HTC Hero

HTC Hero ROM gets video demo on G1

Master ROM-fondler Haykuro has done it again, and delivered a video of the HTC Hero Android build running on a G1.  Over six minutes long, the video shows more of the new homescreen, together with a changed QWERTY on-screen keyboard and a new Twitter app. The ROM seems to use a combination of standard Android code and HTC's own amendments.  We saw screenshots of some of these last month, including the new PMP, browser and other TouchFLO 3D-inspired tweaks. The Hero itself is tipped to launch midway through 2009, so we could be looking at a fairly imminent release in Europe at least.  Check out the recently-leaked video promo for the phone here. [youtube][/youtube] [via Android Central]

HTC Hero video promo [Updated]

We don't know where it's from, and we don't know who made it, but a promo video for the HTC Hero has shown up online.  Demonstrating a gloss-red Hero seemingly running the new "Rosie" GUI, the video shows the phone going online, accessing the Android market and generally flaunting its OS capabilities. The "Rosie" homescreen, with its distinctive new clock and control bar along the bottom of the screen, makes several appearances.  The multiple homescreen pages, plus widgets like music control, are also shown, before the video demonstrated mapping and motion-sensitive controls. Finally, there are a full seven HTC Hero devices, each in glossy candy-colors: pale green, pink, yellow, red, black, turquoise and white.  Anybody know any more about the origins of the video? Update: The original video was taken down; here's a copy: [vms 49da13542e0726b7bb75] [Thanks Jiri!]

HTC Hero Android build leaks: new PMP, browser & more

Firmware from the HTC Hero has leaked, and been installed on the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1).  The new firmware shows a refreshed GUI with hints of HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface incorporated, and has been liberated by Haykuro of the xdadevelopers forum. What's so-far unknown is whether any of these visual changes will make their way into Android 2.0 Donut, or if they're all HTC's own work.  The HTC Dream in the video below is running OS 1.5 Cupcake, certainly.  Right now, all of the main Google apps work, and there are some new additions such as the redesigned calendar There also looks to be Flash support in the browser and new social networking additions, including Twitter and Facebook apps.  While originally Haykuro had said that he wasn't at liberty to release the update for general download, there's now talk that it will be made available for those who have root access on their Android handsets. [youtube][/youtube] [gallery] [thanks hersh!]

Android Community Week in Review: Week 19 2009

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!

HTC Hero caught in the wild?

These photos, we're told, are the first shots of the HTC Hero in the wild, the company's next Android smartphone.  Closely resembling the leaked HTC Hero image from the beginning of the year - though thankfully without the shocking-pink color scheme - the handset has a reworked keypad from that concept shot and drops the G1/Magic trackball. That, with the lack of a D-pad or any other obvious directional control, means all navigation will have to be done via the touchscreen.  Stylistically it's a blend of the recent Diamond2 (though without the chrome touches) and the original G1, though we're not really feeling those blobby buttons; side-shots show the traditional HTC-Android-chin is still onboard.  What is a pleasant surprise is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Obviously any leaked photos should be taken with a grain or two of salt; we're particularly suspicious of image four (in the gallery below) where the angled chin section looks a little Photoshopped.  Of course, poor lighting and low resolution shots also add up to unsatisfying images, so we may have to wait for more leaks to find out if this truly is the HTC Hero. [gallery]

New Android-powered HTC Hero?

It appears that HTC may have leaked a little info, which is not always a bad thing, especially for us. Someone over at the PPCCGeeks forum is claiming to have HTC’s full 2009 roadmap. Now we all know what’s coming next, one of the rumored handsets is an Android-powered one. The HTC Hero or “Android Hero” actually looks like a Hello Kitty yakked all over a cheap Chinese knock off of the T-Mobile G1 crossed with the HTC Touch Pro. It does not appear that this rumored device will indeed be a US bound handset, but it is still said to be running Android and that in itself is exciting enough. There are always going to be rumors of a new HTC Android-powered handset floating around because of the G1. Why in the world would HTC – a company known for their sleek black phones – go with a pink handset? There are also plenty of other reasons this does not lineup. We want to hear from you guys, what do you think about this handset if it were real? Why is or isn’t this a real phone? [Via PPCGeek]
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