T-Mobile have thrown open the doors to pre-orders for their second Android device, the upcoming myTouch 3G. Priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract, and set to hit shelves on August 5th, existing T-Mobile USA customers are able to preorder the device - also known as the HTC Magic - from today, with deliveries expected to arrive prior to the official launch.
Over at our Google-obsessed sibling site Android Community we've been keeping track of the latest efforts to put HTC Sense onto existing Android smartphones. After HTC's confirmation last week that "with Google" branded devices wouldn't be getting an upgrade to Sense, the company's latest enhanced UI, efforts to persuade leaked Hero ROMs to run on the HTC Magic and T-Mobile G1 redoubled; happily there are demo videos which show just how well these efforts have been going.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.