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HTC's Magic Smartphone Passes FCC Muster

The touch-screen Android smartphone has T-Mobile's branding, and it will be compatible with the carrier's growing 3G network.


HTC Magic

HTC Magic
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It looks like the T-Mobile G1 will soon have a successor, as the Federal Communications Commission has approved the Android-powered HTC Magic smartphone for T-Mobile.

The smartphone is similar in design to the G1 -- and some are already dubbing it the "G2" -- but it ditches the full slide-out keyboard for a touch-heavy interface. Along with a 3.2-inch touch screen, the Magic has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and it also will have deep integration with Google's Web services. It also will have new OS features like an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and video recording thanks to the "Cupcake" branch of Android development.

The handset was originally introduced at Mobile World Congress for Vodafone, but there was no word on whether it would hit the U.S. market. The smartphone was approved with support for the 1,700-MHz advanced wireless services spectrum, which is what T-Mobile is using to roll out its 3G services.

The Magic passed through the FCC with T-Mobile branding, but there's no word on when it will be commercially available, or at what price. Previous rumors suggested the fourth-largest U.S. carrier would make availability announcements at next week's CTIA Wireless convention.

The Magic likely won't be the last smartphone that will be powered by Google's Linux-based mobile operating system, as multiple manufacturers will release Android phones in 2009. HTC already has said it will have at least three Android phones this year, and other devices are expected from Asus-Garmin, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson.


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