As mentioned back in June, T-Mobile is set to be the first mobile phone carrier to launch an Android powered mobile phone. We were originally expecting it sometime in the 4th quarter, but it looks as though we may get it a little earlier than expected. Gizmodo reports that September 17th is the big day. It’s the day that T-Mobile and HTC will be launching an HTC phone powered by Android.
Another big topic of discussion is the rumored price of $150 which isn’t too bad. It’s cheaper than the iPhone by about $50, but isn’t going to have the storage like the iPhone does. Here are some specifications we can expect:
- 3G connectivity
- 3 megapixel camera
- 5 x 3 inch touchscreen
- Sliding (think Sidekick) QWERTY keyboard
The New York Times’ prediction of when the phone would launch is a bit different from what Gizmodo reported. They’re saying it could happen as early as October and that the date all depends on how long it takes the FCC to give approvals.
Remember how we said that T-Mobile is rumored to be preparing their own app store for the new phones they will be launching like Apple has done? Could their push to do this possibly be because of Android? The iPhone’s popularity has increased with the availability of applications, and Google is already assuming Android users will want to be able to personalize their phones with applications and services.