Google and T-Mobile introduced the world’s first Android-based phone
T-Mobile and Google announced the international launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone.
The T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to support Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers all over the world.
Customers can personalise and enhance their mobile lifestyle by finding and downloading a wide range of innovative software applications, from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping, with just a few mouse clicks.
The T-Mobile G1 was the first device to use Tmo’s 3G network, which was only available in a few markets at the time.
In contrast to the iPhone, it provided a more open and customizable experience.
Google didn’t figure out paid app support until early 2009.
The trackball on the G1 would become a standard feature on Android devices for years to come.
The G1 was the first Android phone with a slide-out keyboard (Android 1.0 didn’t even have a touchscreen).