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T-Mobile Planning "Google Phone" Launch at End of Sept - report

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T Mobile USA is reported to be planning a launch of its first Google Android phone within just a few weeks. Sources told the Reuters news agency that the mobile operator would make an announcement in New York City, and said that Sept 23rd was the probable date for the press conference.

There had been reports that the phone would be delayed - but T-Mobile has said that it is still on target for a launch in (or by) October.

"T-Mobile is on track to bring an Android-based phone to market in the fourth quarter," said a T-Mobile spokesman earlier this month. "We haven't announced any specific details about the Android phone at this point and don't comment on rumors."

T-Mobile did not comment when Reuters contacted them today.

The touchscreen based smartphone will be supplied by Taiwan's High Tech Computer, or HTC, a company which has traditionally focused on Windows Mobile based handsets. There were unconfirmed rumours last month that Sony Ericsson is in talks to buy HTC.

Google is also widely expected to announce improvements to the Android platform in the next few weeks - including a new software development kit (SDK) following complaints about the current platform.

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