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HTC Adopts 3.5mm Jack, Dismisses Sense UI Upgrades

Gordon Kelly


HTC Adopts 3.5mm Jack, Dismisses Sense UI Upgrades

HTC has finally got it...

After years of sabotaging its generally excellent handsets with proprietary headset ports and bundled adaptors it seems like the message has gotten through: HTC is to embrace the 3.5mm jack. This hugely welcome news comes courtesy of MobileCrunch who were told by HTC directly that:

"The vast majority of devices we launch after Hero will have a 3.5mm jack. Devices that we have already announced but that still come out after Hero will not necessarily be a part of this change."

So essentially we are talking only about yet to be announced handsets but quite frankly we'll take that if it does indeed signal a long term change of ethos from the company. In fact, it seems such an obvious move that we can't believe it has taken so long.

Let's this be a lesson to you handset makers: common sense it'll get you in the end...

In related and sadder news I can shoot down hopes that the new HTC Hero Sense user interface will be coming to earlier Android handsets such as G1 and Magic.

Speaking to HTC I was told it was "fundamentally incompatible" and an update would not be made available in any official form. That said, HTC did recognise determined coders would likely be able to hack it onto these smartphones but remained sceptical they would ever get a true user experience. Doh.


via MobileCrunch


July 10, 2009, 8:48 pm

They are right about that... the agreement with Google prevents them from putting a non-"Google Experience" experience on the G1. I have tried the Hero ROM on my G1, and it is in no way as smooth as Hero (judging by the tube vids), probably due to the lack of RAM.

Saying that, they could possibly put it on their own branded Magic? I don't think that is a "Google Experience" device?

James McMorine

July 10, 2009, 10:28 pm

Finally! Now lets just hope they can start putting flashes on their phones too, even if only LED ones. Thats got to be better than nothing at all.


July 11, 2009, 4:06 am

about time. although i've just stuck to using a2dp


July 11, 2009, 2:28 pm

Man, I miss my HTC Universal... that pocket breeze block at least had a 3.5mm - and the Xscale was Fast!

Although I am thinking of getting rid of my Tosh G910 and moving to an Xperia X1 (I'll be turning off the custom UI, of course) - same hardware inside, but with a more attentive manufacturer and that magic 3.5mm port.

Tony Young

July 11, 2009, 2:53 pm

@Gordon "In fact, it seems such an obvious move that we can't believe it has taken so long".

My Touch HD has had a 3.5 jack since January!


July 12, 2009, 5:29 am

@Tony Young - some do, some don't. The majority didn't. Now they all will...

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