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HTC Dream
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The HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1 in the United States and parts of Europe, and as the Era G1 in Poland) is a smartphone developed by HTC. First released in October 2008, the Dream was the first commercially released device to use the Linux-based Android operating system, which was purchased and further developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance to create an open competitor to other major smartphone platforms of the time, such as Symbian operating system, BlackBerry OS, and the iOS. The operating system offers a customizable graphical user interface, integration with Google services such as Gmail, a notification system that shows a list of recent messages pushed from apps, and Android Market for downloading additional apps. The Dream was released to mixed, but mostly positive reception. While the Dream was praised for its solid and robust hardware design, the introduction of the Android operating system was met with criticism for its lack of certain functionality and third-party software in comparison to more established platforms, but still considered it to be innovative due to its open nature, notifications system, and heavy integration with Google's services.

HTC Dream

A white Orange HTC Dream with an AZERTY keyboard Manufacturer HTC Availability by country Successor Form factor Dimensions HTC Magic, HTC Desire Z(T-M obile

October 22, 2008

Slider smartphone 117.7 mm (4.63 in) (h) 55.7 mm (2.19 in) (w) 17.1 mm (0.67 in) (d) 158 g (5.6 oz) Android 1.0 (upgradable to 1.6) 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 processor 256 MB ROM, 192 MB RAM Up to 16 GB microSD 1150 mAh Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion battery capacitive touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, trackball, volume controls, 3-axis accelerometer


1 History 1.1 Development 1.2 Release 2 Features 2.1 Hardware 2.2 Software 3 Development and modding 4 Reception 4.1 Critical reception 4.2 Commercial reception 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Operating system CPU Memory Removable storage Battery

Data inputs



320 x 480 px, 3.2 in (81 mm), HVGA, 65,536 color TFT-LCD at 180 pixels per inch (ppi)

Wikipedia. both the Dream and its successor (the HTC Magic) were released by Rogers Wireless in Canada. The January 2007 unveiling of the iPhone. caught Rubin off-guard and led to a change in course for the project.0+EDR. 2010 due to a bug affecting the proper use of emergency calls. Rogers suspended sales of the Dream on January 15.12/2/2014 HTC Dream .wikipedia. the device was a messaging phone in the style of BlackBerry.[9] On June 2.[5] Release HTC officially announced the Dream on September 23. Google acquired Android Inc. it became available in Poland as the Era G1 on Era. 2009. Under the leadership of 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE Google. 2009). only one was to be released in the United States that year—the HTC Dream. but had not yet unveiled any plans to release an Android phone of its own. 2010. as Android developers believed users did not like the idea of a virtual keyboard because it lacked the same kind of physical feedback as a hardware keyboard. Sprint had worked with the OHA. while Verizon Wireless and AT&T did not have any plans for Android devices yet at all. 2008 in its 3G-enabled markets only (it became available in all markets on January 24. a company who was at the time. The inclusion of a physical keyboard was intentional. a company 2.[6][7] followed by a British release in November 2008..[11] The branded version of the Dream G1 was spiritually succeeded in October 2010 by the T-Mobile G2. and a release in other European territories in early 2009.[4][5] While Google indicated in 2008 that several Android based devices were being tested in preparation for the official public launch of Android. software.[13] Features http://en. Apple's first smartphone. ExtUSB. Plans called for the Dream to be released on T-Mobile USA by the end of the year (with some reports suggesting October 2008).15 megapixel.[12] In Canada. the team was in the process of developing a Dual band UMTS 1700 2100 MHz standardized. It would first be first released by T-Mobile as the T-Mobile G1. targeting the holiday shopping season. which would be offered for use by Mbit/s) individual original equipment manufacturers. starting in the United States.[8] On March 10. non-touch screen. physical keyboard. Linux-based operating system for mobile HSDPA/HSUPA (US/Europe) (7.11b/g). the free encyclopedia Development Rear camera 3. 2009. a new HTC device which also featured stock Android and a sliding keyboard. and was T-Mobile USA's first "4G" smartphone. a consortium of hardware.[1][2][3] The Android operating system was officially unveiled in November 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). navigation keys. A-GPS led by Andy Rubin which was working on unspecified Quad-band GSM 850 900 1800 software for mobile devices. 2008. Bluetooth In July 2005. and a physical QWERTY keyboard. along with HTC. The operating system's design was quickly reworked. Initial development of what would become Android was targeted towards a prototype device codenamed "Sooner". and attention shifted to a new prototype device codenamed "Dream"—a touchscreen device with a sliding. and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. one of the largest manufacturers of phones.2/2 phones to compete against the likes of Symbian and Windows Mobile. These companies included Google. autofocus Connectivity Wi-Fi (802. with a small.[10] A bronze T-Mobile G1 carrierThe Dream was discontinued by T-Mobile on July 27. on October 2/7 .

allowing users to purchase DRM-free music online. and was made available in white. was released for T-Mobile USA's G1 in October 2009. "Home".12/2/2014 HTC Dream . Search.[6] The device uses a 3. The operating system heavily integrates with. The Dream's design features a distinctive "chin" on the bottom. The device also ships with an email app supporting other POP3 and IMAP-based mail services.1 cm) capacitive touchscreen LCD display at a resolution of 320×480. "Back". and a WebKit-based web browser.Wikipedia.5 "Cupcake"). 3/7 . matte plastic shell.[15] For network connectivity. The device also supports standalone GPS and A-GPS. black. dragging down from the top of the screen exposes a tray with more detailed information for each notification. the free encyclopedia Hardware The Dream's exterior uses a soft. and bronze colors. A notification system displays icons for certain events (such as e-mails and text messages) on the left side of the status bar across the top of the screen.2 inches (8.[18] The Dream could also be upgraded to newer versions of Android. and provides apps for various Google services.2/2 Mbit/s. While supporting multitouch at the hardware level.[21] An Android 1. Rogers claimed that the update was only being made available for "'Google'-branded" models of the device. plus Dual band UMTS Bands I and IV (1700 & 2100 MHz) and HSDPA/HSUPA (in US/Europe) at 7.[17] Software The HTC Dream was the first ever smartphone to ship with the Android operating system. Maps. and comes with 256 MB of internal storage. and "End Call") and a clickable trackball in the center which can be used for scrolling and selecting.6 update was not released on the Rogers HTC Dream in Canada (which stayed on 1. requiring an adapter for HTC's proprietary (but Mini-USB compatible) "ExtUSB" port located on the bottom of the device. the Dream supports Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and GPRS/EDGE. The Android Market can be used to download additional apps for the device. and download them straight to the device via Wi-Fi. the keyboard was originally the only method of text input on the device. and YouTube.6 Donut home screen with Google Search and power control widgets Development and modding http://en. "Menu". the screen can be slid along a curved hinge to expose a five-row QWERTY A white HTC Dream with back cover keyboard—as the first releases of Android did not include a virtual removed keyboard. the Linux kernel in the Dream's Android distribution was patched to remove multitouch support from its touchscreen drivers for undisclosed reasons.6 "Donut". 1.[15][16] The Dream uses a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A system on a chip with 192 MB of RAM. The G1 as sold by T-Mobile also shipped with an Amazon MP3 app. such as Gmail (with push email support). which can be expanded by up to 16 GB using a Micro SD card slot. The rear of the device houses a 3. The latest version of Android officially made available for the Dream.[19][20] The 1. which houses 5 navigation buttons ("Call".[14] The Dream does not include a traditional headphone jack.wikipedia. while the contacts and calendar apps can sync with the online Google Contacts and Google Calendar services respectively. an instant messaging app with support for multiple services. which added new features and enhancements to the platform.15-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus.

but showed promise through its customizable interface.[24][25] As a result of these developments. as the only method of text input prior to Android 1.[15][16][17] Its display was considered sufficient for a phone of its class. limited application catalog. would emerge surrounding the creation of custom firmware ("ROMs") built from the Android source code. like a gadget in a 1970's sci-fi movie set in the year 2038. yet controversial aspect of the Android ecosystem. and had severe performance issues due to the phone's relatively weak hardware in comparison to the modern devices that 4. work began on modifying it so that it could install third-party firmware. its notification system."[16] Engadget felt that the Dream "isn't going to blow anyone's mind right out of the gate" due to its hardware.1 "Jelly Bean"." The Dream's keyboard. although some felt that its keys were too small. or syncing with certain enterprise platforms)."[18] GSMArena http://en. retro-future look. the Dev Phone 1 was a SIM. was considered to be sufficient.and hardware-unlocked version of the HTC Dream that came pre-configured for superuser access to the internal files of the phone. the Dream became a popular target for modding.[26] On future Android devices.[28] Reception Critical reception The Dream was released to mixed reviews.1 was designed for. a group of users released an unofficial port of a later version of Android. increased flexibility over iOS.[27] In August 2012. ability to display security permissions when downloading apps. Joshua Topolsky of Engadget considered its hardware design a contrast to that of the iPhone. the port lacked key functionality.12/2/2014 HTC Dream .Wikipedia.5/5. Google made the Android Dev Phone 1 available for registered Android developers. the development and use of custom ROMs (which are usually based off the "stock" version of Android) have ultimately become an important.wikipedia. where a number of factors (including carrier practices. and add their own features and enhancements to the operating system as well. The design of the Dream was considered to be solid and robust.[16][17] Android itself was considered to still be in its infancy (primarily due to its bare-bones functionality in certain areas. and custom software provided by device manufacturers that sit atop Android.[23] Around the same time. developers discovered a software exploit (in a parallel to "jailbreaking" on iOS devices) to allow a user to gain superuser access to the phone (a process known as "rooting"). such as HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz) led to fragmentation in regards to the availability of newer versions of the OS for certain devices. but that the Android platform as a whole held its own against its 4/7 . and on converting official Android update files into a format that could be installed using the modified bootloader. the free encyclopedia Due to the open source nature of the Android platform. 4. lack of multitouch gestures.[14][22] After the Dream's bootloader was dumped. root access would enable users to perform tweaks and other changes at the system level that cannot be performed under normal circumstances (such as adding auto-rotation. and installing a custom kernel that restored the aforementioned multitouch support).5's introduction of a virtual keyboard. However. despite stating that it was "no Apple iPhone killer" (due to the Dream's less refined application selection and multimedia features). Shortly after the release of the Dream. a dedicated community. and also allows changing and re-flashing the bootloader and operating system. for the Dream.[16][18] Brandon gave the Dream a 4. Projects such as CyanogenMod would continue to produce ports of newer versions of Android for the Dream and later Android devices. due to its numerous navigation buttons (in comparison to just a home button) and its "charming. and its heavy integration with Google services. and that early adopters of Android through the G1 were "buying into one of the most exciting developments in the mobile world in recent memory. centered around forums such as XDA Developers. but John Brandon of TechRadar felt that it was not good enough for watching videos due to its poor contrast and small size in comparison to the iPhone. The Dream was considered to be a "stellar" phone that "points to a future when a phone is as flexible and useful as the PC on your desk.

5 November 2007. 2011. Archived from the original ( Retrieved 20 December 2013. New York Times. ^ Mark Wilson (2008-09-23). The Atlantic.era. Retrieved 17 February 2012. Laura. accounting for two thirds of the devices on its 3G network. and it's due out shortly" ( Helft. Archived from the original (http://www. 9. Bloomberg. Softpedia. Ryan (August 28. ^ a b "All T-Mobile retail stores to carry G1" (http://news.wikipedia.Wikipedia. HTC's first Android device with its Sense software. 4. the free encyclopedia noted that the Dream would have been "another average smart QWERTY messenger" had it not been for its introduction of Android.businessweek.htm) on February 24. Retrieved 2012-02-17. ^ (in Polish). ^ "Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices" (http://www.html) an Android device developed for Google by HTC to launch the Nexus series of flagship devices References ^ "The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android" (http://www. 8. in conclusion. 2005). T-Mobile announced that it had sold over a million G1's in the United States. ^ Elgin.openhandsetalliance. http://en. 2007). 11. Nexus One. Ben (August 17. HTC's second Android device HTC Hero. 10. but still believed that "it gets the things that matter done and gets them done 6. gizmodo."[17] Commercial reception In April 2009. "Smartphone Is Expected via Google" ( 3. Retrieved 18 June 2013. ^ "Era G1" ( CNET. the Dream was considered "far from the perfect package". Bloomberg Businessweek .html) (Press release).html?_r=1&ref=technology&oref=slogin). ^ "Rogers announces HTC Dream (G1) and Magic coming in June" (http://bgr.shtml). Era GSM. Retrieved 2012-02-20. "Google Buys Android for Its Mobile Arsenal" (http://www.12/2/2014 HTC Dream . ^ "T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) Discontinued" (http://news. "Google is working on a mobile OS. Retrieved 19 May 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-27. Retrieved 15 February 2009.aspx?id=66338&lang=1033) 5/7 .com/news/T-Mobile-G1-HTC-DreamDiscontinued-149371.[29] See also Comparison of Android devices List of HTC devices HTC Retrieved 17 June 2013. 5. 2. ^ "T-Mobile Unveils the T-Mobile G1 — the Second Phone Powered by Android" ( "T-Mobile G1: Full Details of the HTC Dream Android Phone" (http://gizmodo.theatlantic. Boy Genius Report. ^ a b Holson. Retrieved 15 August 2008.cnet. AdMob estimated in March 2009 that Android and the G1 had reached a market share of 6% in the United States. HTC. 7. Retrieved 17 June 2013.aspx?id=66338&lang=1033) on 12 July 2011. CBS Interactive. Penske Media Corporation.softpedia. Open Handset Alliance. Miguel (14 August 2008).com/www/press.

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