Optus to launch first Android phone in Australia

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Optus has beaten rivals Telstra, Vodafone and 3 Mobile to get the exclusive rights to get the first Android phone in the world, the HTC Dream. The phone is commonly known in the United States as the T-Mobile G1, named after the phone’s exclusive carrier.

The phone will come with a slide-out keyboard, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.2 megapixel screen, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. It does not feature a headphone jack, but uses a mini-USB accessory to allow you to put in a 3.5mm headphone jack.

However, the most impressive thing is the phone’s operating system, built with a consortium backed by Google, will allow a multitude of applications for many phones under one mobile OS without the need to learn a new coding language for many phones, as all have different mobile operating systems built.

The phone will also come with applications made by Google for the phone, including Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Calendar. Google Maps and YouTube are also present on rival Apple’s iPhone.

The HTC Dream has also bee introduced in Britain as well, along with the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria last month and in Germany since Monday.

While an announcement has not been made, it is expected to make the announcement tomorrow.

This is will be officially the first Android phone to be released in Australia, as the Kogan Agora’s launch in mid-January was aborted and indefinitely delayed after potential “interoperability issues” that forced them to delay the release.