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The Google Phone, as the company’s Android phone prototype was called in November 2006, looks primitive by today’s standards, but it was competitive at the time. The $199 device was to have run on T-Mobile’s network and featured a $10 per month unlimited data plan for Internet browsing, Gmail, and messaging. The phone was expected to include a 200MHz or better ARM 9 chip, with GSM EGPRS baseband or possibly WCDMA. The design called for at least 64MB RAM and 64MB ROM, with external storage, a 16-bit color or better QVGA TFT LCD display, navigation keys, a 2MP CMOS camera, USB interface and Bluetooth 1.2 or 2.0. Then Apple unveiled its iPhone on January 9, 2007 and it was back to the drawing board. The result was the T-Mobile G1, introduced in October 2008. (via The Google Phone That Never Was - Mobility - Smartphones - Informationweek)

The Google Phone, as the company’s Android phone prototype was called in November 2006, looks primitive by today’s standards, but it was competitive at the time. The $199 device was to have run on T-Mobile’s network and featured a $10 per month unlimited data plan for Internet browsing, Gmail, and messaging. The phone was expected to include a 200MHz or better ARM 9 chip, with GSM EGPRS baseband or possibly WCDMA. The design called for at least 64MB RAM and 64MB ROM, with external storage, a 16-bit color or better QVGA TFT LCD display, navigation keys, a 2MP CMOS camera, USB interface and Bluetooth 1.2 or 2.0. Then Apple unveiled its iPhone on January 9, 2007 and it was back to the drawing board. The result was the T-Mobile G1, introduced in October 2008. (via The Google Phone That Never Was - Mobility - Smartphones - Informationweek)

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