9/23/2008 4:41:00 PM
The Google Android device unveiled
Google, HTC and T-Mobile has finally launched the much anticipated Android handset. The G1 phone will be exclusively available on T-Mobile.
The phone is optimised for internet usage. It comes with a HTML browser and connects to 3G and Wi-Fi. It is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, Google’s application store, which offers applications specifically developed for the handset.
The G1 comes with a touch screen as well as a sliding QWERTY keyboard. It has been developed primarily for consumers as an internet device, but the three companies behind the it believe it will also appeal to enterprise users.
It comes preloaded with of applications, such as the Amazon Music Store. The G1 is also the first phone to give access to Android Market, Google’s application store similar to Apple’s App Store, where users can download apps onto the handset.
The phone will be available from early Oct in the UK, free on £40 per month tariff.
T-Mobile’s CEO, Jim Hyde said: ‘The T-Mobile G1 is the first device to run on the Android platform, giving customers unprecedented ability to make their mobile work just the way they want. Today, we increasingly use many different ways to keep in touch – from simple calls and email, to instant messaging and status updates on social networks. The T-Mobile G1 is a unique mobile, designed with the new possibilities of online communication in mind.
Customers can tailor their phones with access to a variety of innovative applications. We’re thrilled to offer this exciting breakthrough that gives people unlimited freedom to communicate they way they want to – it will change the way we use our mobiles.’