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G, I think you're swell

G, I think you're swell
by Gary Woods

Google, HTC and T-Mobile are coming out with a new phone called the G1. This is the first mobile phone to use Google's open source mobile OS called Android. The phone is slightly larger than the iPhone but it comes with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also has a trackball for navigation and a dedicated web-browsing button. Some of the other features include a 3.1 Mega Pixel camera, 1 gigabyte of storage and a 480X320 pixel screen.

As you would expect with anything from Google the G1 has integrated a compass in with Google Maps' Street View. With the compass activated, the Street View image on the phone will align with the direction you point the phone and adjust as you move.

The phone's music player links with the Amazon MP3 digital music store which sells only Digital Rights Management free MP3s for a single song cost of 89 cents.

The G1 will be exclusive with T-Mobile at first, the smallest of the major U.S. carriers which has lagged behind on the development of a 3G network but the data plans are very attractive. For $25 you get unlimited data and for $35 you get unlimited data and text.

At this time it's unclear how this launch of the G1 will affect the relationship between Google and Apple. Currently the iPhone integrates a number of Google products including YouTube and Google Maps, and Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO sits on Apple's Board of Directors. In the mean time check out the G1, it's pretty cool.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc