Google G1 phone finally arrives. Almost

After the months of speculation, the first ever “Google phone” has been released – the G1 phone from T-Mobile and HTC, running on the Google-backed Android open source platform.

But this was still just the official unveiling. While the phone will be available in the States on 22 October, the UK will have to wait until  "early November", according to T-Mobile, and Europe until Q1 2009.

A sort-of iPhone look-alike, the spec is quite impressive:

  • Touch screen
  • Drag and drop UI
  • Size: 117.7 mm x 55.7 mm x 17.1 mm (LxWxT)
  • Weight: 158 grams
  • Slide out (full QWERTY) keyboard
  • HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe: 2100 MHz, US:1700/2100 MHz
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (headset, hands-free profile)
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz
  • Memory: ROM:  256 MB, RAM:  192 MB
  • Talk time: Up to 350 minutes for WCDMA, 406 minutes for GSM
  • Music support (one-click ordering through Amazon)
  • Compass mode (location awareness)
  • Support for Push email

One of the interesting points raised is that the G1 represents a landmark in mobile computing convergence. So says ABI Research Director Kevin Burden said in a statement from the analysis company yesterday:

"Today's unveiling of the T-Mobile G1, the first mobile phone based on the Android platform from the Google-spawned Open Handset Alliance, may be the beginning of a significant movement towards a situation in which a majority of mobile phones will run a high-level operating system, rather than the variety of real-time operating systems currently powering more than 85% of the world's mobile phones."

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