The highly anticipated HTC G1 phone on T-Mobile, the first Google Android-based handset to go on sale, won’t be available until October 22nd but has already apparently sold out.
According to T-Mobile even after tripling production on the G1 there were so many pre-sales for the device that it has sold out. You can still order it but you won’t be able to get it right at launch.
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.
For more info on the G1 check out T-Mobile’s dedicated site here.
It’s no secret that Nokia has been working on a touchscreen phone for a while now. Even if you haven’t heard about their device code-named “Tube”, you’ve got to figure they’ll need a direct competitor to the iPhone, HTC G1, and several offerings from Samsung and LG.
According to industry sources, Nokia will be officially announcing their the new handset at a media event on October 2nd in London.
Microsoft has quietly revealed that their upcoming mobile operation system, Windows Mobile 7, has been delayed until the second half of 2009.
No comment from Microsoft on the move, but with the iPhone and Android operating systems getting all the attention right now and Palm’s next major OS release coming (one day) hopefully the extra time means it will be extra polished.
Cellular carrier T-Mobile today announced the first commercial Google Android-based handset and as expected it’s by HTC.
The G1 (formerly known as the ‘Dream’) will include features like:
- GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA support
- Wi-Fi support
- Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 3.17-inch 65K color touchscreen display with HVGA resolution (480 x 320)
- 3.1 megapixel camera
- 1GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 8GB
- Built-in GPS
- Android Market (online store similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone)
- YouTube playback
Another neat feature that I hadn’t heard about before this morning is integration with the Amazon MP3 store for purchasing and downloading DRM-free songs starting at 89 cents. Just like the iPhone, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to purchase a song, but you’ll be able to preview it using your phones data connection.
Look for reviews to start hitting soon and check out the G1 in person beginning on October 22nd when it hit’s T-Mobile stores for $179 with a two-year contract.
Sony Ericsson has finally let the cat out of the bag on when the XPERIA X1 smartphone will be available and good news–it’s the end of this month. Maybe.
On September 30th the XPERIA X1 will be available in:
Another 32 countries will be added to the list sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
The XPERIA X1 will be coming to North America, China, Australia and Russia too, but no word on when and sorry, those countries aren’t in the list of 32 that will be getting it later this year.
For more info check out the press release here.
Cellular carrier announced a few weeks ago that they were looking into their own iPhone App Store-like online store that would allow their handsets to download new goodies similar to how the iPhone and iPod Touch can now using Apple’s App Store.
T-Mobile’s Venetia Espinoza and Sue Schmitz announced a bit more info about what to expect from the upcoming store:
- The initial offering will allow free and paid apps and nothing will contain advertising. There will also be no Android apps (they will be in Google’s own Android Marketplace store), nor will there be Sidekick apps.
- The developer agreement will be available next week.
- 50/50 revenue split with developers able to increase their amount to as much as 70% if they meet certain criteria such as providing multiple points of contact for support and supporting 10 or more T-Mobile handsets.
- T-Mobile will provide demo handsets and a virtual lab to developers.
- Free apps can be added to the store at no cost to developers but there will be limitations for how much bandwidth they can use.
- There won’t be an API available to allow developers to access handset features such as GPS, contacts, camera, etc.
Looks like the Meizu M8, the most obvious of the iPhone clones, might really be getting ready to hit retail. A video of the device in action has been posted to YouTube and I must say, it doesn’t look bad.
Its lacking some of the polish that Apple has in their interface, but all in all it looks like a pretty nice effort.
Check it out for yourself below:
After a lot of talk that the Sony Ericsson Xperia handset was delayed and would not be released until next year, Sony Ericsson is doing damage control and trying to squash that rumor.
According to Sony Ericsson spokesperson Merran Wrigley, “there is absolutely no delay. The product is on track…We have said it will roll out in Q4 and we are on target to do that.”
Good news if you were hoping to get your hands on the hot Windows Mobile 6.1 device in time for the holidays.
At least two Russian cellular carriers have signed on to sell the iPhone, the first time the device will officially be sold in the country.
When the iPhone does go on sale (probably around October) it is expected to sell for 24,000 roubles, or roughly $990 and believe it or not that price is cheaper than the current black market price.
It’s hoped that if the big three Russian carriers all sign up to sell the iPhone Apple will be able to sell 3.5 million devices within the next two years.
We’ve known about the new Palm Treo Pro for a few days now, so it’s not too much of a surprise: Palm has officially announced the Treo Pro.
Palm looks to take on BlackBerry handsets with the Treo Pro and they aren’t being very shy about it. Palm’s vice president of marketing Brodie Keast says that they’ve “chosen to partner with Microsoft to compete effectively with [BlackBerry maker] RIM.”
At the same time, Keast says that there is plenty of room in the smartphone market for both companies to grow saying that “even with the growth in this market, 90 percent of the market doesn’t have a smartphone. It doesn’t make sense to fight over the 10 percent…we want to reach out to people who don’t have a smartphone, not people who already love RIM.”
So…they’re taking on RIM, but not taking on RIM I guess is the [mixed] message.
The Treo Pro will be available in September in Europe via Vodafone and O2, in Australia via Telstra, and the US directly from the Palm store.
Pricing on Vodafone, O2 and Telstra will vary and in some cases will be free with a new contract. In the US it will be unlocked and unsubsidized for $549. I would expect some US carrier to pick it up and subsidize the price a bit but no official word on that yet.
More carriers will be announced down the road for the South American and Asian markets.
Check out the new video below to see the Treo Pro in action and to hear some palm executives pitching it: