News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
We typically don’t like to give you misleading information, so we’ll come out right away and tell you that this is a photoshopped image. It seems the guys over on the TmoWorld Forums have gotten their hands on what appears to be a mockup on the dream and have tweaked it a little for our pleasure. The image below is the original image of the HTC G1 Dream that they worked off of. The device is very similar to what we’ve seen in several different videos on the Dream, but I’m sure T-Mobile and HTC have some additional tweaks to the device which we have not yet seen.
Even after all the news we released last week about the HTC Dream, many people were still doubtful that the phone could be launched on October 13. One of the main reasons for this was that the device has not yet gotten FCC approval. It seems the wait is over. Engadget has just posted news that HTC Dream has gotten the OK from the FCC and is ready for launch. The HTC Dream will feature Google’s Android OS, 802.11b/g WiFi, a "jobball", Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and has been tested on T-Mobile’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and WCDMA 1700 bands.
It would be nice if T-Mobile just came out and gave us a press release now that we seem to have all the details on the launch and the device. But I guess for now we’ll have to settle with adding a little bit of info one day at a time.
More than 24 hours after we were promised some great news regarding HTC’s Dream, the news has been revealed. T-Mobile will launch HTC’s Android powered phone on October 13th to coincide with their official launch of their 3G network. The phone will be available for pre-sale for one week, starting on September 17 for current T-Mobile customers. It seems you only have to be a T-Mobile customer for 24 hours to fall into that category. The price of the device does not seem to be set in stone yet. TmoNews is throwing around numbers like $149.99 and $99.99, but they did say that the pre-sale price will be $50 less than at launch date. Also, the name of the phone will be Kila, G1 or Dream. You would think that with 30 days till the phone will be available for pre-sale, T-Mobile would have chosen a name for the Android phone. Data plans for the device will be starting in the $35 range and will include text messaging options. For the full release, head on over to our friends at TmoNews. Here’s some additional details on HTC’s Android phone:· Touch Screen
- QWERTY keyboard
- 3G/ WiFi
- Full HTML internet capabilities
- Easy access to all Google applications (Gmail, Gtalk, search)
- Google Maps (with Street View)
- Camera 3.0mp; no flash
- Video (playback only, no recording)
- Music player & 1GB memory card pre-loaded
- Applications, all available in Google marketplace (icon on the homescreen)
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.
Our good friends over at xda-developers have just been able to port Android to the HTC Touch Cruise. This isn’t the first time they have ported Google’s new (still unreleased) OS to an HTC device, but it does show their commitment to get Android running on current devices. It’s unclear if the OS is completely fuctional since reports state that there’s issues handging us calls, sending sms, or using the touch screen during a call. We’re still months out from Google Official Launch of Android, but this is promising news and shows that developers are already commited to the open source OS.