AT&T’s First Android Phone May Be the HTC Hero

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At this point, AT&T is the only U.S. wireless carrier who has yet to even announce a phone running Google’s Android OS. This may remain true until next year, when this company will reportedly introduce a version of the HTC Hero.

An unconfirmed report says AT&T plans to introduce this tablet-shaped smartphone in early 2010. This would likely make it the third U.S. carrier offering it: Sprint released its version last week, while Verizon has hinted that it will have one out by the end of this year.

HTC Hero

The only other Android-based device that is even rumored to be on its way to AT&T is Dell’s, and that’s not expected to happen until some time in 2010.

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.  However, Sprint’s version of this device eschews the chin, and it’s not known if AT&T will use the original design or the re-designed one.

HTC’s previous models running Android have used Google’s default user interface, but the Hero marked the debut of a UI that’s been dubbed HTC Sense. That didn’t effect the suite of applications that comes with Android, many of which have strong ties to Google’s services, like Gmail and Google maps.

Read a ReviewThe HTC Hero has mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other features of this smartphone include a-GPS, a digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, and a microSD memory card slot.

Source: Phone Arena



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