The launch of HTC's two highly awaited Android-based devices, the Desire HD and Desire Z, has been delayed.
The smartphones, which had been slated for a mid-October release, have been delayed after failing a test by Google, the company behind the Android OS.
Every smartphone that runs on the Android platform is first checked by Google's engineers for hardware compliance and software glitches before they are launched.
Mobile phone services provider Vodafone is expected to offer the smartphones in the UK.
According to Softpedia, UK retailer Superetrader said: “Apparently, both units have failed last minute Google TA (Type Approval) testing which is exactly what was said about the original Desire days before release.”
People who have pre-ordered the smartphones have swamped internet forums with complaints about the shipping delays, but, as yet, neither HTC nor Vodafone have released a statement on the matter.
The smartphones will support HD video recording, faster processors and big touchscreens. They will also come with the new HTC Sense UI, designed to work with a new web based service recently launched by HTC.