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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

Unsurprisingly we've been Mobile World Congress obsessed this week, with myself and Vincent jetting off to vaguely-sunny Barcelona to see what's new in the world of mobile devices.  Whether a sign of a tighter consumer purse or a slowing in development, there were fewer big-hit devices than perhaps we expected, but Palm still made a strong showing with their Pre, while HTC caused ripples with both the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 as well as the Android-based Magic.

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HTC Magic live video demo from MWC

HTC Magic live video demo from MWC

If the Palm Pre isn't to your taste, and you prefer your smartphones with a little more Android flavor, then MWC's other standout device has to be the HTC Magic.  Announced exclusively on Vofadone in Europe, the second official smartphone to run Google's open-source Android platform drops the hardware keyboard and bulky casing of the T-Mobile G1 and replaces it with a slick on-screen QWERTY and contoured white body.

Demo video of the HTC Magic Android smartphone after the cut

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Google offline webapps for HTML5 mobile devices: Pre, iPhone & Android

Google offline webapps for HTML5 mobile devices: Pre, iPhone & Android

Google's Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering at the search giant, this morning demonstrated an offline version of the GMail web-app.  Right now it's a technical concept, but what it means for developers is that any browser compliant with HTML5 standards - for instance the webkit browser engine which the iPhone, Palm Pre and Android platform browsers are all based on - will be able to support the technology, but also that developers can code a single offline webapp for any HTML5 compliant device.

 

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HTC Magic vs. iPhone 3G: plus HTC Magic live photos & video!

HTC Magic vs. iPhone 3G: plus HTC Magic live photos & video!

It's only hours since the HTC Magic's announcement, but we're sure there are plenty of people asking the obvious question: iPhone 3G or HTC Magic?  The T-Mobile G1 managed to circumnavigate too much comparison thanks to its hardware keyboard, still a sore spot among some Apple-fanciers, but the candybar totally-touchscreen HTC Magic will have no such escape.

Full comparison - plus Vodafone HTC Magic demo video and live photos after the cut

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