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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 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)