Posted September 23, 2008 1:39 pm by with 17 comments

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the first android gphone, T-Mobile G1The much-discussed, oft-denied-until-confirmed Google Android “Gphone” is . . . here. Almost. Today’s announcement doesn’t come from the pages of the Wall Street Journal (okay, well, I did see it there, too), but from Google itself.

The announcement? T-Mobile has the first Google Android “Gphone,” the G1. If you pre-order the phone for $179.99 (plus taxes and fees; two-year agreement required), it will be delivered to your door—”as early as” 22 October 2008.

Comparisons to the iPhone are inevitable, but can I just say my jaw actually dropped watching the Flash movie with its features?

  • Touch screen
  • Customizable home screen
  • Phone flips open for a full QWERTY keyboard
  • Three megapixel camera
  • Google Maps Street View—this is where my jaw dropped. You can pan in the Street View photos by just moving the phone in the direction you want the image to turn. (!)
  • One-touch Google search

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Full QWERTY keyboard

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3 megapixel camera

As they’ve long said, the platform is open to developers. They’ve already run developer contests and have more than 1700 apps ready to go.

Business Week also reports that Qualcomm is working on a Gphone, as are four other companies which may include Samsung, LG, and Motorola. All five Gphones are due out in the next six months.

The rumors began in December 2006 and persisted, denied by Google until they finally seemed confirmed as Android, a mobile OS, in October 2007.

Google promised its OS this Fall (which, if you’ve forgotten, started yesterday). In June the WSJ said Android would be later than Google promised. If the phone does arrive on schedule, it will just barely beat the WSJ’s Q4 prediction.

Read the full history of our Gphone/Android coverage.

  • amyalcin

    “Google Maps Street View—this is where my jaw dropped. You can pan in the Street View photos by just moving the phone in the direction you want the image to turn. (!)”

    Now that is pretty cool. I’d like to see that in action.

    I’m wondering if the Gphone will be able hold it’s own next to the iPhone.

  • Dean

    I sure am glad they decided to distribute exclusively through T-Mobile (tongue firmly panted in cheek). I am still hesitant to switch from Verizon to AT&T to get an iPhone. Why the hell would I switch to T-Mobile to get this?

    Note to Verizon: Are you planning on making any attempt to offer an answer to the iPhone? And no, the new Blackberry Storm is not an answer (nor are any of your current devices)

  • Really interested in seeing reviews before I buy the device and also interested in seeing if I’m willing to give up my Blackberry for the phone. 🙂

  • Dean

    @Nick – you may want to check out the Blackberry Storm (available from Verizon ~Nov). If you like your Blackberry, it may be a nice morphing of iPhone and BB. Verizon has been bombarding me with info on this phone since I hinted at jumping to AT&T for the iPhone.

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  • hmmm I’m not sure if it’ll be one for me. I’m not keen on having huge amounts of complexity in the phone, I kinda like attention to detail in making simple things work in a powerful way.

    Having 2 input devices with the keyboard and the touch screen, flipping things around and stuff might be annoying. I like it when real thought goes into building an interface, making the software and hardware work perfectly, coincidentally like an iphone (what a surprise – you saw that coming right?).

    I have jumped to conclusions here thought without playing with it or seeing it properly!! 🙂

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  • i love the fact that there’s a physical qwerty keyboard present. that’s just something i’d rather have in a phone, if possible, so i’m glad it’s being made available here. 🙂

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  • WOW!!
    I am with T-Mobile so i will be the first person to get a chance to see this gadget. Only problem i face with the current BB is when i have to dial some extension or a 1-800 number with some letters in it. Then I go mad looking for some ways to figure out the numbers from the letters.

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  • MGA

    “Google Maps Street View—this is where my jaw dropped. You can pan in the Street View photos by just moving the phone in the direction you want the image to turn. (!)”

    That one i guess from the contest. The real street view application. I am also so curious to see it in action…

  • Gee whiz, I can’t wait for the new Microsoft phone to come out…

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  • It will be interesting to see how this does against the iphone. Im sure it will do good since its google and plus its open source

  • This phone looks slick I cant wait to get a feel for all the options alvailable!

  • But does the Gphone have 3G video calling? No mention of this feature in all the reviews I’ve read about the phone.

  • Google is everywhere….anybody know when will it be available in India??

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  • PS3

    The full qwerty keyboard may be what sets it apart from the iPhone.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone but one of the few annoyances are the keyboard – great for internet, where you can make the screen go landscape but you can’t do that with SMS messages, so gets a bit fiddly.

  • I have not yet made the plunge to iphone, though I have heard bad things about the 3G.

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