We’ve all seen the Vodafone HTC Magic, but what we weren’t expecting to see this week was the HTC T-Mobile G2. During a presentation this week at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Google did a little demo to show off their new offline Gmail app on the iPhone and Android. The presented showed the HTC Magic for no one than a few seconds. Ok, nothing new here. We all know Vodafone will be launching it soon in Europe. But as you can see from the shot, the HTC Magic is sporting the T-mobile logo. Since we’re all T-Mobile experts over here, you will notice that the T-Mobile logo only has one dot in front of the "T". So what does that mean to you? Simple, T-Mobile over in Europe sports three small dots in front of the "T" which would make this the T-mobile G2 for the U.S. market. You can check out the video for yourself on YouTube and if you don’t believe us about the logo thing, check out the image of the UK T-Mobile G1 after the jump.
Ok, so day one of the GMSA Mobile World Congress went to windows Mobile. HTC launched the Diamond2 and the Pro2, but now it’s Android’s turn to take the stage. We present the HTC Magic. Vodafone just nabbed up a timed exclusivity deal with HTC and will be introducing the HTC Magic on their networks in the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy over the next few months (starting in April). Pricing is expected to range from 99 to 199 Euro with a new contract. Just like the T-mobile G1, the HTC Magic will feature a large 3.2 inch HVGA display HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a trackball. Engadget seemed to be a bit surprised, but we’ve come to expect that HTC phones will be shipping with their proprietary headphone connection (that does not mean we have to like it). The biggest difference between the HTC Magic and the G1 is the lack of a dedicated QWERTY keyboard. The HTC Magic will be the first Android phone to ship with Android’s Cupcake touchscreen keyboard. It will also be sporting Bluetooth wireless stereo headset support (A2DP) and video capture.
We’ve got a lot more pictures after the break with a full breakdown of the HTC Magic’s specs.
Thanks to a Tweet from Androidguys, we present to you the Telefonica HTC Dream. Telefonica is keeping with HTC tradition by offering the HTC Dream in Spain under its original code name, while also giving the handset a bit of a facelift (or from what we can tell, mostly a chin lift). We’ve seen this done time and time again with the HTC Diamond, Touch, and Touch Pro. But this is the first facelift for the HTC Dream. From the pictures, it appears the only changes will be to the front buttons of the phone which appear to bevel out just slightly in a uniform row as opposed to the separated round buttons on the T-mobile G1. The menu button has also been rounded out a little and moved down a millimeter or two from the screen. These minor design changes are a welcome change over the more industrial look of the original G1 launch. We’re kinda perplexed though. Why didn’t HTC release the T-mobile G1 with this look?
EngadgetMobile is reporting that the Telefonica HTC Dream will be the first Android phone released in Spain at a price ranging from €0 and €199 depending on your calling plan. The launch date has not been released. Hit the "read more" link for another shot of the new HTC Dream.
Every wonder what it would be like at a cell phone reunion? Oh, and then the iphone walks in strutting his stuff. Keep in mind, Android would act and be treated the same. Let’s just hope that Android gets on to enough handsets this year so that everyone can enjoy it.
Until now, the HTC made G1 has been a T-Mobile exclusive. But things are about to change next week with the launch of the G1 in Australia. Optus (owned by SingTel), is planning on making the G1 available to the people of Australia on February 16. Optus’ G1 cell plans will be starting at $59 a month, but from what we have gathered, there’s still not official price for the HTC handset. Similar to other countries, the G1 is the first Android powered handset to reach the Australian shores. SingTel, being the larges service provider in Singapore, already has plans in the works to deliver the G1 to their home market within the near future, but has declined to give any specifics on the G1’s first official launch in Asia.
Earlier today I received a notification on my G1 that I could download the new RC33 firmware update from T-Mobile. The download process went pretty quick, but I was a bit surprised that the update itself took more than three minutes to install. Once it was installed, my G1 tool nearly another 4-5 minutes to restart. For a second, I thought something had gone wrong and T-mobile had killed my G1. After that brief moment of anxiety, my home screen loaded up and I could already see the first update. My Google search bar sits front and center on my home screen and now it features a little microphone button next to the magnifying glass search button. If you press the microphone button, a little "Speak Now" window pops up as the G1 listens to your voice search request. If you are not loud enough, it will ask you to re-speak the words or phrase. I tried a few different searches and was pleasantly surprised to see that Google does a great job "listening" to the words I say.
the only other new feature I was able to play around with today was the Market app updates. If you open the android Market and go to "My Downloads" you will get a notification that tells how many apps you have installed on your G1 have updates that you can download. All the aps with available updates float to the top and you can go through each one and download the updates if you want. If you hit the menu button while on this page you’ll see a new "notification" option that allows you to turn on/ff the update notification feature (though I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this).
I’ll be playing around with my phone over the weekend so I’m sure I’ll run across some other of the other new features that T-mobile has decided to bless us with.
Android is picking up steam. More and more handset markets are planning on releasing Android powered devices in the coming months, many of which could make their first appearance at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. My Tech Wall has a rundown of eight different handsets that could show their faces, two of which are the HTC Sapphire 2.0 and the HTC Hero.