The Dream phone—the first wireless handset to be based on Google’s Android mobile platform—received the green light this week from the FCC, fueling predictions that inaugural Android devices will be introduced in time for the 2008 holiday gift giving season. Designed and manufactured by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC), the Dream phone was developed under the auspices of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) that was launched last year by Google with the goal of establishing an open and comprehensive mobile data platform for the wireless industry. T-Mobile USA, an OHA member and partner of HTC, is expected to market the Dream phone to its wireless customers as early as November. Like the popular Blackberry e-mail device, the Dream phone will feature a trackball and will also boast a touch screen—larger than that offered on the Apple iPhone—that slides out to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. Sources say that the Dream phone will feature push e-mail via Google’s Gmail service and will also bring targeted ad content to users, based on Google’s advertising platform, that is tailored according to subscriber interests. Observing, “you carry your [wireless] phone with you everywhere,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted: “we can make more in mobile than desktop, eventually.”