updated 11:40 am EDT, Fri September 26, 2008
China Mobile Android
National carrier China Mobile on Friday is one of the next in line to get an Android phone after T-Mobile, industry contacts allegedly report. The state-run company is part of the Open Handset Alliance and has already committed to the concept of an Android phone but is now reportedly confirming a past slip by narrowing down its Android launch to a specific spring 2009 release window. The unnamed handset would be made by G1 creator HTC but is said to have been delayed by the creation of China-specific apps for Android.
The inclusion of the extra apps has been considered important by China Mobile as a reflection of a desire to create a completely open mobile platform, which is supported by the Linux foundations of Android but which would require similarly open third-party apps.
Use of the new government-made TD-SCDMA standard for 3G is also considered important, though China Mobile is purportedly eager enough to launch an Android phone by the end of 2008 that it may temporarily forgo its open apps in favor of a stock HTC phone. It's unclear whether or not this would involve a variant of the G1, also known as the HTC Dream, is uncertain.
In the US, a Android phone for Sprint is also scheduled for early 2009 but is believed to be different than the G1.