T-Mobile Aligns With Google to Rival iPhone23 Sep, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey
Google and T-Mobile USA have teamed to deliver a phone that will feature Amazon.com’s digital music store, Wi-Fi connections and Google services such as Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.
Available first in Europe later this year, the Nokia G1 is T-Mobile’s hopeful answer to Apple’s iPhone, though it may take time for T-Mobile and other providers to catch up to the popular smart phone.
Android, the name of the operating system for the G1, allows for third-party applications. The iPhone’s rejection of many third-party applications has been a bone of contention among some iPhone owners.
“The G1 doesn’t threaten Apple now, but Android has raised the bar for competing mobile platforms,” Geoff Blaber analyst with British firm CCS Insight, told Reuters news service. “The bigger concern here is for Microsoft and Nokia if Google can win over the hearts and minds of operators and developers,”
Andy Rubin, Google director of mobile platforms, told the news service, “Because the platform is open, we think Android is somewhat future-proof.”