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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  • Taha

    lol really… a Magic… I opened this article expecting it to be an unlocked Droid (that I would be very tempted to buy)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      You must wait till 2010 for a GSM Droid :(

  • android guru

    I agree, maybe will see the ADP 3 in Q1 of 2010…. lets keep our fingers crossed.

  • mike

    Still we can;t buy because we are from the Philippines… GOOGLE when???

  • Skythe

    I’m not sure what the confusion is over ADP1/2 supporting Android 2.0. Of course ADP1 will support Android 2.0; just because there have been blogs about 2.0 not being able to fit on the phone means nothing (the same was said for Donut, which i am pretty sure i’m using at the moment!).

    The difference between ADP2 and ADP1 is _exactly_ the same as the difference between HTC Dream and HTC Magic. Plus the addition of it being Sim & Hardware unlocked. It’s just to give developers a choice (i chose ADP1 over HTC Magic, for example, because i wanted the qwerty.. i’d still choose ADP1 over ADP2).

    • Clark Wimberly

      the confusion is that they announced the 2nd generation dev phone and its running 1st gen software (and is quite old).

      I’d expect the dev phone 2 to be running Android 2

  • brybam

    wow, what a letdown I was pretty convinced the droid would be ADP2 I can’t bielive its adp2 ugh. Well, guess ill have to keep waiting for the driod and then ill pick that up.

  • sheff

    It is great news.

  • commandar

    I’m somewhat surprised that they’re releasing a dev phone sans physical keyboard. (I’m assuming the listing of a slide out QWERTY is a typo). Would have made more sense to release a second generation ADP1 with additional internal ROM, IMO.

  • schwiz

    Sorry but this is crap, I’m waiting for devphone 3 :P

  • Polly

    Don’t you mean, this year’s Google I/O?

  • midtoad

    the ADP2 can only be used with 3G data on the T-Mobile network. On any other network, it will be slow, slow, slow. Sadly, this is a very US-centric release.

  • Andrew

    does HTC have something against headphone jacks LOL. Can’t wait for the Dev 3 phone :)

  • ayman

    im falling in love with my MT3G all over again. the fact that is was chosen AGAIN as the ADP tell u something. its a fantastic phone for those like me, who dont prefer a qwerty keyboard. i like virtual keyboards, i think its faster and it slims the phone down. i think the g1 and the magic phones are the ultimate hacking phone. i love moding and hacking my stuff and the phone is perfect for me. good choice google. the only way this could have been any better is if it had more ram but even so, it runs super quick with the right ROM. try out @dwang5 on twitter, he has a rom that is faster than cyanogen! and when they start to implement 2.0 in the rom, its just gonna be crazy sick!

  • Jawsh

    pretty sure you posted the hardware specs for the dev phone 1.

    # GPS-enabled
    # QWERTY slider keyboard <——
    # Includes 1GB MicroSD card (Can be replaced with up to 16GB card)
    # Included in the box

    * HTC Android Dev Phone 1 <—–
    * USB Cable
    * AC Adapter (with US plug)

  • ceas

    i want that back cover for my mt3g.. :)

  • Zacdroid

    Ok. I okay ow this is a dumb question but I don’t understand the specs. Will this work with AT&T’s 3G

    • Taylor Wimberly

      No, the phone will work on the AT&T Edge network, but does not support their 3G bands.

      It will only do 3G data on T-Mobile’s W-CDMA 1700/2100 bands.

  • Zacdroid

    i thought so.. like i knew it, i’m not new to this, the specs were just very badly labeled and confusing..

    so. i want it on att obviously..
    what do you think of this?….

  • Miguel

    How can I get my hands on this phone? :)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      You have to sign up with Google as a developer to be able to purchase it. Dev account costs $25. Phone is $399.

  • http://Website screwed over

    how hard would it be to turn the tmobile mytouch 3g into adp2?
    actually i would probably rather sell the mytouch and buy the adp2, because i would prefer “HTC” logo on the earpiece instead of “T-Mobile”
    but its more than 3x what i paid for the mt3g..

  • Mats

    I ordered one ADP2. It arrived in Sweden in just two days.
    From a technical point of view im very happy. It took me just three hours to flash the phone with Android 2.1.
    It is however very irritating that i paid 188 USD for “tax+VAT”, and it turned out that this money went straight into the pockets of Googles logistic partner Brightstar. Thereby forcing me to pay the same amount again to the “Swedish IRS”.
    Very unserious, and close to criminal in my opinion.

    • Volodimir

      Can you please provide link to the step-by-step procedure how to upgrade ADP2 to android 2.1? HTC have no released upgrade for ADP2 yet.
      thank you in advance,

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  • http://Website Nate

    unfortunately they will probably just make a new battery cover for the nexus one and call it the adp3 next year *sigh*

  • http://Website Gani

    Can we update adp2′s 1.6 firmware to android 2.0 or froyo etc

  • http://Website Gani

    Hi all,

    Can any one know what is the focal length of adp2 , how to get it using android. It is essential for my application. plz any one let me know this. Thanks in advance

  • http://Website Prince Banga

    Is this posible to delivered the ADP2 HTC Android developer phone to India.

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