T-Mobile G1 website is up!

Just moments ago T-MobileG1.com went online. The site appears to be ready to cover the announcement tomorrow morning. Different buttons including "See", "Learn", "Do" and "Get it First" hint at a pre-order starting tomorrow.

At the top is a navigation bar including "T-Mobile Sites", "Shop", "locate" and "Support". While the site does not actually give you any details it does hint at a lot. The information as well as full announcement coverage is not up yet. The tabs read:

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 G1 more live photos leak!

More live photos of T-Mobile's G1 smartphone - the Android-based handset by HTC, otherwise known as the Dream - have leaked. Courtesy of Rizzn at Utterli, the live images apparently come via an internal source at Google, who had been talking with an Android tester.

The tester in question had supposedly been using the G1 as his primary phone, confirming that the device is going through the final stages of testing in real-world scenarios. T-Mobile will be announcing the Android G1 on September 23rd, at an event that Android Community will be Live Blogging. No new details from the photos, nor any extra leaked specs, and it's unclear if there is any branding on the G1. What it does show is how much the device resembles the Sidekick, particularly when being used in horizontal mode with the QWERTY keyboard. [via Pestoala - Thanks Sebastian!]

T-Mobile ramps up 3G expansion in G1 preparation

T-Mobile USA have announced their latest 3G network timetable, and as you might expect it's heavily weighted toward providing coverage for the carrier's upcoming Android smartphone. By mid-October T-Mobile have pledged to have a further eight areas offering 3G, in addition to the existing thirteen. The new areas include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle. Their UMTS/HSDPA network is capable of download speeds up to 1Mbps. By the end of 2008, T-Mobile aims to have 27 US areas (including Birmingham, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis and Tampa) with 3G service in operation, offering high-speed coverage to more than two-thirds of their existing data customers. The carrier has previously suggested that, in addition to the standard cellphones it offers, it will introduce "new and compelling data-centric, all-in-one devices". This could possibly be a reference to the T-Mobile G1, HTC's Dream for the T-Mobile USA network. [via SlashGear]

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!

WSJ confirms T-Mobile Android announcement Sept. 23rd

T-Mobile are within days of announcing the Android-powered G1, aka the HTC Dream, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Sources talking to the paper have confirmed that the carrier is likely to unveil the open-source device on September 23rd, having escaped the delays that other companies working with Google on Android cellphones are experiencing. Although the carrier itself declined to comment, "people familiar with the matter" told the WSJ that the G1 would likely be in stores by the end of October.  T-Mobile have not released sales predictions, but HTC are - according to another source close to the situation - expecting to ship between 600,000 and 700,000 of the G1. That estimate is as much as double the figure analysts have previously suggested, with project backers confident that the G1 can take sales from rivals such as the iPhone 3G and RIM's BlackBerry range.  The WSJ does not suggest pricing, but earlier leaks indicated a $199 preorder tag for existing T-Mobile customers.

Android imminent, T-Mobile key partner confirms Rubin

Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, has confirmed that the first Android-based handset is in "the final stages" and almost ready for the presumed September 23rd release.  Despite the open-source credentials of the project, Rubin described Google's approach as having "put our blinders on" to focus on creating a single device that would definitely impress consumers.
"If we come out with a dud, people will go, 'Well, that was a waste of time"" Andy Rubin, director of mobile platforms, Google
Rubin also confirmed that Google have worked almost exclusively with HTC and carrier T-Mobile, lending further weight to the suspicions that the carrier will be the first to support the handset - believed to be called the G1.  According to the report, Google purposefully decided not to release a swathe of devices on multiple carriers as their first entry to the market, as this would allow tighter control over hardware and software.
"Google wanted to make sure that we had enough control over the hardware to make sure the software worked" Andy Rubin
Contrary to Apple's approach with the AppStore, however, Google will not be looking to enter into revenue sharing with its own Android Marketplace.  The proceeds from software distributed via the on-device download service will be shared between developers and carriers.
"We made a strategic decision not to revenue share with the developers. We will basically pass through any revenue to the carrier or the developer" Andy Rubin
Rubin also mentioned the part the company's new Chrome browser will play on Android devices, suggesting that mobile users would have access to a "Chrome Lite or Chrome To Go or Chrome Mobile".  The Android version will be based on the same underlying technology as the desktop app, only formulated for smaller displays.  There has been some suggestion that, as iTunes is to the iPhone, Chrome on the desktop will become the gateway to synchronizing with the mobile devices; however Rubin did not comment on this possibility.

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]

T-Mobile G1 phone images leaked!

The Google's Android-powered phone for T-Mobile called G1 gets very real with the newly leaked images on a Chinese forum.  We've seen the G1 demoed at Google IO earlier this year and another demo by Andy Rubin, but never have we've seen spy shots in the wild.  So here is the T-Mobile G1 in all her glory!

Looking over the images, I'm not terribly surprised by it's appearance since we've already seen a leak diagram a few days back.  Just as expected, the G1 phone will come in white with T-Mobile brand across the top.  The display slides up to reveal a five row full QWERTY keyboard.  There's a dedicated Menu button, a phone button, home, back and end call button.  As expected the G1 features a jogball similar to what we'd find on a Sidekick.

The G1's specs and features are still unknown but it is rumored to 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.  Yes, I agree the memory is really low, but this is still a rumor so take it with a grain of salt. Also, the rumor going around the Internet is that T-Mobile is set to launch in less than 8 weeks. On October 13th, 2008 you can get the G1 phone for the subsidized price of $199; this price is instant with no mail in rebates.  Furthermore, existing T-Mobile subscribers "should" expect to be able to pre-order the G1 phone on September 17th. Customers who pre-order the G1 will receive it on launch day! Unfortunately, only postpaid customers with 22 months of tenure for people on a 2-year contract or 11 months of tenure for people on a 1-year contract will be able to pre-order it. Employees, FlexPay or Prepaid customers will not be able to pre-order it either. [gallery] [Engadget Via Gizmodo]

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]
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