News updated for HTC’s Android phones.
One of our readers has just given us the heads up about some new info on the Android App Store over in our forum. It turns out that Google will be launching the Android Market App store with the first wave of Android devices (think T-Mobile HTC G1), but like most Google services it seems the store will be in Beta version for a while. Google plans on adding additional analytic tools for developers to the Android Market in a later update.
The good news is that unlike the iPhone App store, the Android Market will be open for any developer. All developers have to do to get their app listed in the store is register, upload, and give their app an enticing description. The App will have a comment and rating system similar to YouTube. This should help better apps surface to the top.
For a few more pictures of the Android Market app store, visit our forum and let us know what you think.
We’ve seen crude diagrams from the FCC. We’ve seen grainy videos on YouTube. Not we have another diagram that gives us a lot to digest. Our good friends over at AndroidGuys (I write an occasional story for them) posted this image last night. As you can see, the phone seems to be plastered with logos from T-Mobile, HTC, Google, and even MyFaces. One thing that stands out in the diagram is that the bottom of the phone is curved a little. Not sure why, but maybe to give is a better grip. If the images are to scale, the T-Mobile G1 will be slightly over 16mm thick, making it a little thinner than the HTC Touch Pro and the SONY Xperia X1.
Thanks to enjoijams for leaving us a note about this.
It appears that HTC was not too pleased with the FCC outing the HTC Dream last week on their website. It turns out that the diagram that the FCC released was to revealing for HTC’s taste for they asked them to put up a different one. You would think by now that HTC should know when to give in since every tech blog on the planet had already posted the revealing diagram on their sites last week. The replacement diagram which has gone up does not show as much as the previous one, but does give us more info on the size of the device. The HTC Dream will be 55mm x 115mm, just a hair shorter than the iPhone 3G and a whole 7.1mm less in width. Unfortunately we are not given any indication on thickness, but since the HTC Dream will be sporting a full QWERTY keypad, it’ll either match the iPhone is be a bit thicker.
UPDATE: We decided to worth the number from a different angle as well. Original speculation put the HTC Dream at 3 x 5 inches. So how does that match up with the 55mm x 115mm size? Lets just say that 2.16" x 4.52" is quite a bit smaller than the original speculation.
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!