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.