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HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC's public plans for their Sense UI and newer versions of Android have basically amounted to asking device owners to wait; an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero has been promised since the end of October, but so far has not proved forthcoming.  That might be because HTC aren't reworking Sense for 2.0 but for Android 2.1; screenshots purporting to show the HTC UI running on the as-yet unreleased OS have leaked.

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Neither Verizon nor HTC have officially confirmed the existence of the Verizon DROID Eris, but unless you're looking at the handiwork of a particularly impressive Halloween costume (sized for hamster) then we'd say the Android smartphone's existence is pretty much assured.  The BGR received two live shots of the HTC DROID Eris - you can see the second after the cut - together with a little feedback as to how the handset performs.

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

We may have accused the HTC Eris - aka the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC - as having underwhelming specs this week (what can we say, we want some Snapdragon!) but according to the latest batch of leaks Verizon will at least be pricing it right.  gdgt's Peter Rojas has heard from "a very trustworthy source" that the Android smartphone will be priced at $99 with a new two-year agreement, just half the price of the Verizon DROID by Motorola.

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HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC have confirmed to us that they'll be offering an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero.  The update means that HTC will be skipping Android 1.6 - as on the HTC Tattoo, for instance - to concentrate on fettling HTC Sense to play nicely with the newest version of Android.  However, the company have not given a definitive timescale for the release, asking only that owners "be patient".  Full statement after the cut.

3 UK plan HTC Hero with Spotify Premium preloaded

3 UK plan HTC Hero with Spotify Premium preloaded

Streaming music looks to be the next step in driving smartphone adoption, with UK carrier 3 to offer the HTC Hero with the Spotify app preloaded and a subscription to the premium service included in the monthly contract.  According to Mobile Entertainment News, the Hero will be priced at £99 ($161) with a 24-month agreement, the £35 ($57) tariff integrating Spotify's £9.99 ($16) subscription fee.

Update: 3 UK have put up a pre-registration page for the deal, though there's no specific availability date.  The Hero will come with a voucher for 24 months Spotify Premium subscription; that does mean that after two years your monthly plan will stay the same price but you'll no longer get inclusive streaming music.

Sprint HTC Hero Review

Sprint HTC Hero Review

We weren't short of praise for the HTC Hero when we reviewed the European GSM model back in July, and since then there's been no small amount of anticipation for the US version of the device. That arrives on Sprint come October 11th, and we've been playing with it to see whether its lost its charm in the journey across the Atlantic.

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