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Among the new devices will be a home phone and a tablet computer

Google made a big splash in the mobile phone operating system world when it announced its Android operating system. The open source operating system was conceived for mobile phones, but some manufacturers are already eyeing the operating system for netbooks and other types of electronic devices.

The first company to market with an Android-based smartphone was T-Mobile with its G1. The device sold well, but had early teething problems that led to some fixes being issued. As the operating system matures, manufacturers are looking to put the Android OS onto even more mobile smartphones.

The New York Times reports that a T-Mobile partner has released confidential documents to it showing that T-Mobile plans to offer a home phone and a tablet computer that each run Android. The phone reportedly plugs into a docking station and comes with a separate device for syncing data as the phone’s internal battery charges.

T-Mobile declined to comment on the products reports the NYT, but the spokesman did say T-Mobile planned to offer other Android devices.

The tablet computer device is said to resemble a small laptop without a keyboard utilizing a 7-inch touchscreen. The device is said to handle basic computing tasks like checking weather or managing data across other devices. Presumably, it would be able to access email and surf the Internet as well.

Android has been drawing more supporters recently. The NYT reports that Motorola is expected to sell an Android phone by this October and HTC -- the builder of the T-Mobile G1 -- says that it will offer additional Android handsets soon.

The NYT reports that a small company called Touch Revolution already offers a desk phone running Android that features a 7-inch screen. Some of the phones the firm will offer feature larger screens allowing them to be used for calendars and displaying digital recipes.



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T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By JBird7986 on 4/6/2009 11:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
On its own, no big deal...but when combined with the tethering app news a few days ago, this smacks of a blackmailing effort by T-Mobile against Google.

"Either remove the tethering apps or we won't offer any more Android devices. If you do remove them, then we will."




RE: T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By Gul Westfale on 4/6/2009 12:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
hmm... maybe. you have to remember that this is a business relationship though; google has to offer something that t-mobile actually wants. so maybe it's blackmail, maybe it's a request from a customer to a supplier. maybe they think they cannot sell anything tethered.

and releasing news (by a third party, not t-mobile) ahead of a launch is just for publicity.


RE: T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By STILTO on 4/6/2009 5:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think JBird is right.

T-Mobile said, "Either remove the tethering apps or we won't offer any more Android devices. If you do remove them, then we will."

Right now, T-Mobile is in a position to get their way and Google should let them have it now. Once Android is in the hands of T-mobile's customer majority than Google will be able to make the calls. The question is, will Google have the kahunas to push back? I hope so!


RE: T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/6/2009 12:24:08 PM , Rating: 3
Meh, i tend to disagree. These are all multimillion dollar multi-year projects. They have been planned for a while and I dont think the recent tethering thing had anything to do with the things we're hearing about today.


RE: T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By quiksilvr on 4/6/2009 6:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. The main reason why T-mobile doesn't want tethering to occur is not because they don't want us to have internet on our computers. Far from it. It's just that they need to further develop their 3G network to be able to handle all the bandwidth. Now personally I feel they should be prepared for that beforehand, but I'm giving T-Mobile the benefit of the doubt for now simply we're not sure if pulling out those apps are permanent.


RE: T-Mobile Blackmails Google?
By dvinnen on 4/7/2009 1:16:08 AM , Rating: 2
The tethering thing is not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. To even get it to work an owner has to find 6 month old firmwear to manually flash the device with. From there they have to install a telnet client and root the phone. After then they have to install hacked versions of firmwear to maintain the root access. Only then will tethering work and by then the user should be able to figure out how to go to the googlecode page and download/install the app directly.

The fact that programs that require root exist on the market is a little baffling to me. It would make seance to take them all down because they only work with less then 1% of the phones out there. Before it was taken down there was all kinds of user confusion in the comments section when didn't work. There was also issues of people stealing the code and selling it on the market.

(I have a rooted G1 and tethering still works fine. I'm a moving hotspot with wifi tethering)


By Gul Westfale on 4/7/2009 4:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
firmwear... is that like a corset?


Android OS is the
By zaidoux86 on 4/8/2009 8:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
In France, we discovered Android OS with HTC Dream and Magic. And I think Offering More Android powered Devices is a good strategy for device makers. Consumers will have the choice between MS, Linux or the newest one, Android. In an attempt to give the choice, I think retailers could sale devices without office programm. In this way, we could save money and choose other programm.
Jaunay-Clan, France.




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