HD Video Android 2.2 myTouch Coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile today expands its myTouch line with a new Android 2.2 handset from HTC that sports a speedier processor than initial models as well as a front-facing camera for video calls, a larger screen and support for the carrier's HSPA+ network, which offers 4G-like performance.

The new myTouch does not come with a specific name -- T-Mobile is referring to it simply as the new myTouch -- but it does come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB microSD card, a 3.8-inch touchscreen with Swype, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD video capture and a camera on front for video chat calls. The video calls can be made to other myTouch users or be placed to a computer user through Yahoo Messenger or Qik and works on either Wi-Fi or T-Mobile's 3G network.

Users can share their photo albums, videos and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device. The new phone also includes three exclusive myTouch features: Genius Button, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance, which lets customers call, text, e-mail or access the Internet with a voice command; Faves Gallery, which offers shortcuts to one’s most-contacted family and friends; and myModes, which creates customized home screens for work and home.

It will run on the HSPA+ network where available, which the carrier says delivers theoretical peak download speeds in the range of 14.4 to 21Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 5.7Mbps. Right now, the next-generation network is available in 65 cities, and will be installed in 100 by the end of the year, according to T-Mobile.

Pricing and ship dates have not yet been disclosed, though T-Mobile said the new myTouch will be available "in time for the holidays."

The new myTouch will also be one of the latest smartphones to ship with the most current version of Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo.

Droid X users are the latest group of Android handset owners to join the Android 2.2 club, as the carriers began rolling out updates in August while some smartphones shipped with the fresh version of the mobile Linux OS.

Sprint in late August updated the HTC Evo 4G with Froyo, and soon after, Verizon followed suit with the original Droid and the Droid Incredible. These three handsets joined the Google-branded Nexus One and Motorola Droid 2, in running Android 2.2. Meanwhile, T-Mobile's G2 will go on sale Oct. 6 and ships with Android 2.2.

The Samsung Galaxy series of Android handsets and Samsung's own next-gen handset, the Epic 4G, are all slated to be upgraded to Froyo soon.

The news of the myTouch Android 2.2 model comes at a time when industry watchers and early adopters are eager to have the latest version of Android, as it includes significant enhancements to the Google-backed mobile OS. Simultaneously, the Android OS is outselling other mobile platforms for the first time since debuting two years ago.

Android 2.2 includes more mobile security features, such as support for complex passwords and policies, remote wipe and the ability to remotely lock the device to secure data if the smartphone is lost or stolen. It also includes support for Exchange calendars, Adobe Flash as well as tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, and, overall, performs much faster. The mobile OS also now allows for application storage on external devices and a more fluid mobile app market experience.