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Android sees rare return to hype with early HTC Evo 3D intro

updated 09:20 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011

HTC Evo 3D gets early Best Buy doors open

Buzz surrounding an Android phone returned for the first time in many months with Best Buy planning an early opening for the HTC Evo 3D. All Best Buy Mobile stores, and those regular Best Buy stores that offer Sprint, will open two hours early at 8AM on the June 24 launch day. The retail chain planned to keep the same $200 on-contract price.

The Evo 3D has been built up as the direct successor to the Evo 4G, Sprint's most successful phone ever and often credited with saving the carrier. It will be the carrier's first dual-core phone and the first real 3D phone in the US.

Such early openings have become less and less common for Android. Launches in 2010 were marked by multiple lines across carriers, ranging from Verizon's Droid Incredible in April that year to the Nexus S on T-Mobile in the fall, but lineups have been virtually absent in 2011. Google has been affected by Android becoming mainstream but also by the iPhone on Verizon becoming the most popular device, robbing Android of some of its force.

Samsung managed to drum up lines for the Galaxy Tab 10.1's New York debut on June 8. However, the boost was artificial as sales were deliberately limited to one store in one city.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    artificial huh?

    So it's artificial to have lines when you limit sales to one store in one city.

    yes, that's one way to artificially inflate a metric - there are many ways to inflate false metrics.

    But look, do you get a prize for not releasing a hardware update for over a year - is that it?
    Limiting choice, you get a prize for that?

    There is no prize for doing these things - the only prize in the marketplace is revenue.
    Apple is doing well enough on the real metric - no dispute on that score.

    But the fascination with false metrics, like lines that are caused by pent up demand - or limiting the sales outlets - eh it sickens me. Or even false metrics like limiting sales to only a few models. It not sales per model - its overall sales. Call every single individual phone you sale a new model - heck thats what HTC does - doesn't change a thing.

    Units in peoples hands - thats the key.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    This isn't the only Android people are excited about.

    There will be many many exciting ANDROID products coming in the next few months.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not sure why some people are so quick to trump And

    The way I see it, if Google has it's way Apple and BB will be dead in the water in the mobile space some time in the future. In addition Motorola's Mobile arm will probably die away as they will ultimately fail to compete with cheaper handsets from HTC, Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawai, etc, etc. Once this happens then Google will have successfully ended US's design influence and profitability in the mobile space. And for what? So that Google can sell more Ad's...hardly a business that is going to improve the foriegn trade deficit. At least Apple, BB and Motorola sell world wide which means a more even flow of money around the world. At the moment Google charges peanuts for the use of Android (and can't charge for the actual source code itself) so the Andorid flow of money seems to be flowing from West to East.

    Any way, when Wrnchy, facebook_Clarence or Johnathon-Tanya need a job they can move to Taiwan or South Korea or China.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yet more Android fugliness

    Another fugly Android phone on the market. Yay?

  1. DerekMorr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    outrageous bias

    How can anyone take this "news" site seriously when they publish such blatant fanboy posts? Do the editors have any self-respect?

    I guess when you're an iPhone user, hype is all you care about. Just ignore the fact that Android phones are selling well domestically, growing internationally (70% of S. Korean smartphones are Android - - and growing well in Africa - ).

    And now I await to be rated down by the robotic fanboys on here.

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