After showing a primitive prototype of the initial Android phone at CES in January, Google gave demos of features in May that included a new interface and menu structure, a built-in compass, a port of the Pac-Man game, and access to Google Maps. One blogger who viewed the phone in May, Vincent Nguyen, exclaimed at that time, “The HTC Android Dream phone is a worthy competitor to the [iPhone] 2.0.”
Over the past few days, however, Moe Tanabian, senior principal at IBB Consulting, has given a fuller account to BusinessWeek magazine, pointing to a feature set that might not seem as favorable to everyone.
For one thing, HTC Dream phone users who want to receive push e-mail will need to resort to the Google-owned Gmail service. It’s unclear right now whether the phone will support Exchange, according to BusinessWeek.
Also, Google’s online platform will serve up ads to customers aimed at meeting location and interests, as provided by the phone, Tanabian said. Reportedly, however, users will only get the ads if they opt in for receiving them — and it’s possible that users who do opt in will be able to buy the phone at a lower price and pay lower monthly service fees, too.
On the other hand, the phone will reportedly have access to a forthcoming App Store from T-Mobile, somewhat along the same lines as Apple’s store for third-party iPhone applications.