HTC Omni surfaces at Google as HTC "Dream" with Android OS

It’s been a while since we last heard about HTC Omni communicator, the info about which leaked last July together with HTC roadmap for 2007.

Now we may know why it was never mentioned again. Looks like HTC was persuaded to drop Windows mobile OS and made Omni into Google’s Android demo phone.

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Don’t believe me? How about this Forbes description of HTC “Dream” handset used in Google’s Android demonstrations:

The phone, code-named “Dream” inside Google, looks somewhat like Apple’s iPhone: It is thin, about 3 inches wide and 5 inches long, and features a touch-sensitive, rectangular screen… The bottom end of the handset, near the navigational controls, is slightly beveled so it nestles in the palm. The screen also swivels to one side, revealing a full keyboard beneath. (The screen display changes from a vertical portrait mode to a horizontal display when someone uses the keyboard.)

Let’s take a closer look:

  • It’s thin. Check
  • Length: 130 mm – 5.11″. Check
  • Width – 81 mm – 3.18″. Check
  • Touch-sensitive, rectangular screen. Check
  • bottom end … slightly beveled…Â Check
  • screen swivels to one side, revealing a full keyboard beneath. Check

HTC Dream looks very similar to HTC Omni for me. So what else is new about it?

Forbes tells us a few interesting things that will be in HTC Omni/Dream:

  • time-sensitive touch gestures: Hold down your finger longer, and the area you’re controlling expands
  • easy navigation with icons for e-mail, text documents and YouTube along the top of the screen
  • virtual machine for true multitasking. Applications can launch once during a session, then reside in the background
  • it should go into production soon and start shipping next summer

And from the former leaks we know HTC Omni/Dream specs that were planned few half year ago, so some of them could have changed to the better. And they already are really impressive:

  • 32 bit Qualcomm MSM7200 Chipset, 384 MHZ CPU Clock
  • 256 MB ROM
  • 128 RAM
  • 800 x 480 px TFT 262 color touchscreen
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100 connectivity
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA data support
  • Built-in QWERTY-type keyboard, 65 keys
  • SDIO, microSD, TransFlash expansion slots
  • USB 2.0 client, 60Mbit/s , USB Series Mini-B (mini-USB) connector
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 802.11b, 802.11g
  • NMEA 0183 , 20 channels built-in GPS
  • 3.1 Mpx camera with LED flash
  • 640×480 VGA secondary camera
  • Dimensions: 81 x 130 x 16 mm

Well if my ramblings above are at least half close to the truth, come next summer, with HTC Dream/Omni Google may have a real killer flagship to introduce it’s Android platform to masses.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Sean Jones

    If it’s going to run Android, why is there a Windows button on the keyboard?

  • Staska

    Well it’s just a theory, as I said.

    But this HTC Omni picture is from HTC roadmap that leaked in July and correctly predicted HTC Sedna, HTC Touch Duo and HTC Cruise.

    The roadmap file that I have was last edited by HTC rep in April and HTC Omni was added to it on Jan.16th, 2006

    So, I think, that initially HTC Omni was planned as WM6/Touch Flo device, but then Google came along and HTC decided to use it as a prototype for Android.

    They may even have WM6 version still

  • Asher Pat

    No, not again: “looks somewhat like Apple’s iPhone”…

    these comments begin to irritate and in this case, they are visibly wrong. H

    Firstly, if this device looks “like iPhone”, then it canbe said with same logic that the iPhone looks like all the original HTCs/iMates/XDAs…

    Does the iPhone have a keyboard? From Janualry 2007 and on, any rectangular pone with touchscreen is an iPhone copy? iPuke.

  • Staska

    Well, I never said that HTC Omni/Dream is “iPhone like”. That was a direct quote from Forbes.

    But with the iPhone Apple “owns” a full tuchscreen phone category, so it’s inevitable that any phone that has it’s full surface as a touchscreen and something like multi-touch, or even single finger-touch interface (like LG Viewty) will be compared to iPhone and will pegged by someone to be “iPhone like”.

    Even if only for a sound-bite.

  • Asher Pat

    With this kind of media support, it is not long before Apple topples MS. then asll you Apple missionaries will have some tough times, when everybody is converted, there is no need for missionaries (especially that they are usuallay contrarians, who must support the underdog, no matteer what), that’ll be quite a dissonanse!

  • melissa

    ya its nice but can it be with the company sprint or not??

  • Anonymous

    Android is working on the HTC Vogue now too (HTC Touch, HTC Elf, VM6900, whatever name you want to call it).

    A site has been started to track its development and includes an easy cab installer, windows installer and notes.

    Phone works, browser works, SMS works, theres an on screen keyboard and calls work (with end button working).

    Check it out at http://www.myhtcphone.com/

  • http://ipodtouchtricks.blogspot.com Pro Blogger

    Is it going to be on t-mobile?

  • Holland

    yes

  • Holland

    yes