Android Dream Will Cost $199, Get Low-Price Data Plan and Google…

Putting it firmly in a price point to compete with the iPhone, the Android-running HTC Dream will cost $199, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smartphone will also get an "aggressively priced" data plan from T-Mobile and receive some heavy Google branding. It'll be interesting to see whether Google's open… » 9/18/08 12:36am 9/18/08 12:36am

Android Shown Up and Running on Japanese Phone Prototype

Japanese cellphone company Willcom has shown the new Android phone OS up and running on phone hardware (although a reference board and not an actual phone), demonstrating multitasking functionality such as answering a call while browsing Google Maps. Can you feel the excitement?! Android isn't going to be all that… » 12/11/07 10:25am 12/11/07 10:25am

Verizon Hugs Google, Says Android Is Key to Open Networks

In a breaking BusinessWeek story, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam says that it will support Android, Google's new platform for phones and mobile devices, making Verizon a member of sorts in the Open Handset Alliance. While this seems to be the logical conclusion to Verizon's weeklong openness bender, McAdam claims… » 12/04/07 9:32am 12/04/07 9:32am

System Fonts for Android Look Clean and Google-y

Font talk isn't exactly stimulating (unless you're scary weird), but it's worth giving the fonts Ascender's developed for Android's system UI a close look since you'll be looking closely at them in Android's app menus, web browser and other texty situations. Overall, they seem pretty clean with a nice smoothness to… » 11/13/07 3:30am 11/13/07 3:30am

What Android's SDK Reveals: Games, Apps and Four New Smartphone Layouts

As promised, the Open Handset Alliance and Google have launched the Android SDK, and a very quick glance inside shows the plan for four different smartphone configurations, very close to the design aesthetic we'd expect with HTC on board. There are also a bunch of sample images depicting a warm, friendly—I might add,… » 11/12/07 12:05pm 11/12/07 12:05pm

Why Verizon and AT&T Didn't Join the Open Handset Alliance (Yet)

Following the Open Handset Alliance getting official, we noted the conspicuous absence of the US's two biggest wireless carriers, and dissected some of the reasons T-Mobile and Sprint were onboard but they weren't. According to the WSJ, Verizon's still mulling joining up, while AT&T "in part because it exclusively… » 11/06/07 1:30am 11/06/07 1:30am