T-Mobile unveiled its G2 Google smartphone with 4G. The phone is the first designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the company says covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country.
The G2 is of course the successor to the G1, which was the first Android-powered phone. It is designed by HTC. It has a 3.7-inch screen and opens to a QWERTY keyboard, and comes with Android 2.2 and a snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor. It comes pre-packaged with Google Voice, Google Voice Actions, Google Goggles, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Places, YouTube, Google Talk, and Google Earth.
It has an HD video camera, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, support for Microsoft Exchange, and a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB. Other features include:
– Dedicated Quick Keys for one-touch access to Google shortcuts and apps
– Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience
– Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery
– 4GB internal memory
– Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo headset and Bluetooth support
– Swype text input for fast, accurate communication
"T-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system," said T-Mobile USA chief technology and innovation officer, Cole Brodman. "Now, with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, we are re-teaming with our partners at Google and HTC to provide T-Mobile customers with another first — the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network."
"One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers," said Google VP, Engineering, Andy Rubin. "From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today."
"Two years ago, HTC and T-Mobile worked together to deliver the world’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. From that start, Android has grown to be the leading smartphone platform in the U.S., and one of the most popular globally," said HTC CEO Peter Chou. "With today’s announcement of the G2, HTC and T-Mobile are once again bringing a breakthrough Android product to market."
Current T-Mobile customers will get exclusive access to preorder the G2 starting later this month.