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See that? It's my HTC EVO 4G and my 2.5-year-old HTC Shift. They're acting like they don't know each other, but don't be fooled. According to a recent filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office, it looks like the two devices are actually quite close.

Why else would HTC be trying to trademark the HTC EVO Shift 4G name?

Any number of reasons, really, but how can you look at the slide-and-tilt UMPC (Vista and Windows Mobile-based SnapVUE) and our favorite Android superphone and not jump to conclusions like a slide-and-tilt EVO or a dual-booting Windows 7 and Android 2.2 Shift? That's where my mind goes, anyway.

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Whatever the HTC EVO Shift 4G turns out to be, it should give G&E a reason to stick around long after the sun has set on the EVO. And that's good news to me.