The Google Android OS has been released, and here is the first phone that will be using it – the T-Mobile G1. Announced at a press conference in New York, it is set to launch on October 22 for US$179 on a two-year contract, or US$399 contract-free. Existing customers will be getting it first, before giving it out to new customers.
However, those in the UK will get this phone in “early November”; and the phone will also launch in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2009, all under T-Mobile.
It will feature WiFi and 3G support, a 3 megapixel camera, and support for the Android Market and Amazon’s MP3 store – similar to the iPhone’s iTunes Music Store App and the Apps Store. Full specs below:
- WiFi, HSDPA 1700/2100 and quadband EDGE connections
- 3D graphics acceleration
- 1GB on-board storage, with microSD support
- 3-megapixel camera, but cannot record video.
- Android Market (apps store) and Amazon MP3 app (music store)
- All of Google services; including push Gmail support
- Google Maps with Street View
- Full HTML client
- Bluetooth (no A2DP)
- No Microsoft Exchange support
- No desktop sync