T-Mobile to offer first Google Android phone; ‘big and bulky,’ it’s no Apple iPhone

“Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone based on Google Inc’s Android software, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the company’s plans,” Reuters reports.

“The phone is expected to go on sale in the U.S. before Christmas and perhaps as early as October, the paper said,” Reuters reports.

Full article here.

Dan Frommer reports for Silicon Alley Insider, “Someone who’s actually seen the gadget… tells us that both the hardware (from handset-maker HTC) and Google’s Android software suffer from a similar problem: They’re technically powerful but not as elegant as Apple’s iPhone and OS X.”

Frommer reports, “Specifically, the phone — apparently a hot item to show off in Google’s cafeterias these days — is big and bulky, and not as sleek as the iPhone. And Android, while extremely powerful, has a less-elegant, less-user-friendly interface than the iPhone.”

Full article, with photo of the device, here.

TmoNews.com offers a video of the device in action via YouTube:

Direct link via YouTube here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention for the heads up.]

42 Comments

  1. i think that Android is a good idea. it will bring a “real mobile” device to the masses. For those people that cannot get an iphone, or dont want one, Android will be a good choice.

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  2. “For those people that cannot get an iphone, or dont want one, Android will be a good choice.”

    Steve Jobs, however, plans to knock down every barrier between the people who can’t/won’t get an iPhone and the device itself. Price, size, various shapes and functions as the lineup expands. That’s exactly what he did (and continues to do) with the iPod.

    So if Android goes after those customers first then that’s bad news for Apple.

    There seems to be a chorus of Apple fans who don’t want this battle to be between the iPhone and Android but Android and Windows Mobile instead. That doesn’t make any sense. T-Mobile and Google want to eat into those holiday season iPhone sales just like everybody else with the phone you see in that video. Google has gone from friend to enemy.

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