5 years ago

HTC Hero Now Available at Orange UK


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?


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5 years ago

Google Offering New Payment Options in Android Market



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?


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5 years ago

Will Google Bring Chrome OS to Smartphones ?



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?

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5 years ago

HTC Preparing Low-End Android Device ?


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!


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5 years ago

Black Sony Ericsson 'Rachael' Android XPERIA Phone Looks Good



This isn't the first time we've seen the Black Sony Ericsson 'Rachael' Android XPERIA Phone--it already looked oh so good in black, in white, and its UI is simply to die for. These new pictures just show the Black 'Rachael' in closer shots, higher resolution, and better detail.

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.

When can we see the real thing?

[via gsmarena]

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5 years ago

LG's First Android Phone to be the GW620 Eve



LG has been rumored to put out an Android Device for as long as we can remember--original rumors had pointed towards three Android devices in 2009--yet we haven't even seen one LG Android Phone. Sadface.

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
  • QWERTY keyboard

We're very excited to see what this LG GW620 Eve looks like!


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5 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Getting Started Guide



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!

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Gets a Minor Update



They haven't forgot about us yet. The T-Mobile G1 just got a minor software update that includes "permission and bug fixes" for developers, none of the fixes should affect regular users' usage. So what we're assuming is that this software update is the minor one before Android 2.0 Donut gets released and then we'll get another minor one after Donut to fix bugs on Android 2.0. That makes three updates to Android for the rest of the year, as previously rumored.

How many of you guys got the minor T-Mobile G1 software update?

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5 years ago

HTC Hero Gets Unboxed, Pictures & Video Treatment



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..

Unboxing video and more pictures after the jump!

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