G1 Live: T-Mobile USA Set To Unveil The First Google Android Phone

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imageAfter tons of rumors and speculation that this moment would not occur this year, T-Mobile USA is lifting the curtain on the first Google Android device. The phone, which is manufactured by HTC, is built on a Linux operating system foundation with a Java user-interface and is technically being overseen by the Open Handset Alliance. The major players from HTC, Google and T-Mobile were at the press conference to make short presentations. The rest of the morning will provide reporters with the opportunity for hands-on use of the device.

More details were provided in a press release, check that out in a following post.

Christopher Schläffer, group product and innovation officer of Deutsche Telekom: “We are launching the first Android phone…We will bring the first android device to the market at the end of this year, we at Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT) are committed to driving innovation with our partners and friends at Google…We think the mobile internet is the predominate trend going forward, and we would like to leverage that opportunity.”

Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms at Google: “Google was a company that was founded on the Internet, and that of course fuels innovation. With Android we are bringing those advances and strategies to T-Mobile G1. Because the platform is open, Android is somewhat future-proof because it has openness.”

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC: I know today isn’t just a big day in New York. There’s a tremendous effort to make this Android Open Handset Alliance happen. I would like to congratulate T-Mobile teams in the U.S. and Europe. HTC, Google and T-Mobile share the same vision of making the Mobile Internet, fun, practical. The T-Mobile G1 will appeal to a variety of people. I’ve been working in this industry very long, and I’ve found Android perform nimble, flexible and powerful, and Android G1 represents a fundamental shift on where and when people can consume the Internet.

Cole Brodman, chief development officer, T-Mobile USA: “This has been a three-year journey. What led up to this? Why did we invest in the platform with HTC and Google (NSDQ: GOOG). What’s been lacking is a compelling set of applications that take advantage of broadband networks. U.S. consumers overconsume everything, they lead the world in text and voice usage, and yet mobile Internet penetration lags. Why? Because there hasn’t been compelling user experiences to lean in to. We are going to change all of that? We are going to lean into open standards and systems, and great handset manufacturers, and we are going to lean on third-parties that led the creation of the Internet. We believe we’ll watch consumers to embrace the mobile Internet. No more fuzzy pictures on the Internet and no more unsubstantiated blog posts, we are here to introduce the G1.”

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Rikke Helms

Android is positive step for the mobile industry, and Google should be applauded for developing an open-source operating system that actually encourages more application developers to get involved, rather than locking them out. It must now take advantage of the huge market opening up for mobile business applications, as more and more enterprises demand bespoke software that caters to their own mobile workforce needs, rather than relying on the generic applications available on existing devices. As developers have been working with the Android platform for many months now, Google looks to have a huge advantage of being able to offer customisable devices to both businesses and consumers alike from the get-go.

Nevertheless, while it’s always big news when a tech giant attempts to enter a new market, it will still be a challenge for Google to take on such established players as RIM.

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