At a wireless conference in Redwood City, Calif., Joe Sims, vice president and general manager of T-Mobile USA's Broadband and new Business Division, said that he has seen prototypes of an Android handset, and that the first in a series of devices will be available in the final quarter of this year.
Sims confirmed anby T-Mobile International CEO Hamid Akhavan at February's GSMA World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. During a news conference, Akhavan promised a fourth-quarter launch, but he did not specify which of the carrier's markets would get it first.
T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to set a launch date for an Android device. Though it is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, as of December a T-Mobile representative that the carrier would even offer an Android phone.
Sims did not drop any details on the promised device, though HTC is rumored to be developing a device called the. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG are members of the Open Handset Alliance as well.
Though U.S. carriers have long resisted open platforms like Android, T-Mobile's adoption of the platform is CNNMoney.com, Sims said that though the carrier was at first skeptical, T-Mobile now views Android as a way to encourage innovation and customer choice.of how carriers have begun to loosen the reins. According to