The New York Times is echoing rumours made by TmoNews.com earlier this week. According to people briefed on the company’s plans, T-Mobile could offer a Google Android-powered mobile phone as early as October. It is possible that it will be called the G1.
They also confirm that the device in question will be the HTC Dream. It is expected to come with 3G connectivity, a 3MP camera, a touchscreen display measuring 5- by 3-inches and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard beneath it (similar to the Sidekick form factor).
The phone has yet to undergo FCC certification but T-Mobile hopes to be able to announce it in September (with a pre-sale perhaps?) and have it available in time for the holiday season. The New York Times did not provide any information supporting or going against pricing reported by TmoNews.com (USD$150 with contract or USD$399 without).
At this point in time, no other Android-powered phones are on the horizon in 2008 but Qualcomm has indicated that it is working with more than five manufacturers on other Android-powered phones, suggesting that we could see a flurry of Android releases in 2009.