T-Mobile UK rename Hero (again) to G2 Touch; launching later in July [Updated]

T-Mobile UK have reconfirmed that they will be offering the HTC Hero, although in their line-up it will be known as the T-Mobile G2 Touch and not the G1Touch as originally suggested.  Set to hit the market later in July, according to the carrier's Twitter account, details of the handset's price and tariffs are yet to be confirmed by an official press release. The carrier will go head to head with rival Orange, who are also offering the Hero (in their case with its original name).  Since Orange are pricing the Android smartphone from free with a new two-year agreement, it seems likely that T-Mobile UK will do the same. The news comes as T-Mobile USA revealed this week that they have no plans to offer the HTC Hero on their side of the Atlantic.  Speaking at the launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G (aka the HTC Magic), CTO Cole Brodman said the Hero was not on their US radar. Update: T-Mobile  UK have confirmed that the G2Touch will be free with a new 18-month contract at £40 per month; the tariff will be one of their Flext schemes, offering £225-worth of credit per month to be used as the subscriber sees fit. [vms 7b5f9259f82690aeea4c]

Motorola looks for Android developers

Motorola is no longer the powerhouse in the mobile phone world that it was when its Razr handset was the device to have. The company has found that making a handset that consumers want and desire today is more complicated than it was in the past. To help get back to popularity with users Motorola is set to embrace Android as its OS for smartphones and is seeking out Android developers. Motorola knows that the way to the heart of mobile users today is through slick and useful apps for their handsets.

Shots of slick Sony Ericsson Android interface leaked

The T-Mobile G1 has been around long enough for users and fans of the Android OS to get used to the default layout of Android for smartphones. The G1 uses a straight Android layout as Google wanted it, but newer devices will sport a custom interface for the OS. We talked before about the Sony Ericsson mobile phone that had leaked and would run Android. A new video has turned up on YouTube that reportedly shows the custom interface the phone will use.

Google Chrome OS hardware partners named

Hot on the heels of their Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform.  Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others".  Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year.  Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G pre-orders taken now: $199.99

Remember the T-Mobile myTouch 3G?  The phone we were excited about before spotting the HTC Hero?  Well, T-Mobile have launched their pre-order site for the upcoming smartphone, reminding us that there's a little over 27 days until it'll arrive in stores.  Existing T-Mobile customers can also choose to pre-order the myTouch 3G, priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract, up until July 28th.  Be warned, though, there's our old friend the T-Mobile $18 upgrade fee, and up to $200 early-cancellation fees (though it's not clear whether that refers solely to the new contract or to any existing one you're locked into). The myTouch 3G itself - also known as the HTC Magic - has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, Android OS 1.5 Cupcake, HSPA and WiFi.  You can find our review of the smartphone in its Vodafone Europe guise here.

Google Chrome OS promises web-based netbook platform by late 2010

Google have announced their latest project, Google Chrome OS, an open-source platform for x86 and ARM based netbooks, notebooks and computers.  Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates.  Chrome OS has at its heart a Linux kernel, with Chrome running within a new windowing system. Google Chrome OS will first appear on netbooks in the second-half of 2010, with the search giant apparently already in talks with manufacturers regarding distribution.  Prior to that, however, they will make Chrome OS open-source later on in 2009, allowing developers to get to grips with the platform. Since most of the user experience will take place on the web, with users interacting with web-apps, developers will be able to use existing coding skills to create software that not only runs on Google Chrome OS but any standards-based cross-platform browser.  As for Android, that remains a going concern for Google, with the company suggesting that "choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google" in the areas where the two platforms overlap.

Google readies next Android developers challenge

Google held an Android Developers Challenge and handed out lots of prizes shortly after the Android OS was launched. Google is now gearing up for the next developers challenge that will offer $2 million in prizes to winners. The second challenge has a different format than the original had and the Android community will play a role in picking winners. Starting in late August a voting application will be published on the Android Market that will let users sample submissions for the contest.

Trimble offers Android Outdoors application

Trimble is known for its outdoor adventure gear including GPS devices to help campers, hunters, and hikers plan their routes. The Trimble Outdoors application is now available for the Android-powered G1 smartphone from T-Mobile. The application provides complete outdoor trip planning, navigation, and geotagging. Users can review and plan trips online, send routes, waypoints, and maps wirelessly to the G1, and use the phone as a full-featured GPS navigator for outdoor adventures.

Google-G0 concept Android smartphone with wireless dock

It seems like a long time since we've seen a good Android concept device, or at least one that isn't an obvious derivative of an existing handset.  Thankfully designer Tryi Yeh has stepped forward with his Google-G0 concept, a touchscreen-dominated slider with a wireless charging cradle. Yeh is short on description for his concept, but going from the images he envisages the G0 seemingly including all the usual Google apps together with Flash support.  The hardware slides open to reveal the camera (of unspecified resolution) and a row of four hardware buttons which can - thanks to embedded displays - offer various contextual controls. The docking station seems modular, either taking the form of a basic wireless dock similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone charger, or attaching to a larger desktop display with integrated speakers.  Unfortunately, this eye-catching smartphone is just a concept. [gallery] [via Generation MP3]

Nokia says no to Android smartphone rumors

Not so long ago Nokia and Intel announced a partnership that had Intel licensing Nokia 3G modem tech and Nokia gaining the ability to use Intel products. Many hoped that the announcement would also include a new MID from Nokia using Intel parts, but that failed to happen. Rumors have been flying around today that have Nokia working on an Android-powered smartphone. Nokia has now come out and officially denied these rumors with a spokesman saying, "[there is] Absolutely no truth to this whatsoever."
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