A third Google Android phone was announced in London today and once again it is the doing of HTC. Named the HTC Hero, it sports a similar design to the HTC Magic though with some dramatic improvements. Firstly, though the Hero works via the Android operating system, HTC has integrated a new user interface that will also play an integral part in future HTC devices. The UI is called HTC Sense and aims to deliver on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. Basically the main premise is that you can organise your handset in a way that best suits your needs, customising your content, widgets and contacts. Probably the standout feature that is evident on the Hero is the ability to view all communication channels for your various contacts. For example, click on an individual contact and you will be shown all their contact details, ranging from phone number, email, Twitter and Flickr account and Facebook details. You will then be able to view all conversations you've had between you in one single view.
Other key features on the HTC Hero includes the phone's 3.2-inch HVGA display that is painted with an anti-fingerprint coating, A-GPS and a digital compass, Wi-Fi and HSDPA as well as an upgraded five-megapixel auto-focus camera. HTC is also keen to shout how they have included a 3.5mm headset jack after receiving criticism for omitting it in both the HTC Magic and the T-Mobile G1.
The HTC Hero will be rolled out across Europe in July and will be available to both T-Mobile and Orange customers.
Check out our exclusive pics of the HTC Hero, along with the obligatory press shot.