The fun is just beginning! The HTC Hero is officially official and boy it looks like HTC really pulled all the stops for this one. We're going to try to keep you guys updated with every bit of HTC Hero news we can dig up so keep watching this space as news seems to flow in pretty quickly.
The HTC Hero will be the first HTC device to launch with HTC Sense, the new UI that HTC is actively showing off. It's the widget-based, sleek and sexy UI that we once knew as 'Rosie'. It pretty much rocks.
You'll be glad to hear that multi-touch will be supported on the HTC Hero (not sure how wide support will be)
The white version of the HTC Hero will sport an industry-first Teflon coating to keep it clean and spotless. The finish is supposed to be 'soft to touch' and will resist dirt, stains, and even fingerprints. Though white obviously gets dirty easier than black, why couldn't they just offer the Teflon option to black too?
Flash Support will launch with the HTC Hero. Double-tap to watch full screen. Sweet!
3.5 mm headphone jack
System-wide search and Social Networking Tools figure in heavily on this device
The HTC Hero is really looking like the device that'll save Android and put it on par with the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS. We're really excited about this device and can't wait to get more details on it! Stay tuned!
According to the leaked information, the HTC Hero looks really cool. HTC really went and built some innovative and unique software on top of the Android software set. The new UI seems to be widget based (much like WinMob's TouchFLO 3D) so you'll have a ton of information easily accessible at any given moment.
What's even cooler is the introduction of the new 'Scenes' profile that allows you to change your phone's focus (or personality?) in any given situation. For example, during the work week it can display information pertinent to work while on the weekend it can morph into a more casual device. We're not sure how this works yet but this 'Scenes' feature in theory sounds wicked cool.
The leaked specs are: a 528MHz processor, 512MB/288MB ROM/RAM, 3.2-inch 320 x 480 touchscreen, 900/2100MHz HSPA and Quad-band GSM, trackball, GPS, WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack, compass, 5 megapixel auto-focus cam and microSD. That is definitely one powerful device that pretty much has it all.
Of course, nothing is official just yet but it looks like the whole market for Android Devices is getting a well-deserved shaking. We'll see if it's earthquake-sized powerful in a few hours but in the meantime, what Android phone do you guys want now? What do you think of all this leaked information? We should know how cool this HTC Hero really soon
hit the jump for the rest of the leaked pictures of the HTC Hero!
Qik, the video streaming application, has just hit Android Market (albeit in beta). If you're unfamiliar with Qik, it basically offers live streaming of the videos you record on your mobile device. It's truly an awesome application so we suggest you guys give it a whirl immediately.
Obviously video quality is going to be limited (and sometimes delayed) and we suggest you stay within the confines of either a Wi-Fi hotspot or excellent 3G because there's going to be some heavy data transfers. We'll be sure to post our hands on of the qik application in the coming days.
Slowly but surely, the T-Mobile 3G Rollout continues. Tucson, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida have reportedly received T-Mobile 3G and it sure is fast, ain't it?
There's still a ton of big cities left that are without T-Mobile 3G (as our commenters have so kindly let us know) but we think T-Mobile will eventually get this map covered. Well, we'll cross our fingers. Hopefully your city isn't still T-Mobile 3G-less!
One of the things missing from Android, for better or worse, is official Flash support. We can save our 'to-flash or not-flash' arguments for later, but the truth of the matter is, Flash has become a pseudo-standard for the web--so many websites have adopted it that it's become part of the web browsing experience.
So though Android has been without Flash since its inception, make no mistake Flash is coming. Adobe just announced that they're targeting Flash Player 10 beta to be released in October. We've experienced some sort of Flash on Windows Mobile devices before and it's actually quite impressive, you don't feel short changed from using a mobile web browser.
To quote Adobe CEO Shantanu Naraye:
“We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience. Multiple partners have already received early version of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our Max conference in October. Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and the new Palm Web OS will be the first devices to support web browsing with the new Flash player…”
So yep, Flash to Android is officially coming. What do you guys think? How excited are you?
You can't stop the inevitable. Whenever there's a new gadget to be had, cue the unboxing videos on youtube! The T-Mobile myTouch 3G just received its glory and there are a few nice surprises. The unboxing can actually be called an unzipping because the 'box' that houses the myTouch 3G actually seems to be a 'travel case' that is zipped up.
Everything else is fairly par for the course: the nifty, graffiti-esque box art has already been revealed, the form factor is already known as the HTC Magic, and the accessories are commonplace. But hey, in our view, the more myTouch 3G news the better!
We were once asked the question if we'll ever see Android on an iPhone. And aside from the apocalypse, of course the answer was a complete no. But it looks like Meizu, the makers of the M8 which is a complete rip-off job of the iPhone, thinks differently. They have a team working on Android right now and their Meizu M8 is rumored to be the device that runs Android. Well, wow we don't even know what to say.
Obviously, a run-of-the-mill iPhone clone doesn't warrant much attention other than the casual, quasi-curious point your finger at the similarities. But if it really runs Android? We bet a lot of people will be interested rather quickly. We know we'd have to pick one up. What about you guys?
Hopefully you T-Mobile loyalists took advantage of that great T-Mobile Loyalty Unlimited plans that offered T-Mobile customers of 22+ months great deals like $50 for an unlimited voice plan. Because if you didn't, well, the sweet, sweet deal is going to be de-activated by the end of this month. We say hurry and hop on while you can because $50 for unlimited voice seems to be the best deal in town!
Flickr is almost certainly the best photo management and sharing application in the world. Or at least that's what Flickr so boldly claims. So the best just got better with an update to their smartphone mobile site because they've added a Mobile Nearby page to show you photos taken in the same area as you. It combines your Android phone's GPS capabilities with and browser into a highly useful function.
Use it to see the world around you, the coolest spots, and just downright creativity. Head to m.flickr.com on your Android Browser to check it out!
And it is finally official. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G aka HTC Magic aka Google Ion has been formally announced as T-Mobile's Second Android Device with pre-orders starting July 8th and an expected August release date. The myTouch 3G packs a 3.2" HVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, T-Mobile 3G, quadband Edge, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth (A2DP as well), and of course Android 1.5 Cupcake and your usual Android suite of Google applications.
Pre-orders start July 8th with three different color options: white, black, and the much anticipated merlot. So how about it guys, are you going to jump to myTouch 3G or is your T-Mobile G1 good enough? Still holding out for a Samsung Galaxy? Let us know in the comments!
Find more information about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G at T-Mobile or hit the jump to see the key features of the myTouch 3G!
If you remember T-Mobile's Android Roadmap that leaked a month ago, you would recognize this Motorola handset dubbed the Morrison. This live shot of the Motorola Morrison looks exactly like the thumbnail picture in the roadmap (which effectively gives more credence to that roadmap). And though it is expected to run Android, we can't help but be a bit underwhelmed by Motorola's offering.
But, man, if this is Motorola's only Android phone, we can't help but be disappointed. We wanted the combination of great Motorola hardware and potential-packed Android software. Guess we'll have to wait for the Motorola Ironman.
We don't know much about Columbus, Ohio but we know that they've recently been receiving the speed of T-Mobile 3G (via Tmonews). We certainly expected that a city of Columbus, Ohio's magnitude (it is the biggest city in Ohio, right?) to receive T-Mobile 3G much earlier, but we guess we were wrong.
What's the biggest city left that doesn't have T-Mobile 3G? Let us know in the comments!
Apple can market that the iPhone platform has thousands upon thousands of applications to choose from but if users don't stay loyal to those applications, is it actually useful? According to Flurry, a mobile analytics group, Android users have a higher application retention rate than their iPhone user counterparts. Meaning, in the long term Android users will continue to use applications while iPhone users will move on to another application.
Why is this so? Flurry suggest three theories:
Android offers far fewer applications compared to iPhone. With applications coming out on iPhone at a faster rate, iPhone users move onto other apps more quickly. For Android users, they make more use of what’s available, with less temptation to move to the next application.
The Android base tends to be “older,” have less time and interest to try new applications. Once they find an application they like, they stick with it.
The Android base is more tolerant, tend to be more tech savvy and find ways to appreciate what they have, even if their applications aren’t perfect.
From the suggested theories, the first theory sounds the most correct without needing to take leaps into assumptions. Android users have less applications to choose from which leads to less competition among apps, less apps to filter, and so on. It should actually come to no surprise that Android users are more 'loyal' to their applications than iPhone users. What is impressive is the difference between the two user bases, Android holds a significant edge in app retention--nearly 42% higher.
Why is this important? Well if I was a developer looking to 'make it' in the mobile market, I would take these statistics very seriously. It raises the question, is it better to have your application downloaded more but used less frequently or downloaded less with higher usage? Time will tell what developers turn to.
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