Biggest news this week has been the arrival of the Vodafone HTC Magic at Android Community, with an unboxing video and initial hands-on gallery here. The smartphone is the second to reach the market running Google’s Android OS, and according to leaks will show up on T-Mobile USA as the myTouch 3G.
T-Mobile USA will be hoping for strong sales from the handset, too, after the performance of the G1. That’s taken fifth place in the best-selling smartphones in the USA during Q1 2009, beat only by the iPhone 3G and a trio of BlackBerry devices. It’s a confidence in both devices shared by Rogers Wireless, who are planning to offer the HTC Dream (aka G1) and HTC Magic in Canada from June 2nd; meanwhile, slightly further afield, NTT DoCoMo are tipped to be offering the Magic in Japan as the HT-03A.
The Magic comes preloaded with Android OS 1.5 “Cupcake”, and so it’s only fair that G1 owners get the same software update. T-Mobile USA have finally confirmed that they will be rolling out the latest firmware from the end of this coming week, in an upgrade plan expected to run through to the end of May. They may be hoping that distracts us from the Android leaks this week: firstly, their own device roadmap which pegs the G1 v.2 and Samsung Houdini as arriving later in 2009, and secondly an in-the-wild sighting of the HTC Hero.
Stay with Android Community this coming week for the Vodafone HTC Magic review and more video content!