HTC has announced the latest iteration of their Sense UI for smartphones, and its brought along a web-based companion in the shape of HTCSense.com. Described as a suite of services for managing, customizing and controlling the user experience from the phone or a PC, the new site is similar in some ways to Apple's MobileMe, with remote-wipe and location, but HTC has also put in DLNA streaming and more.
It's no HTC Desire HD, but we like the original HTC Desire enough to be pleased its finally arrived on US shores thanks to U.S. Cellular. The carrier is now offering the Android 2.1 smartphone for $199.95 after a mail-in rebate, complete with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HTC Sense UI and 3.7-inch Super LCD display (rather than the AMOLED panels that are in such short supply).
Two new HTC smartphones have apparently been detailed, according to 911HTC's work digging through the company's ROMs. The HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee both run Android 2.2 Froyo, with the former having a 3.8-inch WVGA display and QWERTY keyboard, and the latter getting a smaller 3.2-inch QVGA display. According to 911HTC, the Bee is headed to Verizon among other smaller CDMA carriers.
Getting Android running smoothly on the HTC HD2 has been a reasonably long project, but the xda-developers teams working on the port are getting close to perfect releases. There are now two almost complete builds available for download, one offering Android 2.2 Froyo for the HD2, and the other taken from an HTC Desire and promising Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI and accompanying widgets.
Video demos after the cut
We're suckers for a good concept design here at SlashGear, and so we're hoping HTC are paying attention to Andrew Kim. His concept for the so-called HTC 1 is a premium Android phone that would be clearly differentiated from the company's mainstream models and better harmonize physical and software design. To that end, he's come up with a slick slab of minimalist machined brass with a rather striking interpretation of HTC Sense.
Google's Android operating system has proven itself a growing force to be reckoned with as adoption rates among manufactures and consumers continue growing at considerable rates. I feel that Android 2.1 has finally reached a point where it is ready for the mass market. I've also had the opportunity to use a Nexus One with the next release 2.2, AKA Froyo, for the past month or so, and have found it even more ready for the mass market and perhaps even the enterprise.
We've been pestering HTC for a new Android smartphone with a physical keyboard for months now, and it looks like they've quietly acquiesced. njuskalo.hr managed to grab a few live shots of what's believed to be the HTC Vision, pretty much the HTC Desire blessed with a slide-out QWERTY 'board.