T-Mobile G2 Android 2.2 Phone Sports 4G Speed
T-Mobile Sept. 9 introduced the 4G-enabled T-Mobile G2 running on T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network. The Android 2.2 device has a 3.7-inch screen and supports HD video capture at 720p and Adobe Flash.T-Mobile Sept. 9 formally unveiled the T-Mobile G2, a smartphone capable of 4G data downloads and the first device running on T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network. The G2 is the widely anticipated progeny of the G1, the first smartphone based on Google's Android operating system.
Based on the latest Google Android 2.2 operating system, the G2 offers a 3.7-inch screen with a "unique hinge design" that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard when opened, T-Mobile said in a statement.
T-Mobile launched the G1 two years ago and the ecosystem has come a long way since that clunky-by-today's-comparison handset. While the G1 launched with 50 applications, the Android Market now offers more than 80,000 apps. Android phones have also significantly diversified and gotten much faster, sporting 1 GHz processors, which could pose a competitive obstacle for customers looking for faster phones.
For example, the G2 comes in the wake of several slim gadgets mimicking Apple's popular iPhone, such as Google's Nexus One and Verizon Wireless' HTC Droid Incredible. There have also been other phones with slideout keyboards, including Verizon's Motorola Droid and Droid 2, as well as gadgets with large, 4.3-inch screens such as Verizon's Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo 4G from Sprint. The G2 combines the slideout keyboard of the original Droids with the 4G speeds of the HTC Evo 4G. T-Mobile's HSPA+ currently serves 55 metropolitan areas in the United States.