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HTC Hero ROM hacks put Sense UI on G1 and Magic [Video]

HTC Hero ROM hacks put Sense UI on G1 and Magic [Video]

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.

Video demos after the cut

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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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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.

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