Google peeps get Android phone for Xmas

Google Australia employees — and those in many other countries — received an HTC Dream Android phone for Christmas.

in brief Google Australia employees — and those in many other countries — received an HTC Dream Android phone for Christmas.

HTC Dream Android phone

HTC's Dream (Credit: James Martin/CNET News)

"We've never developed anything like the Android software before, so this represented a unique opportunity to celebrate that achievement," a Google spokesperson told ZDNet.com.au today.

Apart from spreading Christmas cheer, having all the employees using the phone would help make Android better, the spokesperson continued. "Giving the Dream phone to Googlers also allows us to once again dog food a product and make it even better."

Other Australians won't have to wait long for their own Android phone, with the Agora from Kogan Technologies set to hit Australia on 29 January.

Those wanting the HTC Dream will have to wait, however. There are still no official plans yet as to when the Dream will come down under, a spokesperson for the handset manufacturer said today.