T-Mobile USA will debut the first mobile handset based on Google's Android operating system, The New York Times reports. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the operator's plans, the NYT says T-Mobile will launch the so-called HTC Dream in the fourth quarter, perhaps as early as October--the device, which will run on 850/1700/1900 MHz spectrum bands and have WiFi connectivity as well as an iPhone-like touchscreen and slide-out keyboard, is the subject of a much-screened YouTube video, and according to the report, a person who has seen the Dream up-close confirmed it is indeed the same phone depicted in the video.
On Monday, the Dream device (a.k.a. the DREA100--see these blueprints) received FCC approval, effectively enabling execs from T-Mobile, Google and HTC to officially announce its release in September in an effort to cash in on the lucrative holiday season. The Dream is expected to be the sole Android-based device commercially available in the U.S. during the remainder of 2008.
For more on T-Mobile USA's HTC Dream release:
- read this New York Times article
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