HTC Hero

HTC confirm Sense UI for unlocked Magic, not for T-Mobile myTouch 3G

Since the HTC Hero debuted, owners of the company's existing Android smartphones have been wondering whether they'd see HTC Sense - the company's custom UI - released for their phones.  Hopes were raised and then dashed back in June, when HTC confirmed that Sense would be available on certain devices, only those not "Google" branded; they've reiterated that at a Taiwan press conference, revealing that the unlocked HTC Magic will seen an update but the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and Vodafone HTC Magic will not.

HTC Hero review

HTC Hero review

There's no underestimating the appeal of the HTC Hero; since we shot our unboxing video and preliminary hands-on at the end of last week it's been watched more than 300,000 times.  The third Android device to reach the market, the Hero promises not only an updated camera and design, but HTC's latest work in user-interface, HTC Sense.  Can the Hero live up to the hype?  Check out our full review to find out.

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HTC Hero unboxing video and Sense UI overview

HTC Hero unboxing video and Sense UI overview

It feels like we've been waiting ages for the HTC Hero to arrive, but the company's third - and perhaps most exciting - Android smartphone is finally on the SlashGear test-bench.  Packed with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and of course HTC's Sense, you can see the full video unboxing and a UI overview after the cut.

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T-Mobile UK G2 Touch (aka HTC Hero) due this month

T-Mobile UK have reconfirmed that they will be launching their version of the HTC Hero this month, and added that they will be again changing its name.  Rather than the 3.2-inch touchscreen smartphone being known as the G1Touch, as originally suggested, it will now be called the T-Mobile G2 Touch.

Updated with pricing details after the cut

HTC Hero up for pre-order: ships July 15th

HTC Hero up for pre-order: ships July 15th

Amazon UK have begun listing the HTC Hero, offering the latest Android smartphone in unlocked, SIM-free form.  The dual-band HSPA (900/2100MHz) device is priced at £429.99 ($712) and expected to begin shipping on July 15th; SlashGear was at the Hero launch last week, and you can check out our hands-on video after the cut.

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HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

Speculation a-plenty today, after HTC's Peter Chou apparently confirms that the company's Sense UI "will be available on some other existing devices".  That, understandably, has prompted many Magic and G1 owners - previously to be found looking at their devices and sneering at the basic UI -  to believe that at least one of the two phones will get HTC Sense.  However, it might also be a little more complex than that.

HTC Hero live video demo

After HTC announced the Hero, we took the opportunity to coerce one of their team to spend a while running through the Android smartphone's new functionality.  The result is the usual excessively-comprehensive SlashGear video, a full fifteen minutes of HTC Hero demo that you can see after the cut.

HTC Hero Flash demonstrated by Adobe

HTC Hero Flash demonstrated by Adobe

Our HTC Hero hands-on video is still uploading, so to tide you over let's allow Adobe to explain one of the more interesting aspects of the new smartphone: its Flash support.  Adobe team member Adrian Ludwig shows the new Hero and demonstrates the browser, which can show in-page animated and interactive content, such as games and adverts, together with video.

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HTC Hero hands-on

HTC Hero hands-on

You've seen the press release, now for the hands-on shots.  We've just grabbed some time with the HTC Hero, and even a sneaky opportunity to compare it with the HTC Magic.  Check out the full gallery after the cut.

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HTC add Flash support to Android Hero

HTC add Flash support to Android Hero

As well as the Hero, HTC have announced a deal with Adobe to bring support for Flash to the new smartphone.  Describing it as "an important step toward full web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in future".  What it does mean, though, is full access to Flash video like YouTube within the browser. 

 

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HTC Hero gets official

SlashGear is waiting for the HTC London press event to begin, but we already know the headline product: the HTC Hero.  The company's third Android phone, the Hero features HTC's new "Sense" UI, together with a 3.2-inch HVGA screen with fingerprint-resistive coating, Teflon back panel for improved durability, and full 3G connectivity.

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SlashGear joins HTC London today: new HTC Hero to debut?

The clock is counting down to HTC's London press event, with a little over three hours to go until we get to see exactly what the smartphone manufacturer has in store.  We're fully expecting to see a new Android handset, most likely the HTC Hero, which we're hearing that the company has been quietly showing off to select groups of journalists and analysts.  SlashGear will be at the event this morning, bringing you all the details.

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