T-Mobile unveils the first applications that will be available to download to the T-Mobile G1 when it launches in the UK on 30 October. An initial shortlist of 50 applications will be downloadable for free from Android Market and promise to do everything from teaching you to play the guitar, mix the perfect cocktail and even measure the earth's movements.
Exclusive to T-Mobile, the G1 is the first device to run on Android, the innovative open source mobile phone software platform from Google. Android Market, the forum for applications created by developers around the world, is anticipated to host thousands of unique applications plus mash-ups of existing services.
The applications enable users to tailor their phone to suit their lifestyle and are designed to make the most of the T-Mobile G1's advanced features including always-on, high speed web connectivity; touch-screen and full qwerty keyboard, GPS and accelerometer which can measure movement of the device and a unique compass.
One application to take advantage of the T-Mobile G1's camera and GPS functionality is Wikitude, which displays local information from Wikipedia live on-screen when scanning your local surroundings using the device's camera.
There are also a number of applications designed to help consumers make their money go further. ShopSavvy, uses the G1's camera to 'scan' product barcodes and then searches the web using the browser to find the best available prices. The application also features product reviews and ratings, lets you create shopping lists, connects you to shops selling the product and gives directions to the nearest retailer using Google Maps.
Other applications help users indulge their interests. SplashPlay teaches users how to play the guitar by streaming video over the web, whilst Cooking Capsules and Cocktail! comb the web to provide recipes and instructions based on the contents of your kitchen or drinks cabinet.
If that wasn't enough, owners of the T-Mobile G1 can download their own seismographer which uses the phone's accelerometer to measure the earth's movements.
Available via the T-Mobile G1's main menu, Android Market includes user ratings, reviews and comments which enables users to identify the most popular applications. The initial 50 free applications are designed to show the potential of the Android Market. The price of future applications will be set by application developers.
Jim Hyde, CEO, T-Mobile UK said: "T-Mobile is committed to opening up the internet to give customers the freedom to do whatever they want online, when the internet has no boundaries it drives innovation and the T-Mobile G1 and the Android platform is designed to do just that. The open nature of Android Market has already sparked an exciting range of applications which allow customers to tailor their phone to suit their lifestyle. We're really excited to be able to offer the first 50 applications free of charge and believe the T-Mobile G1 has the potential to revolutionise the way we use and view our phones."
Applications available free on Android Market from 30 October
Barcode Scanner v2.1 - Scans and recognises the barcode of any product
ShopSavvy - Compares prices online and on the high street
CompareEverywhere - Scans barcodes gives directions to local stores using
Mandelbrot Map - Map viewer
Krystle II - Pet your phone
Pocket Seismograph - Monitors the phone's accelerometer
Translate - Translation tool
Pro Football Live! - Football news / information
BreadCrumbz - Navigate via user-generated pictures
e-ventr - Event organizer and friendship scout
iMap Weather(TM) - Weather application
Ecorio - Track and reduce your carbon footprint, "green community"
Cocktail! - Database of cocktails
Cooking Capsules Taster - Cooking application
Wikitude - AR Trav... Mobile travel guide
AccuWeather.com - Global weather
Shazam - Identify music, store and buy music
PicSay - Personalize pictures with text
Panoramio - Finds pictures of interesting places in your area
TuneWiki - Next generation social media player
BlueBrush - Draw with friends, share the same canvas
Video Player v.01 - Plays video files off of the G1's SD card
Photostream - Photo browser for Flickr
Ringdroid - Create ringtones
SplashPlay - Music application
QuickList - To do lists
WikiMobile Encyclopedia - Wikipedia for mobile devices
Maverick - IM compatible to Google Talk
Radar - Draw a bearing between the user's current location and
Task Switcher - Search-Space is the new "Alt-Tab" (need better definition)
Spare Parts - Android developing tool
Text-To-Speech Translator - Text-to-speech services
Any Cut v0.5 - Home shortcuts to "anything" on your web or your phone
Locale - Manages phone settings based on conditions (e.g. location)
Contacts De-Duper - De-duplicate your contacts to streamline your contacts
Shutter Speed - Detailed camera settings to make the most of the in-built
camera and web access
DiskUsage - Utility to examine SD card content to manage what you store on
Rings Extended - Replaces standard ringtones
Games & Puzzles
PAC-MAN by Namco
Divide and Conquer!
Balls 2 The Wall
About the T-Mobile G1
The G1's full QWERTY keyboard makes it simple to write exactly what you want to say and navigating is even easier using the touch screen and trackball. There's also one touch access to all your favourite Google applications including web search, Google Maps, Google Talk and Google Mail. So whether it's email, instant messaging, social network updates or even calling and texting, the T-Mobile G1 is perfect for whatever form of communication you prefer.
The G1 is available for free on T-Mobile Combi and Flext price plans from Pounds Sterling 40 a month, including unlimited fast mobile internet browsing powered by T-Mobile's award-winning network. Combi 35 offers 800 minutes and unlimited texts while Flext 40 gives up to 1,250 minutes or up to 2,500 texts or any mix of the two.
With Google Maps, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps, satellite imagery, find local businesses and get driving directions. And Google Maps synchs with the built-in compass - an industry first - to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand.