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Aug 15, 2008

T-Mobile Is Dreaming Of Android Riches. And It Might Have To Keep Dreaming.

T-Mobile Is Dreaming Of Android Riches. And It Might Have To Keep Dreaming.

from TechCrunch by 

The long wait for the first Android phone should be over this fall, when T-Mobile is expected to release an HTC phone based on the Google-backed mobile operating system called the Dream. Following up on growing rumors online, the New York Times hasconfirmed that T-Mobile is hoping for a pre-holiday launch. (FCC approvals seem to be the last hurdle). The Dream is expected to have a Sidekick-like keyboard that slides out, and will be the first phone to run Android apps. There is even a shaky YouTube video going around purporting to show the Dream (see below)...

GPhone Finally Coming. About Time.

Gphone.pngJust like the iPhone, but better. Or so the story goes. Laura Holson and Miguel Helft, NYT:

T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google's Android software, according to people briefed on the company's plans. The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world, and is expected to go on sale in the United States before Christmas, perhaps as early as October.

The high-end phone is expected to match many of the capabilities of Apple's iPhone and other so-called smartphones that run software from PalmResearch in MotionMicrosoft and Nokiato access the Internet and perform computerlike functions.

The HTC phone, which many gadget sites are calling the 'dream,' will have a touch screen, like the iPhone. But the screen also slides out to expose a full five-row keyboard. A video of the phone has been posted recently on YouTube [below]. A person who has seen the HTC device said it matched the one in the video.

The phone's release date depends on how soon the Federal Communications Commissioncertifies that the Google software and the HTC phone meet network standards. Executives at all three companies are hoping to announce the phone in September because they would benefit from holiday season sales.

See Also: 
Android OS Still On Track For Q4 Launch
Google Still Dreaming About $50 Billion Mobile Ad Market

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