To clarify on our previous report that the amazing HTC Sense UI was going to be "available to on some other existing devices", those 'other existing devices' won't include the T-Mobile G1 or myTouch 3G. Sadly, HTC Sense will not be available for Google-branded phones and both the G1 and myTouch 3G are Google experience phones. The reasoning is due to licensing restrictions which just sucks for all parties.
Because the tech world is filled with so many black and white gadgets, we've been getting a lot of interest regarding the 'Merlot' color of the myTouch 3G and how it'll end up looking. Luckily for us, some in the wild shots of the Merlot myTouch 3G have popped up and it looks like a winner.
The lighting and angles of the pictures aren't the best but the 'Merlot' definitely adds character and is undoubtedly unique. We expect T-Mobile to be moving a good amount of these 'Merlot' versions of the myTouch 3G!
There are some rumors floating around that Sprint is currently internally testing the HTC Hero. Sprint has so far avoided Android, even going as far as saying Android simply wasn't good enough yet, is the HTC Hero the first Android device that's 'good enough' in Sprint's eyes? It seems so.
The even juicier rumor is that Sprint is also testing a Samsung Android CDMA/WiMax device. Details are scarce but by just mentioning Android and 4G/WiMax in the same sentence sends me to a tizzy.
Obviously this needs to be filed in rumor and speculations but we've always championed Sprint and Android together. The logic of a Sprint Android Phone makes too much sense to pass up and we're hoping all these internal testings of Android Devices from Sprint mean that they mean business.
Who's interested in a Sprint Android Phone anyway? We always hear about Android with Verizon and AT&T yet Sprint remains a mystery. Mysterious or not, we're still thinking this can be good.
The latest T-Mobile 3G city is Shreveport, Lousiana! We've received reports (via tmonews) that you folks will be (or maybe already have) enjoying the pure speed of T-Mobile 3G. The T-Mobile 3G rollout continues...
It's been an odd journey for the HTC Magic to come to the US, we've had a name change (from the HTC Magic), previously unknown announcements, and vague launch dates. Well, according to some incredible research, it looks like the vague "Early August' target date has been specified to be August 5th.
It's not confirmed yet so don't go planning August 5th as your 'go to the local t-mobile store day' but it does fall in line with previous reports. The date was determined by taking a look at the source of the dev server of the official myTouch 3G website. We were hoping for an August 1st launch day but we think a couple days later would still be completely satisfactory.
Amazon UK currently has the HTC Hero available for pre-order. It comes unlocked for the low, low price *sarcasm* of £429.99 which is roughly equivalent to $710. It's hardly a deal but if you want to purchase it unlocked without a contract, this might be a half-way decent option. Amazon UK has the target release date at July 15th, 2009 which is actually not too far away. Obviously, the date isn't set in stone but it does give you something to think about...
Anyone jumping the gun and pre-ordering the HTC Hero?
Undoubtedly, the biggest hit of the HTC Hero announcement had to be the new HTC Sense UI. It was all kinds of slick, sexy, and smooth--to say we were more than impressed is to sell our reaction short--we're as excited to use the Sense UI as we were for the launch of Android back in October.
So color us jubilated when HTC CEO Peter Chou dropped this nugget:
"HTC sense will be available on some other existing devices"
There isn't any set-in-stone confirmation yet but we can't help but wonder how much the Sense UI will improve our current HTC Android offerings. And if HTC offers the Sense UI in there future upcoming Android phones, how much of a leg up do they have when compared to other Android Phone manufacturers? Could the now-vanilla 'ol Android succeed while Sense is available? Will competing Android Phone Manufacturers build their own custom software on top of Android? And what if Sense launches on HTC Windows Mobile Devices?
These are all questions that'll be answered in months, maybe years time but in the meantime let's hope that the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G will get the HTC Sense UI!
Google just announced that they'll be releasing AdSense for mobile applications and developers are beginning to partake in the beta launch. The market for mobile applications is growing at mind-boggling speeds and developers are trying to find a way to effectively monetize it. We know that developers need to feed their family (deservedly so) and one of the best ways to do it is to place advertisements in their mobile applications.
AdSense for Mobile Applications allow developers to earn extra revenue by running either image or text-based advertisements within their application. These AdSense ads are better targeted at the consumer, displaying more pertinent advertisements in relation to the application.
One thing is for certain: Google is going to make big bucks off of this and hopefully developers can earn their keep as well. If having an advertisement in an application means cheaper applications while maintaining the user experience, well, we're all for it.