Update: The phone is called T-Mobile G1, and the website is www.t-mobileg1.com
Google Phone have been discussed too much in the blogosphere, along with Chrome for the past few weeks. Here is the updates for the TECK.IN readers on what’s happening on the Google Phone front.
The new Google Android 3G Phone, HTC Dream (HTC Dream G1) will be officially launched Google and T-Mobile in New York on September 23, 2008. The new handset is developed by HTC of Taiwan. It is supposed to be the first commercially available mobile phone to run the Open Source mobile platform, Android.
It is speculated that, the HTC Dream will cost $199 on USA’s T-Mobile mobile network. The phone is supposedly features a touch screen, trackball, and an inbuilt 3.1 megapixel digital camera, slide-out Qwerty keyboard, built-in GPS (global positioning system), 1 GB memory card and a video player.
The phone is expected to be able to run Google web applications such as Gmail, Google Docs and Google Maps, and Chrome browser. The phone comes with a dedicated YouTube button. Google may also provide additional tools such as weather forecasts, travel updates and restaurant recommendations. The phone might have a 2-year long service contract with T-Mobile.
The Phone will be available for use by October 1st. HTC expects to ship around 600,000 to 700,000 units of the Dream by the end of this year. It is forecasted that around 400,000 sales in Q4 for HTC Dream G1.
Attendees of Google Developer Day conference were given a glimpse of how to design software for the device. If you are mobile technology developer, you may check out the Google Android SDK and try out the Android emulator. You may watch the YouTube video.
Will the new Android handset be in direct competition with Apple iPhone and the BlackBerry?