for the Hero.
- Combination CDMA/GSM Android phones are also "a possibility but nothing this year."
- They're considering an Android phone with a built-in MiFi-type router.
- Android phones will get less expensive "as we see volume across the industry."
- Lots of HTC and BlackBerry devices coming next year, with more HTC devices "on the Android platform."
- Sprint will offer Wi-Fi on the BlackBerry Tour next year and will have other Wi-Fi BlackBerries going forward.
- They're testing Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for the HTC Touch Pro2 and other Windows phones, with planneddistribution in "early 2010."
- Windows Mobile 7.0 to arrive "as soon as possible, but dependent on Microsoft."
- WiMAX phones arriving next year.
- Everything plans no longer offer tethering.
At any rate, 2010 is shaping up to be a big year for the nation's third largest carrier.