HTC is now making a firmware image of the 1.6 version of Android available for owners of the Android Dev 1 developer phone.  Since this is the same basic hardware as the T-Mobile G1, it seems suggest that it is possible to run 1.6 on the G1 without a problem, in spite of what we’ve heard earlier.  Whether or not the T-Mobile flavor of 1.6, with all of its extra apps, will fit and be available as an update remains to be seen, though. You can download the firmware here.

Back in March we attended a UK Press Launch for Acer’s up-coming smartphone range. At the time it seemed to focus a lot on Windows Mobile, and this was justified because Acer believed there to be a good level of synchronisation between Windows computer and Windows mobile devices. This is clearly a priority for them. However, during the event I asked some probing questions into the likelihood of Android on an Acer device, and the responses were both agreeable and enlightened. Acer were not too cagey about the matter and since then we’ve reported on how the Philippines based Business…

Here are the second and third installment of my three part look at the HTC Hero for Sprint. Part 2 covers the contacts app and the various messaging tools on the Hero, part 3 deals with some of the many apps on the phone, and includes the conclusion. If you have any specific questions on the device, feel free to post them as comments to the Questions post. I’ll try to answer all the questions that I can, even if I can’t cover them in a video. Part 2 is below, part 3 can be found after the jump.

Here’s part one of our in-depth look at the HTC Hero for Sprint. If you have any specific questions on the device, whether related to the hardware and UI or not, feel free to post them as comments to the Questions post.  I’ll try to answer all the questions that I can, even if I can’t cover them in a video.

I suppose I failed to mention that I have an HTC Hero for Sprint at the moment.  I’m working my way through the phone, testing out the features and such, in preparation for a full review. But while I’m doing that, if you have any specific questions regarding the device, feel free to post them in the comments, below, and I will try to answer what I can. It appears that Sprint has left the UI pretty much in its original state, which is a good thing.  There are, of course, a number of Sprint widgets available, but all of…

The FCC has just approved the HTC CLIC100, aka the Tattoo, for use in the United States.  Hooray, you say?  Well, not so fast.  This is the Euro-spec version of the device that supports 3G only on the 900 and 2100MHz bands, not on bands supported by T-Mobile or AT&T. It is not uncommon for foreign market devices to get FCC approval even if they never show up for sale officially on these shores.  Sometimes it is just done so that people can work with the device legally for R&D or software development purposes.  So don’t get all giddy about…

It appears that rural U.S. carrier Cellular South is going to offer the same chinless CDMA version of the HTC Hero as Sprint.  The company now has a web page for the Hero up on its website, and the photos appear to show a clone of the Sprint version. No official word yet on pricing or an exact launch date, but the company does have a sign-up for that ensure that interested customers and potential customers will be notified when the device is ready for purchase. You can find more info on the Cellular South website. Larger image after the…

Today Motorola made good on its promise that we’d see the new CLIQ offered by Orange UK as the DEXT.  The official press release came out of Orange today, and the device is set to be available in mid-October, the same time frame we’ve been hearing for T-Mobile USA’s version. We’ve pasted in a demo video produced by Orange for your enjoyment.  It’s available after the jump.

Today LG formally announced the GW620, the company’s first Android-powered smartphone. While the company did provide two photos, below, and a Q4 2009 time frame for the GW620, it has provided little in terms of real specs other than to say that the GW620eatures a 3-inch touchscreen and a customer user interface that should suit novices as well as experienced users. That’s not much to go on.  But we can, of course, tell from the photos that the phone’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard sports 5 full rows of keys and some dedicated arrow keys. The socket on the top of the…

I got to spend a pretty significant amount of time with the new Motorola CLIQ this evening at a Motorola event.  While the hardware is not exactly sexy, the software is really quite brilliant. I’ll say it right here: Motorola does Synergy better than Palm.  This MOTOBLUR system takes all of your contacts and social networks and integrates them all into a really useful and usable system.  You get all of your messages organized perfectly, and you can update status on one or all networks easily – all from the device’s 5 customizable home screens.  It is amazing how much…