Sprint to release HTC Hero Android phone in October (Update)

Sep 03, 2009
HTC Hero

US wireless carrier Sprint Nextel and Taiwan's HTC Corp. announced plans Thursday to release a touch-screen mobile phone in October powered by Google's Android software.

The HTC Hero will be the second to use the operating system developed by the Internet giant, which has been trying to secure a foothold in the highly competitive smartphone market.

and US wireless carrier T-Mobile released the first so-called "Google Phone," the T-Mobile G1, which is also manufactured by HTC, in October of last year.

Sprint said the HTC Hero would be available in stores from October 11 and cost 180 dollars with a two-year service agreement.

Sprint already offers the much-hyped Palm Pre, released earlier this year, and the HTC Hero will be competing in a crowded US market against devices such as Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry from Canada's Research in Motion.

Microsoft this week also announced that its handset partners around the world will offer new smartphones in October featuring an upgraded version of its Windows Mobile operating system.

The HTC Hero includes built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube and access to thousands of applications built on the platform.

The HTC Hero also features a 5.0-megapixel camera and camcorder, Wi-Fi capability and integrated GPS.

"Android provides to consumers the same Internet services they have become accustomed to on their desktop PC," said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google.

"The arrival of HTC Hero and the Android platform to Sprint's network is an important milestone for our customers and the US wireless industry," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint.

"With the dependability and coverage of Sprint's 3G network, HTC Hero users will appreciate a much better experience than is possible now with any other Android phone operating in the United States," he said.

The Mountain View, California-based Google is hoping that Android will be adopted as a platform by other mobile phone makers and several other carriers and handset manufacturers, including , have announced plans to unveil Android phones before the end of the year.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: South Korea's Samsung and LG unveil new smartwatches

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

T-Mobile plans Android-based home devices: Times

Apr 06, 2009

US wireless carrier T-Mobile plans to make a push into the home with communications devices that will run on Google's Android open-source software, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Google Gets Ready For The Next Version of Android

Apr 14, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Android 1.5 is right around the corner and this version promises better camera and GPS performance, support for video recording and Bluetooth stereo. Also included in this new version is support ...

Google G1 Phone: Security Flaw Exposed

Oct 28, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- A group of Security Researchers exposed a security flaw in Google┬┤s G1 Android phone. The flaw is in the web browser on the T-Mobile G1 that can potentially allow Trojans and Keyloggers to ...

Recommended for you

Apple to unveil 'iWatch' on September 9

18 hours ago

Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday.

User comments : 0