A video was just posted on the new HTC Hero UI dubbed 'Sense'. There's not much to the video other than some brief scroll throughs of contacts and the like but you can definitely see the TouchFLO 3D-inspiration of the interface. We're very excited to use this on the Hero and we're hoping that it doesn't bog the phone down too much, we still want our snappy performance, right?
A couple folks have gotten their mitts on the HTC Hero and it definitely looks a lot better than what we first saw. The chin is all there all right and it definitely juts out more than previous Android chins have. After seeing these pictures, we can't quite decide whether we love the styling of the HTC Hero or nonplussed by it because in some angles it looks magnificent, flush with aluminum trim and superb lines but in other angles that chin looks too jarring.
Early reports seem to indicate that the HTC Hero is very, very thin yet feels more substantial than previous Android phones. It seems like the Hero will feel important, to say the least.
Hit the jump to see more hands-on pictures courtesy of gizmodo & slashgear!
If you want to see how Flash runs on the HTC Hero, feel free to head over to Adobe where they've got a video look at how it all works. Overall, everything about Flash and Android looks pretty darn good--you can double tap to full screen flash videos, play flash-based games, and even access web pages that utilize Flash. For the video they played the trailer for Transformers 2 and utilized Expedia's Map feature (which is flash based). It's pretty much everything you ever wanted to do on the web, on Android.
As an added bonus, you'll get to see multi-touch demonstrated in the video as well! (hint: it works well)
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!
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