Google have launched their latest innovation - the G1 mobile phone handset, in conjunction with their first network partner T-mobile.
Designed to oppose the insanely popular iPhone and shake Nokia's dominance as the largest mobile manufacturer, this smart phone should be on sale in the UK by Christmas and looks set to change the future of mobile internet.
What it can do
The new G1 handset is only the first of Google's GPhones.
Having been previously referred to under the production names of 'Kila' and the 'HTC Dream', the phone is fitted with a Touchscreen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard and will function in all 3G reception areas.
Being light and compact the phone will offer full and easy one-touch access to the Gmail internet service as well as Google Talk, YouTube and Google Maps, including street views which were previously only available on home computers.
Plus the G1 will come fitted with everything you expect of a modern day handset including a 3.1MP camera, five hour talk time and 130 hour standby time.
However there is no stereo Bluetooth which may disappoint music lovers.
How it works
The G1 runs on Google's new Android operating system.
Specifically designed for use on mobile phones, it has been built in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance - a group of mobile phone manufacturers and networks.
As an 'open-platform' product, the operating system can be used in mobiles or as a basis to write new software without any charge or real restraint.
The stated purpose of the product is to: "Accelerate innovation in
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Upon its release the G1 is expected to cost in the region of 100 - less than half the price of the cheapest iPhone on a Pay As You Talk 02 tariff and more handsets set to follow should keep prices competitive.
LG, Motorola and Samsung plan to unveil their own Google powered handsets next year.
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