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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  • http://Website Six6Sicks

    This might be the best review I have ever read in the history of my life.

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez


    • http://Website Rob

      too much just flicking back and forth…can we see the favs and how that works…is the text messaging any better? I currently run 1.6

  • http://unkzdomain.com Unk

    Haha, you’re sooo weird (in a good way). I like domenuk’s ROM too – it’s the fastest Slide port I’ve used, but he needs to add the Wifi fix that most other ROM cookers have already added. Too bad he’s got school. ;-)

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Yeah, Slide is alllllll coming together. Soon it will be all patched up and in 100% working order. =)

  • http://Website hiddengopher

    great article Chris. It was a nice read. I’m starting to like espresso.

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Me too!
      I was a hardcore traditional Sense UI guy myself.
      Didn’t even bother with the Espresso ROM back in the day…
      But this…. this is cool. I think I like it. =D

  • http://Website John x

    Awesome article thanks chris

  • http://www.keef.us keef_

    Good to see this new baby shipping in June, just in time for when the original contracts on UK G1s are running out :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Yep! If I’m still on T-Mobile when this baby comes out… I just might upgrade =)

  • http://Website Bubbles boy toy call me

    i think it looks good, very smooth. Will have to see the slide when it comes out. Android makes me so crazy, go android.

  • http://Website Bubbles glam squad loves u

    Hey this Rom looks so pretty, does it come in pink, Hi Chris, Call me.

  • http://Website Scarface

    i am going to get a my touch slide when it comes out, the espresso ROM looks very good. Great article Chris, hey bubbles I think u can theme it to include pink if you want, lol.

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Bubbles and I both LOOOOOOVE pink! =D

  • http://Website Tony saavedra

    sweet, keep the articles coming.

  • http://Website Steve Jobs

    I must say, this looks better than my Iphone, I may have to switch.

  • http://Website Taylor

    I’m not feeling the whole new UI I don’t know why seems lame to me I rather just upgrade to the Legend or most likely the Nexus One

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      The Legend would have a VERY similar UI but without all the improvements Espresso has over it (traditional Sense).
      I didn’t like Espresso at all either but after playing around with it.. it kinda grew on me.

      And the Mytouch Slide will be perfect for us poor kids who can’t afford an N1 and have an upgrade on our Family Plans… =p

  • http://Website Chris

    I kind of excited for this new Android phone. It seems like it will be a good update of the classic, G1. Of course, it will be better once it’s been jail broke and put to it’s full potential! Just like the G1 was.

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Yep. Providing that this phone becomes popular and there are developers who will make ROMs for this phone.

      In any case, once rooted, this phone will definitely ROCK =D

      • http://Website name (required)

        Chris, not sure if you really dug into the code or just played with the UI but is there anything in the ROM that indicates that we will be able to overclock the mytouch slide? from what i understand the chipset in the mytouch is theoretically capable of 900mhz

        • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

          There was nothing in the ROM itself hinting at being able to overclock to 900MHz… Those are all edits based on the CPU being used (user.conf). Also, SetCPU app will need to be updating their scripts for the new ARM11. =p

          • http://Website name (required)

            Thanks for the reply. You are doing a great job. Sometimes I watch android videos and get very frustrated that the reviewer knows less than I do. Thank goodness you’re not one of those people ;)

  • http://Website tony schmitt

    Does this mean we might see 2.1 for other mytouch models? like the fender?

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Android 2.1 (NON Sense) will definitely be coming to all the Mytouch’s, Fender included. =)

  • http://Website Kenny

    I’m liking the Slide, I’m starting to think I won’t want to upgrade from my G1 (beside the memory fact), I can manipulate it so much. Thank you all for making my G1 experience THAT much better.

    G1 owner

  • http://Website nick

    After school is done and i do my research, i shall hack my mytouch 3g! Im done with this stock crap

  • http://www.goldfishview.com David Shellabarger

    good overview and review. I thinking about trying it out on my MyTouch 3G. I saw at least one FC in your video, how stable is the ROM right now?

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  • http://Website benblanko

    The G1 lives! Everytime I think it’s time to part ways with my G1 I find a reason not to.

  • http://Website jose

    whats wrong with his hair?

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Static.. =/

  • http://Website Bthis

    I don’t suppose this new version enables Bluetooth Voice Dialing, does it?

  • Vineares

    Love the videos. You’re always very informative. Keep up the good work ^ . ^

  • http://Website Neal

    Dude love the review! Really! most reviews suck yours is informative, interesting and thorough. It helps that the Espresso UI is probably the best UI I have ever seen! Major probs Mr. Chavez.

    • http://Website Neal

      I meant props not probs….lol

      • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

        HAHA! Thanks! =D

  • http://Website mkrmec

    And this stupid UIs are the problem in getting latest android versions out quicker than they would with stock android build. All the tinkering phone companies do with the UI get’s totaly screwed in the next version of android.

    Seriosly who needs all the bling. You should be able to change that later. Google wake up .. start themes etc..

    • http://Website Name (required)

      Not sure why you’re getting voted down on that comment. I completely agree… I would rather have 2.1 today w/o a special theme and then have the option to install a theme later. Some people don’t even want the manufacturer/carrier theme (ie: motorola or samsung).

  • http://Website Rsoehelk

    Im flashing this on My CDMA Hero. Market works also the browser also youtube, wifi. Basically everything works.

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      Oooooh… Nice to know! My gf is getting the Sprint Hero very soon so I know what I’m gonna throw on there the minute I get my hands on it! =D

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  • http://Website TMCraver

    This was one of the best rom reviews i’ve ever seen! everything was shown off well and it was funny way to go man… i may even get the mytouch slide now, i was going to wait for better phones this summer.

  • Drew

    Damn, I still have a year left on my G1 :’(

  • http://Website Saviorself

    I work for tmobile and was recently given a free mytouch slide from htc . I had an hd2 before this and was quickly getting tired of the poor battery life and buggy OS. This mytouch slide has been a real treat to play with. My only complaint is the lack of a faster processor. Everything is very smooth and responsive however. With the exception of the faves program, which is so terribly laggy its almost worthless. I do love the 7 customizable home screens and after having both a G1 and a mytouch I have to say I really enjoy the new UI on this phone.

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  • http://Website Anthony

    Hey if I update my phone before T-mobile will I still be able to get the update that T-mobile releases?

    • AndroidMod1

      Yes you will, it will most likely un-root your phone.
      I’m thinking you would have to go back to 1.6 before you update.