Word has begun to bubble under that T-Mobile may be planning to release a touch-only version of its wildly popular G1 "Google Android" smart phone. We received a tip that a new HTC form factor will omit the qwerty keyboard in favor of a slimmed down version of the handset according to a credible source.
A touch-only version of the G1 would be aimed at matching up more closely with iPhone 3G. A grand fantasy nurtured by every mobile carrier scrambling to compete against the cult of iPhone. A specific launch date or retail pricing were not revealed, though it's possible the device is intended to be sold as a gap filler alongside T-Mobile's current G1 model sometime after holiday. It's rumored that a few prototypes of the new G1 form factor are already floating around T-Mobile's campus for hands-on use.
TG Daily's Wolfgang Gruener, is convinced that T-Mobile's G1 is selling better than expected. "HTC now believes that it will be able to ship one million G1s in the fourth quarter, which is a 40% increase over the initial 600,000 estimate." Source: TG Daily
High Tech Computer (HTC) recently unveiled a new handset, the Touch HD, a 3G capable touch smart phone with a 3.8-inch screen running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. No word yet if T-Mobile intends to make a formal announcement on a new G1 touch-only version sooner than later.