Cellular South wireless provider plans to launch its first Android-powered smartphone, the new HTC Hero. Consumers will be able to pre-order the device on October 5. Android’s open source platform, which includes Android Market, an open marketplace for applications, will give customers access to more than 9,500 applications. 

The HTC Hero, featuring Android, is developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a partnership of over 40 global mobile industry majors. The Hero also has built-in Google mobile services with synchronization, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube.

As more mobile apps are coming for these devices, SPB Software, a mobile applications developer, has recently announced the release of SPB TV for Android phones. SPB TV is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from across the world. (Read: Mobile TV Comes to Android Phones)

Among other apps, Searchme, Inc. has released its Searchme visual search app. It’s available for free on Android Market. The Searchme application for Android delivers large images of web pages, videos, music, and different products on the smartphone. (Read: Searchme on Android Phones)

In December last year, Loopt, an interoperable social mapping and communication service, had offered its service to consumers through the Android Market, which is Google’s new mobile application store. (Read: Loopt Enters the Android Market)

Now according to Cellular South, Layar application by Sprxmobile will be available to download on Cellular South’s Android smartphone. This next-generation reality browser built on top of Android shows what points of interest are around the wireless user by superimposing real-time digital information on top of reality through the camera on the mobile phone.

Android is an open platform which enables manufacturers from around the world to develop better user interfaces. HTC Hero is built with a user interface based on the HTC Sense philosophy. It offers customizable home screens. 

It also integrates social networking applications into the experience with its Twitter widget and seamlessly ties in Facebook and other social networks into the contact and message functions.

The fully-loaded smartphone also features a 3.2 inch HVGA touch-sensitive display with Wi-Fi capability, GPS with digital compass, accelerometer, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and a 5 Megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with expandable microSD memory. 

HTC Hero features simple personal and business e-mail accessibility with instant messaging and text messaging, as well as Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless technology.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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