First it was your search toolbar, then Google took over your browser, now its trying to take over your life right from your pocket. This is definitely the biggest news in tech for this week at least, the first ever device running on google’s android OS. Last November 2007, the company announced its Android mobile operating system, and 34 companies are on board to develop applications for the cell-phone platform as part of the Open Handset Alliance. The open software platform is hoped to go head-to-head with smartphone software from RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, and Palm. Theres already a lot of promising apps for the platform largely because of the android developer challenge (check out all awesome, and now rich, winners here) and also because this os is OPEN SOURCE. And because of this open source-ness the developers believe that this OS is pretty much future proof.
Another huge development in this story comes from another huge internet player, Amazon.com, which has just announced that the G1 will come preinstalled with its music store, thats over 6 friggin million worth of songs, DRM-free songs at that. This is another opportunity for the major music labels to take a piece of the iTunes pie if not overthrow the music store entirely. Check out the amazon press release here.
Some early info:
The cost will be an iPhone competitive 199 179 bucks (with a low-cost data plan of course), 399 (contract free)
no 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you need a custom headphone jack to listen to all those music from amazon
Its expected to be available by October this year, Oct 22 is the target date
doesnt come with a video player, but hopefully 3rd party developers will fix that and theres a free downloadable player available
will only be sold near T-Mobiles 3G coverage (2.5 mile radius)
no Microsoft Exchange and iTunes support
Possibility of better apps because developers wont have to go through all the hoops that Apple has
More hardware options in the future – a few major fone makers have already expressed interest in creating hardware to run Android OS, with sony-ericson being the most talked about
One-click Google search and easy access to all Google Applications – Quick and easy access to the Internet in one click. One touch access to Google applications:
Maps (including satellite, traffic and street views)
Size–4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 in
Display–65K color screen, HVGA (480×320)
Talk Time–5 hours
Standby Time–130 hours
Expandable up to 8 gig memory…
No stereo bluetooth.
Gmail account required to sign in and use, no corporate access email available.
GPS is confirmed. No video capture. 3.1 mp camera
This is also a great sort of coming out party for HTC as a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the mobile phone industry, they’ve enjoyed a lot of success recently but if they pull this one of it’ll probably be their best victory for this year.
Check out the fineprint from T-mobile’s website:
**3G coverage is available only in certain markets. See coverage map for details. Data: If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less. Your data session, plan, or service may be suspended, terminated, or restricted for significant roaming or if you use your service in a way that interferes with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users. Some devices require specific data plans; if you do not have the right plan for your device, you may not be able to use data services. Some downloads, such as movies, music, and games, not included. Domestic use only.