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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM

T-Mobile’s G2 billed as Android for everyone, not just geeks

The number of cutting edge smartphones coming to market this year is just embarassing.

T-Mobile’s next up with the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the second edition of the Android-based phone it developed with Google, which will be available to those who pre-ordered July 29 and everyone else in August. You could also call it the G2.

Saj Sahay, director of product innovation at T-Mobile, said the G1 has been one of the company’s top five phones. He said the new one is “a flagship Google experience device” that’s been redesigned to appeal to a broader audience.

It’s curvier, lighter and slimmer, since it uses an on-screen keyboard instead of a QWERTY keypad. T-Mobile also dropped the masculine “bronze” color from the lineup and is offering the G2 in black, white and “merlot.”

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“We captured the tech audience with the G1,” Sahay said. “We certainly got them very much involved with Android. The next generation is as much capturing additional tech folks as growing into the consumer space.”

(The tech folks who don’t have an iPhone or a Palm Pre?)

Pricing of the phone will be the same as the G1 at launch – $199 with a two-year contract.

The G2, designed and built by HTC, has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera and comes with 4 gigabyte microSD card.

Preloaded Google applications include voice-controlled search, Google Maps with Street View, Picasa and YouTube, although the phone still doesn’t have support for Adobe Flash.

Sahay said there are now about 5,000 Android applications available. T-Mobile’s especially enthused about Sherpa, an application that recommends restaurants, stores and activities based on users’ location, behavior and other information. Developed by Santa Monica-based Geodelic, it’s exclusive to the G2.

Pre-orders begin July 8. The company’s looking into ways to assist G1 owners who want to trade-up but hasn’t yet decided on the approach.

Comments | Topics: G2, Google, mytouch

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