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.