NTELOS, a wireless communication services company based in Waynesboro, plans to launch its first Android-powered smartphone, the new HTC Hero.
The company is among the first U.S. wireless carriers to announce the availability of the Android-powered device with Google mobile services. Says Chief Operating Officer Jim Hyde, "The HTC Hero is a handset for people who want to express themselves and stay connected in a truly unique and revolutionary way.”
Android-powered devices represent one of the fastest growing device segments in the wireless industry with worldwide sales expected to soon eclipse the most popular smartphones on the market today, according to a March 2009 report by Informa Telecoms and Media. Android features open source mobile platform and applications and an advanced web browser. The pinch zoom controls allow you to look closer, read easier and surf with ease.
The HTC Hero will allow consumers access to thousands of the latest wireless applications. The HTC Hero also has built-in Google mobile services with synchronization, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube.
With Android Market, users can download thousands of applications, games and widgets on their phones. Twitter, Pac Man, amazon.com, Pandora, Craigslist, Checker and Facebook are among the applications available. My Location allows a subscriber to push a button and see where he is on a map, then search and find the closest area businesses. Or select Google Maps, which provides turn-by-turn directions and traffic updates.
(From NTELOS press release.)