updated 09:45 am EST, Sat December 6, 2008
Google Android Dev Phone
Google today catered to Android developers either outside of T-Mobile coverage or eager to avoid restrictions with the Android Dev Phone 1. Essentially a carrier-neutral T-Mobile G1, the new model is completely unlocked for both its SIM card slot and hardware features to let users test the device on other GSM networks, including AT&T. The The change lets any owner run Google's reference firmware as it appears. The black design also sports a unique back engraving with a fractal-like pattern and the Android logo.
The phone remains true to HTC's stock design and carries a three-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and quad-band GSM with EDGE for data. It's not known whether the Dev Phone 1 supports 3G outside of T-Mobile USA's network.
Buying the phone requires a one-time $25 registration as an Android developer as well as the $399 price of the phone itself. Google is careful to note that it will ship the handset only to one of 18 countries (including Canada and the US), that it limits the phones to one per developer, and that regular users may not get the support they would for the T-Mobile G1. [via Engadget]