BusinessWeek has pried a little information out of Motorola about their upcoming Android-based phone, which will have ” an iPhone-like touch screen, a slide-out qwerty keyboard, and a host of social-network-friendly features”. Sources describe it as a slightly higher-end version of the HTC-built T-Mobile G1, except with a price point even lower.
If the first wave of Android phones all launch with similar hardware feature sets it wouldn’t break my heart. My biggest fear with Android is that the hardware across different manufacturers will vary so much that third-party software won’t work consistently across the platform. And for all the minor complaints about the G1’s size, there’s much to recommend a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for a social networking and instant messaging device.
Motorola Readies Its Own Android Social Smartphone [BusinessWeek.com]