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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Google Smart Phone Launched

Google and the Open Handset Alliance launched a smartphone that would rival that of Blackberry and Apple's iPhone. The T-Mobile HTC G1, also known as the Google Phone, is the first mobile handset running the new Google-backed Android software.

The G1 smartphone, manufactured by HTC and marketed by T-Mobile, has a 3.2-inch touch display that flips out to reveal a full keyboard and trackball navigation. With Google closely involved, the G1 has tight integration with many of the search giant's offerings, including free push Gmail, wireless syncing with Google's calendar, and support for YouTube.

The phone also has integrated Wi-Fi, and users can hop on to T-Mobile's expanding 3G network for mobile Web access. There's a GPS chip that can use cellular data for assisted GPS services, such as location-based searches, and a full HTML browser is built on the same technology as the recently released Chrome desktop browser. The handset has a multimedia player, preloaded with an application that lets users shop from more than 6 million DRM-free music tracks.

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