T-Mobile and Google have announced the worldwide launch of the long-awaited T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google, combining touchscreen functionality, full QWERTY keyboard with Google-centric mobile Web experience.

“The T-Mobile G1 is the first device to run on the Android platform, giving customers unprecedented ability to make their mobile work just the way they want. Today, we increasingly use many different ways to keep in touch – from simple calls and email, to instant messaging and status updates on social networks. The T-Mobile G1 is a unique mobile, designed with the new possibilities of online communication in mind,” said Jim Hyde, Chief Executive, T-Mobile UK. “Customers can tailor their phones with access to a variety of innovative applications. We’re thrilled to offer this exciting breakthrough that gives people unlimited freedom to communicate they way they want to – it will change the way we use our mobiles.”

Impressive Highlights Of T-Mobile G1:

  • 3.17-inch 65K color touchscreen display with HVGA (480×320 pixels) resolution
  • Hinged screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s email, IM and mobile messaging capabilities, and closes to prevent accidental dialing
  • 3-megapixel camera with auto focus and photo-sharing capabilities
  • GPS functionality
  • One-touch access to Google applications, including Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk as well as Google Maps
  • T-Mobile’s high speed 3G (HSDPA) network and Wi-Fi access
  • A full HTML internet browser allows users to see any website the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen
  • Quick and easy access to the Internet thanks to the one-click Google Search
  • First handset to provide access to Android Market, allowing users to download unique software applications like games, social networking, and on-the-go shopping in order to customize and personalize their mobile device to suit their lifestyle

“Today’s news signifies an important first step for the Open Handset Alliance: With Android, we’ve opened the mobile Web not only for millions of users, but also to mobilize the developer community that understands the next most important platform in the world rests in the palm of our hand,” said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms for Google.

“T-Mobile, Google and HTC share a similar vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO of HTC. “The T-Mobile G1 represents the culmination of this vision by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy.”

The new T-Mobile G1 mobile phone that comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation is expected to hit the market starting October 22, for $179 (with 2 year contract).