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OFFICIAL: T-Mobile USA announces the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 22.06.09 - 09:10:37 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 15404x
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Unveiled earlier this year as the HTC Magic, T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile myTouch' 3G, the highly anticipated follow-up to the T-Mobile G1', the world's first Android' powered device. Designed by HTC and running on Android 1.5 (Cupcake), the myTouch features a 3.2" 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 autofocus camera, a music player with a pre-installed 4 GB microSD memory card as well as enhanced video capabilities. The device's powerful mobile Web experience is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile's 3G network.

The T-Mobile myTouch 3G boasts a sleek look and contoured feel, plus an array of new features that builds on its popular predecessor. A touch-screen display with virtual keyboard is built into a slim, smooth and lightweight design. The myTouch 3G empowers users to simply create a unique, individualized wireless phone and experience. With the ability to richly customize menus, wallpapers, icons and more, thousands of Android Market' applications to choose from, plus themes and skins that let customers express their style on the inside and outside, myTouch can evolve to become a virtual extension of oneself.

In addition to the virtually endless ways to personalize myTouch, plus its deep integration of Google services and the latest Android software, T-Mobile myTouch customers will enjoy access to new applications that enhance their mobile lives. One such application, and at the heart of myTouch, is 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.

Today, thousands of applications are available on Android Market ranging from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping. Whether it's a marathon runner who downloads the Cardio Trainer application or a music buff who lives by his or her Imeem application, myTouch customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their precise interests and lifestyle.

"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."

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.

The myTouch 3G will come in three colors black, white and a distinctive merlot and will be available to pre-order for current T-Mobile customers starting July 8 for US$ 199.99 with a two-year agreement; additional product features and details will be available at that time. Devices sold through pre-sale will begin shipping in late July, and national retail availability for myTouch is planned for early August.

Cheers ~ Arne

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