HTC Hero

HTC Sense arrives on Magic in Asia; further updates unclear

HTC Sense arrives on Magic in Asia; further updates unclear

Back in August HTC confirmed that certain models in their Android line-up would eventually get an upgrade to HTC Sense, the UI debuted on the well-received HTC Hero.  Now HTC Asia has pushed out Sense for the Magic; however it appears to be only for unlocked versions of the Magic (and potentially only Asian-language models) rather than carrier-branded versions such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G.

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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.

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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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HTC Hero updated firmware arrives in Denmark [Update 2]

HTC Hero updated firmware arrives in Denmark [Update 2]

The first signs of HTC's promised update for the Hero Android smartphone have appeared, in the shape of a download on the company's Nordic support site.  HTC Hero firmware version 2.73.405.5 promises to smooth screen transitions, increase HTC Sense performance and the introduction of touch-to-focus in the 5-megapixel camera.

Update: There's talk from a Swedish forum that HTC support in that country are advising not to use this update, warning that it "misses an important piece in the ROM". The "real" one is said to be coming tomorrow, though other users are claiming to have installed it with no problems; might be worth waiting to see what arrives over the weekend. [Thanks John!]

Update 2: We've spoken to HTC and they assure us that there's no problem with the ROM on the Swedish site.

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