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Now that the Google phone, running the open source Android operating system, has made its debut, is it relevant to web workers?

Now that the Google phone, running the open source Android operating system, has made its debut, is it relevant to web workers? The GigaOm Network has done several good posts from several angles today, where web workers can get some answers. My own take is that this first phone won’t have major appeal for web workers, but this and other Android-based phones could definitely be strong contenders in the near future.

One thing for web workers to note about the T-Mobile G1 is that it ties in heavily with Google applications and services. That’s partly to Google’s own benefit, but it’s still true that many web workers make heavy use of Google’s offerings.

As Liz noted in here informative live blogging post from the announcement of the G1. the phone makes use of Google services such as Google Maps, StreetView and Gmail. It gets creative with this, too. For example, you can view a StreetView glimpse of where you are as you walk down the street, and the view will update as you move along. Likewise, you can jump straight from contacts on your phone to Google Map views of their locations.

As the first Android-based phone, and Google’s first attempt at a phone, though, there are some things for interested web workers to look out for. First, T-Mobile only offers 3G service in 21 cities in the U.S. James also has a good post up on four things to know about T-Mobile’s 3G.

The mobile experts over at JKOnTheRun have some good thoughts on whether to buy a G1 as well. They like the design and interface.

We’ve also been covering this new phone over on OStatic, and you can find some reaction from the open source community and some predictions here. I think that this first Android phone needs a few things to come together for it to be a real success. In particular, application developers for Android will need to deliver applications just as strong, if not stronger, than the ones appearing for the iPhone. (There is an online app store, similar to Apple’s.)

Many of the applications for the iPhone are consumer-focused, not business-focused. For web workers, good business applications and more tie-ins with Google’s business-centric apps and services could make a difference.

  1. Well I’m done being pumped up by Google about this phone and it’s not even out yet…..Why you ask???

    Well in the fine print on its G1 site: “If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less.” BUT IT GET WORSE!! They can even stop your plan for good..just because I got a cool new phone and want to be a power user!!

    Let me breack it down: 50 kilobits per second is roughly 6 kilobytes per second — about the speed of the dialup modem

    One gigabyte is about how much it takes to download the equivalent of a few albums, a decent quality movie, and a decent quality TV episode — not much. Add to that whatever email, Web browsing, file downloading, app downloading, and whatever else you’ll be doing, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched for the power users that Google is courting to hit that 1 gigabyte cap — 34 MB a day — on a regular basis.

    In closeing I just want to remind you AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint — offer a more liberal cap: 5 gigabytes

    I LOVE YOU GOOGLE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!…before it’s to late

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  2. For example, you can view a StreetView glimpse of where you are as you walk down the street, and the view will update as you move along.

    I can think of exactly zero uses for this.

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  3. @EVAN;

    1. You could be at the location at night, and not be able to see the street sign, the building name, etc.
    2. You can give someone directions, not just turn by turn, but also add, “at the third street light” , or “at lamp post #3″.

    Use your imagination.

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  4. Well done OrganizedFellow, you have great imagination!!!

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  5. Gunther Larssen Sunday, September 28, 2008

    Why would Google, hitch their cool new phone to the bottom-feeder T-Mobile?
    What a waste. Why not just use a couple of cans and a string…

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  6. Well the Google has stretched everywhere. Soon we’ll find Google in our fridge! Google phone?
    Maybe this kind of service should be left to AT&T, Verizon. By offering everything Google could soon offer nothing good enough.
    On the other hand don’t think that Google will allow The Google Phone to have such a low credibility as the most people attach to at this moment. I’m sure the empire will use all its power to push a bit…

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  7. I had no idea how important having 3G could be until I got my iPhone. If the phone isn’t able to run 3G where I live, I don’t think I would ever bother with it. I’m curious to see how this phone plays out though. It is Google, as mentioned above, yet it seems kind of clunky and out-dated (just by looking at photos). I’ll be watching and paying attention, though.

    Jake
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