First Android handset coming next week from T-Mobile

— 5:04 PM on September 16, 2008

Just over 10 months after Google took the wraps off its Android mobile platform, the first Android-based cell phone is about to debut. At least, that's what Engadget says. The gadget blog claims to have "received confirmation" that T-Mobile will launch an Android handset on September 23.

T-Mobile might dub the device the Dream or the G1, and it reportedly has a "whole shindig" planned in New York City for the occasion. The press event will include presentations from both T-Mobile and Google, and it will give attendees a chance to get their hands dirty with the device itself. Engadget doesn't talk about when the phone will actually become available, though.

If you were asleep last November or you just didn't see all the headlines, Android is basically Google's open-source, Linux-based platform for cell phones. It includes an operating system, a user interface, a development framework, and a suite of default applications. You can pretend to be using your very own Android phone right now by grabbing the official SDK and running the included emulator.

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