HTC Hero official video demo

We're still waiting for our own hands-on demo video of the HTC Hero to finish uploading, so while you're waiting how about the company's own video.  The official footage shows much of HTC Sense, the company's new UI, which increases the number of Android homescreen panes to seven and brings a whole load of new widgets to them. These widgets - which can live side-by-side with Google's own Android widgets, and those of third-party developers - include Twitter, speed-dial, Facebook and music.  Some also have more than one format, such as the music widget which has a full-pane version and a smaller alternative. What's interesting is the co-existence with existing Android apps.  HTC have obviously learned a lot from their development of TouchFLO 3D, the GUI for Windows Mobile, but that interface takes over the smartphone and leaves no room for integration with other apps.  The great thing about HTC Sense is that you can choose exactly how much of it you want - or don't want.  Check out the video below. [youtube][/youtube]

Dell demo Android OS 1.5 Cupcake on Mini 10v netbook [Video]

Android OS 1.5 Cupcake hasn't even had its official release onto G1 handsets in the US, but that hasn't stopped Dell from experimenting with the open-source OS on their latest netbook.  The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v packs the usual mixture of an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard-drive, but Dell normally fit it with Windows XP Home. In this video demo, however, Dell's Doug Anson shows the Mini 10v running three different platforms, including Cupcake.  There's little detail, sadly, but he does say that it's a "small, snappy" OS and that it "runs fairly nicely". Sadly Anson also reiterates that Dell have no "announced product plans with the Android environment", but the fact that they're testing it and with seemingly decent results does bode well for the future.  The Inspiron Mini 10v retails from $299 in the US, and is available to order now. [youtube][/youtube]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 2 2009

There was not much new reported in the way of Android this week partially due to the to CES this week in Los Vegas. We will be playing catch-up this coming week not only in Android news but also in the community as well. This week started off with a young girl by the name of “Kommodore” who got an Android tattoo on the inside of her arm. Though plenty of people have talked about it, no one has actually gone through with it. Also this week Mr. Blurry Cam got us some pictures of the new Kogan Agora Pro. This is not the first time we have seen this handset and it is no surprise to us how it appears. One thing we did not account for in the previous pictures is the overall plain square look. We certainly hope the handset manages to get another tweak before we actually see it come to market. At CES this week we did get to see some Android displays. This one however is not particularly a device, more like a prototype demonstration of what Android is capable of. We did manage to snag some video of it in action though. Qualcomm demoed Android on a large WVGA screen with 1.5GHz dual-core CPU complete with integrated HSPA+, support for1080p high definition, mobile TV and also GPS capability. This certainly shows us that Snapdragon is ideal for Android with its heavily Internet based functions.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Android prototype complete with Video Demo

At CES this past week Qualcomm was demonstrating the Snapdragon-based reference prototype running Google’s Android operating system. This demo included a large WVGA display along with Snapdragon’s always-on wireless connection to demonstrate the stability of Android on a larger scale device that the T-Mobile G1.It may not look like much all torn up on the table but it speaks volumes for the Android platform. The Snapdragon has a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU complete with integrated HSPA+, and support for1080p high definition. It also has support for mobile TV and GPS capabilities making this perfect for the on the go user. Based on an ARM platform, Qualcomm has modified the processors to run at three times the normal speed. The company suggests that the Snapdragon-based devices will be able to stay connected to a data network. Qualcomm says that Snapdragon is ideal for Android with its heavily Internet based functions. This company has demonstrated a touchscreen netbook based on this chipset. They have also confirmed that Snapdragon devices will launch sometime in 2009. We are all aware that Google intended the Android platform to be more than just a mobile phone platform. I will gladly take an Android-powered netbook any day, lets just hope that they push one out sooner rather than later. [youtube][/youtube] [Via SlashGear] [gallery]

Android interface that did not quite make it?

It is always exciting to see what concepts and revisions current phones went through before they were released into the wild. Although it is a very rare occasion, one company that had a chance to work on an Android interface is showing one of their works of art on their website. Tat is a Swedish software technology and design company that enhances the experience of users mobile devices. They have brought the "WOW" effect to over 240 million mobile devices worldwide. Tat proudly shows their latest concept demos including a demo for Google's Android in their Show Room. We are still unsure if Tat had anything to do with the current Android design and layout, but it is sure fun to imagine. In this demo we see much of what we do now in the Current version of the Android operating system. A few tweaks here and there make the layout seem familiar to even iPhone owners, the "dock" at the bottom of the screen too closely resembles that of the iPhone. We want to know what our members think, is this real? Do you think Google should have gone with a interface more like this one?

T-Mobile G1 hands-on: Award-Winning Android App feature ShopSavvy

We had a little bit of time today to get an exclusive one on one time with the G1 for our Android Community members, at a special developers event held in Dallas. The company behind Google Application Challenge award winning app ShopSavvy, Big In Japan - were there, demonstrating the software in action on a G1.

The G1 phone was quick and responsive as when we played with it at the launch event last week. We were able to get hands on time with the full version of ShopSavvy. We scanned a barcode (for demonstration purposes, a Logitech webcam) and were able to compare prices online as well as at many stores in the area. No word on when the application will be released, or if it will be a free application or one in which you must purchase. We can imagine it would be particularly useful for all the Christmas shopping coming up over the next few months.  One particularly useful feature is price alert, allowing you to save products to a wish-list that updates you when the product is discounted into your pre-set price range. Check out the video interview we did with Big In Japan here. [gallery]

G1 YouTube, AmazonMP3 and Settings video walkthrough

YouTube is very clean and easy to navigate. The dark interface gives a really nice touch when reading through descriptions of videos and looking through thumbnails to find what you are looking for. Video loading times seemed to be the only drawback of this application - possibly due to the WiFi and 3G networks in the test area being overworked - but were quickly made up for with video resolution and easy controls. There does not seem to be too much to rave about the settings menu other than the clear settings descriptions helping the user know what each setting category is about. The layout includes a symbol to the right of each option that quickly and easily informs the user as to wither a specific settings is on or not. The “about” page includes a lot of detailed information about your device and usage including Battery Status, Battery Level, Signal Strength, Network and Kernel Version to name just a few. Similar to iTunes for the iPhone, Google is offering a vast library of songs for download while on the go thanks to a collaboration with Amazon. Users who currently use Amazon will find the interface familiar; the layout is very simple in comparison to iTunes. Song descriptions include the artist, album cover art, album, song name rating. Amazon even allows a brief preview of each song before you purchase. [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube]
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