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HTC Sense already hacked for Nexus One

HTC Sense already hacked for Nexus One

When we wrote on Saturday that one of the more obvious differences between the HTC Desire and the Google Nexus One would be rapidly addressed by the Android home-brew crowd, we perhaps didn't expect a custom Nexus One ROM with HTC Sense and Flash 10.1 support to come so soon.  Still, if you're at the bleeding edge and you simply can't wait until the Desire's April 2010 release date to get your hands on the new version of Sense, Modaco are offering an alpha-build ROM for the Nexus One.

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HTC Desire vs. Google Nexus One

HTC Desire vs. Google Nexus One

One of the biggest announcements from MWC 2010 this past week has been the official debut of the HTC Desire, instantly dubbed the Google Nexus One with HTC Sense. With HTC the OEM parent behind both theirs and the Google-branded smartphone, would-be buyers (and potentially remorseful Nexus One owners) are already looking for the differentiating factors between the two; check out our head-to-head comparison after the cut.

O2 HTC Smart hands-on [Video]

O2 HTC Smart hands-on [Video]

HTC's second launch event of MWC 2010 may have been a little more subdued than the Desire/Legend/HD mini announcement, but the phone it detailed may reach a whole lot more users than that trio.  Along with carrier O2, the company have announced availability of the  HTC Smart, an entry-level device running Qualcomm's Brew MP OS on a 300MHz processor.  Check out our hands-on video demo after the cut.

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HTC Hero Android 2.1 due Feb/March with Sense update

HTC Hero Android 2.1 due Feb/March with Sense update

While HTC have three new phones today, that doesn't mean they've forgotten about the promised HTC Hero update. According to the company, the Hero will see not only an Android 2.1 update but a refresh of HTC Sense too, though not with the full functionality of what's found on the new Legend and Desire.

HTC Legend official: AMOLED & “Hidden Power” design

HTC Legend official: AMOLED & “Hidden Power” design

The HTC Legend, successor to the company's widely-loved Hero, has been made official at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week. A little smaller than the Hero, the Legend has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support, dualband UMTS/HSPA (900/1800) and a frame milled from a single block of aluminum. In fact the Legend is an example of HTC's "Hidden Power" design ethos, a concept whereby good looks are delivered through slick functionality; in this case, the aluminum is not only the shell but the chassis, meaning HTC can make their devices smaller.

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HTC Desire official: Nexus One with HTC Sense

HTC Desire official: Nexus One with HTC Sense

HTC have officially announced the HTC Desire - the handset previously known as the HTC Bravo - at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week. The smartphone is, in essence, HTC's own-brand version of the Google Nexus One, tailored to a European market. As with the Nexus One there's a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and Android 2.1; you also get the same, 1GHz Snapgragon processor. The key differences are the inclusion of the latest version of HTC Sense, the omission of active noise cancellation, and the use of an optical joystick rather than a physical trackball.

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HTC Hero gets Exposé Sense homescreen [Video]

HTC Hero gets Exposé Sense homescreen [Video]

We've made no attempt to disguise our love of HTC's Sense UI system on the HTC Hero and other handsets from the company, and it looks as though something even more interesting is in the works.  A video has emerged showing the HTC Hero running what looks to be a new version of Sense, complete with some multitouch functionality in the Android desktop and a new way of viewing homescreen panes.

The new view is seemingly triggered by a pinch gesture - as if zooming out - which calls up seven thumbnails.  Each thumbnail looks to represent a different homescreen panel, which you can then tap to access; it seems to work like Exposé on Mac OS X.

Video demo after the cut

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Android 2.0 HTC Hero firmware not due until March?

Android 2.0 HTC Hero firmware not due until March?

HTC Hero owners have been eagerly anticipating the promised Android 2.x update for their handsets, but according to the latest information it seems there's a little while longer to go yet.  According to a comment from a member of Irish carrier Meteor's support team, HTC don't expect an Android 2.0 firmware update to be released until March 2010.

HTC Bravo caught on camera en route to T-Mobile?

HTC Bravo caught on camera en route to T-Mobile?

Out of all the smartphones on HTC's leaked 2010 roadmap, undoubtedly the most interesting was the HTC Bravo.  A device strikingly similar to the Google Nexus One, complete with HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Bravo also throws HTC's well-esteemed Sense UI into the mixture.  Now one of the first images of the Bravo in the wild has turned up.

With it comes the first tidbit of carrier information we've heard; according to Omio the Bravo (which may get a different name by the time it arrives on shelves) is headed to T-Mobile.  They reckon it'll land from free on contracts £35 ($57) or above, presumably with a two-year agreement.

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HTC Smart BREW smartphone targets budget buyers [Updated with specs]

HTC Smart BREW smartphone targets budget buyers [Updated with specs]

HTC say their new, Qualcomm BREW-based HTC Smart offers a new, smartphone experience to the masses, and while we reckon the masses are doing a pretty decent job on their own ä press release is still pretty light on specifications - we're waiting to hear back from HTC for full details - but since it looks to be the same device as we knew as the Touch.B we're guessing it'll have the same specifications.

Update: HTC have come through with specs for the Smart; full details after the cut.

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