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Google previews HTC Dream, first Android phone

The world may have caught a glimpse of the first, Google-powered mobile phone, after a senior executive appeared inadvertently to show it off in public yesterday – a week before its expected launch. The new mobile, called “Dream”, will use Android, Google’s new software for mobile phones, and will be manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. It will be available exclusively on the T-Mobile network in the UK. It is thought that the phone will be available to buy as early as November, which would spark a fierce battle for customers with the Apple iPhone over the Christmas period. Google, which is notoriously secretive about new technology before it launches, would not confirm or deny whether the executive had shown off the new phone.

Seen yesterday by The Times at the Google Developer Day event at Wembley Stadium, the touchscreen device looked much like released photographs of the Dream. When asked to make a phone call on the Android phone, Mike Jennings, the Google executive who demonstrated the device, said: “I can’t show it off any more, I’ll be out of a job.” It is thought the new handset will have a slide-out Qwerty keyboard as well as built-in GPS (global positioning system). The phone is expected to be able to run Google’s range of web applications, including Gmail, Google Docs and Google Maps, and will likely also feature Google’s new web browser, Chrome. A source close to the launch was reported as saying that the company expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 units of the new phone this year, whereas analysts have put the figure at 300,000 to 500,000 units.

Source: Times


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  1. Google fan
    September 17th, 2008 | 14:56

    That is a phone … can’t wait

  2. HTC fan
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:06

    nice phone. great phone release by HTC.

  3. Mike
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:08


  4. twism
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:16

    Nice, comes out just in time for my upgrade…

  5. Mike
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:26

    I think this phone will sell like butter in the sun. The analysts probably underestimate this product.

  6. Tossjuice
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:48

    I am looking for a phone that can be used to call people up and speak with them. Does this have talk/listen capabilities?

  7. Steve Slobs
    September 17th, 2008 | 15:59

    No videochat? No thanks. Just another gimmicky phone with no useful additions.

  8. yingjai
    September 17th, 2008 | 16:04

    The concept of a phone IS having the ability to talk/listen. This isn’t the iPod Touch, which is an iPhone without the phone.

  9. thirdman
    September 17th, 2008 | 16:32

    World domination is just around the corner

  10. Anpin
    September 17th, 2008 | 17:00

    But beautiful domination…

  11. Tossjuice
    September 17th, 2008 | 19:23


  12. pgi
    September 17th, 2008 | 20:07

    hey great! a new phone with keyboard, I was wondering why would so many brands clone the horrible iphone, looks like they are not all dumb :)

  13. johndoe
    September 17th, 2008 | 22:07

    @6 ROFLMAO. You are fricken histerical!

  14. saywhy
    September 17th, 2008 | 22:32

    That is not even a picture of the dream….And Martin you put that out there, seem to me you are getting a little sloppy…And it hits USA first because we won’t get the Touch Diamond, Per what Tmobile just told me…Press release on the 23rd of this month and launch in Oct. and over seas gets it in Nov….The dream is why better then that phone you are showing Honestly the Dream looks like the Touch Hd, Htc told me that just because it looks like it doesn’t mean it is it…Aah okay if they say so….And here is the dream on Youtube being worked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPIHeIRRDow&NR=1 from a worker at google…..So Martin if you are going to give out some news please research a little while doing so…

  15. saywhy
    September 17th, 2008 | 22:51

    The dream is why better then that phone you are showing
    ^way (sorry type error)

  16. MingMong
    September 18th, 2008 | 01:51


    Rather than just taking a pot shot at Martin if you bothered to actually research it yourself you would realise a few things.

    The video you linked to shows a generic phone that HTC uses to test all sorts of phone features/software before deciding on a final design.Google are NOT the only ones who have been sent this particular phone but other’s also got it aswell.

    The Reporter who saw the Dream basically said it DOES look like the picture posted by Martin with very few tweaks.

    Martin said in the UK it will be exclusive to T-Mobile NOT that the UK would be the first to get it but just that only one network would have it for sale.

    Kindly engage brain before posting next time….okay.

  17. huh
    September 18th, 2008 | 03:00

    google is the next microsoft. hopefully they keep on expanding and bringing out new products and dont become stagnant

  18. Vincent
    September 18th, 2008 | 04:15

    “notoriously secretive”? You f…. ignorant. Google sends public beta versions of all of their sh.. to everyone. They are NOT notoriously secretive.

    Are you going to use “solution” and “business value” in all your articles now?

  19. softhunterdevil
    September 18th, 2008 | 04:37

    Hope it is better than Apple iPhone and costs at least 1 dollar less.

  20. rrpostal
    September 18th, 2008 | 08:05

    awesome…oh wait, it’s just another phone. Why has the world gone so phone obsessed? It’s like everyone is a teenaged girl all of a sudden.

  21. fox
    September 18th, 2008 | 10:26

    That picture martin submitted is not the htc dream, google it yourself and find out.

    this phone will drop in the u.s.a. mid october as tmobile is now rolling out their 3g network. specs on the phone are impressive, however there is no word yet on whether or not the phone will have gps since tmobile likes to use triangulation. i would have to say 80% – 90% chance it will cause i doubt google would release the first android phone without it.

    and he should have checked the picture it would have taken two seconds.

  22. Roasted Cashew
    September 18th, 2008 | 11:28

    Yet another phone with lacking features and services like video communication. Countries like korea and japan has had such things for several years now. US and Euro companies just nickel and dime you for every little thing. Makes it out of reach for a lot of people looking for reasonable service prices.

  23. rip-off
    September 18th, 2008 | 12:21

    ill never use t-mobile again, had a bad experience with them and wont go back. their customer service are pigs and reception is non existant where i am. looks like a good phone but so what if the vendor sucks. If google had truly wanted to corner the market they would have gone multi network and sim free available immediately, which makes me think this is going to be yet another “must have” ridiculously expensive early adopter gadget to try and replicate iphone “kudos”

  24. jet
    September 21st, 2008 | 02:32

    I like it, and I don’t mind T-Mobile, but I am excited to see “other” vendors and hardware manufacturers use Googles new mobile operating system.

    T-Mobile’s upcoming 2 year mandatory contract for this device is absurd.! So let me get this straight. You don’t guarantee your service to me? But I have to guarantee my business to you?

    If your product is the best, and you keep it that way, you don’t need a contract.

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