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HTC confirm no Sense upgrade for T-Mobile G1 or Vodafone Magic

HTC confirm no Sense upgrade for T-Mobile G1 or Vodafone Magic

HTC have confirmed that they are looking to develop an upgrade package to deliver HTC Sense, their latest UI as demonstrated on the new Hero smartphone, to earlier Android models.  However, due to licensing issues, devices which are "with Google" branded - such as the T-Mobile G1 and Vodafone Magic - will not get the upgrade.

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

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.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Android phone lands August

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Android phone lands August

T-Mobile USA have officially announced the myTouch 3G, the carriers second Android-based smartphone and the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.  Based on the HTC Magic, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G features a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, UMTS/HSPA and WiFi b/g, as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera.

All of the usual Android applications are present, including Google Maps with Latitude and Street View, a messaging app supporting POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts, a media player supporting MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, OGG and RM files, and stereo Bluetooth A2DP.  T-Mobile will also load the Sherpa app, 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.

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T-Mobile Android phone announcement next week

T-Mobile Android phone announcement next week

It's not just the Dash 3G that T-Mobile USA are talking about today.  The carrier's usual PR preamble to the HTC Snap-rebrand announcement included confirmation that T-Mobile would "share more details about its next Android-powered phone" next week.  That device is expected to be the myTouch 3G, also known as the HTC Magic.

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Google I/O 2009 first day highlights

Google I/O 2009 first day highlights

The iPhone Latitude news was only the start of it: Google's I/O Conference has been throwing up all manner of news, and our own Vincent Nguyen was on hand to catch it on camera.  After the cut, you can see Google's video demo of Android OS 2.0 "Donut"; they then gave out an exclusive unreleased HTC Magic - with T-Mobile USA AWS support - which having unboxed Android Community are giving away to one lucky forum member.

Palm Pre news after the cut

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Samsung I7500 versus HTC Magic photoset

Samsung I7500 versus HTC Magic photoset

HTC likely thought there was little that could shadow their Magic launch during the first half of the year, but they didn't count on the Samsung I7500.  Packing a similarly-slimline QWERTY-free chassis and raising the stakes with an AMOLED touchscreen and higher resolution camera, the I7500 has already swayed quite a few people away from the Magic over at Android Community.  Now, thanks to CNET Asia, we've the first sighting of both smartphones up close with each other.

Full Samsung I7500 vs. HTC Magic gallery after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of Sony's OLED Walkman X, coming away mighty impressed by its iPod-besting audio quality.  Equally impressive was Flip Video's Ultra HD pocket camcorder; if only we could say the same for SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone.  While on paper this media-shifting app should be a 100-percent winner, AT&T's decision to bar streaming over their 3G network has left us and many would-be users upset.

Android Community review the HTC Magic

Android Community review the HTC Magic

We unboxed it last week, and seven days later our Vodafone HTC Magic review is live over at Android Community.  The second Android-powered smartphone to reach the market, the Magic keeps much of the T-Mobile G1's spec sheet but abandons the hardware keyboard for OS 1.5 Cupcake, a new on-screen 'board and a slick, slender body.

Android OS 1.5 Cupcake video demo after the cut

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 19 2009

We've had some much-anticipated and long-awaited gadgets land at SlashGear this week, so we've gone overboard with unboxing videos and hands-on galleries.  The Verizon MiFi 2200 only had its official announcement earlier this week, but we've been waiting for the Novatel EVDO-hotspot for so long you must forgive us some excitement.  Meanwhile the Vodafone HTC Magic has the honor of being only the second Android phone to the market, while the Tonium Pacemaker manages to offer something unique in a sea of PMPs.

HTC Magic unboxing gallery and video

HTC Magic unboxing gallery and video

The Vodafone HTC Magic has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: it's time for an unboxing video!  The second Android handset to reach the market, the Magic has the same 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen and 3.2-megapixel camera of the T-Mobile G1, but drops the hardware keyboard in favor of a slimmed-down profile.  It also runs Android OS 1.5 'Cupcake', which means out-of-the-box video recording and playback.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Rogers Wireless & NTT DoCoMo confirm Android intentions

Rogers Wireless & NTT DoCoMo confirm Android intentions

New Android carrier news today, as both Rogers Wireless and NTT DoCoMo are confirmed to be launching Android smartphones in the near future.  Rogers Wireless has picked up both the HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) and the HTC Magic for release on its Canadian network on June 2nd.  Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has not confirmed a release date as yet, but will be offering a rebadged version of the HTC Magic.

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G is the US HTC Magic

T-Mobile myTouch 3G is the US HTC Magic

It seems T-Mobile USA have decided on a name for their launch of the HTC Magic, and it's one of the suggestions the carrier tested out in last month's survey.  The HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G is the same underlying device as the Magic smartphone Vodafone Europe launched recently, but will go on sale in the US as the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.

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