Samsung Android smartphone shows up in first picture

A pixelated picture of the first Samsung Android smartphone has been released, as part of a Samsung dealer presentation in Amsterdam today.  Details of the device are incomplete, but it's known to use a large capacitive touchscreen and a 528MHz processor of unknown manufacture. Other known specifications are quadband GSM (850,900, 1800 and 1900MHz) together with UMTS, HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 1.4Mbps.  It's predicted to be made in two versions, one with US-friendly UMTS 900MHz and the other with Europe/Asia-friendly UMTS 2100MHz support.  Elsewhere there'll be Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP wireless stereo support and a digital camera, though there's no specific megapixel count; expect somewhere between 3.2 and 5-megapixels. As for storage, Samsung claim there will be a large amount of onboard capacity, expandable with microSD cards, however no actual figures have been confirmed.  Apparently the official announcement is not far off, but again, a specific date is not known.

T-Mobile USA confirm more G-Series devices in 2009; likely to be HSPA

T-Mobile will definitely be releasing more G-series devices in 2009, almost certainly offering HSPA high-speed mobile internet access.  That's the not particularly surprising news from Neville Ray, senior vice president of engineering and operations at T-Mobile USA, who has confirmed that the carrier stands behind the Android-based smartphones in an interview with Fierce Wireless. Ray also revealed that T-Mobile USA are looking to double their "3G reach" in 2009, referring to the amount of coverage the network offers.  The device focus, however, will remain on handsets and consumer devices, rather than data cards, with Ray describing HSPA-enabled smartphones as satisfying a "sweet spot" for "compelling devices".
"Our plan in 2009 is to double the number of covered POPs and top 208 million POPs. We expect to be in more than 300 cities by the end of 2009. That takes us to competitive parity in most areas of the country with Verizon and AT&T" Neville Ray
Unfortunately the interview did not press the engineer on specific details of upcoming Android-based devices, meaning that overall it's slim-pickings if you're looking for hot new information.  Nonetheless, it seems to suggest that T-Mobile would be reluctant to pick up a handset such as the General Mobile DLST1, which in its current state lacks 3G support. [via MobileBurn]

All T-Mobile Retail Outlets to Get G1

Are you a resident of T-Mobile's still-fairly-limited 3G coverage area? If so, you've been the only ones getting your hands on the G1 from an actual store...up until now. Word has it that tomorrow, January 24th, all T-mobile retail outlets across the country will begin selling the T-Mobile G1 with Google to customers directly in-store.
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