Super Sleuthing: T-Mobile myTouch 3G Arriving August 5th?


We’re all well aware that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be available for pre-order by existing customers on July 8th. But what we still don’t know for sure is the exact launch date. T-Mobile graced us with an oh-so vague release date of ‘early August’, which left a lot of the die-hards reeling for more exact info.

Thanks to the good folks at Android and Me and their stellar sleuthing skills, they’ve uncovered what looks to be a launch date of August 5th. That’d be early August, no? Here’s how Taylor uncovered what he feels to be the launch date:

While browsing my Feedburner stats today, I noticed a new uncommon use from a domain I did not recognize.  I typed in the URL and discovered the dev server for the official myTouch 3G website.  To my surprise, they had a countdown widget in the lower corner that said “myTouch 3G in stores”.

After doing the math, I discovered the launch date to be August 5th, 2009.  I needed to see how the widget was calculating the date, so I viewed the page source.  A quick search revealed what I was looking for:

var launchTime = new Date(2009, 7, 5, 12, 0);

If you don’t know javascript, you might think the date was 7/5, but we know that is incorrect because the phone does not go on presale till 7/8.  When calculating dates, January is the 0 month.  So the actual launch date that is coded into the myTouch 3G launch site is August 5th.

I’m not going to share the dev server URL, but I took screen shots of the countdown widget and javascript.  I really doubt anyone would go through the trouble to fake this, so I would assume it is real.  You be the judge.

Very interesting. August 5th, eh? Can’t confirm or deny it at this point…. But this seems more than reasonable to me.

[Via: Android and Me]

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