HTC Hero

Sprint HTC Hero to get a Maintenance Release Soon, Best Buy Selling it for $99.99

As we all know, the Sprint Hero by HTC comes with Android 1.6 (oopss) 1.5, and many Hero users are waiting anxiously for the Eclair update. There's word from the Sprint Community blog about an upcoming update for the Hero, unfortunately, it appears to be just a maintenance release. According to SarahKS (Sprint Admin.), a "maintenance release is being developed for the Hero to address key items such as SMS and DST issues." She also said that the target launch will be in the "next few weeks", but she doesn't know the exact date or what is going to be included on this MR. She ends her post making a promise to update as soon as she gets more info on the matter. Now better news, at least for those who want to get a new HTC Hero. If you are amongst those who don't like the HTC Eris, but do like the shape of the Sprint Hero, BestBuy has a deal for you. They are selling the Sprint HTC Hero for $99.99 after instant discount with a new Sprint account. I personally like the Hero from Sprint better, and besides, the plans with that carrier are cheaper and give you more for your hard earn. Although that doesn't matter if you don't have good Sprint coverage where you live.

DROID Eris by HTC: Prematurely Unboxed

You might remember the upcoming DROID Eris by HTC. Well, if you don't, let me remind you that this new phone will be the second Android on Verizon wireless network. And, it will most likely be the Big Red's version of the Hero. Well, like often happens with technology, there's always somebody who didn't get the memo on the release date of certain device. Apparently, this is the case, or this guy works at one of the stores that will be selling the HTC Eris and decided to share with the world the unboxing of this new DROID. Anyway, if you are waiting on this phone instead of the Motorola DROID because of the price, form factor or any other thing, indulge yourself with the images below, courtesy of BGR. The HTC Eris DROID will be release to the general public tomorrow, so stay tune for more info.

Will Verizon have its own Hero in the form of the DROID Eris by HTC? Apparently, Yes

Apparently, the DROID by Motorola is not the only Android phone that Verizon will be launching in November. According to the latest batch of leaks, the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC will be big red's second Android phone and will be priced at $99.99. According to a leaked screenshot over at AndroidGuys, it appears that staff over at Verizon are already being trained on the technical details of the DROID Eris. This new Android phone will have the same 528MHz Qualcomm processor as other HTC Android models, and will also run Android 1.5. Over at phoneArena, they got a hold of more images of the DROID Eris, which confirm the 5-megapixel camera with no flash. However, the phone does have WiFi, and the camera has autofocus. So, as you can see, it looks like the Eris would be Verizon’s version of the HTC Hero, since those specs do match with what’s available on Sprint and in Europe. The latest leaks also tipped a November 6th for the lauch date of the DROID Eris, with a price - as we mention before - of $99.99, After rebates and with a 2 year agreement, of course. What do you think? Will Verizon launch 2 Android headsets from 2 different companies on the same day?

Confirmed: HTC Hero to get Android Eclair

For those of you who don't have Sense UI in their Android phones, and got jealous about the Taiwanese HTC Magic getting that update, well, there's more to be jealous about. The HTC Hero will be getting an update sometime soon in the form of the Eclair (2.0). HTC have confirmed to our good freinds over at SlashGear that they’ll be offering an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero. HTC is asking that owners “be patient”, since they are not giving an exact date for the release. Here's the statement from HTC:
Yes, we are working on an Eclair update for the HTC Hero. Because Eclair is a significantly enhanced release, it will require some time to update Sense for this new version of the Android OS. Please be patient while we work to provide you with a tightly integrated experience like the one you are already enjoying on your Hero.
Now, how will this be rolled out on to the different Android carriers, well, that is a mystery. What we know is that, the original European GSM version of the Hero, as well as the CDMA Sprint version, will both get it.

HTC Magic In Asia to get Sense UI

According to many people, the custom HTC Sense UI makes the HTC Hero the best Android phone currently on the market. So is no surprise that HTC Magic owners want to have it, unfortunately, it has been available only to Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom subscribers. As we all know, the HTC Sense debuted on the HTC Hero - which by the way, has been well received - and back in August we had confirmation from HTC about upgrading certain Android models. So far, there is no word on when will the rest of the HTC Magic phones in the world get the upgrade, if they get it. Also, there isn't any word from HTC on delivering this upgrade to any other Android devices. The HTC Sense brings social networking integration into the smartphone’s contacts app. Not only that, but it also tweaks the Android UI, and adds various interactive widgets.

You Are Different From You: HTC TV Commercial Campaign [Video]

Chances are by now, you have seen the new video ads from Verizon pitting the new Droid from Motorola against the iPhone. Or should I say, the iDon't phone from the fruit company. Anyway, the folks at HTC are also airing a nice campaign. Check below, and judge for yourself. We are glad to see HTC doing some pretty good advert for their phones, specially when they are the biggest - and I might add, the longest - supporter of the Android platform from Google. I remember that only a few years ago, nobody knew who HTC was. Now, all that has changed, And many, if not all of us know that, HTC makes quality smartphones. This TV commercial from HTC is, I believe - if I'm wrong, please let me know in the comments area - the first time they go all out into the consumer marketing mainstream. Personally, I really like the sentence "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you". But enough of this, go on and watch the video below. [youtube][/youtube]

The Washington Post looks at Sprint HTC Hero

The Washington Post has looked at the Sprint HTC Hero mobile phone and says that the handset is a big leap for Sprint and its Android line in hardware and software. However, the handset isn’t perfect with notable flaws like slow performance, unreliable video playback, and a hard to use touch keyboard. The publication points out that the Sprint device looks like a different phone with a more rounded design and lacking the "chin" of the HTC original. The hardware buttons are rearranged and have a trackball in the center. Build quality is good with a sturdy build and solid design. The multitouch function of the Hero earns high marks compared to other Android devices. In the end, the reviewer says the Hero is for the tech lover and a nice choice on the Sprint network.
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