We've seen the Android Dev Phone 1 for quite some time now and it was essentially a T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream with some snazzy graphics on the battery cover. Now, the Android Dev Phone 2 is essentially the myTouch 3G/HTC Magic/Google Ion with the cute Android Robot peering out on the battery cover.
The Android Dev Phone 2 is available for $399 and comes unlocked for use with any GSM carrier. Developers should note that the ADP2 comes with Android 1.6 and not Android 2.0 which can be qualified as a strange move since Android 2.0 is already live and running. We're not sure if developers will find a reason to switch over to the ADP2 but the ADP2 does offer 512MB ROM vs the 256MB ROM of the ADP1.
In any case, since there's not much difference in the dev phones (and it's a device that's entirely familiar), it's definitely more fun to wonder what the Android Dev Phone 3 will be. Perhaps the Motorola Milestone?
If the Dev Phone 3 ends up being the Motorola Milestone w/ T-mobile's 3G frequencies, I'm buying it.
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So whats the deal with this "android developer phones"? What if you arent a developer? Is part of the contract you not being able to buy it if you will use it for personal use like you would a regular phone? The idea of something like the milestone/Droid being 400 dollars sometime for any carrier (aka unlocked right?) sounds amazing.
The dev phones have full super user permissions. This means you have full access to everything on the phone. On a retail phone, you'll have to "root" it to get super user permissions. The ADPs are pretty much HTC's OEM, unlocked phones.
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It would be great if it was the droid, but that wouldn't work unless they made a gsm version.
I have a ADP1 and it seems like it's not totally unlocked.
As it happens, the Moto Milestone is available, and it's essentially a GSM Droid...so, it's possible (though rather unlikely) that the ADP3 could be the Milestone. I'd rather the device have T-Mobile 3G, though...
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