Google Android-Based iPhone Killer Launches 9/23

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News Posted: Mon, Sep 22 2008 6:15 PM
For some time now, rumors of the GPhone (or Google phone) have been circulating around the web.  While it didn't make a whole lot of sense that Google was going to get into the hardware business, especially the highly competitive handset business, it seemed reasonable that Google had an interest in the handheld market for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the huge potential in search.  Though, as we came to find out, it wasn't so much the hardware but the "platform" that Google was interested in.  Tomorrow will bring a lot more clarity to Google's play in the handset business, according to Time, as the first ever Google Andriod operating system-based handset is set for retail availability with T-Mobile customers.  The T-Mobile Dream is go for launch.


Google Android-Based Handset Prototype

The sweetest part of the Dream is the Android Market — Google's answer to the Apple App Store. Whereas many Apple apps cost money (typically anywhere from $.99 to $9.99), at launch all Android Market apps will be free. That includes BreadCrumbz, a picture-based navigation program that doesn't just give you a drawing of your route, but also includes real-world photos to keep you on track. Another interesting app, TuneWiki, is a tricked-out music player that encourages mobile karaoke, by synchronizing written lyrics onscreen to the song's YouTube video.

Let's see, open source, major player support in key enabling technologies like search and navigation, freeware utilities to the public --  Apple, you can be afraid now, very afraid.


This video of the Android concept was published a little less than a year ago and it's still pretty impressive.  Now if they could just find a real service carrier, we'd be in business.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 7:26 PM

I think I speak for everyone when I say:  Let the price war begin!  :)

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 7:48 PM

Hahaha! So true. Love it!

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warlord replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 8:03 PM

Looks good. With that said i still have the most basic of phones

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SqUiD267 replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 8:23 PM

still waiting for the htc touch pro!

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 8:28 PM

yeah man, that thing looks pretty swank!  http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=49518

 

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Please! that thing looks ugly! Someohow I doubt IPhone has anything to worry about!

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kid007 replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 9:00 PM

the Blackberry Bold should be enough for me "hardcore bb fan"

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I don't like the look of the phone really. I can't wait to see the OS though.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 9:46 PM

Agreed clusterdave! I think it's the bad lighting in that shot though, more than anything else.

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SqUiD267 replied on Tue, Sep 23 2008 7:25 AM

it also comes in back  when i get black ill get tghe link if you dont already ahve it.

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warlord:

Looks good. With that said i still have the most basic of phones

 

 Im like Warlord I have this cheap motorola phone with Alltel service! All my needs at this point is a basic phone, with texting.Just dont really have a need for other than that right now.Sure If I had one I would probably be quite impressed but right now I guess keep it simple.Now on the other hand my daughter is real big on these phones!

 

 

 

 

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Sep 23 2008 12:11 PM

Check it out dudes... Looks pretty spiff!  

http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/23/t-mobile-g1-first-hands-on/

 

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Grahf replied on Tue, Sep 23 2008 2:17 PM

Here's some videos of the press event.

http://www.t-mobileg1.com/g1-announcement.aspx

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looks much better in black. The screen looks smuggy.

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