It seems with all this commotion about the HTC Dream (G1) which T-Mobile is expected to launch this year, the New York Times has decided to share some of the information they have. An article which appeared on their site last night states "The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world, and is expected to go on sale in the United States before Christmas, perhaps as early as October." and they also said "A person who has seen the HTC device said it matched the one in the video." referring to the video we posted a few days back. It’s also stated that T-Mobile, HTC, and Google have plans on announcing the phone in September to take full advantage of the holiday sales season. This information matches up with what TmoNews has reported, indicating that T-Mobile will start presales of the device on September 17th.
We have tried to verify this news with T-Mobile and HTC, but have only gotten the standard response that they expect to offer an android powered phone in Q4 of this year.
It hasn’t taken long for game developers to start taking advantage of the Touch diamond and the Touch Pro’s G-Sensor. Sensory Overload was developed for HTC’s new Touch phones and takes full advantage of their 3D acceleration and the motion sensor is used to control the little space ship and you try to avoid and destroy all the asteroids around you.
It seems more and more people are getting their hands of the HTC Touch Pro these days. Matt from www.tracyandmatt.co.uk was lucky enough to get a review unit of HTC’s Touch Pro and had shared their experience with us. There’s not much in the video that is new. We get to see the unboxing and the device setup and a quick scroll through TouchFLO 3D. Matt does point out that that the Touch Pro does have some slight improvements over the HTC Touch Diamond. He notes that the screen responds a bit better and also points out that the d-pad feels a lot better and offers more fluid interaction. He also says that the TouchFLO 3D interface is a bit smoother, but I’m sure he’s comparing it to one of the original ROMs of the Touch diamond and not one of the most recent releases.
It’s been an interesting couple of days for HTC and Android. First we get tips from a research company stating that HTC’s Dream would be pushed back till 2009, followed by HTC’s response that stated they are still on track. Then we get a video of what looks to be a working HTC Dream with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and now it seems that T-Mobile will be offering the HTC Dream or the G1 for presale starting September 17th.
A trusted source of TmoNews has indicated that T-mobile will be offering a presale of the G1 (HTC’s Android powered Dream) for $150 to current T-Mobile customers. Full invoice of the G1 will be $399. Since the HTC G1 will be one of T-Mobile first full featured 3G devices, expect the phone to launch with a new 3G data plan which will be more expensive than current plans. The device will sport a 3×5 inch screen, full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera, and of course 3G. no other details on the phone are given except that they think the phone will require all users to have a Gmail account.
That’s all we have for now. If this infomration turns out to be accurate, I’d expect a lot more information to pop up in the coming weeks. September 17th is only 36 days away, be sure to mark it on your calendar!
Over the weekend, a new video leaked onto the web which shows an Android powered phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The white device looks a lot like images of the HTC Dream we have seen in the past and if you look closely, you can make out HTC’s logo on the top left corner of the device.
As we might have expected, HTC had debunked the news from last week that stated their Android powered device would be delayed until early 2009. HTC reaffirmed that their device would launch by the end of the year. It’s nice that they give us these simple words to calm out fears, but I’m sure we’d all be a lot more satisfied with some information leaked from the FCC’s website of some photos of the device.
For months now I have been debating if the site needed to expand a little to give you guys more to read and help mix things up. I finally came to the conclusion that HTC Source should be a lot more than simply news on HTC devices and software, but should cover any news that HTC device user might be interested in. I’m hoping we will be able to expand to cover more Android news, new software for Windows Mobile, and even make suggestions on some of the best accessories for your devices. In order to do this, I’m going to need some help.
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