Big-screened HTC "G1" could be first Android phone, exclusively on T-Mobile in the US

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google-android.jpgBuilding on speculation a couple of weeks ago, it seems that an Android mobile phone could be on sale in the States as soon as October, if rumours based on people with inside knowledge of Google and HTC are to be believed.

In a flurry of naming creativity, HTC is expected to launch its G1 mobile phone, sporting a decent five-by-three inch touchscreen, real slide-out QWERTY keyboard, three megapixel camera, 3G, and of course the Android operating system.

T-Mobile may also be planning a marketing push in the first week of the handset’s sale, pitting it against the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Instinct.

Further speculation: users will require a Gmail account in order to use the handset. I suppose if Apple can get away with iPhone owners having to use iTunes, Google can get away with this.

No doubt there’ll be plenty more on this over the coming weeks.

(Via Yahoo! and WIRED)

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Andy Merrett

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