T-Mobile confirms more Android, 3G devices in 2009

A T-Mobile executive says the carrier will launch G series Android devices in 2009, including a data card product in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile G1
T-Mobile G1 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

We've heard rumors of the T-Mobile G2 , but we're always weary of such speculation until we get the official word from the carriers or cell phone manufacturer. However, the likelihood of a T-Mobile G1 successor is high and now, it's all but just been about confirmed by T-Mobile.

In an interview with Fierce Wireless, Neville Ray, T-Mobile's senior VP of engineering, revealed that the carrier is planning to release more 3G-capable smartphones and Google Android devices in 2009. "As the year progresses there will be a significant number of HSPA-capable smartphones. We will be launching more G series phones and other products," Ray said. He also added that T-Mobile would be a launching a "data card" product in the coming weeks and months.

T-Mobile, which is already struggling for U.S. subscribers , will face some stiff competition this time around, though. Unlike the G1, which was the first and only Google Android smartphone to be released in 2008, there are a number of device manufacturers and carriers expected to release Android phones in 2009, including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Garmin , and Sprint. Worrisome for T-Mobile but good news for Android fanboys and girls.

(Source: InformationWeek)

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