The T-Mobile G1 was the very first phone released with Google’s Android OS, but a year after its launch this device is starting to show its age. Still, it may have new life breathed into it courtesy of a significant system software upgrade.
Obviously, the G1 debuted late last year with Android OS 1.0, and has been upgraded several times since then. The most recent of these was this fall, to Android OS 1.6.
Now there is an unconfirmed report that T-Mobile is going to release Android OS 2.0 for the G1, or a slightly updated version, OS 2.0.1.
An operating system upgrade will bring a range of new features, such as support for multiple Microsoft Exchange accounts, an improved version of the web browser, and better camera software.
When this will be coming to the T-Mobile G1 is not yet known, though.
An Overview of the T-Mobile G1
The T-Mobile G1 is a consumer-oriented smartphone with a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, mobile broadband, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It also sports a microSD card slot and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
As discussed earlier, this smartphone runs Android, an operating system that was developed primarily by Google. This has a highly-functional web browser, and includes tie-ins to a number of this company’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps.
There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available.
This device originally debuted last year at $180, but is now selling for $130.