June 24, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Android early-adopter HTC has officially announced that the HTC Hero will be the next Android phone it releases in British and American markets.
As we originally suspected, today’s HTC event in London is a coming-out party for the third Android device built by HTC. Details about the phone began leaking from the HTC website in the early morning hours. Minutes later at the London press event, the Hero and its “Sense” interface took centerstage as the first phone to completely change the user interface and experience in an Android phone.
HTC reimagines its Touchflo interface for Android in the HTC Hero. The presentation of content in Sense is slick in all areas from widgets to design and function. Today brings the first official look at the previously leaked Hero, and its selling points are plentiful.
- Sense “introduces a unique blend of form and function that takes Android to new heights.”
- Flash preloaded onto device (read our full story on Flash functioning in Hero and other Android phones)
- Widget interface with glances of content (size/design is personalized)
- Complete integration with social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook
- Dedicated search that provides system-wide search of e-mail, Twitter, and more
- Android standards of AGPS, digital compass, accelerometer, and microSD memory.
- Media-friendly 3.2 inch HVGA display, 480 x 320 resolution, and 3.5mm headphone jack (finally!)
- Fingerprint-resistant, anti-smudge screen coating. White version of phone also includes Teflon coating for more durable and soft surface.
The Hero will go on sale next month in Europe. Asian countries will see the phone later this summer and a “distinct North American version” — how can you tease us like that. HTC? — will be released later this year.