T-Mobile on Monday announces availability of MyTouch 3G on July, the second phone on Google’s Android operating system. Google first announced Android in 2007. It gives the operating system to manufacturers for free. Google has 5,000 applications available for Android from its network of developers.
It’s the first of 18 new Google-powered phones coming worldwide by the end of the year. Tech and telecom analysts expect Sprint to have an Android phone by year’s end.
T-Mobile has sold 1 million of its first-generation Google phone, the G1. That’s tepid compared with the 21.2 million iPhones sold in the last two years, but T-Mobile says it’s thrilled with the response. It expects the new phone to sell at a faster clip.
The MyTouch is smaller, can sync with Microsoft Outlook and has an improved battery, Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile vice president Said that we have addressed some of the concerns from customers. The Current T-Mobile customers can order beginning July 8 for delivery later in the month. General retail availability is planned for early August. The touch-screen phone made by HTC sells for $199 with a new two-year contract. T-Mobile will offer a discounted rate for current customers but hasn’t finalized pricing.
T-Mobile’s selling point is personalization, with customizable menus, wallpapers and icons. A new program called Sherpa learns your favorite locations and preferences and makes recommendations accordingly. The phone also has instant access to Google services.