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SKU codes confirm first Android phone is close to launch

With all of the leaks and tidbits coming out about Android and the "Dream" phone, it's enough to make anyone's head spin! But if you're looking for more solid evidence that this new mobile operating system is truly coming soon, check out the screenshot below of SKU codes. This confirms not only that the first phone (ever!) to have Android is coming out soon. It also confirms that the phone will be available in three colors: black, brown and white. Okay, so that's not so exciting, but what is exciting is that the G1 will be released super soon. You may notice the highly anticipated Android phone is dubbed the G1 in the SKUs, however the FCC documents call it the Dream. It's hard to say why the double monikers keep persisting, but one thing is for certain: all will be revealed very soon. [via TmoNews]

T-Mobile UK rumored to get G1 Dream in November

UK newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that T-Mobile UK will be the exclusive carrier to supply the HTC Dream aka G1 in the country, with the Android-based smartphone set to go on sale as early as November.  While the sources of the news are unclear, the basic premise is believable.  Google has committed to Android devices being available in Q4 2008, and T-Mobile is believed to be preparing to sell the G1 in the US. No suggestion has been made of the handset's price, or whether specific tariffs will be rolled out for data access. T-Mobile UK currently offer a "web'n'walk" package for unlimited on-device mobile internet access, priced from £7.50 a month ($13). T-Mobile USA is rumored to offer two plans for the G1, one at $35 providing unlimited data & messaging, and a cheaper $25 plan that includes 400 messages. [via Talk Android]

HTC Dream G1 rendered based on info so far

Working from the leaked photos, videos and engineers' sketches, artist Neo Carlo Magno has put together this render of what the HTC Dream G1 will probably look like. It's a first attempt, but does include the full QWERTY keyboard and row of shortcuts on the G1's "chin" section, together with the unusual arc slide mechanism. What it doesn't show is the camera, which is currently unclear in the sketches we've seen so far. Logos are also missing, despite them being visible in the engineer's sketch, and the trackball navigation device on the "chin" does look more like a button here. Still, as more details emerge the renders will undoubtedly get clearer, at least until the first leaked images of the actual T-Mobile G1 start coming through (an inevitability, given the interest in the handset). Specs given to accompany the render are nothing new, basically pegging the HTC Dream G1 as quadband GSM with 3G (of unstated bands), WiFi, and with a roughly 3.17-inch touchscreen display running at 480 x 320. Size is suggested at 117 x 55 x 16mm. [via PhoneReport.info]

Android-powered T-Mobile G1 Engineering drawings!

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

--- The Android Guys managed to get their mitts on the first real drawings of the T-Mobile G1. The images reveal a lot more information that we've only been able to speculate on up until now. The most notable part of the T-Mobile G1 is the "chin". It's located towards the bottom of the handset where the jogball and buttons are located. This design doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. The slide up display and the chin alone will drive case makers mad! I hope for the sake of the G1's longevity that the outer shell is well-built from scratch-resistant material. Other exterior markings include "with Google" located on the back of the G1, while the HTC logo and the T-Mobile myFaves logo live underneath the slide up display. As the Android Guys pointed out, I'm happy to see HTC branded on the Dream phone since they're the first to go to market so heck yes, they deserve to show off their brand.

The most important part of the engineering diagram is the sizing. Based on the dimensions given, we can calculate that the thickness of the G1 is approximately 0.64-inches or 16.35mm. This isn't bad considering the iPhone is 12.3mm thick, without a flip-out screen section. We're still unsure of the display's dimensions, but we can hope that it'll at least match the iPhoneís 3.5-inch screen. T-Mobile G1 specs/feature update - NOTE: the list is speculative and can change at anytime. Other specs AndroidGuys reported later via anonymous sources said the device will sport a 528Mhz Qualcomm 7201 processor; Data kit for USB connectivity in the box; 64128MB Internal RAM; 128256MB Internal ROM, 1GB MicroSD card; Dedicated camera button; 3.1MP camera (no flash) 2048 x 1536; Video playback files - H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and Codec 3GP and a Dedicated YouTube Player. [gallery]

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.

Android prototype Q&A video and transcript plus hardware details

After wowing the IO conference crowd with their Android prototype demonstration, the developers sat down for a Q&A session.  The question on everyones' lips was what exactly the demo hardware consisted of, and who made it; while the answer to the latter was under NDA, we were given some details of the former.  Based on a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, the smartphone used a Synaptics capacitive touchscreen and the UMTS cellular standard; the demo itself was carried out using a 3.6Mbps HSDPA connection.  Android's memory requirements continue to be reasonable: the prototype had 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash.

First LIVE images and videos of FULLSCREEN Android demos!

Google's latest Android prototype is miles improved over the versions we last saw. Back at CES the GUI was clunky and the whole thing looked relatively primative; Google themselves asked us to keep an open mind and instead concentrate on the OS' potential. Now, they've brought out a device that you could, frankly, mistake for production hardware.  The HTC Android Dream phone is a worthy competitor to the forthcoming iPhone 2.0! As our exclusive demo videos show, the Android team have been putting in some long hours bringing the user interface up to the standard people expect. The iPhone sets the bar high, and leftfield rivals like Samsung's TouchWiz GUI really pile on the pressure. What they've given us is, at first glance, a blend of the successful parts of each of those, together with a dose of Google's own minimalist aesthetic. Hopefully you'll agree with us, once you've looked through the photos and watched the video, that the design is a winner. In this first video, we see an overview of the new interface and menu structure, including the clever pattern-based unlock screen. Much of the GUI can be interacted with - for instance pulling down the title bar reveals missed calls and new messages - using the familiar palatte of swipes and taps. You can also see the straightforward way to create shortcuts on the home screen; a matter of holding down your finger and then following through the contextual menus. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arXolJrLVEg[/youtube] Next up, Google's Street View gets the Android treatment with a built-in compass. That lets you pan around the location-based image, turning the handset into something of an augmented reality device. As you can tell by the applause, this was one of the most popular apps! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PRfVKzuUJ4[/youtube] Google briefly touched on their work with developers, including the latest round of entries in their Android Developers Challenge. Here you can see a port of Pacman, developed for the handset: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfruA4RzzpQ[/youtube] In this last video, a demo of Google Maps, you can see how closely the Android experience matches that of the desktop. All of the usual mapping options are present - satellite views, traffic, etc. - and, with a 3G network, load and update quickly. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBHx5jHsqiU[/youtube] Pac-Man on Android for the firs time! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q3gGNtbxhQ[/youtube] Customize how you want to unlock Android [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGCIlAwrpvI[/youtube] [gallery]
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