Sep 9, 2010
It’s finally official folks. T-Mobile began this Android mobile revolution when they announced the worldâ€™s first Android-powered mobile phone, the G1. It was with this device that the cuddly little green robot we know only as “Android” began its quest for ‘WORLD DOMINATION!’ Two years later the invasion continues with more and more mobile consumers becoming assimilated. Android has grown to become one of the most popular smartphone platforms and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
The G1’s successor has officially been unveiled and brings with it another breakthrough for T-Mobile. The G2 will be the first smartphone to deliver T-Mobile’s highly anticipated Super-Fast HSPA+ Network capable of delivering 4G speeds. The G2 will come equipped with Android 2.2, a 3.7″ touchscreen, a full QWERTY keyboard and will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7230 “Snapdragon” processor at 800MHz. It is pure Vanilla Android at its best and will feature a plethora of Google goodness fully equipped with dedicated Quick Key access. Add with that a 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, and other goodies such as Swype and I almost want to switch to T-Mobile.
T-Mobile’s G2 is scheduled for limited preorder quantities later this month exclusively to current T-Mobile customers. No news on price just yet but you can visit http://t-mobile.com/coverage to register for updates. Below is the official press release with all the info. Check it out and remember, “Resistance is Futile.”
Introducing the T-Mobile G2 with Google â€” the First Smartphone Delivering 4G Speeds on T-Mobileâ€™s Super-Fast HSPA+ Network
T-Mobile, Google and HTC re-team to deliver the groundbreaking successor to the T-Mobile G1; Exclusive preorder for current T-Mobile customers begins later this month
BELLEVUE, Wash. â€” Sept. 9, 2010 â€” T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled the T-MobileÂ® G2â„¢ with Googleâ„¢, delivering downloads at 4G speeds1, a blazing fast web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. The G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobileâ€™s new HSPA+ network2, which covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. The G2 is an ultra-powerful smartphone designed by HTC and is the highly anticipated successor to the T-Mobile G1, the worldâ€™s first Androidâ„¢-powered mobile phone, pairing a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Current T-Mobile customers will get exclusive access to preorder the G2 starting later this month.
â€œT-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the worldâ€™s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system,â€ said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. â€œNow, 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 â€” the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network.â€
â€œOne 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,â€ said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. â€œFrom 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.â€
â€œTwo years ago, HTC and T-Mobile worked together to deliver the worldâ€™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,â€ said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. â€œWith todayâ€™s announcement of the G2, HTC and T-Mobile are once again bringing a breakthrough Android product to market.â€
The first smartphone specifically designed to deliver 4G speeds on T-Mobileâ€™s new HSPA+ network, the G2 is optimized for performance to provide customers with blazing fast access to a world of information through websites, applications, videos, file downloads and more. Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Marketâ„¢, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications.
The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voiceâ„¢, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actionsâ„¢ from Google, Google Gogglesâ„¢ and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Searchâ„¢, which allows you to control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending messages, browsing the Web, listening to music and completing common tasks. It is also the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voiceâ„¢, allowing customers to create a new account using their current mobile number right from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes voicemails to text so customers can read them like an e-mail or text message from their phone or online. Additional pre-loaded Google services include Google Search, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Places and Navigation, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢ and Google Earthâ„¢, among others.
Adding fuel to the G2â€™s speed is its Snapdragonâ„¢ MSM7230 mobile processor which combines Qualcommâ€™s new HSPA+ capabilities and second generation applications processor. The Snapdragon MSM7230 offers an 800 MHz CPU and is optimized to deliver exceptional performance, long battery life and leading edge multimedia and web browsing â€” with download speeds faster than other solutions currently in the market.
The G2 delivers advanced smartphone features including an HD video camera for recording crystal-clear, high-definition (720p) videos that can be automatically uploaded to your Photobucket account and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The G2 also offers smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for MicrosoftÂ® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar; social networking; and instant messaging. In addition, the G2 features a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB, as well as a music player.
Additional features of the G2 include the following:
Dedicated Quick Keys for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications 4GB internal memory with pre-installed 8GB micro SD card, with support for up to 32 GB of external memory Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo headset and Bluetooth support SwypeÂ® text input for fast, accurate communication Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery
The T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile, and current T-Mobile customers will have the opportunity to preorder the G2 in limited quantities later this month. Additional availability details will be shared in the coming weeks. Visit http://g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates.
About T-Mobileâ€™s HSPA+ Network
T-Mobile continues to expand its super-fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which now covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas. T-Mobileâ€™s new HSPA+ network â€” which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21 Mbps â€” offers todayâ€™s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country, with plans to reach more than 200 million people this year. For more information on where T-Mobileâ€™s HSPA+ network service is available, please visit http://t-mobile.com/coverage.
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1HSPA+ operates at todayâ€™s 4G speeds; not available everywhere.
2 The T-Mobile G2 is designed for theoretical peak speeds of 14.4 Mbps
Google, Android, Android Market, Google Voice, Voice Actions, Google Goggles, Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Talk and Google Earth are trademarks of Google, Inc.
Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2010, more than 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group â€” 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA â€” all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the worldâ€™s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile USAâ€™s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.
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