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Report: T-Mobile to launch Google Android phone

HTC Dream could be first with Google OS

T-Mobile could be one of the first mobile operators to launch a handset running Google's upcoming Android smartphone operating system, according to various blogs in the US.

One report claims T-Mobile USA will release an Android smartphone when it rolls out its 3G wireless network across the US towards the end of 2008.

Google Android installed on Nokia's N810

Android marks Google's entry into the mobile phone operating system market, with the search giant hoping to go head-to-head with the likes of Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm. It will have a complete set of components, including a Linux-based operating system, middleware stack, customisable user interface and applications.

Google announced Android last year, and prototype devices based on the platform were on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. However, last month it was reported that the first handsets running Android won't be available until the fourth quarter of this year.

Reports from the US seem to back up that prediction, with News.com suggesting T-Mobile will launch an Android phone – possibly the HTC Dream - in October.

See also:

Analysis: Google's Android mobile strategy explained

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