Those who have been following the rumors know that T-Mobile USA will supposedly be the wireless carrier to introduce the very first smartphone running Google’s Android operating system later this year. A new report puts a date on this launch.
T-Mobile is going to open a pre-sale for the Dream on September 17, during which this device will cost $150, according to TmoNews. During this time, only this carrier’s current customers will be able to purchase it.
A week later, this smartphone — which will reportedly be named the G1 — will go into regular sale.
This is somewhat in line with earlier rumors, which said the first Android-based model will debut during the fourth quarter of this year. Late September is at the very end of the third quarter.
Other New Details
This same report gives a few more details on this smartphone. One of these isn’t surprising: this model will support T-Mobile’s nascent 3G network,
In addition, the G1 be available in black, white, and brown, and it will include a 3 MPx camera.
More about the HTC Dream/G1
Google began showing the HTC Dream off behind closed doors at least a year ago, when it was trying to get companies behind its Android project. Still surprisingly little is known about it.
Written descriptions say it 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.
There are no official pictures of the Dream. One of the leaked images of it shows the device with its screen closed over the keyboard (see image at left), but a recent video showed the screen sliding aside.
More About Android
The group behind this operating system is called the Open Handset Alliance, and it’s a collection of 30+ companies, including Intel, TI, Sprint, T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Wind River, but being led by Google.
Android will consist of a Linux-based operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. Many of these will to tie into Google’s services. According to one report, a Gmail account will be required to use this OS.
Because this platform will be open source, the Alliance hopes it will be quickly extended to incorporate new technologies as they emerge.
In addition, Google and the OHA will strongly encourage third-parties to create applications for Android using Java.
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