You won’t be able to actually go hands-on with the new G1 until October 22nd, but thanks to a new website by T-Mobile you won’t have to wait that long to start playing with it’s Google Android-based operating system.
Just head on over to the G1 site here and select “Emulator” and you’ll be presented with a [mostly] fully functioning virtual G1 (some screens aren’t working but there’s enough that is to give you a pretty decent idea what it will be like to use the G1.
The highly anticipated HTC G1 phone on T-Mobile, the first Google Android-based handset to go on sale, won’t be available until October 22nd but has already apparently sold out.
According to T-Mobile even after tripling production on the G1 there were so many pre-sales for the device that it has sold out. You can still order it but you won’t be able to get it right at launch.
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.
For more info on the G1 check out T-Mobile’s dedicated site here.
Cellular carrier T-Mobile today announced the first commercial Google Android-based handset and as expected it’s by HTC.
The G1 (formerly known as the ‘Dream’) will include features like:
- GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA support
- Wi-Fi support
- Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 3.17-inch 65K color touchscreen display with HVGA resolution (480 x 320)
- 3.1 megapixel camera
- 1GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 8GB
- Built-in GPS
- Android Market (online store similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone)
- YouTube playback
Another neat feature that I hadn’t heard about before this morning is integration with the Amazon MP3 store for purchasing and downloading DRM-free songs starting at 89 cents. Just like the iPhone, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection to purchase a song, but you’ll be able to preview it using your phones data connection.
Look for reviews to start hitting soon and check out the G1 in person beginning on October 22nd when it hit’s T-Mobile stores for $179 with a two-year contract.
Cellular carrier announced a few weeks ago that they were looking into their own iPhone App Store-like online store that would allow their handsets to download new goodies similar to how the iPhone and iPod Touch can now using Apple’s App Store.
T-Mobile’s Venetia Espinoza and Sue Schmitz announced a bit more info about what to expect from the upcoming store:
- The initial offering will allow free and paid apps and nothing will contain advertising. There will also be no Android apps (they will be in Google’s own Android Marketplace store), nor will there be Sidekick apps.
- The developer agreement will be available next week.
- 50/50 revenue split with developers able to increase their amount to as much as 70% if they meet certain criteria such as providing multiple points of contact for support and supporting 10 or more T-Mobile handsets.
- T-Mobile will provide demo handsets and a virtual lab to developers.
- Free apps can be added to the store at no cost to developers but there will be limitations for how much bandwidth they can use.
- There won’t be an API available to allow developers to access handset features such as GPS, contacts, camera, etc.
As the release of the first Google Android-based smartphone, the HTC Dream, draws near, as expected more info is starting to leak out.
The shots above are leaked photos of the Dream, showing off the slide-out keyboard, a few screens, and it’s size compared to a couple of other devices.
Is it just me? It looks a bit…cheap.
One of the potential roadblocks to the first Google Android-based handset being released in the next few months has been cleared as the FCC has approved the handset for operation in the US.
Hopefully that means we’ll be getting an official announcement about its launch soon.
The New York Times reported today that T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a handset based on Google’s Android platform.
The handset, made by HTC and called the Dream, could be out as early as October, possibly sooner if the FCC clears it earlier than expected.
The Dream will have both an iPhone-like touchscreen as well as hardware controls, and feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Silicon Alley Insider was able to do an early review of the Dream and says that the the video below is pretty accurate but in comparison to the iPhone it is “big and bulky” and the user interface that is less intuitive.
Google also appears ready to [finally] update it’s SDK to the unlucky masses who weren’t among the 50 winners of the developers contest held earlier this year and who have been given early access to updated SDK builds.
While the iPhone was a successful product well before the App Store launched this year, having something like the App Store available sure isn’t helping the competitors much.
A one-stop-shopping for everything iPhone and iPod Touch that makes buying and installing a new application roughly as simple as buying a song from iTunes much be giving the competition fits. Plus, that’s a lot of potential revenue they’re unable to take advantage of.
Not blind to this, T-Mobile has announced that they will start looking into their own App Store-like store that would be used by all handsets in their line-up.
It will be interesting to see what they come up with an how well it works.
Apple has a few advantages here, not the least of which is that the iPhone and iPod Touches all run the same firmware and roughly the same hardware so developers don’t have to worry as much they might otherwise have to about compatibility.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, offers devices that run multiple platforms and use hardware from multiple vendors, so look for it to be a bit more complicated.
T-Mobile subscribers in Las Vegas got a nice treat today as the companies 3G data service went online.
So far it’s just available in Las Vegas but T-Mobile plans to launch it in 26 other major markets by October 1st (if all goes well) so you won’t have too terribly long to wait.
Want to see if you’re city’s on the list? Here they are (in no specific order):
- New York City
- NJ and Long Island
- Las Vegas (DONE!)
- Kansas city
- Los Angeles
- New England
- San Diego
- Washington DC
- San Francisco
New BlackBerry Bold release dates have hit the Internet, and it looks like some carriers will be making their customers wait a bit.
According to info obtained by BlackBerryNews.com, release dates for different carriers will be as follows:
- July 29 – Rogers
- August 1 – Vodafone UK
- August 4 – T-Mobile Germany
- September 1 (or later) – AT&T
- Sometime in September – O2
Their info says that the Rogers and T-Mobile Germany dates are firm, while the others may slip a bit. In the UK, Vodafone won’t officially say anything except that it will launch before November 1, so the August 1 date is a rumor.