Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Google Introduces an iPhone Rival Open to Whims
SAN FRANCISCO — Google and T-Mobile unveiled their answer to the iPhone on Tuesday, pulling the wraps off a slick mobile device that combines a touch screen and a keyboard and is aimed at putting the Internet in the pockets of millions of cellphone users.
The T-Mobile G1 will cost $179, $20 less than the iPhone.
Pogue: A First Look at Google’s New Phone
Times Topics: Google Inc.
The Google founders Larry Page, left, and Sergey Brin introduced the G1 on Tuesday in New York. The G1, Google’s smartphone joint venture with T-Mobile, will have an applications store.
The T-Mobile G1, which will be available in the United States on Oct. 22, is the first mobile phone to be powered by Google’s Android operating system. It represents a milestone in Google’s efforts to extend its dominance of the PC-based Internet to mobile phones and further loosen the control that wireless carriers have over what consumers can do with their phones.
Analysts said that the G1 did not represent the kind of revolutionary change in design and function that Apple introduced last year with the iPhone. But the G1 is likely to further accelerate two trends that will have a lasting impact on the wireless industry: the growing use of the Internet on the go, and the ability of consumers to customize their phones with their favorite functions.