By the end of December, Indian markets will see the arrival of Google Android-power phone designed by HTC, about which almost everyone is eagerly waiting for.
The Taiwan-based cellphone major, presently is in talks with leading service provider in India, informs one the business daily. There is an exclusive partnership of the company with service provider Airtel to sell phones and it further announced that it has no hassles in selling the phone through independent retail channels. However, the business model is still under deliberation.
However, the people who are really eager to grab the G1 in their hands, need to be prepared for one thing that the cell may be really expensive, even more than Rs 20,000. It is even more than the US pricing of $180.
Earlier this week, the G1 phone was unveiled in US by TMobile. The G1 phone is being thought to be the Google’s answer to Apple iPhone.
There are too many features of the new G1 phone which include an attractive touchscreen, a keyboard like that of a computer and also it’s supported with Google’s new open operating system, Android. Additionally it has got attractive multimedia features which are quite similar to Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry.
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 and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which is not even there in iPhones, are other exclusive features of the G1. 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. The set also includes well known Google services that are- Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. This set’s ultimate motive is to increase the appeal of Web surfing on the go.
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.