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HTC Hero and Samsung WiMAX Android phone heading to Sprint?

by: Michael OrylJune 26, 2009

File this one squarely under rumors, for now, but PhoneNews.com is reporting that a Sprint source has told it that Sprint is currently testing a CDMA version of the HTC Hero that was just announced on Wednesday.  The site also reports that Sprint is testing a dual-mode CDMA/WiMAX Android handset from Samsung.

The site is reporting that the Hero for Sprint is scheduled for a December, 2009 launch, which would fit in with the “in 2009” remark from HTC about U.S. availability of the device.

The mysterious Samsung handset, on the other hand, is less clear.  The story suggests that it is scheduled for some time in 2010 based on a prior comment from Sprint that a [...]

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Samsung Galaxy now available from O2 Germany

by: Michael OrylJune 25, 2009

Samsung i7500 Galaxy for O2

As promised, the Samsung Galaxy is now available from O2 in Germany.  The Galaxy is Samsung’s first commerically available Android based smartphone.

O2 is offering the device for 69.99 EUR with one of two rebate plans.  One gives the customer 15% off the monthly plan costs, the other provides the user with 100 free SMS per month.

You can see the product page here (in German).

[via TalkAndroid]

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HTC clarifies Sense UI on existing models comment

by: Michael OrylJune 25, 2009

HTC Hero

One of our friends at HTC cleared up some of the speculation that has resulted from HTC CEO Peter Chou’s comments that we could see the Hero’s Sense UI on existing HTC Android smartphones like the Dream and Magic.

Turns out that HTC is trying to do just that – but there’s a major catch. There’s no possibility that users with HTC phones featuring “with Google” branding will get the update, since those phones are required to offer the phone with the “Google Experience”, as it is called.

I’m looking at you T-Mobile G1 and Vodafone Magic users…not to mention future [...]

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HTC Hero (G1 Touch) video demos from London and New York

by: Michael OrylJune 25, 2009

Ugh, been a nightmare morning. YouTube started having problems with AVI video uploads, which is what I typically use, and was truncating our videos at 34 seconds. Once I realized that MP4 uploads work still for some reason, I started re-rendering and re-uploading all of the failed uploads from earlier this morning, including the two HTC Hero videos that follow.

The first video was shot by Russ Jefferies and is the better of the two.  At the London launch event he does an introduction to the phone and then has an HTC rep go through some of the features.  In the second video, found after the jump, I stumble through a demo of a Hero with no SIM or data in a horribly loud room [...]

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More live HTC Hero / T-Mobile G1 Touch photos

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2009

HTC Hero

I’m on a train heading home from New York right now.  While in town I got to spend a bit of time with the new HTC Hero in the teflon white color scheme.  I shot video as well, but that will have to get posted tomorrow.

For now, just enjoy a few decent quality photos of the hot new Hero.  Trust me, it is as sweet as you hoped it would be.  Even some former Android nay-sayers were praising the new HTC user interface on it.

Full gallery after the jump.

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T-Mobile UK to offer HTC Hero in mid-July as the G1 Touch

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2009

T-Mobile G1 Touch

T-Mobile UK announced through its twitter channel that it will be offering the HTC Hero as the G1 Touch starting in mid-July.  It will be available for free starting at £40 per month on a Flext plan, which includes £225 of credit and unlimited internet browsing.

The company highlights the fact that the G1 Touch (and Hero) has a 7 panel wide home screen, which will let users put all of those shiny new HTC Widgets to good use.  They also highlight the multi-touch zooming control, which the device sorely needs.

You’ll find a couple of images of the G1 Touch after the jump.

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Orange launches HTC Hero, posts video demo

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2009

Today Orange UK announced that it will be adding the HTC Hero to its handset portfolio.  The phone will be available free to customers who sign up for a 24 month £39.15/mo contract, which includes 1200 network minutes, unlimited text, and internet browsing.  It will be available in “early July”, though we’ve been told by other, non-Orange retail sources that the device will officially be available from distributers on July 3rd (though not necessarily through Orange).  Below is a video demo of the device that Orange posted.

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HTC and Adobe announce Flash support on Android

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2009

Adobe and HTC today announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android powered smartphone to feature Adobe Flash support.  From the press release:

“As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80 percent of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich Web content on-the-go,” said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based Web browsing experience today and presents an important step towards full Web browsing with Flash [...]

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HTC Hero official – Sense UI, multi-touch zooming, and Flash support

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2009

HTC Hero

This text is taken from my piece on the MobileBurn.com website.  A full photo gallery that includes 4 live photos from MobileBurn’s Russ Jefferies is available at the end of the post.

Today HTC launched its third Android powered smartphone, the HTC Hero. The HTC Hero makes use of the new HTC Sense user interface, which makes the Hero the first Android device on the market to sport a custom user interface. For those that follow Android more closely, HTC Sense will be recognized as the “Rosie” user interface that was leaked through some Hero ROMs a few weeks back.

I had the chance to see HTC Sense in action on an [...]

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T-Mobile USA offering G1 for only $50 – Update: Not so fast….

by: Michael OrylJune 23, 2009

T-Mobile G1

This isn’t big news or anything, but I recently noticed that T-Mobile USA is offering the G1 for only US$49.99 now that the myTouch 3G has been announced.

Call me biased, but that seems like a pretty good Android smartphone deal to me.  If you’ve forgotten somehow what the G1 can do, check out the review for a refresher course.

Update: Well damn, that was fast.  It must have been an error, because now, as people have pointed out in the comments, it is being listed as going for $149.99 again.  We first noticed it yesterday.  Figures they waited until I posted about it before switching it back….

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