The rumour mill is churning once more, with MobileChoiceUK setting things in motion this time around by stating that the HTC Magic, due for release exclusively to Vodafone, will actually be available on 1st May. This is at odds with what Vodafone’s own website stated a while back, when it was advertising the Magic as an April product. We have no word on where MobileChoiceUK got their information from, but if they are right we can probably assume that the other information they are publishing is also correct: that the Magic will also be free on contracts ranging from £25…

We recently received an update from Waggener Edstrom Worldwide on behalf of T-Mobile USA, giving us the low-down on the most recent G1 user statistics. We thought that some of these were quite interesting, so we’ve provided you with the highlights below! Nearly half of all G1 owners and users have come from a standard non-Smartphone device. They are new to the world of mobile Internet, and having it in the palm of their hand has come as a novelty to many. As such, they have started to take advantage of it with both hands. This is clearly demonstrated by…

Another great day for T-Mobile and HTC; the FCC has recently passed the HTC Magic, making the device’s arrival in the United States now just a formality. This will be the second Android device for T-Mobile USA, leaving Sprint still pining for some Android love. In case you have just made it back from the moon, here are some of the important spec details for the HTC Magic. The soft styled, curved handset offers a 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) TFT capacitive touchscreen display along with video recording provided by what appears to be an upgraded 5 megapixel camera. BlackBerry fans…

Sometimes we struggle to make posts which we feel are stretching things somewhat. This one is such a case. According to a French website called Mobinaute, Orange France is set to release a slew of Android handsets this year; six to be precise. It is very important to note that the source of this information is in question and we have no way of assuring its validity. This makes us rather skeptical about the exact figures. The source even goes on to say that the six Android handsets will be from no less than five different brands of manufacturer, including…

TIM, an Italian mobile carrier, is now offering the HTC Dream to its customers.  The phone is available on a contract for as little as….well…free, and on pre-paid for 429 EUR (US$585). For those of you that read Italian, you can learn a bit more about TIM’s HTC Dream offerings by hopping over to its website.

I was just watching a nice video from CNET France that shows, among other things, the new circular zooming control in Android’s web browser and photo viewer (at the 2:02 minute mark). Yes, the video is in French, but it’s still worth watching just for what you see.  If you speak French, then consider that a bonus and feel free to translate any interesting tidbits you might hear and leave them in a comment, below. The original story can be found at the CNET France website. The video is available after the jump.  Thanks to inalmada for the tip!

According to the IDG News Service, HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, said earlier today that his company will put out at least 3 new Android based smartphones in 2009. We’ve already got the HTC Magic (Sapphire), so that’s one.  The “Android Hero” has also been seen in the HTC roadmap. The statement was made at a Merrill Lynch technology conference in Taiwan. Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Peter Chou has said that one of the new devices will be the second generation version of the T-Mobile G1. [via Droideo]

According to Pocket-Lint.com, a T-Mobile UK representative has said that the famed Cupcake release of the Android OS will become available to T-Mobile G1 users this April. The Cupcake extensions, which include an on-screen virtual keyboard, are known to be included on the HTC Magic (“Sapphire”) that is expected to hit Vodafone shelves in the near future. No word yet from T-Mobile USA as to whether or not G1 users in states can expect an update in the same time frame.

It appears that Vodafone has let out the fact that it plans to make the new HTC Magic available to its customers in the U.K. next month, in April.  It isn’t providing a set date or even pricing information yet, though. Interested folks can register to be notified of the Magic’s availability on the Vodafone website. No word yet as to when other Vodafone markets will be able to purchase the Magic. You can see our video demo of the HTC Magic below.

According to French site SVMlemag.fr, Orange France has just confirmed that it will begin offering the HTC Dream starting tomorrow.  This will mark the first time that the device has been sold by a carrier other than T-Mobile, which markets it as the T-Mobile G1. It appears that the Dream will be offered with a number of different tariffs and that it will cost 99 EUR (US$124.47) after rebates.    If there is anybody out there that would like to read through this French post for me and write out the details in a comment, below, that would be great.