UK carriers snap up Android phones at MWC

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Android More Android phones are confirmed at the Mobile World Congress this week, for release in the UK market. Vodafone are taking two from HTC and T-Mobile is branding another Huawei device in its own livery, the same way it began selling HTC devices. All of these babies run the latest version of Android, 2.1 out of the box, and are reported as available from April.

From HTC, Vodafone pick up two capacitive touchscreen phones. First the successor to the Hero, the HTC Legend. With a 3.2 inch AMOLED QVGA screen displaying 320×480, it replaces the trackball of the Hero for an optical joystick. Second, and for higher-end Voda customers, is the HTC Desire. Featuring a 3.7 inch AMOLED WVGA screen display of 480×800 pixels, it’s powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. It also has the snazzy optical joystick.

From Huawei, T-Mobile will launch its own-brand Pulse Mini, applying the mini-me trend that’s developing across manufacturers to the design of the original Pulse. It features a 2.8 inch QVGA resistive touchscreen with a stylus. Readers will know it’s hard for me to buzz about naff resistive-screen technology, but more exciting news is that the Pulse Mini should be much cheaper than the two HTC models, increasing Android 2.1 adoption and bringing it to to pre-pay customers.