Nov 13 AT 11:54 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

ADP2 phone now available to developers

Since the launch of the first Android phone, developers have been able to purchase a special device for testing called the ADP1 (Android developer phone). The phone was essentially a G1 except it was SIM unlocked and hardware unlocked. This meant that developers could easily run the phone on different GSM networks and load custom versions of the Android operating system onto it.

Many developers have been asking when Google might release an updated ADP device that would support Android 2.0. After months of waiting, Google has now officially released the ADP2 phone. The device is essentially the Google Ion phone (HTC Magic/myTouch 3G) that we received at last years Google I/O.

Developers can now choose between two devices.

Developers can now choose between two devices.

I’m a little curious why this device was even made available since it does not currently support Android 2.0. You can make a lot of assumptions based on the release, which adds to the Android 2.0 confusion. Some might see this as a sign that the G1 (HTC Dream) will not be able to support Android 2.0. Others might see this as a positive because HTC/Google might be forced to add support for Android 2.0. If the ADP2 eventually supports Android 2.0, this would also suggest that owners of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G could also expect the update.

If I was a developer looking to buy a phone, I would choose the ADP2 over the ADP1. However, the two phones are essentially the same basic guts with the ADP2 having the larger 512 MB ROM (vs 256 MB ROM of the ADP1).

Hardware Features

  • Android 1.6 OS
  • Dimension (LxWxTmm) 113 x 55.56 x 14.65
  • Display Size 3.17
  • HVGA Resolution
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • 512MB FLASH Memory
  • 192MB RAM
  • MSM7200A,528MHz chipset
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad band
  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA 1700/2100 MHz : BC4
  • 2100 MHz : BC1
  • HSPA Speed HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA 2 Mbps
  • Blutooth 2.0 with EDR
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • 3MP Auto Focus Camera
  • 1340 Battery(mAh)
  • microSD Memory Slot
  • USB 2.0
  • Mailing list

The real question now is “Where is the ADP3 and will it be a true second generation Android phone?”

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