Design issues with the slide-out keyboard gave many pause, and naturally there have been a few other issues with Google’s Android OS. Many have said they’d rather wait until Google irons out the issues that plague all new OSes.
Whether the issues with the phone or the operating system have dampened the popularity, since the G1 premiered, there have been almost no rumors about future Gphones. Motorola’s promised Gphone was originally due out next quarter, but probably won’t premier until the end of the year.
The latest rumors about the Samsung Gphone come from a company representative. The phone will be available some time this year for Sprint and T-Mobile—which probably means it’ll be somewhat of a departure from the G1, since T-Mobile would have a hard time selling a unit too similar to the HTC-designed G1.
Speculation includes, of course, a touchscreen design, possibly like the Samsung Omnia or its mobile-TV-ready Instinct, no keyboard, and a launch date of June of this year.
What would you look for in a Gphone?