Our HTC Hero review goes live at SlashGear

Our review of the HTC Hero is finally ready, and it's no understatement to say that this Android smartphone impressed us greatly.  Back in our unboxing video and HTC Sense demo we suggested that the Hero could be the best Android device to date, and the time we've spent with the handset has left us thinking that's certainly the case. The review is almost 4,000 words in all, and hopefully answers just about all of the questions about what improvements to Android HTC have made with their new custom UI.  There's also a video demo of how the Hero handles widgets, plus Flash video and multitouch in the smartphone's browser. We know our Android Community members will still have plenty of questions, so ask away; HTC are clawing our Hero demo unit back from us on Thursday, so there's still time to get any specific queries answered.  In the meantime, check out the full HTC Hero review here.

Google-G0 concept Android smartphone with wireless dock

It seems like a long time since we've seen a good Android concept device, or at least one that isn't an obvious derivative of an existing handset.  Thankfully designer Tryi Yeh has stepped forward with his Google-G0 concept, a touchscreen-dominated slider with a wireless charging cradle. Yeh is short on description for his concept, but going from the images he envisages the G0 seemingly including all the usual Google apps together with Flash support.  The hardware slides open to reveal the camera (of unspecified resolution) and a row of four hardware buttons which can - thanks to embedded displays - offer various contextual controls. The docking station seems modular, either taking the form of a basic wireless dock similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone charger, or attaching to a larger desktop display with integrated speakers.  Unfortunately, this eye-catching smartphone is just a concept. [gallery] [via Generation MP3]

HIGHSCREEN PP5420 dual-touchscreen Android phone for Russia

Russian Android enthusiasts will apparently get a new smartphone option from next week, as Vobis Computer pledges to launch their dual-display HIGHSCREEN PP5420.  The 900/2100MHz HSPA handset has a 3-inch WQVGA LCD touchscreen together with a secondary OLED navigation pad beneath it. The HIGHSCREEN PP5420 itself is seemingly an Android 1.5 version of the Mobinnova Ice, which usually runs Windows Mobile.  Most of the specifications of the two devices are the same, including the 3-megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS.  Each also has a TV output, mini USB connector, microSD card slot and uses Qualcomm's 528MHz MSM7201ATM chipset. According to Vobis Computer, the HIGHSCREEN PP5420 will cost around €360 ($507), presumable unlocked and SIM-free.  No word on availability outside of Russia. [via Unwired View]

GeeksPhone One Android smartphone with TV Tuner

Spanish firm GeeksPhone have unveiled their first Android smartphone, and if you weren't looking closely you could easily think they'd been taking part in the Andromnia project.  The GeeksPhone One is a Samsung-lookalike with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. There's also a 3.2-megapixel camera and - something HTC inexplicably left off of the Hero - a front-facing camera for video calls.  A microSD card slot and integrated DVB-T TV tuner are useful additions too.  Bizarrely, they've decided to use a resistive rather than capacitive touchscreen; we can only assume it's a cost-saving exercise. The results of that exercise, in fact, is an estimated price tag of between €250 and €300 ($352-$422); that's reasonable for an unlocked GSM device.  We'll have to wait and see how well Android 1.5 Cupcake runs on its 625MHz PXA310 processor, and whether the resistive display slows things down; the GeeksPhone One is set to arrive in Europe this fall. [gallery] [via Engadget Spanish]

MyScript handwriting recognition for Android [Video]

It's not the first handwriting-recognition solution we've seen for the Android platform, but Vision Objects' MyScript system still finds itself with little company.  MyScript recognizes all manner of individual characters, hand-printed and cursive handwriting in around sixteen different languages, and is happy with you using a finger rather than a stylus to trace out letters on your Android handset's screen. As the video demo, below, shows, you don't have to wait for individual letters or even words to be recognized before moving on.  Instead, the text-entry box effectively scrolls across, creating more space to write; you can squeeze a couple of words on-screen at a time. Vision Objects provide handwriting-recognition engines to a number of partner software companies, so it's possible we could see an Android version of MyScript using the technology from another developer.  No word on when that might happen, though. [youtube][/youtube] [via UMPC Tips]

General Mobile DSTL1 spotted at Computex

It's not all announcements regarding long-off devices at Computex 2009: General Mobile have brought along a working prototype of their DSTL1 Android smartphone.  Snapped by, the DSTL1 has a 5-megapixel camera, 3-inch touchscreen and 4GB of onboard storage. Under the particularly glossy hood there's a 624MHz processor that, last we heard, was a Marvell PXA 310 chip.  No word on whether General Mobile have left the rather disappointing GSM/EDGE only connectivity (there's WiFi b/g but no 3G) but the dual SIM slots are still there. General Mobile are yet to give a solid release date, and there's no telling whether the DSTL1 will even make it to Europe and the US.  Their original estimate suggested a Q3 2009 launch, with no indication of pricing. [gallery] [via]

Samsung Galaxy gets hands-on

Samsung's first Android device (and the first non-HTC Android device) got previewed by Their impressions are definitely positive, especially of the beautiful 3.2-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with an ambient light sensor to control the screen brightness. Samsung has been pushing to expand their AMOLED portfolio, and I'm thrilled to see them releasing an Android device with the high quality display. The shape of the phone reminds them of the soon to be released HTC Magic, with a large display, and the controls below the screen, though the Galaxy is a bit thinner than the HTC phones. The Galaxy uses a D-Pad and an "OK" button instead of a trackball. There is another button on the left part of the D-Pad with an arrow on it, which is the like MENU button found on HTC Android phones. There is a small button on the right side that has no markings, and simply acts as the Home button for the phone. ] I would check out the review and hit up the link for more pictures. [Via Phone Arena

Mechanics Touch game released for Android [video]

Game developers orangepixel have released their latest title for Android handsets, Mechanics Touch.  Seemingly a blend of Lemmings and classic 2D platform games, Mechanics Touch requires you to guide the roaming mechanic sprites through the levels using different tools to bridge crevices and avoid traps. Of course, it's never so simple as just to create a straight route from A to B, and there's lots of timing and careful planning required if you don't want to see your mechanics killed off en-route.  The game has, until now, been available as a Java title on Sony Ericsson phones, and an iPhone version is scheduled for launch later in the year. Mechanics Touch is available now in the Android Market.  It comes with three worlds and 45 levels in total, as well as music and sound-effects.  Online highscore rankings and unlockable achievements are also possible. [youtube][/youtube]

Archos Android 3G PMP/MID announcement June 11th?

Could Archos be planning to announce their Android-based Internet Media Tablet phone on June 11th?  That's the leading interpretation of the company's new press conference invite, which confirms an event in Paris, France in less than a month's time.  While there's no written hint of what Archos may be announcing, the shadowy large-format MID/PMP device pictured on the invite, and the Android-esque vivid green color scheme are suggesting that it's their Android IMT that's on the agenda.  First tipped as in the pipeline back in February, the device is expected to include WiFi, 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, a 5-inch touchscreen and HD support in a chassis just 10mm thick. Archos then went on to tip a July release for the Android-PMP in their financial report, naming the device as one of three core strands of the company's 2H09 sales drive.  TI's OMAP3440 applications processor is expected to run the show, with "laptop-like" performance for HD playback. [via SlashGear & via Pocketables]

Vodafone HTC Magic video unboxing!

Move over G1 - the HTC Magic has landed, and it's every bit the slick, sleek Android smartphone we've been secretly wishing for.  HTC and Vodafone delivered the Magic over to us this morning, and we've promptly unboxed the whole thing on video for your viewing-pleasure. Of course, since the HTC Magic comes preloaded with Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake", which we know only a limited number of you have had access to, we couldn't resist the opportunity to boot up the Magic and take a quick look at its video capture and on-screen keyboard.  These are just snapshot looks, remember; we'll have plenty more video demos with the HTC Magic over the next few days. First impressions are very positive; the Magic feels much better in the hand than the G1, slim and light, and the 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen is bright and responsive.  As ever, we're open to suggestions about what you'd like to know, so leave your requests in the comments and we'll try to answer them in our full review.  Until then, enjoy the unboxing video! [vms cef6730f9fd03c8125ca] [gallery]
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