Apr 26 AT 10:48 PM Christopher Chavez 49 Comments

Android Hacks: Hands-on T-Mobile’s new myTouch Slide Espresso Sense UI

Binary over on XDA got a hold of the system dump from the upcoming myTouch 3G Slide and Domenuk was able to port it to his Mytouch 3G/G1.

I am SO surprised that even in its early state you can see how well this runs on my very limited G1. This may very well be the first SNAPPY 2.1 ROM for the G1.

The myTouch 3G Slide will be T-Mobile’s FIRST phone with Android 2.1 and HTC’s updated Espresso Sense UI and should be released sometime in June.

T-Mobile went to great lengths to make Android a little more user friendly to mainstream customers and not just power users like myself. It’s also more appealing to currently displaced Sidekick users and I feel like this is who T-Mobile is trying to target with this new phone in their myTouch 3G series.

After playing with a leaked ROM, it is easy to see that T-Mobile had a LOT more influence with this Android phone than any others before it. You can see their apps strewn about this phone and although most are pretty useless, I can see how some Android virgins may find them useful.

One I particularly liked was the myTouch Music app which is essentially a streaming radio station with the top 100 hits and you can even skip ahead to tracks. Nice! Most of the others were apps that overlapped with a lot of other fuctions already found on Android (like Settings). Some even seemed like T-Mobile trying to cash in on some of the more unsuspecting Android newcomers.

I did like how Swype came preloaded as well as HTC IME.

Overall, this ROM on the G1 is faster than ANY other 2.1 Sense UI ROMs I have tried. It’s crazy. Especially given the fact the myTouch Slide is much more powerful than the G1. This Sense UI is a little different than tradition Sense in that it’s technically a new version called Espresso. You can see some of the graphical changes such as the bubbles around the apps. Again, I can see what HTC was going for with this and trying to get a more uniform look to the app icons.

Either you love it, or hate it. I personally don’t mind it at all.

As of now, the only things not working in this ROM are WiFi, Bluetooth, Browser and Gmail. Although, I’m sure all of these will be fixed before I even finish this sentence. The Android community has been really great in pulling together and getting everything up and running. So much progress in so little time!

Here’s the link for the the version I’m using at the moment. Look for the Beta2 link.

Via: YouTube

Source: xda-developers

Chris is a long time gamer and tech enthusiast. His newest passion is Android and its ever growing community. He loves people, food, life and lives by the philosophy that "you choose your attitude." He likes choosing a positive one. =)

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