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CES Mobile Wrap: HTC Brew Phones; Thumbplay Subscription Music; Nutsie’s Effin Genius; Boost Mobile

HTC Announces Brew Phones: HTC, the Taiwanese handset-maker known for Windows Mobile and Android phones, has jumped into making mid-range phones on the Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) Brew mobile platform. The phones will be under the HTC Smart brand, and will be available this spring across Europe and Asia. The unveiling follows the announcement by AT&T (NYSE: T) that it will use Brew for its mid-range devices. HTC Smart will run the company’s Sense user-interface overlay that is found on Windows Mobile and Android devices today. It will enable personalization and quick access to various social networks as well as texting and email. Release.

Thumbplay’s Music Subscription Service: New York-based Thumbplay launched a private beta of its music-subscription service called Thumbplay Music. The application will be available by invitation-only on some BlackBerry phones, and is available as an Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Air app on the desktop. The subscription music service provides unlimited, on-demand access to millions of songs from the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony (NYSE: SNE) Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) and EMI Music. There are also other independent labels. The service is expected to be available more widely in the first quarter of 2010. It includes a free, three-day trial, and then regularly costs $9.99 a month. Release.

NuTsie releases iPhone app: Seattle-based nuTsie has released a cloud-based music platform for the iPhone that allows users to stream unlimited music based on the songs already stored on the device. The “Effin Genius” application costs $1.99 in the iTunes App Store. It creates playlists using a recommendation engine that searches the music you own.

Boost Mobile expands to CDMA: Boost Mobile, which is Sprint’s pre-paid mobile division, said it is expanding its popular $50

2 Responses to “CES Mobile Wrap: HTC Brew Phones; Thumbplay Subscription Music; Nutsie’s Effin Genius; Boost Mobile”

  1. williamparkar

    It doesn’t make much sense (no pun intended) when you have experience with 2 OS (Android + Windows Mobile) to invest R&D into a 3rd one that will have little exposure compares to the others. They could have cheap devices based on Android (like the Tattoo). No?
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