T-Mobile USA today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1, the world?s first Android powered device.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G boasts a sleek look plus an array of new features that builds on its predecessor. A touch-screen display with virtual keyboard is built into a slim, smooth and lightweight design.
myTouch 3G offers users the ability to customize menus, wallpapers, icons and more, thousands of Android Market applications to choose from. Te new phone will come in three colors ? black, white and a distinctive merlot.
In addition to the phone's deep integration of Google services and the latest Android software, T-Mobile myTouch customers will enjoy access to new applications such as the Sherpa. Created by Geodelic, Sherpa features GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that automatically customizes itself to the user?s preferences. Through behavior and user feedback, the application learns a person?s likes and dislikes, prioritizing recommended retailers, restaurants and attractions. Seamlessly blending behavior recognition, a recommendation engine and location relevant information, this combination of learning is exclusive to Sherpa and unlike any experience currently on the market.
"The G1 was highly successful and captured the imagination of thousands of developers as the first Android-powered phone," said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. "With myTouch, T-Mobile is poised to capture the imagination of consumers everywhere, and by expanding the availability and appeal of Android-based devices, they?re giving developers a bigger market for the next wave of killer Android applications."
Designed by HTC, myTouch features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display and virtual keyboard, which orients automatically from portrait to landscape mode in most applications. It also features a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-fi, a music player with a pre-installed 4GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via e-mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTube and Picasa.
myTouch features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, including support for Exchange, Gmail and most other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services as well as synchronization with Google contacts and calendars. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. In addition, users can pull down the windowshade notification bar by dragging their finger down from the top of the screen, easily displaying message previews and other convenient at-a-glance notifications depending on the personalized applications users download.
myTouch will be available to pre-order for current T-Mobile customers starting July 8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.
The new myTouch 3G phone is facing off against high-end devices such as Apple's latest iPhone and the Palm Pre. Apple's latest iPhone, 3GS, hit stores last Friday with new features and faster speeds, intensifying competition in the high-end mobile device market.