HTC have released 2 very exciting Android phones this week; the(above) and the . HTC have released some information about the devices here, but in summary:
Theis made from a single aluminium block, features a 3.2″ AMOLED screen with an optical joystick.
Thefeatures a 3.7″ AMOLED screen, 5 megapixel camera, and is, in essence, very similar to the Google , although it lacks the dual-mic noise cancelling feature of the Google phone.
One of the new UI features that HTC will add to both devices is the new “HTC Friend Stream that seamlessly aggregates all of your social communication including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised flow of updates. This simple aggregation makes it easier than ever to focus on what friends are doing as well as to view the images and links that they share. In addition to Friend Stream, people can be organised into specific social circles, such as groups of friends, colleagues or any other way that makes sense.”
In terms of availability, theshould be available on Orange in April, and on T-Mobile on 26th March. If you can’t wait for this, T-Mobile have just released the T-Mobile Pulse Mini on PAYG for £99.99, which is a very low price point for an Android device. When I met up with a few weeks back, they talked about having the Hero replacement by June, and I do wonder whether they will be carrying the .
In other news, HTC have confirmed that the Android 2.1 update for the Hero will become available in March 2010 (although network operator versions may take a little longer), and have also apparently stated that the HTC Magic will not be receiving this update. The Hero update will include the new enhanced Sense features mentioned above.