The rumors regarding the HTC Hero's delay have been grossly exaggerated. Though T-Mobile UK and Germany still won't release the HTC Hero until August, Orange UK has officially launched the HTC Hero and it's available today. The HTC Hero is available in graphite for the low, low price of free (with qualifying monthly plan).
Prepare for an influx of pictures and videos detailing the Hero very, very soon. Which one of our UK friends are buying an HTC Hero?
Google Checkout has been the only payment option available in Android Market for quite some time and though it's been a wonderful conduit to make payments for applications, it's always better for developers, users, and Google to offer more options. Therefore, Google is going to be offering more payment options to purchase applications in Android Market. One option detailed will be to add purchases directly to your monthly carrier bill (which could actually be a bad thing).
The new payment options are said to be a part of an effort to make Android less 'Google-centric'. Which makes sense, having non-Google options definitely lessen Google's grips over Android and will hopefully get more users to download applications in Android Market, which means more developers will develop for Android, which means Android becomes even more successful. All great things in our book.
And though we'll probably stick with our Google Checkout method for purchasing applications in Android Market, it'll definitely be worthwhile to see what the other options are, if only for the sake of seeing them. Hey, Android is all about the options, right?
Gizmodo is speculating that Google will eventually bring their new desktop OS, Chrome OS, to their current OS, Android's, space--smartphones. We can't argue with them either, Android and Chrome OS seem to be on a collision course that we'll definitely be hearing about more in the future.
Gizmodo bases their theory off the quotes from Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra's quotes at Mobilebeat 2009. He stated that web development will be the future for successful mobile platforms, and what do you know, the web is Chrome OS's moneymaker.
With Google's belief that the web/browser holds the key to mobile success, whatever OS that offers the best web/browser experience would likely be considered the leader of the pack. Whether that is Android or Chrome OS is too early to tell but it seems Google will be happy either way--more people on the web simply means more Google users which simply means more money in big Google's pockets.
We're hopeful that Chrome OS will stay away from smartphones but its good influence and innovation will find its way to Android. Yeah, we want to have our cake and eat it too. What do you guys think?
HTC has long been Android's biggest supporter--they're the only phone maker that offer two (soon to be three) dynamically different Android phones. With the T-Mobile G1 being the Android device best fit for keyboard enthusiasts, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G being the touchscreen experience device, and the upcoming HTC Hero being the most advanced in the bunch, the logical space left would be for a low-end, entry-level device.
There are some rumors floating around that point the HTC Click as the entry-level Android phone. We're simply postulating, but could the HTC Click be a non-touchscreen Android option? Is that even possible? Better yet, is it even desirable?
Either way, the reports show that HTC is preparing a slew of devices for release, details and specifications are predictably hard to come by--the only thing we hope for is that the launch date will be sooner rather than later!
Obviously, these are just product shots designed to show the best angles of the device but we can't help but drool. We're itching for this Android XPERIA phone and we're hoping for Sony Ericsson to hit it out the ballpark with this. It's been too much good news to mess up.
Luckily, it looks like that's going to change because the LG GW620 Eve promises to be their first Android phone. NieuweMobiel.NL found some XML files on LG's website that detailed the LG GW620 Eve. The purported specs:
320 x 480 pixel touchscreen
We're very excited to see what this LG GW620 Eve looks like!
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G isn't exactly new around these parts--we've seen the myTouch 3G as the HTC Magic many moons ago. But as much as you know about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, it doesn't hurt to learn more. We've got our hands on the leaked Getting Started Guide for the myTouch 3G and though it details much of what we've already known about Android, it'll be incredibly helpful for those who are jumping to Android for the first time. If anything, it's a fun read for another mundane Monday morning!
The HTC Hero isn't available for public consumption yet but our friends over at AndroidCommunity have gotten their mitts on one and gave it a good ol' fashioned video unboxing. They've also gotten a slew of pictures that showcase the Hero under the harsh light and the Hero really holds up, we're definitely growing to love the design more and more. This Hero is looking very promising..
Reports from TmoNews show that you'll need to put a $50 deposit down in order to reserve your myTouch (it'll go toward the final price) and that for the time being, it looks like Best Buy will only offer the Ice (white) or Merlot option. If you're interested in the Black myTouch, you're better served buying through T-Mobile.
It's always fun to see mainstream use of the T-Mobile G1 and Android, especially on TV shows we're particularly fond of. Engadget noticed that on both 'Weeds' on Showtime and 'True Blood' on HBO, our cuddly little T-Mobile G1 and Android got a bit of face time. The screenshot above is from 'Weeds' and not only do you get the famed Android Robot in the call screen, it looks like this particular G1 has LOADS of notifications on the menu bar. We don't know about you, but we always try to maintain a clean notifications menu!
The T-Mobile G1 on 'True Blood' is less prominent (after the jump) but you can definitely tell it's a G1 by the Android hardware buttons, trackball, and of course, the Android chin. It's always a good day when you see your favorite little device showcased (well, kind of) in pop culture. Hopefully, this brightens up your Friday a bit and if not, the weekend is right around the corner!
Any 'Weeds' or 'True Blood' fans among our readers?
We hate to start the waiting game so soon, especially since we're just comfortable and enjoying Cupcake now, but the AndroidGuys have reason to believe that Android 2.0 Donut will be released later this Summer. The developers of The Weather Channel Android application have admitted that the next update to their application, slated for late summer, will be built for Android 2.0.
This could mean a few things: The Weather Channel could be jumping the gun with an Android 2.0-ready update or Android 2.0 will be released by the time The Weather Channel update is available. Obviously, we're pulling for the latter. In the meantime, we wouldn't start any Donut-related movements, after seeing T-Mobile bungle the Cupcake release, it could be months before T-Mobile even acknowledges Donut on the roadmap.
Citizens of Cleveland, Ohio, not only do you get to watch LeBron James play basketball but you'll now be able to run blazing fast T-Mobile 3G on your T-Mobile 3G-capable device! We've received report that T-Mobile 3G has been up and running in Cleveland for a couple days now and we know our Cleveland readers are taking full advantage of the amazing speeds.
It's been quite some time since our last T-Mobile 3G Rollout update so perhaps this will spark another flurry of cities getting T-Mobile 3G. We're keeping hope for you guys!
We've been expecting a July launch for the G2 Touch aka HTC Hero ever since it's been announced but it looks like we'll have to push back our expectations by about a month. T-Mobile Germany expects to have the G2 Touch available in August and it's a safe assumption that T-Mobile UK will follow suit.
Since there hasn't been an 'official' announcement on the launch date of the G2 Touch this doesn't quite qualify as an 'official' delay but that's just PR-speak. We expected it to launch in July and we're going to get it in August--that's pretty much the definition of a delay. Either way, one month later or not, we're still insanely excited about the G2 Touch aka HTC Hero and can't wait to get our hands on it!
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