We did little to disguise how impressed we were with the HTC Hero when we reviewed it all the way back in July 2009. At the time we suggested it was the device with which Android came of age; since then, of course, we've seen a huge growth both in the number of manufacturers and devices available, and in Android itself. Into that fray wades the HTC Legend, undoubtedly one of the stand-out devices from MWC 2010 in February and packing the latest versions not only of Android but of HTC's Sense, which rather fittingly debuted with the Hero. Can HTC history repeat itself? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
You could well argue that the HTC Hero was the Android smartphone of 2009. While Motorola's DROID brought with it a larger display, newer version of the OS and arguably more functional hardware keyboard, HTC led the pack months in advance. Multitouch-capable, distinctly designed and outfitted with a genuinely compelling UI in the shape of HTC Sense, the Hero fast became the poster-child of Android. Now, the company are hoping to follow that success with the HTC Legend, a slick Hero update with a tactile unibody aluminum shell. Is it a worthy sequel or has the HTC Desire stolen the Legend's flagship thunder; more importantly, is it sufficiently different from the smartphone it replaces?
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.
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.
Money burning a hole in your pocket and desperate to inject a little MWC 2010 glamour into your life? Expansys UK have thrown up their preorder pages for HTC's trio of Sense-equipped smartphones, the Legend, Desire and HD mini, though you'll have to wait until their tipped delivery date of April 12th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It’s apparent that HTC’s kicking it up a notch with their naming system, with the surfacing of the HTC Incredible just moments ago on the internet. Some leaked snapshots and video of the device depict the high-end specs of the newly glimpsed phone from HTC, which should be operating on Verizon’s network.