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T-Mobile Confirms 2nd Android Phone & May 'Cupcake' Launch

Gordon Kelly


T-Mobile Confirms 2nd Android Phone & May 'Cupcake' Launch

Sometimes (read: all the time) companies prioritise information held within press releases completely differently to journalists. Here is such an example, so let's go at it in reverse order.

Most excitingly from T-Mobile today is news of a second, as yet unknown, Google Android based handset which will hit the network in the next few months. All we get is the solitary line: "The mobile operator also confirmed that it will launch its second Android-based device later this year." What? Where? When exactly? Who knows, it was passed over. Could it be the exciting - Samsung I7500?

Next up is the hugely welcome announcement that T-Mobile will be pushing the much anticipated Cupcake update to G1 users in May. The firmware is to be sent over the air (OTA) so shall have a staggered release but get ready for a raft of features that include the likes of a virtual onscreen keyboard, MMS, accelerometer based application rotations, faster GPS locks and camera operation, video recording, Mpeg4 playback, Bluetooth with A2DP and Picassa/YouTube direct photo/video uploading.

Lastly (so in PR talk: first) T-Mobile has announced the G1 is shifting like cuphotcakes with sales rapidly approaching 100,000 units since its launch in October. This figure may begin to drop off with talk of a second Android handset on the network, plus competition from the HTC Magic on Vodafone and Samsung I7500 but the G1 has proved a venerable launch device for the platform.

Positive developments all round (if the wrong way round) and it's not often you get to hear that these days...


T-Mobile G1 - UK Product Page

Martin Leventon

April 28, 2009, 10:31 pm

Good to see that cupcake will be getting pushed to us unlike the "minor" updates so far.

Oliver Levett

April 29, 2009, 1:24 am

May well be the HTC Sapphire, just with a different logo on the front.

Hamish Campbell

April 29, 2009, 1:31 pm

It may be I have a crappy old phone, it may be I'll be buying an Iphone for the wife shortly, it may be I'll follow suit and get one for myself just to have the same/mac link in.......buy I still get excited about Android phones finally making a full appearance.

Luan Bach

April 29, 2009, 3:58 pm

I really hope that it will be the Samsung. My T-Mobile account is due an upgrade.


May 1, 2009, 2:41 am

I popped into T-Mobile today in nottingham and asked about this. The assistant there said it was the G3 (HTC i assume with that name) that they were getting by the end of May!!!!! they comment how much beter it was than the G2 as well.

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