I have no idea why Google chose T-Mobile as the debut carrier for its Android platform. Few companies have managed to amass as much incompetence into their workforce as the Austrian branch of T-Mobile has: the carrier essentially lives off its iPhone packages.
Nevertheless, Engadget reports that the US branch of the company will unveil the first-ever Android powered handset on September 23rd in a press event held in new York City.
A “ready-looking” device was demoed at a press event held in London a few hours ago – Google employees showcased Android on an unspecified black device (Video on YouTube) which had the manufacturer logo blanked out with white sticky tape.
Google has proven to be extremely “hectic” when it came to promotion Android – even the rather small Mobile Developer Days conference was graced with a Google booth. Even though the booth was officially “recruiting”, it was full of devotional gimmicks depicting the OS in one form or the other (including a MacBook running the simulator openly all the time):
In the end, the hardware deployment of Android clearly is a matter of time. But the real issues have not been clarified yet: will the boys with the G in their name allow third-party developers to do real stuff, or will they be restricted to gimmicks in order to keep users using Google’s own (ad-enabled) applications…
What do you think?