Category: Android

New Android Market Improvements shown

If you've got an Android phone then you'll no doubt have used the Android Market to get apps and games. There's a stack of free and paid-for apps but, at times, it's a little hard to find the popular or useful ones. Now, with the new version you'll …

All-new Hero Update (2.73.405.5) appears online

For those lucky owners of a HTC Hero there's now the HTC updated ROM available to download at MoDaCo. To install this Generic HTC ROM (version 2.73.405.5) you'll need to stick the recovery image on, copy the updated ZIP file to your SD card and then r...

Sprint announces the Hero (minus the chin)

The American network Sprint has today announced the launch of the HTC Hero. It does indeed lack that "chin" we've come to love / hate here in Europe and you'll be able to buy it on October 11th through their website, shops and Best Buy for $179.99 aft...

Samsung Galaxy i7500 Available officially on o2

A few days back we spotted the Samsung Galaxy i7500 selling on the o2 site. Today we've received the .. err.. announcement that it's available. Yeah, we know already, but we're guessing that this announcement means that it's more "widely" available, l...

Hero200 shots appear – Wot no chin?

Pictures of a HTC Hero have appeared on the web, minus the distinctive Jimmy Hill chin. This is apparently the CDMA version of the Hero that's due to arrive on Sprint soon, complete with re-jigged button layour and flatter profile.The usual specs are ...

Samsung Galaxy I7500 now on o2 website to buy

The Samsung Galaxy is now fully available to buy on the o2 website. It's available from nothing on the £44.05 plan, which gives you 1000 texts and 1200 minutes per month. The Android-powered phone is the slimmest full-touch Android phone and has a 5 ...

Poor signal on the Hero?

As you know, I was lucky enough to borrow an unlocked Hero to review recently. I tested it on Orange and got 2 bars of HSDPA signal - I was happy enough with that. However, after finding out where the transmitter was with CellFinder it turned out to …

SPB TV – Now for Android too

We've seen SPB TV on Windows Mobile for some time now. The TV viewer gives you access into stacks of channels from all over the world and it's now available for the Android platform too. There's over a hundred channels in 20 different languages and a...

Custom HTC Hero ROM appears online

For those hard-core tweakers out there (and we do mean hard-core, as this will probably upset your network / carrier greatly), you can now get a custom HTC Hero ROM from MoDaCo. It's an updated version of the ROM (1.79.482.3) which makes it as quick a...

Samsung Galaxy arriving on o2.. But when?

This is the Samsung I7500 Galaxy. Powered by Google Android it should be appearing on o2 UK sometime soon. However, the o2 Forums are buzzing with people trying to find out when it'll be available. We've learned to take "availability" dates with four ...

The Hero UI – now on the BlackBerry too!

Something must be going right when both iPhone and now Blackberry tweakers are copying the HTC Hero interface! There's now a HTC Hero theme for a range of Blackberry handsets, including the 8900, 9000 and 9630. This one includes calendar and message p...

Motorola set launch date for Android handset

Motorola. Android. Put the two together. Bingo. September 10th should reveal something, possibly the Morrison, possibly more. Now, we know that two Android devices are coming from Moto, so it could be that this is the launch of one or both of those ph...

HTC Hero problems on Vodafone

Got a new HTC Hero unlocked? Want to use it on Vodafone UK? Hold up there cowboy, here's something you should know. Widgets on the HTC Hero interface don't seem to play nice with the Vodafone network. Apparently it's all down to ports being blocked on...

Windows 7 and the Hero – Play nice

Now, I'm probably talking to quite a small number of people here, but for those of you with a gleaming new HTC Hero and the all new Windows 7 then you might be having problems gettign the two to talk. A work-around has now been published which should …

FCC Rubber-stamps the CDMA Hero

Regular readers will no doubt have read our HTC Hero review. The device has been fully blessed with the HTC software tweaks we've come to expect on Windows Mobile kit from HTC and now, using the codename "HERO200", it's heading it's way across the Atl...

HTC Click in video action

Check it out - it's the new HTC Click in full video goodness. The Click is the cheap and cheerful Android device we mentioned a month ago and it's shown here without the funky HTC TouchFLO / Sense interface but with the Android "Donut" build 1.50.999....

Samsung InstinctQ makes an appearance

The Samsung InstinctQ has popped up on the web in leaked shots over at phandroid.com. It's headed for the USA on the Sprint network and these shots clearly show a sliding QWERTY but, aside from optical pad, we don't know a far lot specs-wise. Meanwhi...

HTC Hero Update caught on video!

Paul from MoDaCo has been slowly torturing us this afternoon with juicy bits of info relating to the HTC Hero update. This, from what we've heard, should improve the speed and responsiveness of the Hero. Paul has managed to get the update (or a test b...

Layar – Augmented Reality goes into overdrive

Augmented Reality. The words used to wash over me like a cool breeze and I had no idea what people were on about. It's simple enough though - apps boasting this feature simply combine real-world and computer-generated data in real-time to create an in...

Rumoured software update for the Hero ?

We'll admit that this is a bit of hearsay right now, but it's a very interesting bit of hearsay. "Vonn", over at AndroidCommunity.com, says that he's received an email from HTC Customer Care HQ regarding a software update for the HTC Hero. According t...

HTC Hero interface aped – on the iPhone

Well here's a thing. Some dedicated iPhone fans have hacked about with their phones to produce this - the HTC TouchFLO / Sense interface on the popular Apple handset. There's a fair amount of work to get this working but we're guessing it shows just h...

Nimbuzz now also available for Android

Social Messaging client "Nimbuzz" has now been made available for Android. The Android version brings some unique features including a time-sensitive user interface, home-screen notifications, Skype and local social network support, smart buddy list, ...

Free Android Apps I’ve installed

As a Windows Mobile user for several years I've always been interested in installing cool apps. Now, on the Android-powered HTC Hero, I've been diving into the Android Market app-store for great tools and utilities. The Hero, which has just been relea...

HTC Sense – Something we should clear up

This isn't really ground-breaking news, but following weeks of hearing about HTC Sense it's important that we make something clear. The HTC Sense experience is just that - the experience. Part of that is the HTC TouchFLO system, but it's not the whole...

HTC Fiesta on the way to AT&T with Android juice

This is a Ford Fiesta from a number of years ago. It's obviously not the newly spied HTC Fiesta. Evidence of it has been spotted on this internal HTC link. It's showing a 240x320 screen from what we can make out and is also known as the HTC …

Opera browser coming to Android too

Windows Mobile has already been drenched in the Opera browsing goodness and now it looks like Android is getting it too. In an interview the CEO of Opera Software, Jon von Tetzchner stated... "Yes, we are working on an Android version" There's no new...

White Samsung Galaxy snapped

Here's the white Galaxy GT-I7500 from Samsung. Powered by Android 1.5 Cupcake it's got quadband GSM / GPRS / EDGE and triband 3G / HSDPA / HSUPA. Other specs include WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 5 megapixel shooter, 3.5 mm audio jack and that fantast...

HTC Sync software gets update

HTC have posted an update to their Sync software for the HTC Hero. HTC Sync will let you sync your Outlook and Outlook Express details with your Hero quickly - including appointments and all your contacts. The software will also let you install third-...

HTC Site reveals Hero arrival on Sprint

A URL which we'll not mention (but is not too hard to stumble across) on the HTC website is now showing the HTC Hero as coming onto the Sprint network in the USA. The same HTC support pages also show the Touch Pro2 and Snap ready for Telus. …

Samsung Galaxy showing on o2 systems

The Samsung Galaxy should, in theory, be appearing sometime this month on o2. It's an Android powered device with quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera plus flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, AMOLED HVGA touch screen, 1500mAh batte...

Free stuff and money off the latest HTC kit

Read our HTC Hero review? All ready to buy? Good. If you're interested in the unlocked one then we've got a £10 discount code for you to use at the checkout. Just enter "HEROCSP" and a tenner will automatically come off the final cost. You'll also ge...

HTC Hero Review

OK, this one has taken us some time. We managed to bag the HTC Hero back in June but we spent all the time we could answering your questions via our video blog but then, after getting some time with a second unit, we managed to finish off …

HTC Hero unlocked version available now

We're still putting our finishing touches to the HTC Hero review. Let's just say it's an epic review and leave it at that. If you're looking for a network-free and completely unlocked one there's now a limited supply up for grabs on devicewire.com. Th...

T-Mobile G2 Touch available now

The Twittersphere has revealed that the T-Mobile G2 Touch (aka HTC Hero) should be available today from T-Mo with tghe device appearing in stores later on this week. There's still nothing on the T-Mobile website but there's at least a reference to it ...

HTC Click – Another Android device coming

It looks like HTC are on a mission to bring the Android platform to the masses with the HTC Click. Pitched at the cheaper end of the market this will echo the Windows Mobile cheap-and-chearful Viva - it even looks similar. If HTC can bring the HTC Sen...

HTC Hero now available on Orange

Right, unless we're going completely bonkers it looks like the HTC Hero is now fully available on the Orange website. This Android-powered device has been in my pocket for a week or two recently and, although I'm still a Windows Mobile fan, it's impre...

More HTC Hero Videos and Pics to keep you drooling

A few weeks back we managed to grab the HTC Hero for a week and gave it a full workout. Now other sites are getting their mitts on it, and you can see two of them side by side - the graphite and white one - at hdblog.it. …

HTC Hero – Delayed until August

Ok, so it looks like the Hero is going to take a little longer. The Android-powered device has already had loads of coverage here at coolsmartphone.com and on YouTube but it's now being pencilled in for the first week in August. This delay applies to ...

Example photos taken with the HTC Hero

We knew that the Hero would be available in a range of colours. The white one will be coming to devicewire.com unlocked, with the graphite one coming to Orange. Now it seems that a pink one is coming to Carphone Warehouse. During our time with the HTC...

A week with the HTC Hero – Day 6

Day 6 of our week with the HTC Hero is now published. Today we have a look at Android Market, the Adobe Flash integration, Twitter, playing a game and a few more of your questions. We've only got one more day with this phone and I will try …