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Android Community Weekly : May 21, 2011

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Panoramic Camera from HTC Sense 3.0 APK Available

Android developers are awesome. This time we're happy to report that over at XDA francois.d.dillinger has managed to pull the camera app from Sense 3.0 and its available for you to flash on certain Sense based ROMs for phones including the EVO and MyTouch 4G. Note that since the camera is a system app its a bit more involved than just installing the apk and requires root, but for panoramic photos, it sounds worth it.

Leaked Official Droid Incredible Build Available to Flash

The latest build of the official Gingerbread build for the Droid Incredible, with Sense on board, leaked this morning. Now thanks to hardworking developers, a zip is rooted and ready for flashing for the root inclined among you. The build is Sense 1.0, but offers a nice bump for your Android version to 2.3.3.

HTC Sensation 4G – A Closer Look [VIDEO]

The HTC Sensation 4G will be HTC's first dual-core smartphone and one of its first to feature their slick Sense 3.0 interface. We caught a quick intro to the interface with their "First Look" video and we've also got a hands-on video. But if that isn't enough, then behold the latest almost 6-minute long video from HTC that gives a much closer look and intimate tour of the device.

Vodafone HTC Sensation pre-orders open ahead of May 19 release

Vodafone UK have begun taking pre-orders for the HTC Sensation, ahead of what's expected to be a May 19 release date for the dual-core Android smartphone. Announced last month, the Sensation will be priced from free with a new, two-year agreement of £35 ($58) per month or above. Your money - and commitment - gets you a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest version of HTC Sense with a clever lock-screen that integrates various widgets and app shortcuts. There's also Qualcomm's new dual-core 1.2GHz processor keeping things running, and 1080p HD video capture. The Sensation is expected to launch in the US later in 2011 as the T-Mobile Sensation 4G, but for the moment Vodafone have exclusivity on the handset in Europe. No word on how long that will last for. More details on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on report. [vms a2b4e80506f582af3676]

June 8 HTC Sensation 4G launch on T-Mobile tipped by advert

The HTC Sensation release date may have been prematurely released by a Google AdWords result and - perhaps a little more tenuously - a screenshot of the HTC Sense 3.0 widgets the company itself has used. TmoNews spotted that the top ad result suggested "HTC Sensation 4G - On 6/8 - Complete w/ HTC Watch & HTC Sense" which certainly implies a June 8 2011 release. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile Sensation 4G press shot shows the HTC weather widget for June 8 too. On its own that probably wouldn't be enough to tip it, but HTC wouldn't be the first manufacturer to theme a press shot to go along with a launch date. The Sensation 4G has a 4.3-inch qHD display, WiFi b/g/n, 8-megapixel main camera and 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. More on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on with the European version from earlier this month.

Vodafone HTC Wildfire S hands-on [Video]

The HTC Wildfire S is not exactly unfamiliar to us - we fondled its compact curves back at MWC 2011 - but we won't pass up an opportunity to have a second play. Vodafone offered us some hands-on time with one of its special edition versions; the carrier will offer not only the general white Wildfire S, but a grey model and a purple model. Our initial positive impressions of the Wildfire S remain. The handset feels far more high-quality than its plasticky predecessor, with the chassis and design more like that of the Desire S. The UI may not be Sense 3.0 as on the HTC Sensation but v2.1 is at least smooth-running and as consistent as we're used to. The 600MHz processor feels equally capable, and the HVGA display is bright and crisp. We can see the Wildfire S being a particular success among those looking for a super-compact device that can easily drop into a pocket or purse when it arrives on the market this coming summer. Update: It's worth remembering that this is non-final software, and we can probably expect an even slicker experience when the ROM is polished. [vms 045e91288b430794814c] [gallery]

HTC Sense 3.0 Not coming to older devices, but they will get pieces

Earlier today there was a tweet by a HTC employee that has now made it's rounds throughout all the blogs. He mentioned that legacy devices, even ones like the Desire S and Desire HD will NOT be getting Sense 3.0 due to hardware requirements. You can see that tweet here. That would not be good news for many of you that have just jumped into one of those exciting new phones.

HTC Sensation Live: Hands-On [Video]

We've grown used to HTC rolling out solid, compelling Android smartphones, but the HTC Sensation threatens to take things to another level. A slick unibody design that's both narrower and thinner than the HTC Desire HD yet still manages to accommodate a 4.3-inch qHD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the Sensation promises both speed and usability in spades. Read on for the Android Community first-impressions. HTC's metal stylings have grown increasingly refined over the past few years, and the Sensation is no different. Smooth edges nestling neatly into the hand, the slightly concave touchscreen is easy to use and responsive, and indeed the whole Gingerbread OS whips along nicely. There are no shortage of bells & whistles to the UI, either, with various new 3D effects as you slide between homescreen panes, an updated weather app with richer animations, and menus that generally open and transition with zero lag. The core apps have had a sprinkle of magic dust too, so you get the option of body-text previews in the HTC Mail app (either 2, 3 or 5 lines along with the sender and subject) and a Video Trimming function to pare down 1080p HD stereo clips recorded with the 8-megapixel camera. The display is bright and vivid, with the S-LCD screen technology being color-saturated and crisp. That - along with the 16:9 aspect ratio - makes it ideal for watching movies, and of course there's HTC Watch to satisfy that. The new rental/purchase store will offer either carrier billing or credit card payments, depending on your choice of operator, and supports 3G/WiFi trailer previews, optimized downloads of full content (over WiFi only) that start playing within 10s thanks to some smart buffering, and the ability to access content rented or purchased on up to five HTC devices. Unfortunately, you can't watch the same content on your PC or Mac, thanks to DRM limitations, which leaves you reliant on the HDMI connectivity for putting clips on a bigger display. HTC won't be bundling the HDMI dongle in the box with the Sensation, at least initially, but it will be offering two versions: one powered by the Sensation itself, and another with a separate USB port for powering it and recharging the phone. A dock is also in the works, and the HDMI offers not only video playback but general screen mirroring, useful for browsing on your HDTV or even using a remote log-in app and taking charge of your PC desktop from afar. Unfortunately there's no OnLive gaming, nor the HTC Video Chat app shown on the Flyer at MWC 2011. The former may eventually make an appearance, when HTC has ironed out licensing issues in all territories, but the latter is still being held up by cautious carriers and HTC has no timescale for its release. Still, Skype and other generic video calling apps will be able to use the Sensation's front-facing camera. While the HTC Sensation will break with tradition and see a global launch - in the US with T-Mobile as the HSPA+ toting HTC Sensation 4G, in Europe with, initially, exclusivity to Vodafone, and on unspecified Asian carriers - there won't be a single SKU with 3G/4G bands for all territories. Instead, somewhat annoyingly, there will be different models for each. HTC tells us it's a compromise to help keep the Sensation slim, as is the combination microUSB/HDMI port and absence of a physical camera shortcut. Nonetheless, we can't help but come away impressed by the HTC Sensation. As a device to take on the Motorola ATRIX 4G or Samsung Galaxy S II it's everything we hoped it would be from the pre-announce rumors, and the combination of slick design, optimized software and HTC's useful online suite of services (including remote access, sync and tracking) add up to a compelling package at the top end of Android devices. [vms a2b4e80506f582af3676] [gallery]
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