Google g1 is expected to hit the Indian market in January’09. The pricing would be something around Rs. 25,000/-. It will be launched in association with Airtel and hence there will be operator locking. Further, Indian pirates would have tough time as Google’s Android OS would support a remote kill functionality. This will allow Google to remotely disable an application from a user’s phone.
The G1 offers an entirely new mobile Internet experience with the full functionality of a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard online communication to facilitate high speed internet with popular Google services already on board, and access to innovative applications of the new Android Market. To add more, the set also has a trackball for navigation, high-speed Internet browsing, WiFi, email, instant messaging and SMS texting. This handset has been created to deliver high speed Internet surfing and it also functions on 3G network. The set has a Global Positioning System (GPS), a 3 megapixel camera with photo-sharing capability. However, G1 Users won’t be able to shoot videos like iPhone users. The G1 users will get an instant message whenever they will receive any message on their Gmail account. It is available in three attractive colors mainly, black, white and brown.
According to a prediction made by research firm Strategy Analytics, G1 could sell 400,000 units by the end of 2008, accounting for 4 per cent of the smartphone market.
* Dimensions: 117.7 x 55.7 x 26.5 mm
* GPS and compass
* Rich HTML email client which seamlessly synchs email with POP3 or IMAP services
* 3.5G (HSDPA/HSUPA) and Wi-Fi connectivity
* 3 Mega pixel camera
* MP3 music player
* Pre-installed 2 GB Micro SD memory card (up to 8 GB)
* Up to 130 hours standby and up to 5 hours talk time
* Weight: 158g
* Available in two colours – black and white