Examining the HTC Dream: The First Google Phone
Several manufacturers, including Samsung and LG Electronics, are said to be developing phones based on the Android platform, and numerous carriers, including T-Mobile and Sprint, are supporting the platform for their cellular networks. That said, the first Android phone on the market is likely to be the Dream, manufactured by HTC and offered for sale by T-Mobile.
What is the HTC Dream? It’s an iPhone-like smartphone, complete with touchscreen input and the capability to run a variety of custom applications. Look for these features on the final shipping unit:
- Large touchscreen with haptic feedback—that is, a tactile response when you touch a control on the screen.
- Slide-out design that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard under the touchscreen.
Icon-based interface, like the one shown in Figure 37.1.
Figure 37.1 A preview of the Android phone home screen.
- Capability to enhance functionality by downloading custom applications.
- Internet connectivity with built-in web browser.
- 3G data network support.
- 3 megapixel digital camera.
- iPhone-like dimensions of 3” wide by 5” long.
In other words, the HTC Dream, powered by the Android platform, will be a head-to-head competitor with Apple’s iPhone 3G. And you can expect it to come pre-loaded with a suite of Google’s web-based applications, including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.