HTC’s Merge, an Android 2.2 QWERTY slider destined for Verizon, has been in the “coming soon” column for months now, showing up on Verizon’s computers back in August and getting some hands-on treatment from a reviewer in October. Its release date has been up-in-the-air lately, settling in on November 23 only to be struck with rumors of a new delay. Some new evidence of the Merge’s imminent release is now available, as the phone has allegedly been added to the Cellebrite content transfer system.
Cellebrite makes tools that can transfer contacts and data between different models of smartphones. The stand-alone gadget uses firmware updates to keep it working with the latest handsets. A new listing in its menus includes the “HTC ADR6325 Merge” as a compatible model. It may not be much to go on, but it means the cell industry is well on its way to getting ready for this phone to start going up for sale.
The timing of the Cellebrite update, along with the Merge’s recent inclusion in Best Buy’s retail systems suggest that maybe that late November date isn’t so far off after all. The potential for delay came from the rumor that Verizon was seeking to retrofit the Merge for its new LTE network prior to the handset’s release. Verizon still may push back the Merge, but it sure looks like everybody else is ready for it.