News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
I’m sure most of you remember that a few weeks back I gave a detailed review of the HTC Magic Cupcake build that Haykuro had ported over to the T-Mobile G1. Now that Cupcake is being rolled out to most G1 users, Haykuro has moved on to the next big thing… the HTC Hero. Ok, so he does not have the Hero, but he has managed to get hit hands on the Hero’s Android build. If you were impressed with cupcake, I’m sure you’ll love what HTC has in store for you. HTC is planning on taking out a little Google from the phone and putting in a little more HTC. The calendar, dialer, icons, notification bar, have all been tweaked. HTC has even added Outlook sync capabilities. Haykuro has yet to release the Hero firmware for the T-Mobile G1, but I’m sure we will be seeing it in the next few days.
Be sure to check out a 5 minute walkthrough of the HTC Hero build on Andorid Uploads
If you find yourself over in Taiwan, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that the HTC Magic will be launching on May 15. As an added bonus, the HTC Magic will have a unique look that we have not yet seen. HTC has decided to give the black Magic a solid red stripe around the edge of the phone. The handset will be on sale for around $640 without a contract.
We still have no release information for the HTC Magic from T-mobile USA, but we’re hoping to have that all cleared away before the end of the month. Make sure you click through to get a few more shots the of custom Black and Red HTC Magic.
It’s been over six months since the launch of the first Android powered handset. HTC has released a second Android handset in Europe, but we still have not seen any other movement on the market. That’s all about to change. Android is expected to grow over 900% in 2009. Though that number may sound high, we have to keep in mind that less than 500,000 Android handsets were sold in 2008. Based on that estimate, we should see nearly 4.5 million new Android handsets in customer hands for all of 2009.
“We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900% annually during 2009,” said senior analyst Tom Kang, “Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79% annually in 2009.”
Android should have an incredible second half of the year, but 2010 is when Android will be making a huge slash into the mass market. Due to the Open Source nature of the android OS and the minimal licensing restrictions, I predict that we will see more than twenty different Android phones from ten manufacturers by the end of next year.
Source: Mirror News
Over the past few days, Bigfoot has taken over the web. No, we’re not talking about that tall harry human looking monster that wanders the woods in the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot is the code name for a new android powered handset that showed up on a leaked T-Mobile release roadmap. Bigfoot was shown as a replacement device for the HTC made T-Mobile G1, but no other information was given, not even the name of the manufacturer except that it would be known as the T-Mobile G1 v2. Everything was fine for a few days, but then rumors started to still that Bigfoot could be Motorola’s first Android phone to hit the market. Within hours, images were popping up that showed the button similarities between other Motorola phones and the ones that adorned the front of the Bigfoot handset. But like all good rumors and speculation, casting the Bigfoot as a Motorola device didn’t last long. Soon enough, Samsung was given credit for the design of Bigfoot.
It’s been over four months since we first heard about the wonders of the Android cupcake development branch. Finally (after every developer and hacker on the planet has already released their ow version of android cupcake), T-Mobile U.S.A. is planning on releasing it to their customers. The Android 1.5 OTA software update will start on May 11. Similar to a new of T-Mobile’s past updates, there have already been scattered reports of G1 users getting the update pushed to their handsets already.
Personally, I have already installed four different Android 1.5 builds onto my G1. None of them have been official releases for my exact phone so there have been a few glitches along the way. But the advantaged of the Android 1.5 update have far outweighed the downsides. If you’ve been waiting for an on-screen keyboard, stereo bluetooth, and video recording/sharing, you’re in for a treat.
T-Mobile’s Android 1.5 update will most likely take 2-3 days to roll out to all G1 users.
If you’re really feeling the weight of there bad economic times, this might cheer you up just a little. For those of you out there who have wanted to get your hands on the T-Mobile G1, this might be your day. TmoNews is reporting that Wal-Mart is willing to see you the G1 for only $98.88 with a new two year contract. If you’re wondering how much this will save you, we crunched the numbers for you. Wal-Mart’s $98.88 T-Mobile G1 will save you 45% when compared to the $179.99 price tag you’ll find at your local T-Mobile store. We have not verified the price at our local Wal-Mart just yet, but the image above should be proof enough.
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.