Last week, we previewed the HTC Magic and revealed some of the enhancements the company made to Android, most significantly, the addition of Microsoft Exchange support. Well, it looks like the Taiwan manufacturer's R&D department is far from done when it comes to tweaking the default Android 1.5 firmware.
A video has emerged with what is supposed to be the ROM for the upcoming HTC Hero--installed on a T-Mobile G1 device.
Some of the improvements include a new music player, a calendar that's somewhat similar to the one found on the Touch Diamond2, and changes to the browser interface comprising a new loading status bar and a jazzed-up screen for switching between windows.
Another interesting feature is the ability to stay logged in to selected social network services right from the settings page. These include Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. This could potentially mean it would be easier to update those services including posting links, pictures, and status updates without third-party applications. HTC has previously implemented something similar on Windows Mobile with its custom firmware.
It looks like HTC is taking the same steps with Android as it has done with Windows Mobile to differentiate its products. Those curious about the source of this video can head down to Xda Developers to get more details.