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Google Android will be English-only until next year

Non-English Google phones coming in Q1 2009

The first Google Android smartphone, launched yesterday as the T-Mobile G1 and made by HTC, is only available in English, and will take six months to translate to other languages.

The T-Mobile G1, named the 'Dream' by HTC, will first be available in the US on October 22 and will be released in the UK in November.

"All the development work was done in English," said John Wang, chief marketing officer of HTC. "It will take about six months for the device to become available in most languages around the world."

It won't be available in non-English speaking countries at all until the first quarter of next year when G1 handsets roll out in European nations including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.

However, there's no clear date for when the first handset to run Android software will reach Asia, or anywhere outside of the West.

See also:

T-Mobile G1 review

T-Mobile G1 is first Google Android phone

Google Android phones were 3 years in the making

Analysis: Google's Android mobile strategy explained


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