New HTC HD2 Rom leaked (1.61)

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You may have noticed that HTC said that the camera hotfix was only meant to be applied to device running a ROM lower than 1.60. Welml it loks like the first 1.6X ROM has just been leaked. So far it looks like the maine new feature is the update Radio (which hopefully fixes some issues user are having with poor HSDPA perfomance in some countries).

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Google Phone handed out to employees, doesn’t look like the HTC Passion / Bravo

Looks like Google handed out a couple of those rumored “Google Phones” to some employees last night according to several tweets:

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A friend from Google showed me the new Android 2.1 phone from HTC coming out in Jan. A sexy beast. Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids.

Jason Howell from Cnet:

“The new Google Phone runs on HTC hardware. I saw it w/ Android 2.1. Homescreen has new visual enhancements like animated desktop wallpaper.”

Animated wallpaper? Nice….errr hold on…doesn’t the HTC HD2 already have this? ;-)
Anyway here’s the most intersting part (posted by Cnet’s Jason Howwell in Techcrunch’s comments):

I was given the phone for a very limited time from a Google employee. It resembled an HTC Hero to my eyes, though a tiny bit smaller and DEFINITELY thinner. I kept looking over at the guy using it, thinking to myself that it WAS a Hero, but when I asked, he spilled the beans. Google employees were handed the phones today. He reiterated that there would probably be a decent amount of information hitting the tubes this weekend. With my limited time with the device, I saw it running Android 2.1. The home screen had this animated background image that looked nifty with red and blue lasers shooting across it. The gray bar at the bottom of the home screen was replaced with the “house” line art used on the face of most Android phones that takes you to the home screen. Looked sleeker. Super light phone too.

This phone was unlocked, though the guy had thrown an AT&T sim card into it.

That’s about all I was able to glean in my minute’s worth of dabbling. It was sleek and nice looking, but I am scratching my head trying to figure out what the real difference is between this and any of the newer HTC Android phones. Scanning the apps, I didn’t see anything that really stood out as different from what I have on my Droid. And being that it was Android 2.1, the only really differences I saw were a few visual ones. So it doesn’t appear (in its current state) to really be offering “the *real* Android” experience that’s mind blowingly different from what’s out there so far. Maybe I just didn’t dig deep enough to find it though.

Samller than the HTC Hero ? This doesn’t sound/look like the HTC Passion / Bravo / Dragon to me. Maybe more like the HTC Buzz or HTC legend:

Source: Twitter & Jason Howell

Sprint announces Android 2.0 update for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment

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Here’s ome good news for the weekend. Sprint announced last night via Twitter that their HTC Hero and Samsung Moment device were going to receive an Android 2.0 upgrade early next year:

Happy to announce Android 2.0 is coming to Sprint’s Hero & Moment. Date TBD, but roughly 1H 2010.

Source: Sprint