T-Mobile unveils the T-Mobile G1 with Google – the first phone to run on Android

T-Mobile today unveiled the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1, the first phone to run on Android, the innovative open source mobile phone software platform. The Android Market allows users of the T-Mobile G1 to choose from a variety of applications in order to tailor their phone to suit their lifestyle. The T-Mobile G1 will be available exclusively from T-Mobile in the UK before Christmas this year.

The T-Mobile G1 has full touch screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard, which makes navigating the different functions of the device easy. It’s perfect for whatever communication users prefer, whether it’s calling, texting, email, or having instant messenger conversations. It’s also optimised for accessing the internet on your phone, so users can keep up to date with social networking sites such as Facebook, search for locations on Google Maps, or upload photographs to image-sharing websites.

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 further customise their phone to fit their lifestyle.

Jim Hyde, chief executive at T-Mobile UK, 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,2 he continued. “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.”

The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which is anticipated over time to host hundreds of unique applications and mash-ups of existing and new services from developers around the world. With just a couple of short clicks, customers can find and download a wide range of innovative software applications, from games to social networking and on the go shopping, to customise their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. A selection of unique, first of a kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market when the phone launches.

Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner commented: “Google is moving into the mobile devices market not to become yet another mobile phone manufacturer but to enable a large addressable market for its services and applications. The G1 is the first of a series of devices that will come to market and will be optimised to offer consumers a superior experience when using Google services and applications. Without such services and applications the G1 will risk being just another touch screen device trying to compete for consumers’ preference this Christmas.”

While Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, warned: “The G1 is the first device coming to market supporting Google’s operating system Android. Although this will give us a taste of what the platform will be able to do, we are expecting some limitations given this is the first device. There will be more to come in 2009 when manufacturers such as Samsung and LG will deliver their devices. Android has the potential to become the de facto operating system (OS) for Linux and we expect sales to reach around 10% of the smartphone market in 2011.”

The T-Mobile G1 delivers a premium, easy to use device that combines communication with internet on your phone. T-Mobile and Google teamed up with manufacturer HTC to integrate the phone’s form and function. The T-Mobile G1’s vibrant, high quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s email, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation.

With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers can instantly search for relevant information with the touch of a finger. A full HTML internet browser allows users to see any website the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen. With built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G (HSDPA) network as well as Wi-Fi, the T-Mobile G1 automatically connects to the best available high-speed data connection for surfing the internet and downloading information quickly and effortlessly. The T-Mobile G1 will seamlessly transfer between 3G and accessible WiFi networks.

With Google Maps, Google’s maps service, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps, satellite imagery, find local businesses and get driving directions, all from the phone’s easy-to-use touch interface.

The T-Mobile G1 also features a rich HTML email client, which seamlessly syncs your email, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP mail services. The T-Mobile G1 is a fully multi-tasking device, so users can surf the internet whilst their emails are being downloaded. Combined with support for instant messaging provided by Google Talk, as well as high speed internet browsing and a three megapixel camera with photo sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle, whether sharing pictures, checking the latest sports scores or accessing social networking sites.

Customers can use the T-Mobile G1’s 3G and Wi-Fi connection to upload and post pictures to their personal blog or download music and videos from their favorite web sites. Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content, easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.

The T-Mobile G1 will be available for free on price plans from £40 a month, which will include unlimited mobile internet browsing.

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