Lately it’s seemed like the HTC Merge — first spotted way back in August of last year — would never see its presumed Verizon release (rumors of an Alltel showing have now begun), but according to the Wi-Fi Alliance and Picasa, there’s still life left for the Android-powered handset. Just yesterday Merge got its Wi-Fi certification, following Bluetooth passage on the 30th of November — but as far as we can tell, it’s not yet hit the FCC (perhaps because the choice of radios is still up in the air). In the meantime, it’s been spotted in Verizon’s and Best Buy’s systems, had numerous accessories manufactured, and even been subject of a full review.
Now after months of silence, not only does Merge ADR6350 show up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, it’s also posting pictures from its five-megapixel camera on Picasa as recently as early January. If Verizon is still planning to release the 3.7-inch, Froyo-powered handset, it would be joining the similar HTC Thunderbolt as well as that mysterious, button-less handset we saw earlier today — which seems like a lot of HTC in a short period of time. At this point it sound like an Alltel release is most likely, but with phones getting canceled left and right these days, who really knows.