CNET News Video: T-Mobile launches G1, first Google Android phone
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CNET News Video: T-Mobile launches G1, first Google Android phone

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T-Mobile launches the T-Mobile G1 smartphone, the first Google Android-based phone, which has an interesting feature set, but little polish.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> We're here to celebrate the birth of a new platform, a new device, a new system, and a new set of services that we believe will begin changing. >> Today, we are continuing our strong addition at DiGi Telecom and T-Mobile of being pioneers to open mobile internet. With today's event, we are launching the world's first Android-Based Mobile Phone. >> Developer will be able to use it as a platform and they'll be able to develop their application on the Android platform. But also because of its openness, the developer will be able to modify the platform, make the platform better. Therefore, because the platform is open, we think Android is somewhat feature proof. >> Consumers who have a desire to connect and really use the internet have really not found the mobile internet up to this point be very compelling. We're gonna change all that. So, how we're gonna do that? [ Background Music ] >> Let's take a look at some of the amazing things you can do with the T-Mobile G1. It's got a great touchscreen, a swipe across gives you more elbow room for the cool stuff you wanna see and do. You can also long press to open up options and features that launch with a tap. Got a favorite picture of someone you love? Frame it and drop it right to your home screen. In fact, you can drag and drop any application just like that. You want music? We've made that easy too. One click ordering on Amazon gives you access to the best music in anyone pocket. It has a really terrific music player and with one long press, you can go deeper on what you're really interested in uncovering related material like More Song options. The G1 also multitask so you don't miss a thing. If a friend wants to meet up, you're alerted instantly. Simply pull down the window shade to keep the conversation going. The G1 is not just a great phone it's a powerful communicator with a full slide out keyboard. Instant massaging lets you stay in touch and in the note. Type a few letters and out comes your contact. And if you have an address just click and there it is on the map. G1 takes you beyond data to get you to the information you need in a way you've never seen before. Features like directions and traffic view help you never be lost again or late. Street view opens up a whole new world and let's you checkout landmarks to help you quickly get where you're going. Fanning around with the touchscreen is great but what really brings you to life is Compass Mode. Simply press the Menu button to start Compass Mode and the scene moves as you do. So let's go back to the home screen. Of course, there's a great web browser with tons of useful features. The browser links you to the websites you would expect to see on your PC even if you're on your backboard. It's simple to navigate the biggest webpages using on-screen controls to zoom in on exactly what you wanna see. Opening multiple webpages is a snap. No matter what you're doing search is always at your fingertips with a dedicated button on the keyboard. Launching a search is tailored to wherever you are on the device helps you find what you're looking for quicker. That means an address search when you're in your address book or a web search when you're on a webpage. If you wanna share your webpages, that's easy too. Another simple long press and you can send a link by e-mail right from the browser. G1 is more than just a great phone. It comes loading with great applications, but if you want more tap in to the Android market. User ratings and the ability to easily download what you want and make it easy for you to get the best in Android Developing Community has to offer everything from breakthrough innovations to familiar favorites with a steady stream of new programs and applications appearing there's always something new to discover. [ Applause ] >> First of all Cole Broadman, can you tell us a little bit more about pricing and availability. >> Thanks David. Pricing for the T-Mobile G1 Google will be 179. Starting today, existing T-Mobile costumers in limited quantity can order them over the internet. There'll be a micro site available that we'll publish the links for that during this press conference. They can order it, have it shipped to their home as soon as the product becomes available on stores. The commercial launch date would be October 22nd and will be available around all selected T-Mobile retail stores and markets and third party dealers. Last quick point is that we're very excited to bring innovation on the pricing side as well, a lot of two very compelling data messaging plan options for consumers to purchase to use the device will be a 25-dollar option with a limited web internet usage and some messaging and there'll be a 35-dollar option which includes unlimited messaging and a limited mobile web and internet. >> Is there will going to be a desktop application for sinking all the applications and all the pictures and all of everything else that's gonna be on the phone? >> The device is really in an encapsulated mobile and network service, so there's not a desktop application initially. All the synchronization will happen in the back end same mostly with the device in the network. >> What really gives me pleasure with this launch of the G1 for T-Mobile is I'm bit of geek and I really like tinkering with things. You know the way I grow up and playing in college and grad schools, computer is being able to write my own programs and you mess around with Linux and just touch all parts of the system. I got that same kind of pleasure playing with Android on the G1 here. I have it on my pocket. I've been using it for a while now. ^M00:07:40 [ Music ]

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