T-Mobile, which launched the first smartphone to use Google’s Android mobile operating system last year, is to expected to announce the G1’s UK successor later this week.
Another smartphone to get our heads around, but it adds to the competition and the more the merrier, I say.
Official news of the G1 Touch in the UK will follow T-Mobile’s announcement of the G1’s successor in the US today, known as myTouch.
The myTouch handset is exclusive to the US, but similar in design to the HTC Magic handset distributed in Europe by Vodafone.
This makes myTouch slimmer than the G1 and slightly smaller than Apple’s iPhone.
Although said to be different to the HTC Magic handset, the G1 Touch from its name is also likely to feature a touch-screen display with a virtual keyboard.
It will be interesting to see if G1 Touch has artificial intelligence applications like Sherpa for myTouch.
Sherpa includes a learning engine that automatically customises itself to users’ preferences to rank recommended retailers, restaurants and attractions.
G1 Touch is also likely to share myTouch’s high level of integration with Google services.
The myTouch, for example, offers one-touch access to Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa.
It also synchronises with Google contacts and calendars, and combines instant messaging support for Google Talk, AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.
Users of myTouch will be able to access to personal and corporate e-mail, including support for Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and most other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services.
T-Mobile plans to make myTouch available to existing US customers for around $200 with a two-year service contract from 8 July and to new customers from August.