Bellevue (WA) – The nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier T-Mobile will be introducing more devices based on Google’s Android operating system. According to the New York Times, the software will be running on a home phone and a tablet computer scheduled for a 2010 release.
The newspaper said it received the information from “confidential documents obtained from one of the company’s partners,” and while T-Mobile declined to confirm the information, it said that the company has “plans for several devices based on Android.”
If the information is correct, then it is clear that not only will T-Mobile be branching out into more product segments, but Android will grow its hardware base as well. The home phone clearly appears to be an extension of the carrier’s $10 per month Hotspot@Home idea, while the tablet may hint to an Android-based netbook that could be offered as a subsidized small PC with 3G connectivity.
“Its tablet-size phone device resembles a small laptop without a keyboard and has a seven-inch touch screen,” the NYT writes. “It would handle basic computing jobs like checking the weather or managing data across a variety of devices in the home.”
So far, T-Mobile remains the only company that is selling Android-based hardware in the U.S. – the G1 cellphone built my Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. There have been several rumors about Android making its way to netbooks, with the most persistent being HP using the operating system in upcoming netbooks. A recent report published by the Wall Street Journal stated that the company was playing with Android and a potential use in small computers.