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, 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. “I am not sure people are going to be lining up at stores for this device,” said Rajeev Chand, an analyst with Rutberg & Company. “The iPhone was a game changer from a consumer perspective. The Google phone may be more of game changer from an industry perspective.”
"For Google, Android is a cash drain," said James Faucette, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities. "They are going to lose money on Android as an operating system. They hope to make it up from the services that they are delivering through their infrastructure and servers."
You have to spend money to make money.
Now Google have Ads in your pocket or pocketbook. :)
I'm due for a new phone in the next few months. I'm up in the air between iPhone and now G1. What should I do? ;)
you should wait to see what else comes out on the Android platform and to see how many people write third party software for it. I am a Blackberry user myself, but a close friend has an iPhone - he thinks all the free/cheap apps that he can download are the greatest things ever.
Honestly check out the Nokia N-series. Their website has some great previews of them. Especially take notice of the "Internet Tablet". Love the full keyboard that slides out over the iPhone touch pad which I find impossible to use.
They came out just before the iPhones and IMO are way better but Nokia never does any good advertising in North America so you never hear about them.
[edited by: Demaestro at 4:00 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2008]