Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile USA will
be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone based on Google
Inc’s (GOOG.O) Android software, the New York Times reported,
citing people briefed on the company’s plans.
The high-end phone, which will be made by the world’s top
smartphone maker High Tech Computer Corp (2498.TW), is expected
to challenge Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPhone as well as other
smartphones that run software from Palm Inc (PALM.O), Research
in Motion (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Nokia
The phone is expected to go on sale in the U.S. before
Christmas and perhaps as early as October, the paper said.
Neither Google, nor T-Mobile immediately returned calls
Last November, Google introduced its highly anticipated
Android software system for designing mobile phone devices, in
a move it promised could help the cellphone industry make the
Internet work as smoothly on phones as it does on computers.
(Reporting by Tenzin Pema in Bangalore; Editing by Paul
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