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VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone HTC Magic Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 05.04.09 - 13:21:54 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 21832x
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Following the previous hardware hands-on videoview, this videoview follows-up with a software hands-on of Vodafone's upcoming HTC Magic Android smartphone. Like the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream), the HTC Magic is a Google experience smartphone which mean it's running Android as the underlying OS and featuring Google services which includes Gmail/Google Mail, Google Search, Google Maps including Latitude, Google Talk, Android Market as well as Google's state-of-the-art Apple WebKit-based web browser. Since the HTC Magic will be released with Google's latest Android OS, code-named "Cupcake", it will feature some enhancements like the soft input panel (aka onscreen keyboard) which wasn't part of the G1 because this featured a hardware keyboard instead.

Since Vodafone, Google and HTC jointly announced the HTC Magic back in February, the companies made some good progress. However, please keep in mind that the software above is still a Beta firmware and therefore it's hard to vote on performance or quality yet, even if it looks pretty final already.

Depending on the country, the Vodafone HTC Magic will be either available in stylish piano-black, glossy-white or both; a release is expected in late April.

Cheers ~ Arne

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