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article imageGoogle Smartphone to be Released in September?

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Aug 15, 2008 in Technology
Unofficial sources from T-Mobile say Google will be releasing its smartphone named G1 as early as September 17. T-Mobile will be the carrier in the U.S. for the first Google phone.
Mobile phone enthusiasts have waiting for the first Gphone from Google for quite some time now. It appears that their wait is finally going to be over.
In the past, there have been many rumors about the release of a Google phone. The New York Times reports that first handsets featuring Google Android OS will be launched in the next couple of months.
The phone which is expected to be the first serious competitor to Apple iPhone will be made by HTC and the official carrier in U.S. will be T-Mobile.
Recently, a leaked video featuring the new phone had appeared on YouTube. The HTC G1 is supposed to include a 5” x 3” touchscreen, a sliding keyboard, a 3-mega pixel camera, and 3G network connectivity. Although not officially confirmed, rumors are that the new phone will have a price tag of $150 at launch.
The New York Times reports:
The phone’s release date depends on how soon the Federal Communications Commission certifies that the Google software and the HTC phone meet network standards. Executives at all three companies are hoping to announce the phone in September because they would benefit from holiday season sales. The people briefed on the discussions declined to be named because they were not authorized to discuss the project.
Google is eager to get into the mobile phone market after the much-hyped launch of Apple's iPhone 3G. In a recent interview, Google’s chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, said this about his company's ambitions in the mobile industry:
We can make more money on mobile than we do on the desktop, eventually.
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