Android 2.1 for the HTC Hero on April 26th in Taïwan


Accodring to HTC’s official account on PLURK (the Taïwanese/Chinese Twitter-like service) the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero will be availalbe on April 26th in Taïwan. Unfortunitely we still don’t have any set date for the worldwide availability other than Q2 2010.

Source: HTC via Engadget

Is the MyTouch2 aka MyTouch Slide the HTC Espresso ?


The HTC Espresso was at first rumored to be an HTC Hero with a sliding-keyboard, it was then thought that Espresso was maybe only the name of the new updated Sense UI on Android. Now it looks like it is indeed a new Android smartphone with a sliding keyboard according to the picture posted over at DroidDevelopers. Strangley the screen looks kinda small and the reflection suggest that it’s resistive instead of capacitive. It is apprently called the MyTouch2 or MyTouch Slide (headed to T-Mobile US).

Source: DroidDevelopers

HTC Espresso Sense UI leaked, shown running on the HTC Hero

The HTC Espersso (Rosie) UI with talked about a few days ago has finally been leaked to the net. Below you’ll see a video of HTC‘s latest Android 2.1 Sense UI running on the HTC Hero:

You can grab the Espresso dump here

Source: AndroidSpin & Youtube

HTC Espresso Rosie / Sense UI screenshots

It’s still not know what exactly is the HTC Espresso (an HTC Hero with a sliding-keyboard? ) but it looks like the device’s ROM has already been dumped and ported to the Hero. Here are a few screenshots of the latest version of the Sense UI on Android.

Source: HTCPedia

HTC Espresso is an HTC Hero with a sliding keyboard ?

 
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File this under the rumor category: According to the info above found by Tweakers.net the HTC Espresso (a code name found is the latest HTC Android roms) is a an HTC Hero with a sliding keyboard. As you can see it sports similar specs (the same screen resolution, same CPU etc..). If it is indeed true the Espresso would be HTC second Qwerty Android device (the first being the HTC G1/Dream).

Source: Tweakers.net

Confirmed: HTC skipping Hero 1.6 update, going straight to Android 2.0

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According to the response below recieved by a HTC Hero user who contact HTC’s Europe support, The company is going straight to Android 2.0. Take it with a big grain of salt though…

Dear HTC customer,

Thank you for contacting our Customer Support Center. We are dedicated to providing you with the best quality service and answering all of your questions and concerns.

The Hero will not be receiving the Android 1.6 upgrade, it will however get the 2.0 one. Do note however that we do not have a confirmed release date for this upgrade, all I can recommend at the moment is that you keep yourself updated by visiting our website regularly as the latest information will be available to view from there.

Best regards,
HTC customer support team
HTC Corp. Global Service Division

UPDATE: It has been confirmed by HTC who got contacted by Engadget :

Yes, we are working on an Eclair update for the HTC Hero. Because Eclair is a significantly enhanced release, it will require some time to update Sense for this new version of the Android OS. Please be patient while we work to provide you with a tightly integrated experience like the one you are already enjoying on your Hero.”

UPDATE 2: HTC on Twitter

The rumors are true! Hero will be getting an Eclair update. We ask for your patience as we update Sense for the fancy new Android OS.

Source: AndroidGuys & Twitter

HTC releases HTC Hero Android Kernel source code

HTC has finally released what Android devs have been dreaming about for a while, the HTC Hero Kernel source code:
HTC Hero Kernel Source code

You can download it here

Source: HTC

Sprint HTC Hero now officially on sale

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Sprint’s HTC Hero is now officially on sale for $179 on a 2 year contract or $479 off contract (if you didn’t already get yours a few days ago). Sprint‘s next Android phone will be the newly announced Samsung Moment.

Source: Sprint

Sprint HTC Hero available now through Telesales

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According to a couple of Sprint users, the HTC Hero is available now through Sprint Telesales. Some users were also able to keep the SERO plan instead of having to switch to a $59.99 EPRP plan in order to get the Hero, but it sounds like it depends on the Sprint rep you get on the phone. You’re are either lucky or not. Or you can just wait for the offical launch on October 11th.

Source: SprintUsers thanks for the tip Miguel

Sprint HTC Hero hands-on Video

Mobileburn just posted part1 of their Sprint HTC Hero video review showing us the devices physical design (no chin!) and the Sense UI in action.

The more a see the Sense UI the more I think that HTC really outdid themself and did an awesome job making Android a lot more user friendly.

Source: Mobileburn

HTC Hero Firmware update available, Sense UI Lag is a thing of the past

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The new Firmware is (un)officially available today for all you Hero users. As shown a few weeks ago the devices is finally lag free and seems to run like it should. HTC also added touch focus to the camera app and updated the Radio.

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Head over here to grab it

Source: Modaco

Sprint HTC Hero on video

Sprint just uploaded a promo video on youtube showing their re-designed HTC Hero:

Lots of marketing talk…but the device looks sweet!

Sprint officially announces re-designed HTC Hero, launching October 11 for $179

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It’s now really official. Sprint unvieled a re-designed (no chin) HTC Hero which is goin to be availble on October 11 for $179. You can read the press release here and pre-register your phone here. You can alos grab the whole PDF doc here. Looks like HTC is releay serious about the US market (and Android!)

Source: Sprint via Engadget

HTC Hero officially announced on Sprint

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A message announcing that the HTC Hero is coming to Sprint was posted today on the developer network site. No word on the date and price though. Sprint is also holding an Open Developer Conference on October 26 with Android hands-on sessions (among other Mobile OSes).

Source: Sprint via Leakdroid

Pink HTC Hero pictured


Look at what we got here. A Pink colored HTC Hero. Paul @ MoDaCo posted those picture yesterday but didn’t say much about them. No, this has nothing to do with project “Pink” ;)

Source: MoDaCo

HTC Hero Sense UI lag fixed by future rom update

HTC’s Hero most talked about flaw is the UI lag that often happens when sliding left/right through the home-screen. Based on the video posted by Paul @ MoDaCo showing a future rom it looks like HTC managed to fix the problem and make the Hero on par with the iPhone when it comes to UI snappiness and fluidity!

Source: MoDaCo

HTC TouchFlo 3D 2.6 video walkthrough

Here’s a video walkthrough of the HTC Leo Rom showing the new CoverFlow style music and photo applications, it runs a bit slow but should be blazing fast on the Leo‘s Snapdragon (or Tegra) chip:

Following the their previous video the boys over at Pocketnow are now giving us a really short (compared to the one above) walkthrough of the HTC Leo Rom and the new TouchFlo 3D 2.6 UI. The most notable change on the home screen compared to the 2.5 version is the clock similar to the one on the HTC Hero and the ToucFlo icons who also look similar to the Sense UI icons.

Source: Youtube

Sense UI officially coming to HTC Magic

HTC Magic user rejoice! It looks like HTC has officially announced that the Magic will get the new Sense UI (introduced on the Hero) this october. Here’s what HTC said to Eprice (translated):

In addition, if you bought the Magic before the users do not envy or anger, HTC today also announced that the Magic the previous user, you can in early October to between 10/31 to HTC official website for free download new software, updated to Sense The new interface, we can imagine, in the Magic update, and to narrow the gap between the two has been a big step.

Only the non-google branded HTC magic will be able to get the update due to lincensing issues with Google.

Source: Eprice via Gizmodo

HTC Hero reviewed

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Gears over at CoolSmartPhone has posted what is in my opninion the best HTC Hero review to date. Tons of videos showing the device in action. Here’s his conclusion :

As my first ever Android handset this has shocked me, and it’s shocked me for all the right reasons. The HTC Sense interface gels together with the Android OS extremely well and the user experience is fluid, understandable and polished. Sure, there’s a few gripes – I still can’t figure a way to send files over Bluetooth, I’d love to see more widgets on-board, I’d love to have the ability to add another screen to either side of my home screen and for some reason GPS was turned off as default when the handset arrived. But hey, these are fairly small gripes when you see how the HTC Hero and HTC Sense GUI works together, It’s seamless, complete and a joy to poke at.

I never thought I’d say this, and you’ll hear this phrase used all too often across the web, but believe me, this really is closest thing I’ve seen to beating the iPhone. The browsing is excellent. The photo management, manipulation and sharing is stunning. The GUI is amazing. The way it delivers data is precise and filtered in a controlled manner. The widgets system is great and I never seem to tire of removing and adding new ones.

Check it out here