We’ve known for a while the HTC has been planning on bringing their Sense UI to the HTC Magic. The first official images of the UI on the Magic have been spotted over on HTC Brazil’s website. That’s all there is to report really. For months there’s been a debate concerning which HTC Magic phones will be getting the Sense UI upgrade and which will not. Many claim that HTC phones with the "with Google" branding on the back of the handset will be upgraded to the new UI since it is not the standard Android experience. However, recent videos of the upcoming Sprint HTC Hero have shown the "with Google" branding even though the Hero sports HTC’s Sense UI. At the moment, every Sprint HTC Hero handset that has been spotted has been a demo/review unit, not the final product. However, if the Sprint does ship the HTC Hero with the "with Google" branding on the back, it gives hope to all those who have purchased the T-Mobile myTouch 3g and anyone else who has a Google branded phone.
If you’ve been holding out to get and Android phone, today is your lucky day! T-Mobile has just cut the price of the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) to $129.99 with a new two year contract. This is actually second price drop that the G1 has received in the past few months and we suspect it will be the last. Unfortunately, the G1 will most likely be replaced by the new Motorola Cliq which is expected to be in stores by the holiday season. You can head on over to T-Mobile’s website or your local T-mobile retail store to pick up your new (or not so new) T-mobile G1 for $129.99. Keep in mind, the G1 was the first phone powered by Android. It could make a great collector’s item some day.
To celebrate the 24th season of the Oprah show, T-Mobile has teamed up with Oprah and is offering a $100 discount on the myTouch 3G. Current and new T-Mobile customers can take advantage of the offer through T-Mobile’s website by using the "KICKOFF24" promotional code. Though I many not agree with how T-Mobile has been promoting the myTouch 3G, their prime-time ad spots have most likely been seen by every person in the country already. Now with semi-official endorsement from Oprah, i guess the myTouch 3G should shoot up the charts just like any book she adds to her book club.
The promotional offer will be available until September 24th. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to get your hands on an Android phone, a $99 price tag seems like it would be a good one.
T-Mobile’s ad campaign for the last month has been centered around their "Mobile Makeover" spots with Catherine Zeta-Jones. For a while it seems as if T-Mobile forgot that they launched a shiny new Android phone called the myTouch 3G. There’s finally a commercial that’s hitting the media waves this week that highlights the HTC made myTouch 3G as the only phone that can be "100% you".
I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the myTouch 3G name or its new commercial. The spot features Phil Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jessie James with a T-Mobile myTouch 3G that changes as they hand it off between each other. The ad is disappointing because it does not talk about any of the features that the phone has to offer or even mention that it’s running on Google new Android OS. Verizon is pushing feature phones that have 10 app and highlighting the benefits you get by buying the phone. There are over 6,000 apps on the Android market to choose from. Don’t you think that would be a selling point of the myTouch 3G?
You can check out the commercial after the jump and don’t forget to let us know what you think.
The past few weeks have been filled with speculation about the next OS upgrades that are expected to hit Android later this year. As of right now, the Donut development branch appears to be the closest to hit the streets. unfortunately, if you’re a proud owner of the HTC Dream, T-Mobile G1, or any other phone that looks like the one above, you’re probably out of luck. Yes, Android will continue to get updated as time goes on, but HTC simply didn’t plan for these memory intensize updates when the Dream was launched. There have been reports that the Google engineers worked long and hard just to get the Cupcake build to fit on the phone. It could go over all the details, but Taylor from Androidandme.com did an incredible job putting together a lot of research with all the details. be sure to check out the blog entry and let us know your thoughts.
Critics claim that the HTC Hero is by far the most advanced HTC handset on the market, but if you take a step back and look at HTC’s other Android offerings you will notice that the Hero is nothing more than an HTC Magic with a shiny new case and a 5MP camera. Oh and don’t forget about that flashy Sense UI as well.
After the Hero was announced, HTC did mention that they were working on bringing the new UI to other HTC handsets. In October, HTC will deliver on that promise and offer the Sense UI to HTC Magic owners…. in Taiwan some time in October. It’s unclear when other HTC magic owners will be able to get the new UI from HTC, but I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up a new ROM with the UI tweaks from xda-developers in due time. If you’re sporting the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G or any other HTC Magic handset with the "with Google" logo on the back of your phone, you’re out of luck. It’s been mentioned in the past that any phone sporting the "with Google" branding will most likely not be getting any custom tweaks, apps, of UI’s from manufacturers.
If you’ve recently picked up T-Mobile new myTouch 3G, I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that the hard working contributors over on XDA Developers have been able to gain root access to the phone and are sharing their secrets with the world. If you’re new to Android or HTC handsets, root access allows you to modify and tweak the phone by removing certain restriction that the phone operator may have placed on the handset. Having root access on your myTouch 3G will allow you to install custom themes for the UI, tether your 3G connection with other devices, enable multi touch support (just like the iPhone) in certain application, and much more.
Keep in mind that gaining root access to your myTouch 3G will most likely void your T-mobile or HTC warranties on the handset AND could brick your phone. I would only recommend you go through the process if you are extremely knowledgeable on how Android works, so don’t blame me if you’re phone turns into a paper weight.