May 07, 2009 at 11:02 AM EDT
Android phones rolling out in Canada in June
Rogers Communications Inc. will launch two mobile devices in June that will run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, making it the first carrier in Canada to carry the so-called "Google phone."
(IBTimes) -- 05/07/2009 --

Rogers Communications Inc. will launch two mobile devices in June that will run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, making it the first carrier in Canada to carry the so-called "Google phone."

The cable and wireless giant said it will launch the Android-powered HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) and Magic smartphones on its network on June 2.

The Dream phone has been on sale as the T-Mobile G1 for some time now, and has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen that slides away to reveal a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Magic, which lacks the G1's flip-out keyboard and uses a touch-screen software keyboard instead, has recently gone on sale in Europe with carrier Vodafone.

"Both devices offer outstanding wireless Internet search capabilities and a full suite of applications that run two times faster on Canada's fastest mobile network," boasted John Boynton, Rogers Wireless' chief marketing officer in a statement Thursday.

Unlike Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry line, there is no such thing as a single Google phone. Instead, Google has partnered with several hardware makers to make a range of devices that run on its Android mobile software.

The search engine giant is hoping the strategy will help it generate more revenue by selling mobile ads as it's a key area of growth for the company.

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