T-Mobile launches G1

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Oct 252008

T-Mobile G1

Just having posted about a security flaw on the just released T-Mobile G1, I realized that I completely missed the announcement earlier this week.

T-Mobile launched the G1 after a successful pre-order period that saw existing customers get first dibs on the first ever Google Android-powered mobile phone. The G1 is now available in select retail stores across the U.S. and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. The Android Market also launched.

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications-from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping-to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users.

The T-Mobile G1 is available for as low as USD$179.99 with a two-year voice and data service contract (with a minimum of USD$55 per month). Without a service contract, the G1 will sell for USD$399.99.

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Google unveils Android open mobile device platform

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Nov 052007


As reported on Saturday, Google unveiled the details about its Android open platform for mobile devices and Open Handset Alliance today. Through Android, developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.

As expected, the Android platform is an integrated mobile “software stack” that consists of an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface and applications. It will be available under a open-source license, allowing carriers, manufacturers and developers to customize the application as much as they want as well as develop new software for it. A software development kit should be released next week.

So far, the Open Handset Alliance is comprised of thirty-four companies, including Broadcom, China Mobile, HTC, Intel, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, SiRF, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

There will be no gphone. Google will leave the actual devices to the manufacturers. Devices based on Android will begin to appear in the second half of 2008.

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