T-Mobile USA has announced their new myTouch branded smartphones just in time for the back to school season.
The new myTouch and myTouch Q from Huawei will run an older version of Google’s Android OS, which is Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This is a bit unfortunate since most Android manufacturers are launching their Android smartphones with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which itself is not the newer OS. Aside from the version of Android that the new myTouch line will run, the myTouch and myTouch Q will have a 1.4GHz processor, a 5.0-megapixeal rear camera, and a front facing camera for video chat. The most notable design difference between the myTouch and the myTouch Q is that the myTouch Q features a hardware keyboard, which at this point is becoming increasingly rare with Android handsets. Nonetheless, it’s nice to know that they are not completely phased out.
Both the myTouch and myTouchQ will feature a new version of the “Genius Button” that will be powered by Nuance Dragon voice controlled software. The Genius Button will allow users to voice commands to search and launch applications; do web searches and much more. Another feature of the new myTouch line is called “Simple Setup”. This gives users an easier login process, a tips widgets, as well as a tutorial on how to access commonly used features on Android. Additionally, there’s the “Enhanced App Drawer”, which is a redesigned app drawer giving “customers quick access to recently used apps, a separate tab for all downloaded apps, and an easy way to search their app collections by text or even by voice.”
The myTouch & myTouch Q will support T-Mobile’s 4G network and cost you $49.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 dollar mail-in rebate. The myTouch will be offered in black or dark red, while the myTouch Q will be offered in black or white.
So, I do have to ask – Would you consider buying the T-Mobile myTouch or the myTouch Q? Let us know!