We present to you the HTC Hero. A few months back we got our first glimpse of the Hero from HTC’s leaked 2009 roadmap. Back then, all we knew is that is was an Android powered phone and that the color was pink. Fortunately, things have changed a little since then. The pink colored handset is nowhere to be found and one of the other images after the break shows a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only other HTC handset on the market with a 3.5mm headphone jack is the HTC TouchHD, powered by Windows Mobile. The picture above is a little perplexing. It appears that HTC has chosen to do away with the trackball from the G1 and the Magic. We’re assuming they are aiming for a full touch screen navigation experience. We’re not sure if this is the best decision HTC has made since the trackball on the HTC G1 is an incredible UI navigational tool. There’s speculation that the HTC Hero will be available in Q3, but we’ll have to hit up @HTC in Twitter to get some confirmation.
There are a lot of people who have been waiting for the HTC Magic to show up on the T-Mobile network. We’ve known that it has been coming for a long time now, but the image above is confirmation that the launch date is close. Oh, you might also be interested in knowing that T-Mobile’s market research efforts have paid off and it could be launching as the T-Mobile MyTouch. We’ve still not sold on the name, but that is what’s showing up on the T-Mobile Inventory screen. No price or launch date set yet, but you can see that you’ll be able to pick up your T-mobile MyTouch in black, white, or merlot.
If you read a little further down the list, the HTC Touch Pro2 is prominently featured as…. the HTC Touch Pro2. This could be the first time that T-mobile sells an HTC phone under its original name.
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.