Google, T-Mobile Unveil New Phone

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In Depth

The new Google phone offers easy access to all things Google. But is that enough?

After more than two years of rumors and enticing previews, the first phone with Google software was shown off Tuesday at a news conference in Manhattan.

The G1 is Google's way of getting into a market dominated by the iPhone and the BlackBerry.

The actual phone is made by a Taiwanese company, HTC. The service is being provided by T-Mobile.

A video of the new phone showed off its features. It has a touch screen — a little like the one on the rival iPhone.

Unlike the iPhone, however, this device has a separate keyboard that can be pulled out to write text messages and e-mails.

The phone will hit shelves Oct. 22 and will cost $179 with a two-year contract.

Correction Oct. 22, 2008

In some broadcasts, the opening to one of the hours of "All Things Considered" referred to the new Google phone as "Android." It is actually called the G1; Android refers to the cell phone software.



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