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7 years ago

HTC Tattoo Offers Customization via


The HTC Tattoo, HTC's other Android device that runs HTC Sense, is now available across the pond. Vodafone UK customers are now able to purchase this highly customizable, highly affordable Android device and immediately 'make it their own'. By heading to, users can either choose from a slew of design options or even dabble and create their own. Basically, you can Tattoo your Tattoo.

If you want to buy a pre-existing design cover, it'll run you €11.99 but if you want to harness your own creative nature and completely build your own design from scratch, it'll be offered for €14.99. Let us know what designs you guys come up with!

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7 years ago

What Is T-Mobile's Project Dark aka Project Black?



It's no secret that T-Mobile is trailing behind its competitors as the 4th biggest nationwide carrier here in the States. In fact, it seems that no matter what they do (being Android's #1 supporter for one), they can never seem to gain enough traction on the other carriers. So it comes to no surprise that T-Mobile is prepping a game changing feature that'll allow them to skip out of 4th and completely re-ignite the wireless market. The question is, what will that game changer be?

T-Mobile's Project Dark (or Project Black) is purported to be the ace in the hole for T-Mobile. There are rumors abound suggesting that it most definitely is game changing, but no one really knows what it's going to be. Some are even speculating the spectacular--that the iPhone is on its way to T-Mobile (not going to happen). But we think even the iPhone isn't big enough for this announcement --T-Mobile will need something truly shocking.

More reasonable suggestions of what Project Dark is, is that T-Mobile is prepping successive launches for their most anticipated handsets (Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Behold II, Blackberry 9700) along with a hyper-launch of T-Mobile's 21Mbps HSPA+ super-3G network. Having top-end handsets with the absolute fastest 3G network in the US is certainly noteworthy. But the best and what we think most game changing feature would be is the report that T-Mobile is planning to launch a $50 all-you-can-eat rate plan that'll give users unlimited SMS, MMS, and data along with your usual slew of minutes. Can you imagine every other carrier scrambling to respond to that? The whole industry would be shaken up (and we reap the benefits!).

As far as we know, T-Mobile is planning to launch Project Dark by the end of this month (October 25th being the date everyone is pointing to). Is it possible to fulfill impossible hype?

What do you want Project Dark to be?

 [via bgr, tmonews]

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7 years ago

Wal-Mart Drops Price of T-Mobile G1 to $48.88, myTouch 3G to $98.88


Likely in response to the launch of the HTC Hero on Sprint, Walmart has just dropped the price of the original Android phones. Both the T-Mobile G1 and the myTouch 3G received price drops and if you're a current T-Mobile customer wanting to get a taste of Android, it's as good a deal as you're going to find. The T-Mobile G1 is now $48.88 and the myTouch 3G is $98.88 (with new 2-year contract). It's a really great deal considering how many 'dumbphones' are offered for the same price.

Though the website still lists the T-Mobile G1 as 97.77, it looks like Tmonews has received confirmation of the price drops. We suggest you contact your local Walmart to see if they are carrying this low, low price.

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7 years ago

Does Your Sprint HTC Hero Have a 'with Google' Logo ?


Check the back of your Sprint HTC Hero, does it say 'with Google' or 'HTC'? Our version simply says, 'HTC' but some users on the Sprint Users forum are reporting that they have the 'with Google' branding (like the picture above). Some pictures of the box also shows the 'with Google' branding which strikes us as odd considering earlier reports indicated that HTC Sense would not available on 'with Google' aka Google experience phones.

No one really knows why there is 'with Google' branding on the HTC Hero but there are a couple user theories floating around. Some users are postulating that Hero's without Google branding were manufactured earlier and those with the 'with Google' branding were added later (this makes the most sense). Some users are even saying that those without Google branding are stuck with EV-DO Rev. 0 and those with Google have EV-DO Rev. A. Rev A has slightly faster download speeds and significantly faster upload speeds than Rev 0. The HTC Hero was marketed with EV-DO Rev. A.

To check when your Hero was manufactured, open up the dialer and punch in ##786# to get Reverse Logistics open and scroll down to the Manufacturer's Date. The date will be listed in the d/m/y format. To see which EV-DO you're connected to go to Settings > About Phone > Status > Mobile Network Type. We're not certain there's an actual difference between Hero's branded as 'with Google' and those without but if we're all using EV-DO Rev. 0, that's alarming.

Our Hero at Android Central does not have the 'with Google' logo, was manufactured on 4/9/2009 (Sept. 4, 2009), and currently reads EV-DO Rev. 0.

What about yours?

Update: According to Sprint, the Rev. 0 issue is a mere visual display bug. Even though your Hero says you're connected to EV-DO Rev. 0 and only EV-DO Rev. 0, if you live in an EV-DO Rev. A area, you'll be connected to that Rev. A network no matter what the phone says. We'll have to take their word for it and hope this visual display bug gets fixed in the future!

a big thanks to Andrew Starr & tom for the tip and the Sprint Users forum for the info!

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7 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero Available Now, Did You Get Yours ?



We're receiving a lot of tips from our readers confirming that the HTC Hero is available for purchase right now. We've previously reported on Best Buy offering the Hero to their Reward Zone customers before the October 11th release date and that Sprint Telesales was selling them as well. But it now looks like Sprint Retail Stores are joining in the fun in offering the HTC Hero early. Some customers are receiving phone calls telling them that their Hero was available for pick up while others are simply walking in the store and being offered the phone.

If you're really interested in getting a HTC Hero we suggest you call your local Sprint Retail store for more information. We're crossing our fingers for you guys!

a BIG thanks to Maroot and all our readers for the tip!

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7 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero: Hardware Review


There’s no question that the HTC Hero has been the most anticipated Android device in Android’s short lifetime. Though the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G are both wonderful devices that will still be relevant years from today, the G1 had a (undeserved) “beta” rep it couldn’t shake and the myTouch 3G had such a delayed release in the US, it couldn’t maintain the initial hype (deserved).


On the flip side, the HTC Hero is on a brand new carrier, with a brand new custom UI built by HTC, and an all around, brand new feel. Launching on Sprint on October 11th for $179.99, it’s priced competitively and offers a clear alternative to competing smartphones.

We guess you could say that the HTC Hero is Android re-imagined or even re-defined--we like to call it Android all grown up. So how does the HTC Hero perform? Can it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!

Read on for Android Central’s hardware review of the HTC Hero!

*we've decided to split our HTC Hero Review in two--one review for the hardware and one review for the software. The hardware review is today and the review of the software (HTC Sense, Sprint apps) will come tomorrow!*

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7 years ago

Android 1.6 'Donut' Coming to Vodafone UK October 19th



T-Mobile US has already begun its rollout of the Android 1.6 'Donut' update to T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G users but what about the rest of the world? It looks like Vodafone UK customers will be able to enjoy their 'Donut' on October 19th because according to a Vodafone Forum Moderator, that's when Vodafone is going to start pushing out the update. Enjoy UK HTC Magic owners!

We still haven't heard official word from Rogers in Canada, so if any of our neighbors to the north hear anything 'Donut' related, be sure to let us know so we can pass it along!

Though it's very convenient to have Android OS updates pushed OTA to our handsets, we're wondering if a manual option would be more efficient. Instead of relying on carriers to decide when we can update, couldn't they offer users the option to download the update off their website? Makes sense to us. What about you guys?

Thanks Carl C for the tip!

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7 years ago

Want to Get a Hero Early? Best Buy and Sprint Telesales Your Best Bet



If you can't wait 'til Sunday for the HTC Hero to officially launch on Sprint (and who can?), you can grab a HTC Hero as early as today at Best Buy! Granted you have to be a Best Buy Reward Zone Member and bring the above coupon (which can be found in our forums) to your local Best Buy in order to get the Hero before everybody else, it's well worth it! (plus it's not that complicated). We suggest you call your local Best Buy to confirm availability.

Another route to get the HTC Hero early would be to order it via Sprint Telesales. Yep, the good ol telephone still works wonders. Though we're not sure when Sprint will ship your Hero, the comfort of knowing that the latest and greatest Android phone is en route is always a plus.

And finally, if you have the patience (bless your heart) you can still wait for Sunday, October 11th to purchase it at any Sprint retailer for $179.99 with new 2-year contract. Good things come to those who wait (like the ability to read our upcoming two-part HTC Hero review today & tomorrow!)

a BIG thanks to esanger02 and JayTV for the tip!

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7 years ago

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy I7500 Available at Newegg for $579.99



The Samsung Galaxy I7500, once Samsung's only Android device and previously unavailable in the US, has hit stateside. The good news? It's not tied down to a carrier so any GSM user can pop in their SIM card and get rolling. The bad news? It's not tied down to a carrier so there's no subsidies, which means you'll have to pony up $579.99 to get rolling. Yikes.

We'd be hard pressed to find a good enough reason to buy the Galaxy I7500 at that price. Especially with Samsung releasing two new Android devices, the Moment on Sprint and the Behold II on T-Mobile. But if you're into being financially irresponsible, the unlocked Galaxy I7500 is available at Newegg (no ship date).

And though it is unlocked, it looks like the Galaxy I7500 will only work on T-Mobile 3G and not AT&T 3G.

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7 years ago

Your Favorite 'Donut' Feature Is The Improved Performance of Android



You guys have spoken--well, technically. Since there are still some of you who haven't received the Android 1.6 'Donut' OTA Update, this poll wasn't entirely representative of all of our readers. But even so, one 'feature' was clearly the answer and as it turns out, your favorite feature isn't a feature at all, it's the overall improved performance of Android in Donut!

To the votes:

  • Improved Performance - 50%
  • Updated Android Market - 21%
  • Quick Search Box - 16%
  • Battery Usage Indicator - 8%

We're glad to hear that Android 1.6 is running smoother for you guys but our own personal vote finished dead last. We thought the Battery Usage Indicator was a nifty tool that showed the uniqueness of Android. Other votes ranged from the new camera interface to 'have yet to receive the update'.

Hopefully those without Android 1.6 will receive 'Donut' soon enough!

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7 years ago

Samsung Moment Hands-On


We managed to snag some hands-on time with the just-announced Samsung Moment for Sprint. What do you need to know? Well, let's say it's a standard, straightforward Android slider - the only custom stuff here is Sprint's various custom apps like Sprint TV and NFL. In other words, this ain't no Hero.

Still and all, build quality is sufficient, if a little plasticky. It's a step up from the G1 on T-Mobile, but that's about the best you can say.  You'd have to be a pretty finicky person to dwell on that, though, given that it's wrapped around a gorgeous AMOLED screen. The colors pop on this device something wonderful, although we were in a fairly dimly-lit room when we tested. 

The optical joystick isn't quite as nice as jogball to our fingers, but then again it won't fall prey to the gunk and accidental presses you find with balls. The keyboard does the job - and to be honest that's pretty much the only reason we could imagine anybody choosing this device over the Hero on Sprint - if they just gotta have them buttons.

More photos after the break!

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7 years ago

Analysts Say Android Will Rank Second in Smartphone Marketshare by 2012



We're not the only ones who think that Android is about to take off. Analysts at Gartner forecast that our favorite OS, Android, will rank second in worldwide smartphone market share by 2012 (behind Nokia). They estimate that 14% of the global smartphone marketshare will be Android devices--higher than Blackberry, higher than Windows Mobile, and even higher than the iPhone.

Gartner cites multiple reasons for Android's impending success but points mainly to Google. Android will succeed, "because of Google Inc.'s backing of Android and the range of cloud computing functions and related applications that Google will make available in coming years". They expect Android to run on nearly 40 different handsets by 2012.

We're glad that people are finally noticing Android and believe in its potential. But Android in 2009 currently sits 6th in worldwide marketshare with only 2% of smartphones running Android. It's a long climb to the top but we definitely believe that Android can make it--the OS has shown a great balance between offering third-party applications and maintaining high usability--you can have it your way.

We can't wait to meet all you future Android users.

 [via computerworld]

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7 years ago

Pictures of Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes Battery Cover



Yeah, we're showing you guys battery covers. Sorry. But can you blame us for our excitement? The Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes will be the first Verizon Android device and we're going to track this device every step of the way until it launches. The leaked picture showcases a Verizon-branded battery cover and an unbranded one. Not to make something out of nothing but could this mean that a non-Verizon Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes exists? Perhaps, it'll be a GSM worldwide unit (for the likes of Europe, Asia etc)?

[via engadget]

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7 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero: Quick Thoughts


There's no question that the Sprint HTC Hero is one of the most anticipated Android phones, well, ever. It's Sprint's first Android device, looks relatively pleasing, and runs the beautiful HTC Sense UI. We've spent some quality time with the Sprint HTC Hero and have gathered some of our quick thoughts to hold you over until our full review.

  • The build quality is wonderful. There's no creakiness like the T-Mobile G1 and it feels much more luxurious than the myTouch 3G.
  • We're not the biggest fans of the flush hardware buttons, it's too difficult to differentiate and much too easy to accidentally click. We've had the phone unlock multiple times and make calls without even knowing.
  • On the other hand, the trackball is easily the best of the HTC Android family.
  • The soft matte finish on the backside of the phone greatly improves the overall feel.
  • HTC Sense UI is simply a joy to use. We're not having any of the lag or slowness problems that have been reported elsewhere.
  • Peep, HTC's Twitter client, is very well designed. Actually, all of the HTC apps and widgets are very impressive.
  • Multitouch in the browser is great--a much more intuitive way to navigate. Flash, not so much--on first impression, it's just too clunky for everyday use.
  • Battery life is perfectly adequate.
  • Sprint catches a lot of flack in the media but our experience with its service and data speeds has been entirely positive.
  • We love the Hero

Stay tuned to Android Central for more coverage on the HTC Hero! This is only the beginning, we're going to give you as much information about the Hero as we can before the October 11th launch date. 

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