Speculation is mounting that the much-vaunted HTC Hero will appear this month, after its Taiwanese manufacturer sent out invitations to a mysterious media event.
Set to take place on June 24th in London, it is thought that the press conference could mark the unveiling of the new Hero mobile phone – HTC’s third Android powered handset after the million-selling T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic.
An early release for the Hero suggests that HTC is looking to establish itself as the market leader for Android phones before rival devices appear from Sony Ericsson and Samsung, whose I7500 is believed to be arriving imminently.
By launching early it would mean that the Hero would be first handset to come to market to feature Android 2.0 – the second edition of Google’s operating system.
The upgrade differs from its predecessor through the addition of more user interface animations, support for Flash and a modish 3-D look.
News of developments comes as more and more industry experts are predicting Android mobile phones will be one of the key market trends this year.
Andy Rubin of Google recently forecasted that between 18 and 20 Android mobile phone will come to market before the end of 2009.
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