HTC Hero launches: HTC Sense UI and Flash

We're at HTC's London press event this morning, and as expected the company announced the HTC Hero.  The third Android smartphone from HTC, the Hero has the same 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, HSPA and WiFi b/g connectivity, but throws in HTC Sense, the company's latest custom UI.  HTC Sense includes various widgets and shortcuts to allow access to apps like Twitter, Facebook, contacts, calendar and other functionality direct from the Android homescreen.  They've also reworked the on-screen keyboard, bringing better word-correction and auto-completion. Other specs for the Hero include a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GPS, and a Teflon-covered casing which, according to HTC, means that the phone isn't "cold and slippery".  The screen has a fingerprint-resistant coating, which we found didn't so much avoid prints in the first place as it did shed them more readily when you wipe it. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack and Adobe Flash support, which means you can access sites like YouTube in the Android browser.  It's expected to land in Europe come July, Asia later in the summer, and in a US format sometime later on in 2009.  We'll have hands-on video with the HTC Hero as soon as it's processed. Update: Hands-on video is here [gallery]

IBM unveils cool Android app for Wimbledon

We have talked before about altered reality browsers and applications for the Android platform. The applications take things like photos or maps and overlay them with data from local users. IBM has announced a new Android app that is designed to give visitors to the Wimbledon tennis tournament more information about the tournament and the venue. The app is called Seer Android and the service is being tested on the G1.

Flash player 10 coming to Android in October

One of the many glaring omissions still not featured on the iPhone is support for Flash. Rumors keep circulating that Flash will be coming to the iPhone, but that has failed to happen and unless something big changes this isn’t the year of flash for iPhone fans. Adobe has announced it will be released the beta version of Flash Player 10 for smartphones in October. The player will be offered for Android, Symbian, Windows mobile, and webOS, notice iPhone OS is missing.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G gets official

As expected, T-Mobile USA have announced the myTouch 3G, their second Android handset and the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.  Recognizable as the HTC Magic - which Android Community reviewed in back in May - the phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera and the usual array of Google applications. That includes YouTube, Google Maps (with Latitude and Street View), GTalk and GMail, support for IMAP, POP and Exchange accounts and one-touch media uploads.  However, for the first time on an Android device, T-Mobile have loaded an app called Sherpa, featuring GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), onto the myTouch 3G, which promises to recognize patterns of use and offer suggestions based on past behaviours. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is expected to go up for pre-order on July 8th, though initially only for existing subscribers to the carrier.  National availability is expected in early August, with the handset priced at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement.  Three color options will be release: black, white and merlot. [gallery]

Control Rovio robot with Android phone

I like robots as much as the next geek and when they have web cams built-in that will allow me to see what's going on in another room without having to get off my lazy duff I am all the more interested. The Rovio robot webcam is just such a device and I really want one. I just need to convince one of my kids they need it for Christmas. If you already have your Rovio, you can now control the robot and see the live webcam feed right from your Android mobile phone. The application that lets you control the bot is called AndRovio and it's from developer Poignant Projects.

Huawei Android-powered U8230 coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile's next Android-powered handset may well be the Huawei U8230 mobile phone. The Chinese maker of mobile phones announced today that T-Mobile would be selling the device starting late next quarter in Europe. The handset has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera running on a QUALCOMM chipset. The phone maker promises that it will have a longer battery life than any other Android device on the market.

Boingo Wireless app available for Android

3G connectivity for smartphones is great; the reality of a connection that promises mobile broadband speeds is that often the connection speed isn't nearly as fast as the user desires. Thankfully, most high-end phones offer Wi-Fi connectivity as well if the 3G connection is too slow. Boingo Wireless operates the world's largest collection of Wi-Fi hotspots. The company announced today that it is now offering its hotspot finder and connection manager for Android-based smartphones. The application is available for all handsets running Android.

World’s first augmented reality browser coming to Android

You say augmented reality to me and I immediately start thinking virtual reality with gloves and massive headsets. That's not really what the Layar augmented reality browser (that will be coming to the Android store soon) is about. The idea behind the Layar browser is that people can visit places and build their own layers to share with other users of the browser with information like historical sites and restaurants in an area. The app lets users mark a point on a map and enter data about the location.

Garmin-ASUS Android phone by end of 2009; ditching own Linux OS

Garmin-ASUS have confirmed that, following the launch of their nuvifone G60 sometime in the second half of 2009, they will switch to solely using Android and Windows Mobile in future devices.  The first Android-based Garmin-ASUS device will apparently arrive at the end of the year, earlier than previously suggested. The change will mean that the G60 will be the only device to use Garmin-ASUS' home-grown Linux OS, the difficult development of which has been blamed for the GPS-centric handset's delay.  The partnership's other device, the nuvifone M20, runs the Windows Mobile OS. According to Hektor Tung, Garmin's regional director for Southeast-Asia sales, the long-overdue G60 will arrive in the second half of this year, and could launch as early as August for some markets.  However he failed to be more specific about which regions they might be. [Thanks Ahmad!]

Android Google Maps gets Latitude, voice search and transit directions

Google Maps for Android is now even better than before, thanks to new features and a few fixed issues with Google Latitude.  You can now search Google Maps for Android simply by speaking your query and Google Maps will search it for you.  Google’s voice recognition engine currently understands English in American, Australian and British accents.  Other notable features, once you find what you’re looking for, include store hours, prices, ratings, and reviews. When traveling to San Francisco or New York City, I do a lot of walking and/or take public transportation.  Up until now, mapping out walking directions or transit for Google Maps for Android was sorely missing.  Thanks to the updates, these two features are available in over 250 cities, including NYC and San Francisco. Google also improved Google Latitude by fixing an issue that caused background location updates to periodically stop for some users.  So now, once you select “Detect your location” from the Latitude privacy menu, your location will continue to update as long as your Android phone is on.  There’s also a new experimental feature called Updates that lets you connect with your friends and post messages.  To test out this new feature, start Latitude and click the “Updates” tab to broadcast your updates. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFw9p0TjT8[/youtube] The upgrade isn’t pushed to your Android phones so make sure to download it in the Android Market by searching for "Google Maps" and then following the instructions. [Google Android]
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