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.

Analyst HTC delay rumors debunked – Q4 launch still on track

After one round of delay rumors, we've now had the second.  On Thursday, Barrons ran an article quoting analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, who has suggested that the launch of Android handsets would be delayed to Q1 2009 from Q4 this year.  One of the key hardware partners, HTC, is according to Chowdhry "having structural problems to incorporate Google’s demanded feature set", while Google "is not able to attract enough developers because toolkits offered by Microsoft, Apple, RIM and Nokia's Symbian software group have sucked up software developers' attention."

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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