Do you like what you see with HTC’s Sense UI overlay on Android? If you want the Sense interface of the Hero but are sticking with the Android handset you already have, there is a glimmer of hope that you can have the Sense UI on your existing device. Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, was recently quoted as saying, “HTC Sense will be available on some other existing devices.”
That’s a broad statement, but since the only Android phones available at this time are the Dream/G1 and Magic/myTouch 3G, it may be fair to say that one or both receive an update to get Sense up and running. Hopefully Dream/G1 and Magic/myTouch 3G owners can enjoy a UI facelift when Sense is made available to the older devices. Do you want Sense on your Android handset?
As expected, during an event in London today HTC have announced the HTC Hero and a new personalized interface for their Android devices. Specs wise, the Hero of the day will be powered by a Qualcomm 528MHz processor and 288 MB RAM/512 MB ROM. The screen is 3.2-inches, touch-sensitive with resolution of 320×480 pixels. The HTC Hero also has 3.5mm jack, trackball, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and connects via Wi-Fi. It is a quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G handset. What makes it even cooler is it comes with built-in Flash support that will allow users to play embedded videos without a hitch!
You can check the demo video of the HTC Hero’s Flash support here.
The most interesting aspect of the new phone is that it introduces a new widget-based interface for Android that really changes the appearance of the operating system. It is dubbed Sense and packs a number of features that will surely come in handy to users.
A new profile feature, named Scenes, will let you quickly switch between different functionality modes, for example business or weekend. Playing around with your contacts will not only bring up the usual information, but also status updates and shared images on various social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Users will be also able to run a quick search
through the phone and services such as Twitter by using a dedicated search key. Similarly to the magnificent Palm Pre, the Hero seems to integrate local data with your social online accounts. In addition, Sense also includes a new way of visualizing important personal content; for example e-mail, photos and music, called “Perspectives”. Other features the new UI will introduce to Android are gesture controls, such as turning the phone downwards in order to silence a ringing alarm.
The HTC Hero rolls out in Europe in July with an Asian release following shortly and will become available to North American users later this year. Oh, one more thing! People going for a white version will get the industry-first Teflon coating. We hope the phone doesn’t get too hot!
HTC’s YouTube channel now shows a demo video of the Hero and the new Sense interface. Check it out below!
If you want to share LIVE video from your Android-powered handset to people all over the globe, then check out Qik, a service that streams your live video on the Qik website and then archives the footage for later viewing. What’s more, the Qik videos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so your exploits can be shared with family and friends alike.
In order to use Qik, just sign up for a free membership at their site. Apparently signing up from within the app itself is a faster process, so check out the Qik beta in the Android Market and let us know how it works for you!
We know that many of you just can’t wait for the next Android phone to come out. That’s why we decided to post a table, compiled by Digitimes, that illustrates approximately when we should expect the major manufacturers to roll out their pieces of Android hardware. Note that the table includes only Asian manufacturers, which practically includes almost everyone that has plans for Android.
As Adobe has posted on their site, Adobe Flash Player 10 is available and it looks like they plan on making good with their commitment to bring Flash 10 to the smartphone platform. In fact, Adobe may announce a beta release at their MAX conference in October of this year. They list the major players that could receive the beta, and lo and behold, Google is on the list. Adobe’s Flash Player 10 will be a great addition to Android so let’s hope for the beta in October.
Source: engadget mobile
Allegedly, the Motorola Morrison, an Android handset, has been spotted and is headed for T-Mobile. It will likely be available in three colors: black, white, and metallic blue. With the slide-out keyboard and youthful design (particularly the blue model), Motorola appears to be going after a younger demographic with this one. Android fits well for social apps, and this device looks like it will meet the needs of the texting and instant messaging addicts out there.
The more Android handsets T-Mobile has, the better. If a Morrison is sitting alongside the myTouch in your local T-Mobile store, which one fits your lifestyle?
Source: engadget mobile
HTC is one of the best smartphone manufacturers, while Android, the operating system itself still remains a hot topic (despite the appearance of the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3G S). It looks logical that new information on Android-based, HTC devices will hold media attention. Now, to the breaking news. Global Certification Forum (GCF) have approved a device, called the HERO100. Most probably, this is the HTC Hero that has been much talked about as of lately. A commercial has also been rolled out, revealing the new “Rosie” interface and color varieties the phone will come in. Unfortunately, the only information available through GCF is that the device is four-band GSM, dual-band 3G (1800/2100 MHz). Will it be really running the Google´s OS? It seems we will have to wait until 24 June, when HTC is expected to officially announce the HTC Hero at their London event.
Finally, after a long series of rumors and speculations, T-Mobile USA have officially announced their second Android-powered handset. Initially, it was referred to as the HTC Magic, as well as the T-Mobile G2, but at the beginning of the month, a leaked box art revealed its final name – the myTouch 3G, which is now officially confirmed with the announcement.
As a whole, the myTouch 3G is identical to the HTC Magic, which is offered by Vodafone in Europe, in both design and specifications. Of course, this version of the handset is designed to work on T-Mobile’s 3G network. In terms of specs, the phone packs a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-sensitive screen, 3.2-megapixel camera (although its FCC profile mentioned a 5MP sensor), microSD slot, GPS, Wi-Fi and the must-have features of Android 1.5.
Current T-Mobile customers will be able to submit their pre-orders, starting July 8, at a price of $199.99 with a two-year service agreement. Afterwards, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be available in early August.
If you are freelancing as a bomb squad member or just enjoy spying on your family, friends and pets, then maybe you have the WowWee Rovio. If you have this little webcam-equipped ‘droid, then you may be happy to know that you can now remote control your Rovio ‘droid with your little green ‘droid (Android, of course) handset. Enter AndRovio, available now in the Android Market for only $.99 cents.
AndRovio gives you lots of control over your Rovio robot, including adjusting the webcam-neck height, toggling the lights, setting home points, and capturing still shots on the camera. If you don’t have the Rovio now, then maybe this app will spark enough interest that you whip out the credit card and order your very own Rovio!
The HTC Magic, the follow-up to HTC’s T-Mobile G1, is doing quite well, expected to approach the 1 million mark within the next month or two as Google’s Android OS makes it’s way into the hands of more customers. The Magic has had an impressive launch, exceeding analysts’ expectations as it achieves this milestone in just a matter of three or four months, depending on when it actually hits the magic (no pun intended) 1 million number.
Macquarie Research analyst Lu Chia-lin said, “The progress is better than most analysts’ expectations as some thought it would take at least five months for HTC to sell 1 million HTC Magic phones.” This bodes well for Google’s Android OS and the future just looks brighter as T-Mobile is poised to launch the myTouch 3G, expected to hit the T-Mobile store shelves as soon as next week.
Source: Taipei Times