GPhone, Google phone, T-Mobile G1… Call it what you will, we now know how you can get your hands on the first Android phone – T-Mobile’s exclusive new smartphone running on Google’s Android mobile handset operating system. More or less.
The smartphone will be free on monthly contracts from £40+, says T-Mobile, including unlimited browsing.
Other key points in the T-Mobile G1 gphone announcement:
- available in UK by Christmas 2008
- QWERTY keyboard and trackball
- 3G (HSDPA) and Wi-Fi built in
- microSD slot
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- manufactured by HTC
- built-in access to “Android Market” – Android’s answer to the iPhone Apps store
- Android’s an open-source platform – so there’s a chance it’ll see faster, more flexible developments than other platforms…
Update @ 18:20 – Ian Grant’s T-Mobile G1 story on ComputerWeekly.com has further details – the barcode scanner / price comparison application could be a great bargaining tool when haggling with ‘price promise’ retailers.