The G1 is Dead, Long Live the HSPA+ G2!
When the T-Mobile G1 hit the market it promised to be nothing short of revolutionary. That it was. It brought Android to the masses and showed us all what an open-source mobile OS could do. T-Mobile put a lot on the line with the G1, but their gamble paid off. The G1, although recently discontinued, has gotten new life through the CyanogenMod team, and is now running a very stable, remarkably fast Android 2.2 Froyo ROM. Were the G1 still available for sale today, T-Mobile could market it as an “entry-level” device rather than the high-end device that it started out as years ago.
But time and technology march ever onward. Wireless technologies improve, processors get faster, and RAM gets more abundant. Throw all these into a phone and the G1 evolves into what today T-Mobile is calling the “G2”.
From their website, “The T-Mobile® G1® was the world’s first Android -powered phone. Launched nearly two years ago, it created an entirely new class of mobile phones and apps. Its successor, the T-Mobile G2 with Google, will continue the revolution.
“The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers.”
We now know the official name of the “mystery phone” and that it will “run at 4G speeds” via HSPA+. According to the fineprint,
“The device has a theoretical peak capability of 14.4 Mbps.” I can live with that. We don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like, but I suspect it will include a physical, slide-out keyboard, similar to the G1.
We also suspect this will include a 1.2 or 1.3 GHz Snapdragon processor, possibly a dual-core CPU.
With this news we also can infer one more piece of information: when this device is released, you’ll likely be able to find me standing in line to get it.