HTC Reveals Sense UI, Hero Smartphone
HTC today announced a new software interface for its phones called Sense, available on "all new HTC devices moving forward", as well as the first device to use it, an Android-based smartphone called the Hero. Sense includes a "Scenes" feature that lets you configure different modes for the whole interface, such as work mode and weekend mode. It also pulls together info for various contacts onto one screen. In addition to seeing all text messages, email, and call history for a contact together, Facebook and Flickr feeds are integrated as well. Sense also includes a widget feature to put info such as Twitter, email, calendar and weather on the home screen. The Hero is a slab-style smartphone with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, GPS, accelerometer, compass, 3.5mm headphone jack, and memory card slot. A dedicated search button brings up a function to search the whole phone as well as feeds such as Twitter. The Hero features a fingerprint-resisitive screen, and the white version features a full Teflon coating over the whole device. The Hero will be available first this summer, then in North America by the end of 2009.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2
Alcatel is back with another "hero" device. This monster of a phablet banks on an ecosystem of accessories to set it apart from the competition.
Hands-On: HTC Desire 820
HTC picked a good name for this mid-range hero device. The 820 is a significant improvement over its predecessor and brings some novel features to the fold.
Alcatel to Sell Hero 2+ with Cyanogen In US
Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Hero 2+, a phablet running Cyanogen, which is a modified version of Android. The Hero 2+ is a refreshed version of last year's Hero 2.
HTC U Ultra to Ship March 10
HTC has indicated via its web site that the U Ultra, the company's flagship handset for 2017, will begin shipping on March 10. The $750 smartphone comes in black, white, or blue, and features a 5.7-inch screen, Snapdragon 821 processor, 16-megapixel camera, and personalized sound profiles.
It's releasing with T-Mobile in Europe, here's hoping it will release with T-Mobile USA too!
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