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HTC Hero Android Phone Comes with Custom HTC Sense UI

heroWhen it came to Windows Mobile, the folks at HTC weren’t exactly pleased with the raw Windows Mobile interface. As such, they worked to develop what we later knew as the TouchFLO 3D interface, which was laid over top of Windows Mobile to provide a better user experience. Now HTC has done the same with Google Android, revealing the HTC Sense UI for the new HTC Hero.

On the surface, the new HTC Hero smartphone will look a lot like the HTC Magic that was recently made available to several markets around the world, including Canada via Rogers Wireless. It’s a touchscreen-only phone with that characteristic protruding chin.

Pretty well all of the specs and features have been upgraded, including the 3.2-inch HVGA fingerprint-resistant screen, five megapixel autofocus camera, microSD expansion slot, gravity sensor, digital compass, GPS, and a dedicated searcch button that “goes beyond basic search.” This can be used with Twitter Search as well.

The most critical difference, however, is the introduction of the HTC Sense UI. This user interface that works over top of the Google Android framework fills the phone with your choice of widgets and social network integration. You also get “Scenes” that alter the phone slightly based on your needs during each period of the day. You’ve got a work scene, a play scene, and so on.

Check out the embedded video below for a closer look at the HTC Hero. Should Apple be worried? Maybe.

Source: Slashphone



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  1. Really? this time not started with Rogers?

  2. Just got back from Chilliwack mall (BC,Canada ;). The HTC rep. was at the telus booth showing off the HTC Hero. It will be with Telus and here by mid November. It is the european version with the chin and smaller battery than sprints version in the US. I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE TO BUY…lol. The rep. demo'd it for me and WOW better than on Youtube…

  3. when is this coming out in Canada!!!???

  4. Barny Feldworth

    Brilliant phone! Teflon(TM) coating is beautiful, multi-touch in the browser, flash support, 5Mp camera, what more could you ask for? Well, you could ask for a new interface that comes with hundreds of widgets, and allows you to group functions in a more useful way. View all emails, tweets, flickr photos, and such by contact – instead of hopping around to load different applications, you can view everything in one place!

    Absolutely brilliant! in my opinion, this phone is not a direct competitor to the iPhone. The iPhone is a much better media device, with a better experience for music, video, and games. I think Android is ahead of Apple in terms of available applications – not in the number of applications, but rather in the breadth of applications. With the iPhone 3G-S, Apple has added the hardware required for developers to provide things like augmented-reality, and genuinely useful location and direction aware applications like Google Places Directory.

    Does Apple need to worry about the Hero? I'm not entirely sure, but I am certain that Apple is looking. As Steve Jobs once said "Gentlemen, start your photocopiers!".

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