By Anton D. Nagy | February 24, 2011 9:45 AM
Ever since this Monday, Sprint has started tweeting pieces of a puzzle with a February 24 mention which, at least according to the pieces we’ve got until now, lead us into believing it might actually be a Windows Phone 7 device, the Sprint 7 Pro (also rumored as the HTC Arrive).
We say according to the pieces of the puzzle we’ve got until now because the first two tweets fall very nicely into place, indicating the upcoming phone will have hubs “for gaming, music, pictures and video”. Now, we don’t know of any other smartphone that has hubs, except the Windows Phone 7 (yes, we know about the music, gaming, reading, and social networking hubs on the Samsung Galaxy S II but that’s somehow out of the question).
It’s Sprint’s latest tweet that creates all the confusion and mystery as it mentions Twitter integration: “Our upcoming phone puts your contacts, from email to Twitter in one place”. We know Windows Phone 7 does not have Twitter integration and we know, thanks to Steve Ballmer, that Twitter integration will come to the platform sometime this year.
There are two main directions we can go speculating: first, Sprint might not even prepare a Windows Phone 7 for tomorrow, but an Android smartphone which indeed has Twitter integration. Second, Twitter integration might be part of the first Windows Phone 7 update (not the prerequisite one but NoDo) — which we tend to believe is highly unlikely — and not Mango in the second half of the year as Microsoft emphasized. While there’s also a thin possibility the person who typed the tweet got excited and made a mistake, we are curious to hear your thoughts!