T-Mobile have thrown open the doors to pre-orders for their second Android device, the upcoming myTouch 3G. Priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract, and set to hit shelves on August 5th, existing T-Mobile USA customers are able to preorder the device - also known as the HTC Magic - from today, with deliveries expected to arrive prior to the official launch.
T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G media day is July 8, 2009 at 11am in NY. We just received our invitation and will be there to bring you the launch like we always do – live.
HTC have confirmed that they are looking to develop an upgrade package to deliver HTC Sense, their latest UI as demonstrated on the new Hero smartphone, to earlier Android models. However, due to licensing issues, devices which are "with Google" branded - such as the T-Mobile G1 and Vodafone Magic - will not get the upgrade.
T-Mobile USA have officially announced the myTouch 3G, the carriers second Android-based smartphone and the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1. Based on the HTC Magic, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G features a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, UMTS/HSPA and WiFi b/g, as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera.
All of the usual Android applications are present, including Google Maps with Latitude and Street View, a messaging app supporting POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts, a media player supporting MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, OGG and RM files, and stereo Bluetooth A2DP. T-Mobile will also load the Sherpa app, featuring GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), onto the myTouch 3G, which promises to recognize patterns of use and offer suggestions based on past behaviours.
Hot on the heels of T-Mobile USA's confirmation that they'd be announcing their new Android smartphone next week comes details on a new Google phone from the carrier's UK arm. T-Mobile UK have just revealed that their second Android phone will be called the T-Mobile G1Touch; meanwhile, according to PC World, Huawei Technologies have announced that their U8230 Android smartphone will go on sale with T-Mobile in Europe late in Q3 2009.
It's not just the Dash 3G that T-Mobile USA are talking about today. The carrier's usual PR preamble to the HTC Snap-rebrand announcement included confirmation that T-Mobile would "share more details about its next Android-powered phone" next week. That device is expected to be the myTouch 3G, also known as the HTC Magic.
It seems T-Mobile USA have decided on a name for their launch of the HTC Magic, and it's one of the suggestions the carrier tested out in last month's survey. The HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G is the same underlying device as the Magic smartphone Vodafone Europe launched recently, but will go on sale in the US as the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1.