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HTC Dream G1

If you’re really in-depth with keeping up with Android, you’re probably aware that when Android was first being designed, it wasn’t nearly as polished and appealing as it is today. The original HTC Dream (which later came to be known as the G1), seen above, still tried to keep many features of phones before it. Physical keyboard, dedicated buttons for receiving and ending calls, etc. It’s a far cry from the pure touchscreen devices Google offers today. That’s not even accounting for the other device Google was developing alongside the G1, which featured no touch screen at all and a Blackberry-esque form factor that was internally referred to as the “Sooner.” Obviously, that non-touchscreen device never actually hit the market, which some people believe is because Apple unveiled their iPhone, which would have made the original Android device look extremely antiquated by the time it was released. Read more

Rogers Announce HTC Dream & HTC Magic Coming June 2009

Rogers Wireless have today announced that the popular HTC Dream and HTC Magic Android phones will be available in Canada from June 2009.

Available exclusively on the Rogers Wireless network, the Dream and Magic handsets will be the first smartphones to launch in Canada that are powered by the Android platform.

Here’s what John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless had to say:

“Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?”

“The HTC Magic offers a responsive touch screen and the HTC Dream delivers both a touch screen and a
slide out QWERTY keyboard. Both devices offer outstanding wireless internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada’s fastest mobile network.”

More official release information is expected shortly, stay tuned!

Full press release can be found after the jump.

[via – Thanks for the tip Keith!]

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