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The Federal Communications Commission Approved the First Android Phone

On Monday the Federal Communications Commission approved the first Android phone, a 3G widget that High Tech Computer is making for T-Mobile called the Dream.

There’s talk of pre-ordering next month with reputed pricing running anywhere from $150-$399, with availability conceivably in November.

Meanwhile, Google updated the open source Android SDK for the third time to rev 0.9; its Java/Linux code may not be compatible with 1.0 but it’s close – albeit lacking IM and Bluetooth, which were yanked.

Google is now supposed to provide instant messaging as a service off its servers.

The 1.0 SDK is due in September.

Since there are no phones to run any applications on, the SDK conveniently provides an emulator.

Meeting the holiday rush is gonna be a problem for Android phones but Google is supposed to have bigger fish to fry. VentureBeat suggests the Android OS is bound longer-term for set-top boxes, MP3 players and other widgets.

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