Google's phone software launched
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 25/09/2008 06:21
The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones takes a look at Android, the new mobile phone platform launched by Google.
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Google's Android mobile unveiled
The first mobile telephone using Google's Android software has been unveiled.
The T-Mobile G1 handset will be available in the UK in time for Christmas.
Google G1: A first look at the first phone
Neither Google nor T-Mobile would even pronounce the name of their obvious rival at the launch event for the search giant's first mobile phone today, but anyone picking up a G1 when it comes to the UK in November will immediately compare it to the iPhone.
Firstly, the G1 looks more like a phone than its rival - it has the traditional red and green call buttons, plus helpful 'back' and 'home' buttons if you make a mistake - and a track ball like a BlackBerry which can be used as a mouse for anyone who finds touchscreens too confusing. The biggest difference, however, is the full qwerty keypad that appears when the screen is slid to one side. The buttons look tiny but are remarkably responsive and generate fewer mistakes than the iPhone's virtual keypad.
Google Introduces an iPhone Rival Open to Whims
Google and T-Mobile unveiled their answer to the iPhone on Tuesday, pulling the wraps off a slick mobile device that combines a touch screen and a keyboard and is aimed at putting the Internet in the pockets of millions of cellphone users.
The T-Mobile G1, which will be available in the United States on Oct. 22, is the first mobile phone to be powered by Google's Android operating system. It represents a milestone in Google's efforts to extend its dominance of the PC-based Internet to mobile phones and further loosen the control that wireless carriers have over what consumers can do with their phones.
Google's First Phone: The iPhone With More Buttons
If the HTC's new G1 cellphone, featuring Google's Android software, were introduced two years ago, jaws would drop. But Apple's iPhone already won the wows that go to the first small phone that is truly good at Web browsing. So the G1 offers some interesting evolution, but not a revolution in the concept.
After playing with the G1 for 20 minutes, my initial take is that the G1 is the PC to the iPhone's Macintosh.
Android phone makes its debut [IDG]
Open-source HTC smart phone sold by T-mobile has a touch screen similar to the iPhone's, sports 'Chrome-light' browser
The first Android phone looks a lot like the fuzzy pictures that have surfaced online for months, with a touch screen similar to the iPhone's and a full slide-out keyboard.
T-Mobile Inc., Google Inc. and HTC Corp. unveiled the long-awaited G1 Android phone at an event in New York today, revealing pricing, availability and some of the initial applications available for it. They emphasized that the software is open source.