Word is out that T-Mobile looks likely to be the only network
on which you'll be able to buy an Android-based handset in 2008. The HTC Dream, understood to be called the T-Mobile G1
, will likely be the first of many 'G'-type smartphones running Android. Even before the initial platform announcement, Google was being asked to confirm the existence of their "gPhone"; all they would say was that there would be many such handsets.
Branding the handsets gPhone would leave Google (or T-Mobile) open to criticism that they were merely copying Apple's style of nomenclature. However, by releasing a range of 'G' handsets they leave the public to make their own connection and adopt "gPhone". MarkMonitor
- an "enterprise brand protection" company" has bought up MobileG1.com, T-MobileG2.com, T-MobileG3.com, T-MobileG4.com and T-MobileG5.com; a potential conclusion could be that, for the next 6-12 months even, if a customer wants an Android handset they'll have to turn to T-Mobile.