Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

Summary: The iPhone-killers come marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah,The Blackberry-killers come marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah,The Dreams come marching one by one,Lazaridis and Jobs stop to suck their thumbs,And they all go marching down, to the ground...(At least, that's what HTC is probably hoping.

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Google Android in actionThe iPhone-killers come marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, The Blackberry-killers come marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, The Dreams come marching one by one, Lazaridis and Jobs stop to suck their thumbs, And they all go marching down, to the ground...

(At least, that's what HTC is probably hoping.)

A lovely little article in this morning's Wall Street Journal notes that T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first "Dream," a smartphone powered by Google's new mobile software, Android, late next month. The phone, made by HTC, is a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry and combines features of both devices.

According to WSJ, HTC forecasts better sales than analysts' estimates: 600,000 to 700,000 units of the smart phone this year, while analysts estimate just 300,000 to 500,000. The Dream is expected to be announced Sept. 23 and drop sometime late October (pricing still unknown).

Either way, it's looking to be a highly-anticipated device. The Journal reports:

While the phone is targeted at the same sort of technology-savvy consumers who have been buying iPhones, it has a very different look and feel. It is expected to be heavier than the iPhone, according to people familiar with it, and it is likely to have a large touch screen, a swivel-out full keyboard and a BlackBerry-style trackball to help with navigation.

Think the Dream will be Apple and RIM's nightmare? Tell us in TalkBack.

Topics: iPhone, Google, Hardware, HTC, Mobility, Smartphones, Telcos

Andrew Nusca

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  • Until we see this used in the mass market, we really will not know how good

    it is, both hardware and software. But, if it is very good, both hardware and software, it will sell at the levels that HTC is predicting.
    DonnieBoy
    • Tmobile Behold

      Does anyone know anything about this phone? I just heard it is coming out this month. I don't know anything about phones but it sounds better than the G1. It is by Samsung.
      ladyhenry
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    If it delivers well on basic functionality and app development isn't subject to Apple-like regulation, will be a success.
    snad123@...
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    And you can count on the phone tracking and reporting every phone call to Google so they can track it, as well as tracking your exact location. It would be best to stay far far away from this phone or any phone with Android on it.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    They can do that tracking business even now with your current cell phone. Also what does Steve Jobs do, he can control every Iphone he sold......
    reno_john
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    another "TMobile" announcement? I call BS. They have
    the phone but not the support, their 3G is only
    available in "limited" markets. For the most part -
    their system will only offer "dial up" speeds. So
    they have a great phone - right. Like offering a
    Ferrari with a 4 cyl Kia engine.
    bobeaux
  • "Google Is Evil"

    "Google is Evil."

    "Don't Be Evil" was their founding motto....but in a very short amount of time...Google has become the vampire they claimed they didn't want to become.

    Google has morphed into something they claim they didn't want to be....evil....Big Brother watching over everything you do. In the new Chrome browser, they keylog every stroke you take on your computer. You can be identified by your Internet Protocol (IP). They know what you search, where you search, how you search and what you view. Now with the Android platform, they know who you call, where you're at (GPS), which direction your facing when you at at location (accelerometer), who you call, when you call, and even all the photos you take on your phone.

    Big Brother = Google

    Evil - Google

    This data can be requested by attorneys if you're ever in a legal trial...and used against you.

    Avoid the evil Google Android platform at all costs. You give up your privacy with Google, than with any other platform.

    Sergey Brin & Larry Page....shame on you.

    You lied to us.

    You have become more invasive than Microsoft.

    You disappoint us. You became evil.

    Warmly,

    You heartbroken user community friends
    FromTheBleachers
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    Paranoid people always amused me. I do not see how
    anything you say about Android does not apply to any
    other platform, especially closed-source platforms
    such as Windows mobile. If anyone is going to be
    logging what you do, it is going to be your cell phone
    provider first, in this case T-Mobile, not Google. Do
    you think even a bit of information can escape through
    T-Mobile's networks to Google without T-Mobile's
    knowledge? You are spreading genuine BS. According to
    you, you should stay away from any technology, not
    only Android. You sound completely clueless. Maybe you
    should form a non-profit organization to raise
    awareness about the evil of cell phones :) If you do,
    let us know how it's going...
    uga2
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    The device might end up being very good, but if you have to switch to T-Mobile to get it, what good is that? We are supposed to have a free-market system but this and AT & T's lock on the iPhone illustrate that it is nothing of the kind.
    daronheim
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    I also hear this device has a built-in fart-o-meter.
    You hold the phone to your gassy-chute, let the
    pumpkins roll, then read your smell-rating onscreen.
    Be careful, polyester can skew the results!
    deckhopper
  • I just shot a big load in my pants.

    I just shot a big load in my pants.
    yoyoma77
    • what?

      That might be why you are single and still live in your parent's basement.
      inverse137
    • ROFL!!

      Always hilarious to stumble across this type of comment amidst a bunch of tech talk. lol
      Alro
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream? How much"

    Our economy is in trouble, For this idea to fly, the price must be very low!
    as901
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    Looking forward to updating my Motorola with T-mobile. Good deal coming!/Jeff in Birmingham, Al
    jbkcnutter
  • RE: Google-based T-Mobile 'Dream' coming next month

    I have a HTC 6800 and it does more than the Apple or Blackberry now!
    alfitz9
    • Maybe if you don't load anything in the iPhone, your 6800 does more.

      Once you get those Apps going, however, there's no contest.
      nix_hed