A video has appeared that supposedly shows the HTC Dream — the upcoming smartphone that will be the first running the Android OS.
This is typical for an unauthorized video of an unannounced product: it’s shaky and out of focus. Nevertheless, it shows a few details on the Dream, a model that HTC has been remorkably successful and keeping under wraps.
The video focuses more on the Android OS than the hardware it’s running on. This is unfortunate, as Google has been more than willing to show off its upcoming operating system, while details on the Dream are few and far between.
The smartphone in the video basically conforms to earlier descriptions of the first Android smartphone. One person who claims to have seen it said it resembles the AT&T Tilt, while another description said it will be 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and not very thick. This same source went on to say that the Dream will have a touchscreen that swivels to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard.
The video can be seen on YouTube.
Coming this Fall
Both Google and HTC have repeatedly said that they’ll release the initial Android-based device before the end of this year.
They haven’t been any more specific, but according to unconfirmed reports, T-Mobile USA will be the very first company to release the Dream.
For those new to Android, it will be an open-source operating system based on Linux, and strongly encourage third-party development. It will offer robust multitasking, and many of it’s bundled applications will tie in to Google’s services, like Gmail.
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