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G1 Android Phone Up Close and Personal

G1, the first Google Android mobile operating system based phone designed by HTC and offered by T-Mobile, made its official debut in New York today. The phone will be available starting Oct. 22 and is priced at $180 along with a two-year contract for T-Mobile customers.

The key specs are:

  • Dimensions: 4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”; Weight: 5.6 ounces; Display: 3.17 inches
  • 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities
  • Music player
  • Pre-installed 1 GB Micro SD memory card (support for up to an 8GB memory card)
  • Bluetooth-enabled
  • GPS capabilities
  • Up to 130 hours standby, up to 5 hours talk time
  • Hinged touch screen that slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard
  • Trackball for one-handed navigation
  • Three color options in the U.S. – white, brown and black

The phone offers one-click access to Google search, a full HTML web browser and a zoom function that expands any page by a simple tap on the screen, a la the iPhone.

The device also comes with easy access to popular Google applications such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail and YouTube.

At launch applications from the Android app marketplace include

  • ShopSavvy to help people do comparative shopping
  • Ecorio to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like
  • BreadCrumbz to enable people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; –Amazon MP3 Store

Source: New York Times, Wired Blog Network

Sakin Shrestha

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Hello. My name is Sakin Shrestha, and I am a technology entrepreneur from Nepal. I am passionate about helping this sector grow, for many reasons. The technology sector creates jobs for many young Nepalis who would otherwise migrate to foreign countries. It lets Nepali professionals develop skills for a fast-changing global workplace, and compete at a high level with anyone, anywhere in the world. If it grows, it will provide a viable career option for many young Nepalis, and help us reap the benefits of a global economy.