Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Unlocked Google Android G1 Phone

The T-Mobile G1 ever since its release in october has been one of the most popular handsets in the market. One of the core reasons for its popularity is the Android Marketplace, an online store where users can download free applications developed for the Android platform.

The Google led Open Handset Alliance responsible for the Android OS has long supported the developer community, and today they came up with yet another surprise.

If you haven’t guessed it already, Google has launched an Unlocked version of the Android powered phone for developers at a price of $399, which includes free shipping in the United States and Canada region. It would also be launched in 18 other markets worldwide.

If you are interested in getting an Android cellphone, then you must register as an Android platform developer, which involves a one-time setup fee of $25. After that, you can proceed with the ordering process at the Android Market website.

If you are an aspiring developer and would like some idea about the potential of the Android platform, take a look at some of the best apps made for it yet.

The important question is how does this one stack up against the one and only iPhone? It doesn’t have quite the finish of the iPhone (both in terms of hardware or user interface), but it comes pretty damn close. (John Biggs at CrunchGear calls it “almost perfect”). And more importantly, it matches the iPhone on many fronts. It’s got GPS, WiFi, a touchscreen, an accelerometer, a camera, Gmail, Google Maps, a Webkit-based browser (just like Safari on the iPhone), and an App market.

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