First, I’d like to apologize to all the readers of HTC Source. this past week was very hectic as my "real" job. It’s tough when I can’t get a blog post in, be even worse when I get backed up on my personal email. I’m hoping this week will go a lot better and there’s a lot of new I need to share.
It’s not often that CNN writes anything about the HTC make T-Mobile G1. This time is not different. This morning they posted a story stating that the iphone did not rank as the number one in smartphone sales for Q1 in the United States. The BlackBerry Curve to the top spot (and two others in the top 5). Not surprisingly, the T-mobile G1 was slotted at number 5, marking HTC’s highest sales ranking ever for one of their smartphones. The article does note that the BlackBerry phones do have an unfair advantage over the iPhone and the G1 since they former phones are available on more than on U.S. carrier. Regardless, HTC should be proud that their first Android powered phone has made it onto the top 5 list. Oh and don’t forget that T-Mobile has the fewest customers than any of the other major carriers.
Source: CNN Money
If the image above almost tells the whole story. A surprise page launch on Vodafone Spain’s website is now sporting a splash page for the HTC Magic, featuring a countdown clock that is set to expire in less than nine hours (or midnight in Spain). Vodafone customers in other countries will still need to wait another week and a day before they will be able to get their hands on the HTC Magic. Unfortunately, there’s not price listed anywhere on the page, but rumors form about a month ago suggest that Vodafone customers in Spain will be paying a pretty price compared to other countries.
It’s been over four months since we first heard about Google’s Cupcake development branch. A lot of bloggers, developers, and Android fans have been wondering if T-Mobile would ever bring the update to the T-Mobile G1. Well… we have great news for you. T-Mobile will be pushing out the update to the G1 some time in May. Before you get too excited, we only have confirmation that the update will be available for T-Mobile customers in Germany. T-Mobile has put up a page on their German website with information about the update, noting that it will be pushed out to your German T-Mobile G1 handset when it’s available.
If you check out the page you’ll also see a somewhat curious "Important Note" that informs users that there are software updates on various internet forums and they note that it is not recommended to install these updates since they may not "fit" your G1 just right. I’d imagine that T-Mobile is referring to the G and H Haykuro HTC Magic builds I tested out last week. Below are a few of the new cupcake feature that will be pushed out in the new Android 1.5 software update.
HTC and Android phones have something to celebrate today. News has broken out that the G1 has been purchased by more than 1 million customers in America. It seems every tech site on the planet is breaking down the numbers and showing how it compares to the iPhone. We’re not going to do that. What we will tell you is that T-Mobile G1 users make up about 66% of T-Mobile’s 3G subscriber base. Their 3G network did only launch last fall (a month or so before the G1) so I’m sure that percentage will fluctuate a bit in the years to come.
We’re know about the HTC Hero since HTC’s 2009 lineup was leaked a few months back. The only image floating around the web is of a hot pink phone, sporting a chin that looks similar to that of the T-Mobile G1. Daniel (aka atomixpaintball on xda-developers.com) has indicated that HTC and an unspecified U.S. wireless service provider will be launching the HTC Hero on October 11.
I work for a wireless developer firm and I have just received word from the US carrier (cannot disclose who yet) that the release date for the HTC Hero (Android) is October 11th 2009. The carrier is giving us specifications to develop wallpaper, ring tones and apps to sell in their market place. This is just a bit of teaser information for now. I will provide more info as allowed.
As stated in the title, this is merely a rumor. October 11 is still quite a ways out and we’re still waiting for T-Mobile to give us a launch date for the HTC Magic.
Rumors are starting to float around the web, indicating that Vodafone may start offering pre-orders ofthe HTC Magic starting tomorrow. Vodafone is expected to start shipping the HTC Magic on May 1, just two weeks from today. There’s still no words on the U.S. release of the handset, but many speculate that T-mobile will be announcing details of the launch at a press event scheduled for April 21.
If you already own the G1 and have been wondering what it would be like to have the latest Android build on your handset, you might want to check this out.
As I mentioned yesterday, a contributor known as Haykuro on xda-developers was able to port two Android builds to the T-Mobile G1 that were intended for the HTC Magic. Yesterday, I gave you a walkthrough of the Google Android build, so today I’ll be doing the same for the HTC Android build.
Flashing the HTC build was just as simple as flashing the Google build. After a few minutes, my G1 rebooted and I was greeted by the T-Mobile G1 logo. But unlike the other install, the G1 logo was followed by HTC’s signature chime that you hear when you start up their latest Windows Mobile phones and an animated HTC logo faded into view. The Android setup process was mainly the same, but HTC added an additional step to get the user acquainted with the soft keyboard.
The home screen loaded up and I went to work to see what the differences were between this new HTC build and the Google build. Just like the Google build, the HTC build features sight UI graphical updates. The main graphical differences between the two are the app tab at the bottom of the screen and the home screen widgets. HTC’s widgets all featured the same fading transparency effect.