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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing

Froyo may have been looming large for the past few weeks, but that hasn't staunched the onslaught of new Android smartphones. Latest on the Android Community test bench is the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, made by HTC and the newest hardware QWERTY phone on the network. We did the only sensible thing and unboxed it for you (unboxing video coming soon).

You can't criticize T-Mobile's packaging. The myTouch 3G Slide comes in a hard-body metal-effect case with rubber edging, and you get a reasonable number of accessories too: a wall charger, USB to microUSB cable (which can be used for hooking up the phone to your computer), a stereo headset with in-line music and call controls, and of course the phone itself with a printed quick-start guide.

Turn on the myTouch 3G Slide for the first time and there's a custom quick-start wizard which walks you through setting up the homescreen. T-Mobile and HTC have modified the basic Android UI, with a combination of HTC Sense widgets and a new graphical theme, and the whole thing looks distinctive and reasonably consistent. Icons have bold borders and there are the same FriendStream, Contacts, Mail and other Sense widgets though with the new T-Mobile color scheme. Like HTC's own-brand Android devices there are multiple Scenes - custom homescreen layouts - but the myTouch 3G Slide allows you to change them not only manually but according to time or even location.

Flipping between panes with the optical joystick is fast, despite having a 600MHz processor rather than Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon, as are screen rotations when you flick open the keyboard slide. As for the keyboard itself, the buttons feel sturdy and have a decent feel to them, though we're still not 100-percent convinced by the offset layout. Interestingly, the default on-screen keyboard isn't HTC's excellent Sense layout, and lacks pop-over letter previews as you type.

The other main change is the Genius button, which triggers Android's voice-recognition system. What's useful is that hitting it calls up a guide page with examples of what you can say - call a specific contact or a phone number, for instance, or dictate an SMS or email - rather than expecting new users to know exactly what the system is capable of.

All in all, it's an interesting smartphone and - with QWERTY Android handsets still a relative minority, especially from HTC - looks to be a welcome addition to T-Mobile's line up. We'll be putting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide through its paces over the next few days for our full review, but until then enjoy the hands-on gallery and unboxing video!

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing video:

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Google Goggles updated now features language translation

The best part about this update is it’s available for 1.6 and up phones. I know there are a few of you still stuck on 1.5 but this does reach more users then some of the newer apps that are only compatible with 2.0 and up devices. With that being said, it’s good to see that Google is making a concerned effort to make their Android apps as good as possible. They are even keeping their mobile sites updated for Android devices.

Google Shopper Now Available In The Market

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New Google Listen integrates with Google Reader

After being out for months with no update it seems like Google totally forgot about this app. Or, maybe they have been working on this updated version. Listen from Google Labs brings podcasts and web audio to your Android-powered device.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G media event on July 8

myTouch 3G Android phone is getting its day in the sun on July 8 when T-Mobile introduce it to the world – in NYC. We’ll be there to bring you live coverage, so stay tune for more info.

The myTouch 3G has already taken many forms; HTC Magic and recently, the Google ION special edition. It has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, 3.2-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G HSDPA and powered by Android OS. Pre-order begins on July 8 for current T-Mobile customers for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Vic Gundotra introducing GD2 and the Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 35da0b6f6ea37bcf8bcb] Unboxing Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 7100777c7190b76d2823] HTC Magic Full hands on demo at MWC09 by Eric Lin [vms 665ce8623e36bd4e3c7c] HTC Magic Hands on at MWC09 [vms 1059396431415e770c6d]

Google IO 2009 HTC Android phone unboxing video and pics

I had a quick chat with Vic Gundotra prior to this morning’s Google IO 2009 keynote and he said to me there is many-many surprise at this year’s developer’s convention.  It never occurred to me that one of those surprises included an Android-phone by HTC (also known as the HTC Magic).  This version of the HTC Magic has T-Mobile’s 3G band, unlocked capable of being a world phone!  Also included with this limited edition Google IO 2009 Android phone is a 30-day T-Mobile SIM card with data and minutes for you to use – free of charge! The Google IO Android phone is black with light blue accent on the edges and Google IO Developer Conference on the back.  You'll also be greeted with the same logo when turning the phone on.  Yes it's all true, all members of the press and conference attendees get one – no questions ask.  How awesome is that? We’ve already reviewed the HTC Magic for Android Community here; so make sure to check out the detailed review by Chris Davies. Vic Gundotra introducing GD2 and the Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 35da0b6f6ea37bcf8bcb] Unboxing Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 7100777c7190b76d2823] [gallery]

HTC Lancaster Android phone for AT&T

AT&T is getting an Android-powered phone after all. Behold the HTC Lancaster with a striking resemblance to the HTC Magic when closed and looks a lot more like the Touch Pro in form factor for a QWERTY slider than the T-Mobile G1. According to the leaked slide on Engadget, the HTC Lancaster feature quadband EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a "unique HTC social messaging user interface". The display is oddly only 2.8” and not 3.2” with QVGA 240 x 320 pixels. The battery size is 1,350 mAh. The targeted availability date is August 3. The price of the HTC Lancaster for AT&T is still forthcoming.

myTouch 3G Android powered phone for T-Mobile

As expected, T-Mobile USA have announced the myTouch 3G, their second Android handset and the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.  Recognizable as the HTC Magic - which Android Community reviewed in back in May - the phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera and the usual array of Google applications.

In the non-final hardware we’ve played with, the key change are the hardware buttons on the myTouch 3G’s “chin” section. The prototype has thin, sliver-style keys running under the capacitive touchscreen, together with a single button (”Menu”) to the left of the trackball. The final hardware will have four square keys under the screen, with functions switched around to leave call send/end on keys either side of the trackball.

That includes YouTube, Google Maps (with Latitude and Street View), GTalk and GMail, support for IMAP, POP and Exchange accounts and one-touch media uploads.  However, for the first time on an Android device, T-Mobile have loaded an app called Sherpa, featuring GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), onto the myTouch 3G, which promises to recognize patterns of use and offer suggestions based on past behaviours. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is expected to go up for pre-order on July 8th, though initially only for existing subscribers to the carrier.  National availability is expected in early August, with the handset priced at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement.  Three color options will be release: black, white and merlot. HTC Magic Full hands on demo at MWC09 by Eric Lin [vms 665ce8623e36bd4e3c7c] HTC Magic Hands on at MWC09 [vms 1059396431415e770c6d]

T-Mobile USA Unveils the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google Featuring Personalization Front and Center

T-Mobile and Google™ Partner Again to Deliver a New Android-Powered Wireless Experience; T-Mobile USA Customers Can Pre-Order Beginning July 8

BELLEVUE, Wash. June 22, 2009 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G, the highly anticipated follow-up to the T-Mobile G1™, the world’s first Android™ powered device. T-Mobile myTouch 3G boasts a sleek look and contoured feel, plus an array of new features that builds on its popular predecessor. A touch-screen display with virtual keyboard is built into a slim, smooth and lightweight design.

myTouch empowers users to simply create a unique, individualized wireless phone and experience. With the ability to richly customize menus, wallpapers, icons and more, thousands of Android Market™ applications to choose from, plus themes and skins that let customers express their style on the inside and outside, myTouch can evolve to become a virtual extension of oneself. Adding to its refined aesthetics and customization options, myTouch will come in three colors — black, white and a distinctive merlot.

“T-Mobile myTouch 3G puts you first, so you can create a mobile experience that is truly your own,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “There’s no cookie-cutter approach to myTouch.  Inside and out, there are boundless possibilities for personalization so you can put your personal touch on the phone and make it uniquely yours.”

In addition to the virtually endless ways to personalize myTouch, plus its deep integration of Google services and the latest Android software, T-Mobile myTouch customers will enjoy access to new applications that enhance their mobile lives. One such application, and at the heart of myTouch, is Sherpa™. Created by Geodelic, Sherpa features GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that automatically customizes itself to the user’s preferences. Through behavior and user feedback, the application learns a person’s likes and dislikes, prioritizing recommended retailers, restaurants and attractions. Seamlessly blending behavior recognition, a recommendation engine and location relevant information, this combination of learning is exclusive to Sherpa and unlike any experience currently on the market.

“Now more than ever, customers are regularly accessing mobile applications that enhance their personal interests. Through the power of location and social discovery, T-Mobile is working closely with Google and developers like Geodelic to create experiences that are as unique as each person using it,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. “So wherever you are and whatever your passion — music, marathons, movies and more — myTouch is the phone for you.”

Today, thousands of applications are available on Android Market ranging from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping. Whether it’s a marathon runner who downloads the Cardio Trainer application or a music buff who lives by his or her Imeem application, myTouch customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their precise interests and lifestyle.

“The G1 was highly successful and captured the imagination of thousands of developers as the first Android-powered phone,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. “With myTouch, T-Mobile is poised to capture the imagination of consumers everywhere, and by expanding the availability and appeal of Android-based devices, they’re giving developers a bigger market for the next wave of killer Android applications.”

Designed by HTC, myTouch features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display and virtual keyboard, which orients automatically from portrait to landscape mode in most applications. It also features a 3.2-megapixel camera, a music player with a pre-installed 4GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via e-mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTube™ and Picasa™. The device’s powerful mobile Web experience is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s 3G network.

“With myTouch, HTC and T-Mobile are delivering not just a new phone, but the ability to create a uniquely personal product experience on top of a remarkably strong feature set,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America.

myTouch features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google services that millions use every day including Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube™ and Picasa™.  It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, including support for Exchange, Gmail™ and most other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services as well as synchronization with Google contacts and calendars. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger® and Windows Live Messenger. In addition, users can pull down the windowshade notification bar by dragging their finger down from the top of the screen, easily displaying message previews and other convenient at-a-glance notifications depending on the personalized applications users download.

Pricing and Availability

myTouch will be available to pre-order for current T-Mobile customers starting July 8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement*; additional product features and details will be available at that time. Devices sold through pre-sale will begin shipping in late July, and national retail availability for myTouch is planned for early August.  Customers can visit http://www.T-MobilemyTouch.com for more information.

HTC Magic Android phone hands-on

We know we said that HTC weren't allowing live shots or video of the HTC Magic, but we couldn't leave it at that. Non-final hardware or not, we know you guys are as excited by the Magic as we are, and still want to see it. Hands-on, the HTC Magic is everything the G1 was not: thin and lightweight, with none of the bulk G1 owners have complained about.

It also has more RAM - 192MB - so it should run quicker and be able to multitask more comfortably than the G1. The on-screen keyboard - which is only available in portrait orientation, not landscape - has letters which pop-up when you press them, as on the iPhone, which makes text entry much easier.

In the non-final hardware we've played with, the key change are the hardware buttons on the HTC Magic's "chin" section. The prototype has thin, sliver-style keys running under the capacitive touchscreen, together with a single button ("Menu") to the left of the trackball. The final hardware will have four square keys under the screen, with functions switched around to leave call send/end on keys either side of the trackball. According to Vodafone Spain, the HTC Magic will be priced between 99 Euro and 199 Euro when it launches. Still no word on pricing outside of Spain, nor when the HTC Magic will be available in the US. We've got a full 1-on-1 hands-on session with the Vodafone HTC Magic tomorrow, so expect plenty more photos and footage after that! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBbu_FR6XPU[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMSHbmCHT9E[/youtube][gallery]

Hop-on to announce Android at CES 2009

Mobile phone company Hop-on, has recently announced that they too will be releasing an Android-powered handset in the future. Looks like the official announcement will be made in January 2009 at CES 2009 in Las Vegas; we will be there to cover the story for our members. Hop-on is knows for their super inexpensive, recyclable phones. They offer both CDMA and GSM/GPRS phones to their customers. Like Virgin Mobile, Hop-on has pre-paid based service, and focuses largely on Mobile Gaming for sales, although many of the Hop-on handsets are better quality than the ones offed by Virgin Mobile. They boast having a $10 recyclable phone that is virtually disposable. We are certainly surprised to hear that such a company is interested in Android. Hop-on’s CEO, Peter Michaels, was quoted in the announcement as stating, “Hop-on is committed in bringing the latest technology to the market, the Android open platform makes Hop-on competitive in the high end mobile phone market. This will create market value for our shareholders.” Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via AndroidAuthority]
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