Tuesday, September 23, 2008

T-Mobile G1 "Android Phone" Becomes Official

According to the Official Google Blog today, T-Mobile officially announced the release of the world's first Android-powered phone.

The G1 is manufactured by HTC, will cost $179, presumably with a 2-year contract. The Gi is going to be a T-Mobile exclusive and will be SIM-locked to T-Mobile's network. Plans will be add-ons for T-Mobile voice plans. For $25/month, customers will get unlimited Web and Internet access with no prepaid SMS. For $35, T-Mobile will bundle some SMS minutes along with the unlimited Web/Internet.

The G1 will run on both 3G and Wi-Fi and be tethered to the T-Mobile (DT) network. It will come preloaded with a version of Amazon’s MP3 store and Android Market, an application store similar to Apple’s App Store. And it will support and sync with the broad spectrum of Google apps – Google Talk, Google Calendar, YouTube etc. Its browser is something the dev team refers to as Chrome-Lite, a mobile version of Google’s new Webkit-based Chrome browser.

The G1 will support PDFs and Microsoft Office documents, email will be handled through Gmail; there currently is no Exchange support, though we are fairly certain someone is working on the development for release through the Android Market.

The US launch date will be October 22, with Europe launch in November. Existing T-Mobile customers will be able to pre-order online. Others will be able to purchase the G1 when device becomes available in retail.

For more information on Android development checkout the Android Developers Blog.

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