The one thing I enjoy most about Facebook is that people constantly update their profile pictures. It gives you a better representation of how they see themselves or what mood they are in. Google does an adequate job of syncing all the images you gave in Gmail with your Android phone, but unless you are an avid Picasa Web user, most your contacts are pictureless. Facebook Sync is a new app on the Android Market that promises to bring images to all your contacts as long as you are friends with them on Facebook. Facebook Sync is fairly simple. When you open the app, there’s an check box at the bottom that asks if you want to replace non-Facebook photos that you might already have in your contacts. All that’s left to do is tap the "Start friend photo sync" and away you go. A web window opens up in which you will need to enter in your Facebook login info to allow that app to gain access to your friends list. Once it starts the sync process, if shows you each friend picture that it is syncing to your contacts. Once Facebook Sync has finished going through all your friends and contacts, it gives you a little readout of how many contact entries were synced.
Facebook Sync is extremely simple, but I’m sure most Android users who have a Facebook account will find that it’s an extremely useful tool to complete your contacts list. If you’re on your G1 right now, just click here in your phones browser or else just head over to the market and search "Facebook Sync"
A few weeks back we reported that HTC had been banned from selling the HTC Magic in German due to a patent dispute with IPCom. HTC has decided to appeal the German court’s ruling and now has been granted a four week injunction which would allow HTC to start shipping the Android powered HTC Magic which will go on sale in Germany within the next few weeks. I’m sure this isn’t the last we will hear about this case, but at least customers will be able to get their hands on the new Android handset before any more decisions are made by the German court.
The HTC CEDA200 is the latest HTC handset to surface on the FCC’s website. Unfortunately, there’s not much to go off of, but we’re pretty sure that the CEDA200 is the same as the HTC Cedar that was leaked in HTC 2009 lineup documents. The CEDA200 will feature a portrait style screen, which should give it a full QWERTY keyboard (think T-Mobile Dash), and its radio chip will be able to support CDMA networks. Unfortunately, HTC asked the FCC to hold off on posting any images until July 30, so we should expect this new phone to launch right around that time.
Be sure to check out the leaked shot of the HTC Cedar after the break.
For those of you lucky enough to be living in Italy (I lived there for a while and miss it so much), TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) has just launched the HTC Dream on their network. It features a Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz radio chip set. The HTC Dream can be your for €429 (roughly $575) if you want the pay-as-you-go option, but TIM is willing to give it to you for free if you don’t mind signing your life away with a new contract. The HTC Dream is basically the same phone as the T-Mobile G1 we have come to know so well, but does feature a small chin lift that slightly tweaks the buttons on the front of the phone. There was another small detail on TIM’s website that caught my eye. The 3.2MP camera is described as having 4x zoom. I wonder where that came from.
I just want to thank all our readers for their incredible patience. HTC Source has been a bit quiet for over a week. I received quite a few e-mails and Tweets from many of you while I was away and it’s nice to see that I’ve been missed. For those of you who have not heard, my daughter was born on March 18th. Mariah Nicole was a healthy 8 pounds 12 ounces and measured in at 20 inches long. Now I’m back at my day job, so it’s only natural that my blogging should start up again.
I’ve got a little bit of catching up to do, so let’s get to it.
HTC was the first to bring an Android powered handset to market late last year. Within the next few weeks, HTC will be sellign the HTC Magic in Europe, but the Android fun doesn’t stop there. It turns out that HTC CEO Peter Chou is expecting at least three Android phones in 2009. This leaves us with two more phones that we have most liekly already seen in HTC’s 2009 leaked lineup. The HTC Hero and the HTC Memphis are most likely the best Android release candidates for HTC. Keep in mind, this is only our best guess based on the information we’ve gotten over the past few months. Regardless, HTC is poised to lead the Android marketplace just as it does with Windows Mobile.
Some leaked PowerPoint presentations have made their way onto the web which show Sprint’s smartphone plans for the next few months. You’ll notice that They were just able to squeeze in the HTC made Palm Treo Pro for Q1, but Q2 and Q3 also have some HTC goodness in the works. Sprint is planning on releasing the HTC Willow which will feature a full front QWERTY keyboard and most likely will be shipping with WM 6.1 standard. Before Q3 is over, Sprint will release the HTC Rhodium which seems to resemble the HTC Touch Pro2 quite a bit.