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HTC Dream confirmed as T-Mobile G1

updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2008

HTC Dream Confirmed as G1

HTC's Dream has had its full design and naming scheme exposed courtesy of a leak today from Android Guys. Now known as the T-Mobile G1, the phone exactly matches the design seen in videos and in Google's own prototype. The smartphone is dominated by its touchscreen but has a more ergonomic "banana" shape and a full QWERTY keyboard exposed through a Sidekick-style sliding display; a trackball replaces the traditional D-pad and lets owners use certain features one-handed.

T-Mobile will also hand over more control of the phone's branding to Google; while the carrier logo will sit up top and MyFaves support is expected, the phone's back will prominently display the Google logo. Previous reports would also point to the interface remaining chiefly in Google's hands rather than being dictated by the carrier.

3G data access, GPS and Wi-Fi are all believed to be a part of the open-source phone.

An official announcement is still expected sometime ahead of a November release date with T-Mobile, which may sell the G1 for an unusually low price thanks to a possible ad-subsidized service where customers pay less in exchange for viewing occasional ad banners.



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  1. Mixotic

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    Joined: Apr 2005

    +3

    Competition is good...

    ...and this is shaping up to be a very interesting match!

    I, for one, am glad that they are keeping the real keyboard as an option. While I'm perfectly comfortable using the iPhone keyboard (have even started using my thumbs!) I still kind of miss the tactile sensation real buttons offer.


  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

    0

    Android - It's the chin


    It's all about the chin!!

    Is this a mobile or a web browser?

    Turn the HTC Dream through 90 degrees, the tilt and a roller ball fits nicely on the thumb and you have a dedicated web browser - no dirty marks on the screen - see blog post - http://bit.ly/W6rTX

    PS great for gaming?

    PPS the logo on the back - let me suggest Google pay HTC $50 a handset for the PR - direct subsidy to get the google phone in the market cheap.

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