AT&T (NYSE: T) is expected to launch an Android-based smartphone in the third quarter, according to DigiTimes, which quotes sources in Taiwan. MobileCrunch reports that it will be available as soon as August. The phone, nicknamed “Lancaster,” will be the third Android phone built by HTC. UPDATE: In addition to the Lancaster, AndroidGuys is reporting that AT&T is also looking to start selling a second Android device — the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Heron — by the end of the year.
The Lancaster is a 3G phone will have a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard and a 3-megapixel camera. The Motorola Heron reportedly has a full Qwerty keyboard that slides out from the bottom of the device, rather than the slide. In addition to the Lancaster and the Heron, HTC reportedly will start shipping the “Bigfoot,” which is the second-generation of the T-Mobile G1, in the fourth quarter and the HTC Magic with T-Mobile USA in the third quarter.
MobileCrunch asserts that AT&T is driving hard at releasing an Android phone in hopes of increasing its exclusivity with Apple’s iPhone, but likely AT&T is just hedging its bets by trying to offer a wide portfolio of devices. Engadget has a picture of the device, which they describe as a cross between the HTC Magic when closed, and the HTC Touch Pro when open.
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