Google has just posted a video which gives a short walkthrough which shows how the Android OS and various Google services interact. the google Calendar, Gmail contacts, GTalk and more are all linked together to give users a seamless experience.
While we were taking in the LIVE T-Mobile press event in New York, we finally got the official HTC press release about the HTC G1.
Here’s the text from the e-mail:
"We want to share that today HTC, in conjunction with Google and T-Mobile have announced the world’s first Android-powered device, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle. Through a vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun; the three companies partnered for today’s historical unveiling. The T-Mobile G1 features a QWERTY keyboard, vibrant full touch-screen functionality and a mobile Web experience that incorporates Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and other popular Google products.
Working together, HTC, T-Mobile and Google integrated to deliver a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. The phone’s sliding screen design allows users to easily communicate with friends online or use the T-Mobile G1’s messaging capabilities. For additional device access, the T-Mobile G1 features a convenient trackball from quick, one-handed navigation."Starting today, T-Mobile customers can pre-order the T-Mobile G1 at www.T-MobileG1.com. Beginning October 22nd, the device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores for a $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. In addition, the T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
For more information about today’s announcement including a live broadcast of the announcement, device features and facts, please visit www.T-MobileG1.com. Please see below for the full press release. "
Q. Will the G1 work as a tethered modem?
Q. Will the G1 be able to read Microsoft Office files?
A. Yes, read only for now
Q. Will the G1 be sim locked?
Q. Will the G1 be available in markets with no 3G?
A. Yes, customers will have to order the G1 over the internet
Q. Is the SIM locked G1 unlockable?
A. There are no guarantees, $179 is a good price so we want to make sure consumers use it on the network we optimized it for
Q. What type of marketing will be expect?
A. google and T-Mobile will be marketed in October and be the biggest campaign T-Mobile will ever launch
Q. Will thew G1 use the Chrome browser?
A. The G1 will the WebKit of "Chrome Light"
Q. Who is the main demographic for the G1?
A. The G1 will have mass appeal, something for everyone. For the youth and family, a consumer, not an enterprise device.
Q. What are the plans for Gmail on the G1
A. Threading options, labels, search. E-mail services will be integrated through the front end.
Q. Does it work with iTunes and Skype and internationally?
A. AAC WMA, MPS, on iTunes DRM files. No Skype at the moment. It will work on GSM all over the world.
The pricing for the T-mobile G1 will be $179 and current T-Mobile customers will be able to pre-order from the T-MobileG1.com site later today. There will be two data plans both with unlimited internet access for $25 and $35 with different messaging options. The phone will be available in October 22.
The streaming video player on T-MobileG1.com us up and running, but for the moment all you can get is a static image with the G1 logo and some tribal music. T-Mobile’s gearing up for the beginning of their launch event in only a few minutes. We’ll keep you posted with any new updates we find.
UPDATE: Someone seems to be having some fun with the music. It just switched from tribal drums to country western for a few seconds and then went dead. And now it’s back again
Check out the read link for more infor on the video stream.
Here are some features that will be offered on T-Mobile’s HTC G1:
One click access: Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, google Talk
Size: 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 in
Weight: 5.6 ounces
Screen: 65K color screen, HVGA (480×320)
Talk Time: 5 hours
Standby Time: 130 hours
Memory: expandable to 8GB
Bluetooth: no stereo bluetooth
Camera: 3.1mp (no video capture)
Only 19 minutes to T-Mobile’s press event.
T-Mobile is really bad at keeping a secret. We have less than 30 minutes before their press even starts and we’re still geting news on more leaked information. Below you will find some info on what T-Mobile stores will be carrying the G1. As most of us suspected, the HTC G1 will only be available in T-Mobile’s 3G markets, but demo units will be in all T-Mobile stores regardless of their market’s data speed.
“Available in all stores within 3G boundary area, regardless of whether or not store is in a 3G dead spot. Available in some locations directly outside of the 3G boundary area due to the fact that some customers who live in the 3G boundary area shop within a 2 – 5 mile radius and the store they would go to is outside of the 3G boundary area.
For those stores not in 3G markets, a demo unit and merchandising will be in store so rep can show customer what the experience on G1 is like on the 2G network. If customer is ok with experience, Rep can help them purchase a device on T-Mobile.com”