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EVDO: Sprint and HTC announces the Rev. A HTC Hero Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 03.09.09 - 18:11:34 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 9528x
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Sprint and HTC Corporation today announced the upcoming arrival of the much-anticipated HTC Hero from Sprint, the first wireless device offering the combination of the open and innovative Android platform with the high-speed connectivity of America's most dependable EVDO Rev. A 3G network. Offering a rich mobile Internet experience, the much-anticipated HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform.

The HTC Hero features an integrated 5.0 megapixel camera and camcorder. It also offers easy access to personal and business E-Mail, instant messaging and text messaging through POP, IMAP, and Exchange Active Sync accounts. It's is a full-featured smartphone with WiFi capability, a 3.2" capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability and a fingerprint resistant coating, integrated GPS navigation, and trackball navigation.

It is the first Sprint device to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables the user to chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favorite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS coordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.

The HTC Hero is the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, an intuitive experience that was built with a guiding philosophy to put people at the center and allows the device to be completely customized to the wants and needs of the user. The device's seven-panel wide home screen can be populated with customizable widgets that bring information to the surface.

HTC Hero users can easily create and switch between Scenes to reflect different moments or roles in their lives, such as work, social, travel and play. For example, a work Scene can be easily set up to include stock updates, work email and calendar, a play Scene could have music, weather, and a Twitter feed or a travel Scene could offer instant access to the local time, weather and maps.

HTC Hero's development focused on how real people use their phone, resulting in small but important touches to accentuate the mobile experience. HTC Hero can be silenced by simply turning it over. It offers an advanced smart dialer for quickly accessing contacts with just a few letters or numbers and a dedicated search key that automatically searches for only information relevant to the current function. When pressed in the mail application, the search will be for text within the mailbox, while a press of the same key from the browser will initiate a Google search.

Beginning on Oct. 11, customers will be able to purchase HTC Hero through all Sprint retail channels including Web (, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partner Best Buy for US$ 179.99 (excluding taxes) after a US$ 50 instant savings and a US$ 100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration begins today at

Cheers ~ Arne

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