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Google launches the G1 Android mobile

Google launches its first mobile phone today in New York with partner T-Mobile. The G1, whch is also being called the googlephone or g phone, is the first mobile device to use the Android operating system. The launch follows months of speculation and hype.

The G1 is expected to challenge both the iPhone and Nokia in the mobile technology market. Featuring an iPhone style touchscreen, the G1 also has a Qwerty keyboard, for BlackBerry lovers, and will retail at $199, i.e. for the price of an 8GB iPhone.

Android is 'open platform' which should lead to the creation of a large number of third party applications. It looks as if the quality of the apps created for the G1 will be fundamental in its attempt to carve out a piece of the mobile phone market for itself.

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