Ok, so you’ve seen the reference models and prototypes from hardware and chip makers. You’re following the MWC show as closely as you can from a PC. You’re looking all over for an Android phone, a gPhone, a Google Phone, whatever… You might as well stop right now. Do not expect to see an actual device from the 4 founding members of the Open Handset Alliance this week. The companies (LG, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC) have not hinted at anything being revealed at Mobile World Congress. From day one, the target date for Android-based phones has been slated for “Second half of 2008” so let’s be patient.
If you’re relatively new to the whole Android thing, here’s what we know so far. Samsung has promised an Android phone by early 2009 and LG Electronics says the same thing, if not late 2008. HTC is expected to bring a handset to T-Mobile by the end of this year. It could be 4-6 more months before you get to see something brand new. For now, you’ll have to make do with prototypes showing off the operating system.
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