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Say Hello To The Google Phone

Officially announced in a press conference earlier today, the long-awaited HTC Dream, the first commercial handset running Google's Android operating system, will be coming to T-Mobile as the G1 for $179 on October 22nd. This marks Google's foray into the mobile phone device market. Competitors beware! I'm hoping to get my hands on one of these when available.

Here are its specs, courtesy of Gizmodo:

- Date and Pricing: $179 on October 22nd. (That's with a two year contract.) Unlimited internet with "some messaging" will run $25/month. Unlimited internet and messaging is $35/month. Data plans will require voice plans.

- Screen: The G1 sports a 3.17" 65K color touchscreen that runs in HVGA (480×320) resolution.

- Battery Life: You can talk for 5 hours, or keep the phone in standby for 130 hours.

- Camera: 3.1MP, or right around 35mm 4x6 print quality.

- Frequency:GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi and UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100Mhz

- Dimensions: 4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”; Weight: 5.6 ounces. And available in white, black and brown.

- Storage: 1GB MicroSD card preinstalled. Supports 8GB MicroSD.

- GPS: Of course, what would Google Maps be without it?

- Google Maps: As we've seen in a recent update, the G1's Maps application will integrate Street View so you can see where you are going. But in an industry first, a built-in compass orients the map to your position.

- Android Market: Similar to the iPhone's mobile App Store, the Android Market will allow downloading of various Android apps from the phone, to the phone.

- Amazon MP3 Store: Amazon's MP3 store will be preloaded on every G1, allowing the download of 6 million DRM-free tracks with singles starting at 89 cents. Downloading music requires a Wi-Fi connection, previewing can be done over T-Mobile's network.

- YouTube: Yup, it's on there.

- Other Apps: ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping; Ecorio: developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like; BreadCrumbz: enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world.



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