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Social networking and the mobile context

Social networking and the mobile context

There's a growing call to deliver desktop experiences on mobile devices, and in general that's a good thing. I don't want to be limited to cut-down, plain-text "mobile" versions of websites when I have a large smartphone display and speedy 3G connection that could readily handle the full version, and the push for full-HTML browsers (and things like Flash support) has already trickled down from a must-have on smartphones to a common feature-phone element. What's lagging behind, it seems, is an understanding of how mobile device use differs from desktop use, and nowhere is that more evident than in social networking integration. Several devices promise to bring your online social life to the screen that's always with you, but the experience is patchy at best.

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC's public plans for their Sense UI and newer versions of Android have basically amounted to asking device owners to wait; an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero has been promised since the end of October, but so far has not proved forthcoming.  That might be because HTC aren't reworking Sense for 2.0 but for Android 2.1; screenshots purporting to show the HTC UI running on the as-yet unreleased OS have leaked.

HTC HD2 review

HTC HD2 review

Twelve months ago HTC shook up the Windows Mobile world with the launch of the Touch HD, a smartphone that offered a vast touchscreen, lashings of connectivity and the latest version of their UI tweaking, TouchFLO 3D, to produce what was hitherto thought impossible: an alluring Windows Phone. Now, the company have attempted just such a revolution with Windows Mobile 6.5 in the shape of the HTC HD2. They've upped their game with a speedy Snapdragon processor, even vaster display and a fresh UI that's been educated by their recent work on Android. Can the HTC HD2 again do the unthinkable, and give us a reason to love Windows Mobile?

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Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Neither Verizon nor HTC have officially confirmed the existence of the Verizon DROID Eris, but unless you're looking at the handiwork of a particularly impressive Halloween costume (sized for hamster) then we'd say the Android smartphone's existence is pretty much assured.  The BGR received two live shots of the HTC DROID Eris - you can see the second after the cut - together with a little feedback as to how the handset performs.

Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Recently I asked, if a DROID could take on the Death Star? Now, Motorola and Verizon, along with some help from Google launched DROID. I've spent the day with a device and here's what I think so far. First, Verizon was clear that DROID is going to be a family of devices running Android, Motorola's device will be the only one called DROID, others will be known as the DROID-XXX. DROID is the first Android 2.0 device and the Google branding points to the fact that this is stock Android. And I do mean stock Android: there are zero Verizon services on this device (with the exception of a non-branded visual voicemail app). No VCast. No nothing. One wonders if Verizon were willing to go to this length a few years ago, would the iPhone have landed on Verizon? Android 2.0 is a great update and finally is starting to feel complete. Compared to V1 Android running HTC Sense, it's a mixed bag. HTC’s UI is lightyears ahead of stock Android in my opinion but the DROID performs so much better than any Android V1 phone I've used and is nearly feature complete that it's hard to recommend a V1x device at this point.

HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

The HTC "YOU" campaign we spotted earlier this month has now gone global, and brings with it a new "Quietly Brilliant" tagline and "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you" slogan.  Twenty countries will get the new adverts, including TV spots examples of which you can see after the cut, which all focus on the individuality of HTC's range and the flexibility of things like HTC Sense.

Unlike, say, "there's an app for that", the HTC commercials don't so much focus on the precise functionality of their handsets but the way we use them. They're also platform-agnostic; there's no mention of either Android or Windows Mobile.

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HTC Tattoo Android smartphone review

HTC Tattoo Android smartphone review

Taking the software enhancements from your flagship Android smartphone and injecting it into the runt of the range might throw up warning signs for some, but that's exactly what HTC have done with the Tattoo. It may be smaller, pack fewer megapixels and a less fashionable touchscreen than the HTC Hero, but the Tattoo still totes the well-received HTC Sense along with Android 1.6. Are we looking at the bargain of the season, or is the Tattoo just playing dress-up? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.