First Android phone to debut by year-end

T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone with Google’s Android software in the US.

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 18, 2008

T-Mobile will deliver the first mobile phone driven by Google’s Android platform, which is expected to go on sale in the United States before Christmas.

According to a New York Times report, the phone will be made by HTC and is expected to match the functionality of most smartphones currently available in the market, including Apples’ iPhone and Rim’s Blackberry.

Despite Google’s best attempts at secrecy, a blurry video posted online is believed to be the new ‘HTC Dream' phone, which features a navigational track ball that will be the primary controller, touchscreen capabilities and a retractable keyboard.

The Federal Communications Commission has just approved HTC's DREA100 handset for sale in the country after it met network standards and passed wireless tests.

The Android operating system software is made freely available by Google to a coalition of companies, including cellphone carriers and manufacturers, in order to provide devices that allow users to choose which applications they’d like to run on them for greater personalization.

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