T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone
Introducing the T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first phone powered by Android, an innovative mobile software platform. Available for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes popular Google services such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others.
With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Web Search,
T-Mobile customers can now get instant answers on the go to all of their questions and stay connected in more ways than ever before. The T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.
Key Features of the T-Mobile G1 include:
Google's Android G1 challenges the iPhone and BlackBerry
T-Mobile showed off the first mobile phone to run on Google's Android software in New York yesterday, challenging the iPhone and BlackBerry. The G1 goes on sale in U.S. stores Oct. 22, the companies said. The device will cost $179 with a two-year contract, compared with $199 for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3G, which uses AT&T Inc.'s network.
The G1, made by Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC Corp., lets customers use Google applications to search the Web. More Android phones probably will debut next year, based on interest from carriers and developers, said Rich Miner, Google's manager of mobile platforms.
T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. carrier after AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., probably will sell fewer than 500,000 of the phones after they're released in the fourth quarter, analysts say. Apple sold more than 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first three days after their July debut.
Apple succeeded in luring customers away from other networks by making the phone's advanced features more accessible to mainstream users, Forrester Research Inc. analyst Charles Golvin said. He predicted the G1 wouldn't sell more than half a million units if it debuts near the start of the quarter. That prediction isn't too optimistic, T-Mobile Leslie Grady said in an interview.
Google, owner of the world's most-used Web-search engine, aims to capitalize on that popularity in mobile devices, whose ad sales may double in the U.S. in the next year. Users must have a Google account to operate the phone.
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