The launch of the HTC Dream is getting closer, and new information is coming fast and quick on this smartphone, which will be the first running Google’s Android operating system.
The Dream has passed an important hurdle: it received FCC approval today. This is a necessary step for any wireless device to be used in the United States.
HTC filed a confidentiality request with the FCC, so few details on this phone were made publicly available. Still, the diagram for the required label gives the outline of this product (see image at right).
The FCC documents also confirm earlier reports that the Dream will support T-Mobile’s 3G network. In addition, this model will have Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
More Hardware and Software Details
HTC and T-Mobile have tried their best to keep a lid on details of the Dream, but some information has leaked out.
The latest description comes from Moe Tanabian of IBB Consulting, who gave an overview of it to BusinessWeek based on his experinces with pre-release models.
In hardware, Tanabian says the Dream’s display will be larger than the iPhone’s, and below the screen will be a trackball.
According to earlier reports, this smartphone will be 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and not very thick. It will reportedly have a touchscreen that moves to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard.
Tanabian had more details on the Android operating system. According to him, it will offer Push service with Gmail, but he isn’t sure if it will support Microsoft Exchange. This is in-line with the Dream’s focus on consumers, not business users.
In addition, it will be tied in to a software store T-Mobile is reportedly putting together, similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone.
Out of the box, the Dream won’t support T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home service, but that may come later.
Many potential customers might be interested to hear that they may get a discount off the Dream if they are willing to receive advertisements from Google.
This could include a cut in both the initial price of this smartphone and the monthly service fee.
This part of Tanabian’s report is quite likely to be correct, as Google created Android primarily as a way to get mobile ads to customers.
T-Mobile has been vague about when it will release its first Android device, and unofficial reports are all over the map.
Various rumors put the debut anywhere from the middle of September to late November. Tanabian, for example, says the Dream won’t be out until around Thanksgiving.
Thanks to ctitanic and questionfear for the tips.