AT&T Wireless has just announced the HTC Aria, the second Android phone to join the network’s lineup this year. The Aria is AT&T’s first device to run Android OS 2.1 and the first to include the HTC Sense UI.
Sense aims to streamline and enhance the mobile experience and offers features such as the Friend Stream, which integrates Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates into a single mobile social-networking experience. AT&T is positioning the Aria as a petite powerhouse–it measures just a bit more than 4 inches long and weighs just 4.05 ounces. A “soft touch” back cover eliminates sharp edges and make the Aria comfortable to hold.
The device has a 3.2-inch HVGA, a capacitive touchscreen display, and a 5-megapixel camera, plus an optical joystick designed to make navigation easier. The full suite of Google Android applications is included, such as GMail, Google Maps, Google Navigation, and Google Search, plus YouTube and the Android Market.
Other features include HSPA for faster downloads and Wi-Fi wireless networking; customers will also have free access to AT&T’s more than 20,000 WI-Fi hotspots nationwide. The HTC Aria will be available on June 20 for $129.99 after a $100 rebate with a new two-year agreement.