Sprint’s CEO said recently that his company will release one or more smartphones running Google’s Android OS by the end of this year. According to an unconfirmed report, one of these will be the HTC Hero, while the second will be the previously-rumored Motorola device.
Until recently, Sprint was taking a “wait and see” attitude toward Google’s mobile operating system, but that has now changed, and the company is ready to ship products based on this new platform.
One of these comes as no surprise: Samsung revealed early this year that it is making an Android model for this wireless carrier. No details have leaked out yet, but the latest report says this device will be called the Samsung Q.
The second is more surprising, as it’s the first report that HTC’s latest smartphone is going to be released by Sprint.
Pricing for either product is not yet known.
An Overview of the HTC Hero
The Hero has a 3.2-inch HVGA display with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance. This is set in a tablet shaped device with a distinct “chin” which HTC says has been contoured to fit comfortably in the user’s hand and against their face while on a call.
This company’s previous models running Android have used the default user interface, but the Hero marked the debut of a UI that’s been dubbed HTC Sense.
Other features include a-GPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, and a microSD memory card slot.
Sprint’s version — if it’s actually coming — will almost certainly support this carrier’s EV-DO mobile broadband service. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also considered likely.
A GSM version of model recently debuted in Europe.