Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced the Android OS yesterday, and not surprisingly speculation is already flying on what the first smartphones running it will look like. The best information available so far comes from HTC, who says it has tentative plans to make one of its prototype models into a commercial product.
This device was one of the units used in private demonstrations of Android when Google was building up industry interest in this new smartphone platform, and HTC’s CEO Peter Chou told Forbes, "We’ve been working on designs for almost two years. This is the best one we’ve seen."
Unfortunately, there are no pictures of prototype available, only a description. It supposedly is 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and not very thick. It has a touchscreen that swivels to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard. The display switches from portrait to landscape mode when the keyboard is opened.
Chou says this smartphone — which reportedly has the code-name Dream — won’t be on the market until the second half of 2008.
One of Many
Whether the Dream makes it to the market or not, it won’t be HTC’s only product running the Android OS. Instead, the company plans to release a wide variety, targeting both consumers and professionals.
Chou told Forbes, "This is about extending the portfolio to make it a better consumer experience — one size does not fit all."