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Android phone confirmed, "bulky" vs iPhone

updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri August 15, 2008

HTC Dream Confirmed

The first known phone based on Google's Android mobile operating system has been confirmed today through two separate sources. A report in the New York Times reinforces previous rumors that the HTC Dream will be the first to run the Linux-based platform and that it will likely launch with T-Mobile in October but no later than the end of the calendar year. The launch almost entirely depends on FCC approval of the device, according to the claims, but will ideally be made public ahead of time in September.

The report also substantiates a leaked video from Tmonews (shown below) and claims the device spotted in the clip is identical to what HTC will release. Mentioned in some circles as the G1, the Dream is the same as the mystery prototype Google itself has used to demo Android in a BBC interview and will have both an iPhone-like touchscreen interface for Android as well as hardware controls. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard is available, though the device mimics the Sidekick in that the display moves rather than the keyboard. Past reports have also suggested 3G data access, which with T-Mobile would require 1,700MHz UMTS support.

An early review from Silicon Alley Insider from a separate source, however, says the device also matches the video but falls short of the iPhone it will compete against. The Dream is "big and bulky" compared to the Apple device and has an interface that purportedly isn't as intuitive as the iPhone's.

Nonetheless, the device is described as near-final and is popular at Google, which will also be releasing an updated Android developer kit to help with final development and appease software teams, many of whom have expressed anger at Google's approach of favoring 50 development contest competitors at the expense of its larger development base. The small group has often received privileged access to updated Android software, while most others have been forced to use an early version released in March.

by MacNN Staff




    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why do people want to be another iPhone? Can they not create something original? Is Steve Jobs the only one left in the industry who can be called an Innovator? Folks iPhone is successful because it is original, well integrated with software and is a great piece of hardware. It is still a phone stuck to another great product - the iPod. Thanks to all of you idiots iPhone is doing so well. Be ORIGINAL and INNOVATE don't follow the iPhone,

    By the way I LOVE my iPhone

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Software is only part

    Even if Android were as beautiful and intuitive as the iPhone, software is only part of it. You need to have a company dedicated to the overall package, like Apple. This report is also a good illustration as to why Apple didn't want a slide-out keyboard. Big and bulky.

    As Apple's competition works to come up to match Apples basic design (which is 1.5 years old), Apple is busy designing the next thing that will bury the competition for the next 2 years.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Android

    With Android, they are releasing an operating system for cell phones that is not tied down and restricted by a single company. As a hardware manufacturer, or software developer you aren't going to have to follow silly rules put in place by one company just because they want control or money.

    It is innovation, its never been done before (not on a big scale) and in time it will offer companies the least restrictive platform on a mobile device yet.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's just hope

    that user experience based on the model of Google sporting the OS, third party apps being written for it, to all co-exist on various manufacturers hardware does better than the same premise that was applied to the 'Computer World' of PCs!

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