Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 23rd Sep 2008 21:46 UTC, submitted by irbis
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After months of anticipation T-Mobile and Google have unveiled the G1, the first commercially available handheld to run Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system. The smartphone, made by HTC, will be available on Oct. 22. The G1 will support 3G, EDGE and WiFi, includes a wide touchscreen besides of a slideout QWERTY keyboard, a 3-megapixel camera, a music player and applications like Google Maps with Street View. More applications are expected soon, developed by the community. In response to Android's entry into the market, the leading cell phone maker Nokia is planning on freeing and making its Symbian platform royalty-free too. Nokia's David Rivas, head of technology management at Nokia's S60 business sees little future for the practice of billing handset vendors for each phone sold with a particular operating system.
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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Phucked on Wed 24th Sep 2008 14:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
Phucked
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2008-09-24

Google is not saying anything with this phone gosh. Google does the software other companies do the hardware as much you cant blame google if the hardware is bad.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Wed 24th Sep 2008 18:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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2005-11-05

Google is not saying anything with this phone gosh. Google does the software other companies do the hardware as much you cant blame google if the hardware is bad.


Of course you can hold Google to account, and you should. Who makes what has nothing to do with it. This will always be seen as a "Google phone", as Google and world +dog know quite well. Google have a brand and a rep to protect. First rule of that is you don't put your name to something that doesn't live up to your image. And if you do, you take the flak.

As it happens, I think blame is a futile activity, in this as in other walks of life. By the looks of things, this just isn't a very good phone unless you are really really keen on Google apps, and its price is close enough to the iPhone to let folks think "I might as well get an iPhone anyway". However, if a head of steam builds up around Android then we can expect much better and slicker phones to come in 2009.

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