Google's Android Phone
T-Mobile and Google announced the first-ever handset with Google's new Android operating system.
Called the T-Mobile G1, it has both full touch-screen functionality, a QWERTY keyboard, a trackball for one-handed navigation, plus access to mobile Web applications like Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube, and more.
The G1 is available for pre-order now in the US in limited quantities fot T-Mobile registered users.
It will be available in retail stores from October 22, for $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement.
It will be available in the UK beginning November and across Europe in early 2009.
The Android provides the phone's operating system as well as a platform for the phone to run a variety of software programs.
Google wrote Android using open-source software, which means any programmer has access to the source code that makes Android tick and can write software that runs on any mobile phone using Android.
Unlike the iPhone, the G1 features a mini QWERTY keyboard, which is accessed by sliding the touch screen to the side. When the keyboard is used the screen's orientation changes from vertical to horizontal. The G1 can open files created using Microsoft Word and Excel.