Archive for June 24th, 2009

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HTC Hero preview video

As I’m sure you are aware by now, today saw the official launch of the new HTC Hero Android phone. Paul and I managed to snatch one of these new handsets briefly at the launch event and we’ve recorded this little video for you to enjoy.

 

HTC Hero preview video

 

Obviously we’ll be doing our best to get our hands on the full retail version as soon as they are available and we’ll have an unboxing video and review for you.

We’ll also be back shortly with the full press announcement video just as soon as it’s finished processing and uploaded!

 

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HTC launch event in London 2009 – first impressions

In next days we will publish here at Mobile Tech Addicts a full uncut video recording of today’s presentation plus some other videos, including explicit demonstration of multi-touch in newly announced HTC Hero. But first, let’s share some first impressions…

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HTC Hero launch

Well we’re here at the HTC Hero launch event just waiting for the presentation to start. Just been told that we will be allowed to film the presentation after all so we’ll have that up online as soon as we can over the event.

We also have a selection of photos and Hero related content provided to us on a USB key so we’ll be posting that live just as soon as the embargo is lifted.

We know that we’ll have a chance to get hands on with some devices later on today so Paul and I should be able to video a little tour.

We also know that we’ll be looking at the anticipated HTC ‘ROSIE’ UI which is to be called HTC Sense.

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Does this new UI look familiar to any of you? 🙂

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I’m busy recording the event! 🙂

Nice Facebook integration!

Hero to have multitouch and text-zoom to have reflow.

Fingerprint resistant screen finish as well as Teflon coated body.

HTC have collaborated with Adobe to deliver a better Flash experience.

Hero to be on T-Mobile and Orange from July.

 

Now time to get our hands on the HTC HERO!

 

 

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HTC Sense™ DEBUTS on new HTC hero

image LONDON – June 24, 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today debuted HTC Sense™, an intuitive and seamless experience that will be introduced across a portfolio of phones beginning with the new HTC Hero™. With its distinct design and powerful capabilities fully integrated with HTC Sense, Hero introduces a unique blend of form and function that takes Android to new heights.

HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the centre, by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were designed by quietly observing and listening to how people live and communicate.

‘HTC Hero introduces a more natural way for reaching out to people and accessing your important information, not by following the status quo of today’s phones, but by following how you communicate and live your life,’ said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation. ”HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying, “it just makes sense.”’

Video after the break

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HTC Hero Press release

HTC Sense DEBUTS on new HTC hero

HTC Hero is the world’s first Android-based phone with a

customized user interface

HTC Sense to be integrated across a portfolio of

phones beginning with HTC Hero

LONDON – June 24, 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today debuted HTC Sense™, an intuitive and seamless experience that will be introduced across a portfolio of phones beginning with the new HTC Hero™. With its distinct design and powerful capabilities fully integrated with HTC Sense, Hero introduces a unique blend of form and function that takes Android to new heights.

HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the centre, by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were designed by quietly observing and listening to how people live and communicate.

‘HTC Hero introduces a more natural way for reaching out to people and accessing your important information, not by following the status quo of today’s phones, but by following how you communicate and live your life,’ said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation. ”HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying, “it just makes sense.”’

HTC Hero

HTC Hero continues HTC’s leadership in cutting-edge design that focuses on introducing a variety of distinct devices to represent your own individuality. Boasting bevelled edges and an angled bottom, the HTC Hero is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand and against your face while you’re on a call. The HTC Hero is built to last, beginning with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge-resistance and a longer-lasting, clearer display. The white HTC Hero includes an industry-first, Teflon coating, resulting in an improved, durable white surface that is soft to the touch.

With its 3.2-inch HVGA display, the HTC Hero is optimized for Web, multimedia and other content, while maintaining a small size and weight that fits comfortably in your hand. It also boasts a broad variety of hardware features including AGPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, a five mega-pixel autofocus camera and expandable MicroSD memory. HTC Hero also includes a dedicated Search button that goes beyond basic search, providing you with a more natural, contextual search experience that enables you to search through Twitter, locate people in your contact list, find emails in your inbox or search in any other area in Hero.

HTC Sense

Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to enhance people’s lives, HTC shapes the mobile experience around the individual. Debuting on the HTC Hero and available on all new HTC devices moving forward, Sense delivers on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

Make It Mine

Make It Mine is about feeling your HTC phone was created for and by you. To do this, HTC encourages you to dictate and organize how you want to access the people and content in your life in a way that fits best for you. For some, this means adding glance-view widgets that push content like twitter feeds, weather and other content to the surface while others may want quick access to business-focused information like email, calendar and world-times. HTC is also introducing a new profile feature called ‘Scenes’ that enables you to create different customized content profiles around specific functions or times in your life.

Stay Close

Today, staying in touch with the people in your life means managing a variety of communication channels and applications ranging from phone calls, emails, texts, photos, status updates and more. HTC Sense takes a different approach by integrating these communication channels and applications into one single view, enabling you to stay closer to your important people. With HTC Sense, friends’ Facebook status updates and photos, along with their Flickr photos are included alongside their text messages, emails and call history in a single view.

Discover the Unexpected

Many of the most memorable moments in your life are experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is focused on providing a variety of these simple yet innovative experiences on your HTC phone that will sometimes bring you moments of joy and delight. It can be something as basic as turning the phone over to silence a ring or as simple as improving the smart dialler for making calls quicker. HTC Sense also includes ‘Perspectives’, a new way for viewing your content such as email, photos, Twitter, music and more in different ways.

Availability

The HTC Hero will be available to people across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer. A distinct North American version will be available later in 2009.

 

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HTC Hero Specification

Specifications

Processor

Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz

Platform

Android™

Memory

ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 288 MB

Dimensions (LxWxT)

112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm (4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)

Weight

135 grams (4.76 ounces) with battery

Display

3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution

Network

HSPA/WCDMA:

– 900/2100 MHz
– Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

– 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control

Trackball with Enter button

GPS

Internal GPS antenna

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g

3.5 mm audio jack

Camera

5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9

Video supported formats

MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9

Battery

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1350 mAh

Talk time:

– Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA

– Up to 470 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

– Up to 750 hours for WCDMA

– Up to 440 hours for GSM

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot

microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

AC Adapter

 

Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5V and 1A

Special Features

 

G-sensor

Digital Compass

 

 

 

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Orange get their first Android device the HTC Hero

image London, 24th June 2009:  Orange today announced it will be launching the much anticipated HTC Hero, the first Android device to be ranged by Orange in the UK. Available from early July across all Orange retail channels, the HTC Hero will be available for free on select price plans and will be exclusive to Orange in ‘Graphite’ colour.

Offering a rich, intuitive browsing touch interface and premium design, the 3G+ enabled Hero features Google’s Android operating system, the world’s first ‘open-source’ operating system for mobile devices. Android allows users unrestricted access to thousands of amazing tools and applications which can be downloaded straight to the handset – helping enhance the device’s capabilities.

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HTC Hero Specifications announced

 image It is official the HTC Hero as been announced today, Wednesday 24th June!

This is the first unlocked HTC Smartphone to run Google Android.  In fact, it is the world’s first, unlocked, commercially available Google phone!!

The Hero marks an evolutionary step in mobile communication.

Personalisation and you are central to the Hero and Android.

The Google OS has a customised interface, designed by HTC which makes for more intuitive and fun way to interact with the handset.

The Hero has all the features you would expect of a smartphone from HTC. 

Announced today, the Hero will begin SHIPPING 3rd JULY.

You can view the full specs after the break.

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Adobe and HTC Bring Flash Platform to Android

image SAN JOSE, Calif. and LONDON – June 24, 2009 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and HTC, a global designer of mobile phones, today announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android phone to ship with support for Adobe® Flash® Platform technology. The new phone delivers a more complete Web browsing experience and provides access to a broad variety of Flash technology based content available on the Web today.

"As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80 percent of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich Web content on-the-go." said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based Web browsing experience today and presents an important step towards full Web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in the future."

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HTC Launch Event Today!

HTC are holding an event on Wednesday 24th June and we’ll be going along to see what they are going to announce. We have a strong suspicion that it’s going to be an Android-centric event so we’ll be expecting to see the new HTC Hero and perhaps another device or two on show.

As with other events, Paul @ MoDaCo and I will be live-blogging together in an attempt to get all the news down as we get it. Please follow this post on the day and you’ll be able to participate in the live-blog and submit your questions. We’ll be speaking with some of the guys from HTC after the event so if you have any questions that you would like us to pose to them then please drop me a line and I’ll be pleased to attempt to get some answers for you!

We will of course do our best to get as much video coverage of the event and we’ll have that uploaded for you just as soon as we can.

 

 

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