Currently AT&T is the only US carrier without an Android device on the horizon and this may remain true until next year. Earlier reports have hinted at AT&T’s first Android device being the Dell Mini 3i. Unconfirmed reports today point at the HTC Hero as the first Android phone set to hit AT&T in early 2010. This would make them the third US carrier to offer the phone behind Sprint and Cellular South, Verizon has hinted at the possibility, but nothing has been confirmed.
HTC Hero Overview:
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.
The 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.
US Android Phones:
T-Mobile: G1, MyTouch3g, Motorola Cliq set for release 11/02/09
Sprint: HTC Hero released 10/11/09
Verizon: set to release the Motorola Droid 10/30/09