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Android Arriving November 10?

News and speculation about the first phone likely to use the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system -- the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) "Dream" -- is flowing thick and fast now. (See Google Hiring Android Designers.)

Documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the new 3G phone point to a possible release date of Nov. 10, 2008. HTC asked the agency to withhold technical details and photos of the handset until that time. This doesn't guarantee that the device will hit the streets on that date, but it's the strongest indication yet that T-Mobile US Inc. could have the device out before the holiday season.

Here's a video that purports to unveil the HTC Dream. Unstrung cannot confirm the veracity of the video at this time, but it appears to suggest that the phone is a partial touch-screen.

In the meantime, Google has released the latest cut of the Android software developers kit -- Version .09 -- onto a waiting world. The update adds new features such as a music player, a camera, Bluetooth support, and improved messaging.

Here's a Google overview video on building Android applications:





The only fly in the ointment for the first Android phone is the current lack of 3G services from T-Mobile in most major U.S. cities. T-Mobile has so far only launched commercial 3G services in New York. The operator hasn't returned calls about what other cities it may switch on before the end of the year. (See T-Mobile USA: 3G, Going on 4G?.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:34:18 PM
re: Android Arriving November 10?
Tying this to their UMA offering and make the services available over WiFi?

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