T-Mobile said Monday that it plans to launch a mobile phone powered by Google Inc.'s Android software, making it the first operator to do so and posing a direct threat to Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone.
The New York Times reported the phone will hit the stores in the U.S. before Christmas, perhaps as early as October.
The new device will have a touch screen like the iPhone and other smart phones that use software from firms like Palm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. to allow users to access the Internet. But the screen also slides out to expose a full five-row keyboard, the Times report said.
Source: Dow Jones Newswire, Aug. 19th, 2008