T-Mobile: New Android Handset This Summer

While specifics are skimpy, T-Mobile USA Inc. said it plans to rollout a second device based on the Google Android mobile operating system this summer.

The No. 4 operator plans to drop it likely between the upcoming Palm Pre and Apple iPhone launches, T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman told mocoNews. It also will likely be a device made by a partner other than HTC, maker of the Android-based G1, of which T-Mobile has sold 1 million units.

Right now HTC is the only vendor with a commercial Android device. But Andy Rubin, Google Inc.’s senior director of mobile platforms, told developers last week that at the end of 2009, Android will be found on 18 to 20 devices spanning eight or nine manufacturers. Handset companies like Motorola Inc. and Samsung are joined by netbook makers like Asus and Acer Corp. and chipmakers like Qualcomm Inc. in announcing plans for Android devices. Also, operators like Verizon Wireless have expressed interest.

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