G1 Phone Unveiled
After more than a year of rumors of a “Google Phone” and what it could possibly entail, the Google-branded Android operating system finally became a reality Tuesday, with the introduction of the G1.
The smart phone, the first to use Google’s Android operating system, was introduced at a press conference in New York by executives of Google, T-Mobile and HTC, and will reach stores in October. It is set to cost $179 with a two-year contract, plus a data package costing $25 per month on top of calling fees.
The phone sports an iPhone-like touchscreen, as well as a slide-out keyboard reminiscent of LG’s Voyager phone. It also provides easy access to Google-branded applications such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Street View. There will also be an App Store-like store called Android Market.