T-Mobile: Second Android phone hitting this summer

T-Mobile USA will launch its second Android phone early this summer, the company said in a statement, fueling speculation about which manufacturer will make the device and exactly when the carrier will launch it.

"T-Mobile is planning to offer the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 early this summer," the company said. "We'll have more details to share on this exciting Android-powered device later this month."

The carrier, which so far is the only U.S. carrier to offer a phone running Google's mobile platform, has indicated that it will add two new Android handset partners in 2009, so it is not a lock that the next Android phone will be made by HTC, which manufactured the carrier's G1. However, the HTC Magic, which HTC unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show in February, received FCC certification in March and had T-Mobile branding--evidence that the Magic will be T-Mobile's next Android phone.

T-Mobile also said that there are now around 4,900 applications available for download in the Android app store.

Google has said it expects at least 18 Android phones to be on the market by the end of the year. 

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