The official sequel to the first Googlephone, the T-Mobile G2 is a long time coming. In a market where carriers molest the open OS anew every time a new handset drops, this is the Android phone for the Android nerd.
If you were hoping to make any modifications to your T-Mobile G2, my apologies. Because the phone apparently ships with a rootkit that will override any changes you make to Android and reinstall the original firmware. That ain't right. UPDATED:
Android Central got their hands on a new Android phone: the HTC Merge, an 800 MHz Android 2.2 phone headed to Verizon. It's a World Phone that uses HTC Sense and has a sliding keyboard similar to the T-Mobile G2.
Current customers can pre-order a G2 up until October 4th to guarantee an October 6th parcel falling on their doorsteps. According to an email forwarded to us, it'll cost $250 before a $50 rebate.
Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to discover the G2's new Snapdragon processor is only clocked at 800MHz, but according to leaked figures from GLBenchmarks, the graphics should run at the same speed as Motorola's Droid X and 2.
The T-Mobile G2 looks like one very appealing Android device. It is specifically designed for the speedy HSPA+ network, will have Google Voice integration, a fast Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2, and a rather slick body.
This mysterious invitation just popped up in our inbox, asking us to "come see what HTC has dreamt up 15 September." Could this be the fabled Vision or Desire HD? UPDATED
T-Mobile US's decision not to launch the HTC Hero isn't going to stop T-Mobile UK, which is going to go ahead and release the updated Android phone under the G2 label.
T-Mobile's followup to the G1 has gone through more than a few name changes, but it looks like we'll finally be seeing the American version—the T-Mobile myTouch 3G—this summer.
HTC's successor to the G1 is on the way, but with few details to go on, we've compiled a wish list of what could make the sequel to a good phone significantly better.
Here they are: Alleged spy photos of the second generation Android cellphone, the thinner, shinier, and totally lickable T-Mobile G2 made by HTC. It has no keyboard and its back looks oh-so-soap-bar-smooth: