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Android Lands on T-Mobile Handheld

A partnership with Google may pay off for late-to-the-3G-game T-Mobile.

This story appears in the February 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

may be late to the and ultra- games, but with on its side, it might fare well with the new G1. Comparable in many aspects to the and LG Voyager, the G1--which is actually 's Dream--is the first to be powered by Google's new mobile OS, . Released in October, the user-friendly smartphone implements one-touch Google Search and other popular Google products, including , , Google Talk, and more. Synch e-mails, contacts, calendar entries and chats seamlessly across the various Google programs, and access any webpage in a full HTML browser over T-Mobile's 3G and Edge networks as well as Wi-Fi. Download from the open-source Android Market and music from the preloaded MP3 application (but if you want to listen to music via standard headphones, you'll need a special adapter). The 5.6-ounce handheld also features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, qwerty keyboard, 3-megapixel camera with photosharing capabilities and a preinstalled 1GB MicroSD memory card (expandable to 8GB). The G1 is available for $179 with a two-year voice plan.

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