T-Mobile G2 In the Works?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 22, 2008

There’s talk that HTC, the maker of the T-Mobile G1, the first phone based on software developed by a consortium of companies lead by Google, is at it again: The company is within months of releasing a new version of its first device.

The G2 would, supposedly, will be much more iPhonish in its looks: It will feature a full-touch screen and have no Qwerty keyboard. What many Google fans hope for is that the new device will also offer better battery life than the G1, which runs out of juice fast. T-Mobile wouldn’t comment on these speculations.

To become available in the first half of 2009, the phone may be sold through T-Mobile as well as other carriers (whereas the G1 is exclusive to T-Mobile). That’s about the time when Samsung’s new phone, also based on the Google software, called Android, should hit the market. Motorola plans to roll out its Android device in the second half of 2009. All of these companies may show off their new handsets at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January. Clearly, Android is gaining traction.

Reader Comments

Michael Molin

December 24, 2008 5:39 AM

Hello Olga,

Merry Christmas! My wish for New Year 2009 that first of all a new Intel's hardware platform - something like an Atom 2 SoC processor (aka Moorestown) will be launched to get the next level of functionality. Really, I don't care about Android - I'm looking forward to hear about Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 that would use this future platform. Best regards from Surgut, Western Siberia, Michael

Linval

December 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Glad to see this Android movement continue to grow, but am i the only who feel like us early G1 buys should get this at a upgrade seeing as the G1's battery life is so horrible?

wowlfie

December 24, 2008 7:47 PM

If only HTC would release an HTC HD Touch Pro similar to the HTC HD but WITH a keyboard. Then you have the best of both worlds. Keyboardless devices stink for texting, email, and messaging as the touch screen just is too cumbersome to use easily when you have larger hands. I would like to see Andrie the Giant (deceased) use a touchscreen! No way. Just one more example of how little phone companies check to see what people want!

aaron

April 14, 2009 2:22 PM

I second that of the early g1 buyers need to receive an upgrade due to the poor battery life of the G1 . Linval you are not the only one alone.

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