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Camera-shy Brown G1 Spotted at last! – More G1 Live Photos

With all the sightings of the G1 at the event today, it has become clear that black is the color favorite. There were a few white models in pictures here and there. Word is the brown one was spotted but we really did not see much of it.  While the showroom was crowded with long lines and tons of media running about we had to get a shot of the brown, so we sent Vince back in to seek one out. He managed to get his hands on it but only for a moment, as well as plenty more hands-on images.

G1 pre-loaded goodies: Demo Video

The G1 comes pre-loaded with many useful applications including Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Contacts, Calendar and IM. Sing in just once with you Google account and it will automatically synchronize all of your applications. You can even protect your data with a secure “lock pattern”. A drag down status bar that holds all of your notifications is extremely useful without getting in the way. This bar displays new text messages, email, calendar events, instant messages and more. When a text message comes in, the status bar will give a brief preview of the message. Contacts are easy to search through and locate. A few simple clicks and you can locate a contacts address on a map for directions. You can the location in satellite or street view as well, making it easier to visualize an unfamiliar location. Navigation is made easier with a built in accelerometer, giving a compass option to help - turn the phone, and the mapping automatically turns with you so you always know which way you're facing. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7qbPa1O8Ys[/youtube]

T-Mobile G1 using multi-core Qualcomm processor?

A forum user has tipped off Android Community on the G1 chipset. It appears the chipset used in the G1 will be made by Qualcomm, and is one of the company's 7201 multi-core processors, a dual core to be precise. It is said to be more stable and energy efficient than most processors; however, unusually, the two cores are not the same.

The first core is a speciality core dedicated solely to phone functionality such as making phone calls. The second core is a general purpose core intended for applications, in order to accommodate more application processing load. The end result should be less lag due to overloaded phone processors. According to the tip, clock speed for both cores will be the same. Because of this, overclocking the G1 will not have much of an increase in performance. There are reportedly still some problems with the multi-core setup that, under specific situations, may cause the phone to crash; Qualcomm is apparently "working around the clock" to fix the drivers at the root of this.

G1 appears on T-Mobile customer promotions page

The Android-based G1 has already started showing up on T-Mobile USA's website, as a promotions page for existing customers.  While the pre-registration link does not yet work, it's apparent confirmation that the device will be offered to existing T-Mobile users prior to general availability.

It also confirms the handset's name - the T-Mobile G1.  Up until now the device had been referred to as "T-Mobile's first Android-based device". There is still no word on pricing; the current rumors suggest $199, but that may not necessarily refer to the pre-registration price for existing subscribers.  T-Mobile have scheduled a launch event for the G1 on September 23rd, which Android Community will be Live Blogging at http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ [via Engadget]

T-Mobile Android launch confirmed Sept 23rd: We’ll be Live Blogging

Android Community has just been invited to an event that will see the launch of the first Android powered T-Mobile smartphone.  The press conference will be on September 23rd at 10:30AM EDT and we'll be Live Blogging the whole event, together with bringing you hands-on photos of the new Android device from a live product demonstration.

The cellphone we expect to see officially unveiled is HTC's Dream, which is believed to be branded the T-Mobile G1.  The September 23rd event ties in with the previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we'll have all the details as they happen.  The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!

World’s first Android phone: call it T-Mobile G1

I'm willing to bet the farm that the world's first Android-powered phone is called T-Mobile G1.  I've been watching all the domain names starting with T-MobileG1.com through T-MobileG5.com over the past week.  Up until today, there wasn't any Name Servers attached to T-MobileG1.com and G1Phone.com!  By performing a simple whois lookup, it lists ns1.logicworks.net and ns2.logicworks.net as the Name Servers.

So, what's the connection?  T-MobileAtHome.com, Sidekick.com, T-MobileShadow.com, among others is all hosted by LogicWorks.  By adding the Name Servers to the domain T-MobileG1.com, I believe it's only a matter of time before T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone. Another conclusion I've arrived at: T-Mobile plans to offer at least four more generations of gPhones after the G1.

T-Mobile G1 preorder details leak: HTC Dream launch October 13th

Android Community has just been invited to an event that will see the launch of the first Android powered T-Mobile smartphone.  The press conference will be on September 23rd at 10:30AM EDT and we’ll be Live Blogging the whole event, together with bringing you hands-on photos of the new Android device from a live product demonstration.

The cellphone we expect to see officially unveiled is HTC’s Dream, which is believed to be branded the T-Mobile G1.  The September 23rd event ties in with the previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we’ll have all the details as they happen.  The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!

Sept 16, 2008 -Vincent Nguyen

--- Further details about how T-Mobile's preorder system for the Android-powered HTC Dream - aka T-Mobile G1 - have leaked, courtesy of some internal carrier documents that TmoWorld claim to have received.  They apparently confirm several dates, including an official HTC Dream launch on October 13th.  However, on October 17th T-Mobile will begin taking pre-orders from existing customers, using an exclusive online site.

Only postpaid customers will be eligible to preorder; FlexPay, Prepaid or T-Mobile employees will have to wait for the Dream to go to general availability.  Existing customers must be at least 22 months into a 2-year contract, or 11 months into a 1-year contract, in order to upgrade.  The preorder period will end on October 3rd at 5pm, and buyers will receive their HTC Dream (aka G1) on October 13th. Preorder price is an apparently confirmed $199 (following an instant rebate) and will be billed to customers' accounts; an $18 upgrade fee will also be charged. A new 2-year contract will be required, together with an unlimited data plan similar to that on the iPhone.  T-Mobile will offer two such plans, one at $35 providing unlimited data & messaging, and a cheaper $25 plan that includes 400 messages.  As rumored, customers will also need a GMail account in order to set up the phone. TmoWorld's documentation lists the following specifications for the handset, which will be available in black, white or brown.  GPS is an obvious omission, but hopefully "Maps" is a less than clear way of referring to that.  Previous versions of the HTC Dream prototype have included GPS functionality.
- Touch Screen - Full Qwerty keyboard - 3G/ WiFi - Full HTML internet capabilities - Easy access to all Google applications (Gmail, Gtalk, search) - Maps - Street view - You Tube - Phone - IM/Text - Email - Camera 3.0mp - Video (playback only, no recording) - Music player & 1GB memory card pre-loaded - Applications, all available in Google marketplace (icon on the homescreen)

FCC keeping the HTC Dream alive and kicking!

The HTC Dream phone just received FCC approval where it's listed as type, "Dream" with model number "DREA100."  The Dream phone is the very T-Mobile G1 Android-powered handset that we recently covered that's supposed to get announced in September with an October launch date.

Other features of the HTC Dream consist of a "jogball" similar to what you'd find on a Sidekick or BlackBerry smartphone.  Other features include 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and WCDMA 1700 bands or also known as T-Mobile's 3G frequency.

This is all extremely exciting for everyone waiting for the birth of the first Android phone to arrive! FCC HTC Dream WiFi Certification [Warning: PDF], FCC Cell Radios, FCC WiFi Bluetooth [via Engadget]

T-Mobile HTC Dream only Android handset this year, says NYT

Android Community has just been invited to an event that will see the launch of the first Android powered T-Mobile smartphone.  The press conference will be on September 23rd at 10:30AM EDT and we’ll be Live Blogging the whole event, together with bringing you hands-on photos of the new Android device from a live product demonstration.

The cellphone we expect to see officially unveiled is HTC’s Dream, which is believed to be branded the T-Mobile G1.  The September 23rd event ties in with the previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we’ll have all the details as they happen.  The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!

Sept 16, 2008 -Vincent Nguyen

— It's the turn of the New York Times to report on the T-Mobile Android rumor, and while it's unclear if they have their own sources or are merely repeating the story from earlier this week, they do confirm that T-Mobile, Google and HTC are hoping to have the Dream smartphone out before Christmas.  According to the NYT piece, "people briefed on the discussions" who "declined to be named because they were not authorized to discuss the project" say that the current bottleneck is FCC approval; once that happens, they are aiming for a September announcement with actual availability as early as October.

Other sources say that the T-Mobile HTC Dream will be the only Android-based cellphone on the market in 2008, which would point to a successful quarter for HTC and a straightforward marketing campaign for Google.  There's no word on when Sprint - who have confirmed an Android handset is on their roadmap - will release their own version, and whether it will be based on the Dream or otherwise. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5xfBGCSd8[/youtube] The NYT showed the recent video purporting to be of the HTC Dream to a person familiar with the upcoming device.  They said that the two handsets matched.
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