HTC Ruby Mystery Phone Revealed as a T-Mobile Android


Yesterday, we broke the news that the HTC Ruby may not have been just a code name for the Windows-Phone-running HTC Arrive, as it managed to capture itself on camera showing off a curvy white design that left us scratching our heads. Today Flickr is home to some more self-portraits of the Ruby, giving us our first clue as to both where the phone might end up, as well as its operating system.

It’s just barely caught in-frame, but you can make out the start of T-Mobile’s logo on the Ruby in the pic above. Now, here we have one phone snapping a pic of another, so the fact that it’s tagged as being taken BY a Ruby doesn’t necessarily mean we’re looking AT another Ruby. But, if you’ll look closely, you can still make out the reflection of the phone with the T-Mobile branding up near the Flyer’s bezel. If that’s not enough for you, check out the image below, where the T-Mobile logo has moved off-frame but we can clearly see the phone’s reflection again. Yeah, this is taken at a slight angle, so we might be catching the phone next to it in the reflection, but you’ll remember seeing two Rubys side-by-side in yesterday’s pics.

Though we had earlier associated Ruby with a WP7 model, yesterday’s revelation had us starting from scratch as to what OS the smartphone might be running. Now that we can see the screen on the Ruby as it’s running, those camera icons give away the smartphone as an Android device.

We can’t say for sure that the Ruby will actually make it to T-Mobile’s line-up, but that’s the way it’s looking for now, at least.


Source: Flickr

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!