News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
We’ve been talking about T-Mobile’s second Android device for months now. It’s been called the HTC Magic, G2, MyTouch and more. Fortunately, Engadget was able t get their hands on the box art for the upcoming device. T-Mobile is going to stick with the MyTouch 3G branding for their version of the HTC Magic and the box art also reveals that it will be available in three different colors: black, white, and Merlot. We’re still scratching our heads trying to figure out the launch date T-Mobile has in mind, but we’re still coming up empty handed. I have my money on the middle of July, but I’ve been wrong before. I guess we will have have to wait and see.
Check out a few more shots of the box art after the break.
A lot of Android fans have been waiting to get a better taste of the HTC Rosie interface that will be slapped on to the HTC Hero. Well… the wait is over. Haykuro has released the Hero build on xda-developers right after throwing in the towel on future rom development due to other leaks and issues within the forum. The video above will give you a good idea of what you can expect after you flash your G1. Be forewarned though. Unlike other rom ports to the G1, this one entails a few steps that most are not yet used to.
Just as they did last May when HTC revealed the Touch Diamond, HTC is planning to host another press/media event on June 24th in London. We’re hoping that they have plans on announcing a handful of new devices, but I’d expect it all to be a little anticlimactic since we have already seen Hero and its Rosie interface along with HTC’s complete roadmap for 2009. Lets just keep our fingers crossed that HTC has and ace up their sleeve with something that have not already leaked out into the blogosphere.
I feel like I’m a million years behind, even though I’ve only been away from a computer for five days. Many of you might have already seen this clip, but I thought I’d share it anyways. The HTC Hero is looking more and more promising with every day that goes by. I’m really loving the color selection as well.
HTC has just announced their plans to be the first to bring Android phone ot the Chinese market. Chine Mobile (the largest mobile prodiver in the world with 500 million customers) will be picking up the HTC made device which will be based on the current HTC Magic. China Mobile has completely redesigned the UI for the new handset and is banking on it to help them double their hardware sales in China. As far as I can tell, there’s no launch date set yet, but since this device is based on the current Magic it should not take HTC and China Mobile much time to bring it to market.
Yesterday we showed off a few of the new features that HTC has planned for the release of the HTC Hero. Late last night, Haykuro released a video clip of HTC’s Rosie Home add-on for Android. We’ve all seen what HTC has done with your Windows Mobile home screen with the introduction of TouchFLO 3D. Apparently they were not satisfied with the simplistic three panel home screen that Android offers out of the box. Rosie incorporates nearly a dozen widgets and allows you to customize your Android home screen to your hearts content. In the short video, we spotted the following widgets: clock, bookmarks, contacts, weather, email, music, calendar, twitter, stocks, footprints, and a handful of comm ones as well.
Hit the read more link to view six more screen shots and then head on over to AndroidGuys to watch the video.
Over a decade ago, Napster was considered to be the best new way for people to get their hands on music files. The digital music revolution had started and Napster was there to satisfy you’re thirst. Unfortunately, the Napster file sharing service was illegal and was soon shut down the record labels. A few years passed and Napster reemerged as a legitimate music subscription service. The new owners of the company thought they would be able to capitalize on the brand power of Napster and be able to compete with iTunes. As most mp3 players rose and fell against the iPod, so did many subscription music services against iTunes. Napster still lives on today, but it’s a far cry from where the company wants it to be. This week, Napster announced that they will be lowering their subscription pricing to $5 a month, from $12.95, but their customers will still need to shell out $14.95 for a premium account that will allow them to carry their music with them on their portable device (as long as it’s not an iPod).
Maybe Napster needs to rethink things a bit. Yes, lowering your price may be a good way to keep a few subscribers and gain a handful more. But these days, people want to take their music with them at all times. I think the cat with the evil green eyes though set its sights on the little green Android. Developing a new Android specific app and subscription service would allow Napster to reach new customers who might be willing to pay for a great music service. I’m not saying that success is guaranteed, but I’m sure that a lot of people are looking for other music options on their Android phone other than imeem and LastFM.