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Today, Google and T-Mobile will announce the T-Mobile G1, a new phone that runs Google’s mobile OS, Android. This is interesting news because it adds another competitor to the smartphone mix and competition is always good. The announcement is made even more interesting, IMO, because of Amazon’s introduction of over the air downloads from their DRM-free MP3 store for the phone.
Playing a lesser, but stupendously important role in this announcement is HTC, the Taiwanese company that designed and built the phone that Android runs on – the HTC Dream. HTC already accounts for 1 in 6 of all smartphones in the US. Almost all of them carrying someone else’s brand. With today’s announcement, the company will come out of the shadows. Perhaps for good.
It’s not only the phone that’s cool, but the company itself. Very innovative and fast-moving. Apparently a model of how to be a success in this business. Very impressive. Check out yesterday’s New York Times article on them: With Google Phone, HTC Comes Out of the Shadows.[Update: there are rumors in the Blogosphere that appears that AmazonMP3 will only allow downloads over WiFi – need to check this out some more]