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6 years ago

WSJ Says HTC Dream to Launch Late October

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Another day, another rumored release date for the much anticipated HTC Dream. Our previous report of a September 23rd release date has now been replaced by a WSJ report claiming that the actual release date will be closer to "late October". Which makes a wee bit more sense, that September 23rd deadline was right around the corner.

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6 years ago

Google Chrome Coming to Android?

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If you've been living under a rock, been on vacation for the past month, or completely ignore tech news, you've might have missed that Google released a browser called Chrome. We'll spare you the details of why Chrome is a key component in the Google Plan and leave you with an interesting nugget from CNET that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is expecting Chrome to make its way over to Android.

Though they were developed separately, Brin expects Android to take advantage of Chrome:

"Probably a subsequent version of Android is going to pick up a lot of the Chrome stack," Brin said, pointing to JavaScript improvements as one area.

Both Chrome and the Android Browser are based off WebKit so it doesn't seem like quite a stretch. I guess we'll see in the future when Chrome comes over to Android.

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6 years ago

HTC Dream to Launch September 23rd ?

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We have news from Reuters (via Gizmodo) that the HTC Dream, yep the first Android Device, will launch and hit stores on September 23rd. Sources familiar with the matter say:

"T-Mobile and Google will be making an announcement this month in New York City," two people told Reuters on Wednesday, adding Sept 23 was a likely date for the announcement.

Wow. That does fall in line with recent speculation but that means the Android Device will come within a week from today! Now that's exciting stuff.

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6 years ago

Android 1.0 to Lack Full Featured Bluetooth, Google Talk

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Some sad news for those hoping for full featured Android Devices by the end of the year: Android 1.0, the version that will ship with the HTC Dream is going to be missing GoogleTalk and some key features regarding Bluetooth such as sending files between bluetooth devices.

In the Android Developers Blog, Dan Morrill explains why, citing an incomplete Bluetooth API that simply won't be ready for Android 1.0. Regarding Google Talk, it lacks the security features to be seriously considered at this point. Luckily, the guys at Android are still working on implementing these features and we will probably see them in future Android iterations, just not 1.0.

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6 years ago

Look No Further: This IS the ACTUAL HTC Dream, Real Live Pics of First Android Device

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So here it is folks! The HTC Dream! We've caught the HTC Dream out in the wild (via Engadget)! And in the wild we mean up against leopard skin print and bad lighting. From these pictures, we can decipher that everything looks quite...spacious. The keyboard seems adequate, the home buttons are plentiful, and it seems to include a cross between a four-direction arrow and a trackball.

Obviously, there are some harsh lines due to the separation of screen and 'chin' that may dissuade consumers from buying it but I think it looks like a powerful device and falls in line with what HTC likes to do. And let's be honest here, the HTC Dream is only exciting because of the software (Android) and not the looks of it. This is the best device to launch Android with because of its inclusions of so many different mechanisms.

In other words, congratulations HTC Dream, you are the perfect guinea pig!

Read On For The Rest Of The Pictures!

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Rendered By Artist, Looks Sweet!

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Tired of all the engineering renderings? Sick of the blueprint-esque diagrams? Yeah, we are too. Luckily, we have the talented artist Neo Carlo Magno from Phonereport.info to show us what an "actual" HTC Dream will look like given the current information. Also, they've dug up a bunch of new specs that are worth a mention:

  • Includes a trackball (the rendering doesn't show this)
  • Dedicated Camera Button (a great bonus!)
  • MMS
  • Built In Compass

It looks like the HTC Dream will certainly be a dreamy device. Sorry, I couldn't help myself

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Rendering Highlighted Features

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Over at Android Community, they took the previous engineering renderings of the HTC Dream and highlighted every key feature that could be determined. Some new nuggets of information is that the HTC Dream is assumed to be 16.35mm, which is decent considering the iPhone is around 12.3 mm thick and the HTC Dream includes a slide out keyboard.

Obviously, with all these moving parts: a slide out keyboard, a strong chin, touchscreen, etc, it looks like it will certainly take time before case makers make a stylish and functional case. Unlike other phones which are typically one slab and that's it, it looks like the HTC Dream is going to be a wee bit more complicated than just that. We'll soon see!

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6 years ago

HTC Dream to be Smaller than iPhone 3G

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Fair or not, comparing the HTC Dream to the iPhone 3G is inevitable. Especially with the iPhone garnering such attention from the media, every new and exciting device will be brought up and pitted against the iPhone 3G. Over at The iPhone Blog, they recently gave a size comparison to the length and width of the HTC Dream, iPhone 3G, Blackberry Bold, and XPERIA X1-arguably the four most anticipated phones of the year.

It's surprising to note that the HTC Dream will be considerably thinner than the iPhone 3G and just a shade shorter as well. We're missing the all-important thickness, but big shout out to HTC for making such a compact device. Obviously, what's more important is the in-hand feel but these dimensions are looking quite promising.

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Leaked Specs,

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So we've covered the hardware aspect of the HTC Dream now we're getting news of the specs that'll drive the device that'll power up Android (via Gizmodo). Here's what it looks like:

  • 3.17" screen with 480x320 resolution
  • 528 Mhz CPU
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 3.1 Megapixel Camera, no flash
  • 3G, Quad-Band GSM
  • MicroSD Slot

Overall, everything seems to be fairly solid. The only concern we have is the (little) amount of RAM, but there have been reports that the RAM may be anywhere from 128MB - 256 MB, so this may not be the final spec sheet. The HTC Dream is shaping up to becoming quite a competitive device and with the potential of Android, we'll be looking at a stellar phone. Let's hope it stays on track and the specs get even better!

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Engineering Drawings, Has Huge 'Chin'

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We're getting more and more details about the HTC Dream, the purported first Android Device, and it's looking pretty good. As you can see in this rendering of the HTC Dream (via AndroidGuys), a full slide out QWERTY keyboard is included a long with a few standard 'home' buttons. The big screen is reportedly a touch screen so the HTC Dream looks to be a highly versatile device.

In these engineering pictures, the device looks like it curves up in the 'chin' area which we're not positive would feel comfortable in your pocket. Also, the thickness is a bit ambiguous at this point because we have nothing to compare it to. So though there is some concern, all in all, the HTC Dream is shaping out to be a solid looking device.

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6 years ago

HTC Dream Starts Pre-Sales September 17th?

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The rumors of a delayed Android have been debunked by a newer rumor that the HTC Dream, the purported first Android Device, will be available for pre-order on September 17th. As in only a skip and hop away September 17th. The details from TmoNews state that the presale is only for current T-Mobile customers who will have to pay (a measly) $150 to own the latest and greatest phone on the market. New Activations are currently unknown, TmoNews expects those folks to have to wait for the national release (around October).

Though this rumor may be true, one of the odd nuggets is that activation requires a Gmail Account (wha!?). We at Android Central don't see how that ties in.

Photo Credit: Android Authority

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6 years ago

T-Mobile to Launch First Android Device

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T-Mobile announced that it plans to release the first phone using the Android Operating System. And according to the NYT, they're aiming to release it before Christmas and may even unveil it as early as October. The device, rumored to be the HTC Dream, will have a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard. Obviously, the comparison, head to heads, and battles will soon begin with that other touchscreen device.

It makes perfect sense for T-Mobile to take a chance on Android. In the US, T-Mobile is lagging in as the 4th biggest operator and needs to make one of those high-risk, high-reward type gambles to improve their position. Android is exactly that.

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6 years ago

FCC Approves HTC Dream, Android On Track

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We're ever so thankful that all these gadgets and devices that we love have to go through the FCC for approval. Why? Well, because the FCC allows us to access all of the top secret information! Case in point, the HTC Dream, rumored to be the first Android Phone, has just received FCC approval (Via Engadget). The model number is listed as DREA100 and it looks to have all the typical goodies- 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and WCDMA 1700.

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6 years ago

0.9 Android SDK Released, Looks A LOT Better

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We had previously reported on the much maligned, original Android SDK which could only be seen as a step in the right direction. Luckily, after months of silence from Google, the Android SDK is now in 0.9 and includes a complete overhaul of the user interface.

From the looks of it, Android is looking closer and closer to becoming a reality and a lot of the features look fun to use, if not useful. I'm eager to get my hands on an actual Android device but for now the screenshots, video, and SDK will have to do. Gizmodo has a great video introduction to the 0.9 Android SDK, feel free to check it out!

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6 years ago

Developers: First Android SDK, Not So Friendly

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From Ars Technica, we have reports that Androids first SDK was severely limited and well, not that great. The foundation is "highly promising" but in its current shape, the Android SDK is not equipped to handle the scope of what Google wants Android to become.

Developers are facing basic issues such as the lack of documentation since the API doesn't provide enough information, no public issue-tracking system, and even the User Interface had some quirks. Of course, we won't even begin to mention the bugs. But either way, it's still relatively early in the game for Android and the more important thing to note is that people are still getting familiar with it.

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