This week, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile USA plans to roll out a Google Android-supported handset sometime next month. This will be the first smartphone powered by Google Inc.’s new mobile software. As this reporter posted recently, the software will utilize the new Google Chrome Web browser that was recently launched by the search engine master.
Word on the street – including Wall Street – is that the Android-based handsets could add new competition to Apple’s iPhone, as well as Research in Motion’s Blackberry. The latter of course has been the big brains in the smartphone space for sometime, only to take on the iPhone since it was released last year.
The Journal is further reporting the phone’s manufacturer, HTC Corp., is forecasting lofty sales and the company expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 of the smart phones, which are being dubbed the Dream. Analysts predictions have been far less optimistic, and in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 500,000 units.
All this news is out there for a product that hasn’t officially even been announced. But that’s par for the course given FCC approval.